Lighten up – (Father) Christmas is just around the corner!
Father Christmas will be arriving at Tatton Park during a magical twilight lantern parade on Friday, December 7.
Children and families are encouraged to light his arrival to Tatton and welcome the merry marvel for the beginning of his stay at the farm this Christmas.
Father Christmas will proceeed along a lantern-lit walk to the stableyard where star guests – the farm’s reindeer, Prancer and Dancer – will be waiting in anticipation. Children will also be able to post a Christmas wish-list and families can indulge in some Christmas shopping which this year includes a Christmas Gift Fair
The event is also an opportunity to ‘give a little back’ by donating any unwanted toys to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity, where they will find a very welcome home.
St Nick will be arriving just in the nick of time – for he starts three weekends at the farm on Saturday, December 8. At the farm, our younger visitors will be able to meet Father Christmas and his elves in his grotto and receive a special Christmas gift.
Lots of other festive activities will be taking place at the farm including a storyteller, Honor Giles, weaving winter magic with seasonal tales, Aunty Mary keeping warm in the cottage and waiting for Christmas callers and the ever-popular ‘live nativity’ featuring adorable animals from the farm.
Children can learn how to light Santa’s way in a free lantern making workshop in the main stableyard barn room on Saturday 1 and Sunday, December 2. On the weekends of 8/9 December and 15/16 and 22/23 December children can also take part in free festive hat making sessions in the stableyard barn room. Park entry charge applies for both these events.
Events manager, Bridget Roberts said: “Christmas at Tatton Park is always a truly magical time of year and our wonderful lantern parade is guaranteed to start the season off with an enchanting evening of sparkle and shimmer! We are hoping lots of families and friends will welcome Father Christmas and help us celebrate the start of this special season, a truly wonderful time for all ages.”
- The Lantern Parade takes place on Friday, December 7 from 6pm. Free entry to Tatton Park and to the event.
- Lantern-making workshops take place on Saturday & Sunday, December 1 and 2 from noon-4pm. Workshop admission free, Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.
- Festive hat making sessions take place on the weekends of December 8/9, 15/16 and 22/23 from noon to 4pm. Free event, park entry charge of £5 per car applies.
Father Christmas at the Farm takes place on the weekends of December 8/9, 15/16 and 22/23 December. Times: 11am-4pm, last entry 3pm. Prices: Adult £5.50, Child £4.50. Prices apply to National Trust members. The usual park entry charge of £5 per car applies. All paying children receive a free gift from Father Christmas.
The Farm will also be open between Christmas and New Year for non-Father Christmas activities from Monday December 26 to January 1, when activities such as donkey grooming and painting a picture will take place.