Winter Wonderland returns to EventCity after four-year hiatus
Winter Wonderland returns to Greater Manchester this Christmas and promises to be “bigger and better than before”.
The much-loved festive extravagance was one of the city’s biggest annual events, taking over Trafford’s EventCity every Christmas until 2017.
Since then, the venue has hosted the Winter Funland of the same name, run by the team behind the Geronimo family festival, but now Kingpin Events is bringing back Silcock’s original Winter Wonderland.
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The company is poised to transform the 22,000 m² covered exhibition space into “an incredible and magical winter wonderland”, with more than 50 family rides and attractions, including dodgems, roller coasters, waltzes and much more.
There will be theatrical performances on the main stage, including TV stars Daisy and Ollie, Ice Princess Show, Christmas Meltdown and “spectacular” Christmas circus returns, all with daily performances.
The little ones will be greeted by elves and fairies and will have the chance to visit Santa Claus and see his real reindeer.
Organizers Tammy and Billy Silcock, of Kingpin Events, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be returning to Manchester this Christmas after a four year hiatus, after the past 18 months we all have to make some magical memories with our families, and we hope the return of the event will spread joy throughout the region.
“As a special thank you for the hard work of our NHS and our armed forces, we are introducing reduced ticket prices on specific days throughout the race.
“We worked really hard to make sure we brought back all the magic we had before and created a safe space for our visitors, artists and staff. We recommend that you book early to ensure you get a ticket.
In addition to the rides and shows, there will be game stalls and festive food ranging from German sausages to waffles and pancakes, as well as an authentic German bar for alcoholic drinks and refreshments.
The event runs from December 4 to January 2, 2022 and all rides and attractions (except games and food stalls) are included in the ticket price, with each session lasting four hours.
Organizers say that operating on a session basis will ensure that “visitors can enjoy a safe and enjoyable Covid experience without overcrowding.”
There is also insurance for tickets and a “Buy with confidence, exchange easily” policy if a ticket holder needs to self-isolate, all details on the website.
Tickets cost £ 29.50 for adults and children during off-peak hours and £ 35 during peak hours. OAP £ 20 and £ 27.50 respectively and free for children under three. You can get £ 10 off a family ticket for four people. For more details and to book, visit the website here.
Winter Funland, which has been present at EventCity for the past few years, will now operate from the BEC Arena in Trafford Park, where it will take place from December 18 to January 2.