Winter Wonderland Manchester

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I’m just back home after attending the first night of Manchester’s Winter Wonderland and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

We attended last year when the Winter Wonderland had its first year and we had a truly great time. I did wonder how the brilliance of last year could be topped but this year is no disappointment. Favourites from last year have returned including the circus, several of the rides, The Sooty Show and traditional fairground games, plus a whole heap of new entertainment in the form of new, bigger, better rides and the addition of Anna, Elsa and Olaf too! There are bouncy castles, rides for smaller children and an extended food court providing an array of foods too. A simulator, Santa’s Grotto and Meet and Greet sessions with the Frozen characters have all been added to the lineup which all in all makes for a pretty perfect night out with the family!

It’s all the fun of the fair with none of the chilly winter weather. It’s the circus without the queues and it’s the star studded evening every Frozen fan dreams of. I went along with my husband, my seven year old boy and my four year old boy. Every one of us had a wonderful time and we really are looking forward to returning!

I took a few snaps of our evening but you really do have to experience Winter Wonderland for yourself.

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The circus show was breathtaking and I feel I must mention the strongmen who have a completely brilliant performance that had my children mesmerised.

There is a good assortment of rides, meaning that young and old can enjoy the outing. From tiny tea-cups to dodgems and rides I’m too scared to go on at 32, there is definitely something for everyone.

Prices start at £15 per person when buying a family ticket and under threes go free. When you consider what you’d spend on a fairground, add on the cost of a meet and greet, a circus, a flight simulator and several large bouncy castles it really does seem like a good deal.

Food and drink are available from a large selection of vendors and prices are reasonable. There are charges for the traditional fairground games, there are stalls, balloons, games and of course the grotto which are all payable separately but – and this is the best bit – are totally optional in that you don’t feel you’ve missed out by not paying for extras. In fact, the three hour session isn’t really long enough to enjoy everything Winter Wonderland has to offer! I would advise visitors to get a map on arrival and plan their session around the performance times displayed inside.

Another great thing about visits being held in three hour sessions is the distinct lack of queues. No overcrowding means less waiting. There’s nothing more frustrating than paying to go somewhere and spending half your visit stood still. There isn’t any of that at Winter Wonderland. Our children queued very briefly for rides when they were already in operation but went straight on when the ride stopped.

So I guess what I’m saying is … Go. Go to Winter Wonderland, have a fabulous time. It’ll be worth it I promise.

The last note I feel I must make on our evening is that my seven year old son appears to be completely addicted to any and all things football related. When I asked him what his favourite part of the evening was, he said …

Meeting Wes Brown.

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(For those of you not in the know, Wes Brown played for Manchester United and my son lives and breathes Manchester United!).

Manchester’s Winter Wonderland is on until January 4th at Event City in Manchester. For more information on Winter Wonderland, visit their website.

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