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Review: Winter Wonderland Manchester ★★★★

Opening for it’s fourth year Winter Wonderland is back at event City with a bang.  With giant candy canes, falling snow and the big man Santa himself it is a perfect place to let the kids work off some steam in the run up to Christmas whatever the weather.

We all remember the excitement of the fair coming to town as children, the bright lights and the screams of delight as children spun wildly on the teacups and waltzer.

With over 50 family rides and attractions all under one roof included in the ticket price Winter Wonderland is a great place to relive your youth while the kids have fun too. From traditional rides such as giant carousels and merry go rounds for the littlies to bucking bronco fun for bigger kids (and adults too), you can relax and let the children go on as many rides as they like at no extra cost. Queues do form at some of the rides but they moved fairly quickly. Sessions are limited to four hours to prevent overcrowding and those ride hoggers we all know and to try and give everyone a chance of trying out as many of the attractions as possible.

We would advise if you have littlies arriving a few minutes after the opening time as entrance queues get very busy for the grand opening each day and it can be a bit crowded.

We loved children’s favourite Sooty last year and this year, Pip Ahoy invites you to join him at Salty Cove, where you can build sandcastles at the beach or simply take a break and relax in a deck chair on the promenade. A nice little pit stop with over excited children!

As you would expect the big man himself Santa is very much in demand and there were large queues to visit him. A pre booking system would work well here as some of the local Grotto use to prevent you spending precious ride time in the queue. Gifts are available at an extra small cost of £3.50 however are given at the exit by Santa’s Elves and not Santa himself.

If rides aren’t your thing never fear! Winter Wonderland Manchester 2016 offers an array of colourful shows including an exciting new addition for 2016 – a Christmas pantomime – Cinderella, a brand new Sci-Fi show and spectacular Christmas Circus, not forgetting Basil Brush’s Full on Fox show so there really is something for everyone! Although our top tip would be to queue slightly earlier for the shows to guarantee a seat. The circus in particular was well worth a visit.

There is also a whole host of games stalls and a food and drinks stalls to purchase refreshments including hot snacks and sweet treats. Games stalls (and refreshments) are not included in the ticket price so do take a little extra cash or be prepared to say no!

All in all we had a fantastic time. If you are looking for an immersive Christmas Lapland type experience this is not the place for you but if you love the fairground you will love this!

Tickets are £19.50 for children and adults, OAPs £14 and under threes FREE. Family tickets are available for £64. (booking fees apply).

Open from 10th December 2016 until 1st January 2017

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