Trafford Centre Christmas Parade And Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto Visit

Trafford Centre Christmas Parade

On Saturday morning whilst most sane people were still asleep, we found ourselves heading down to the Trafford Centre in Manchester for a day of Christmas related fun. I would have enjoyed extra sleeping time, but then I wouldn’t have been able to capture this image… the weather was fabulous on the day and we were truly blessed!

Trafford Centre Christmas Parade And Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto Visit

Big wheel in Manchester

We had been invited along to check out the intu Trafford Centre Christmas Parade, one of the highlights of the year and the most popular event in the shopping centre’s calendar. Packed with many well known children’s TV character’s, the parade promised to be a big draw… and it was! The Trafford Centre was packed and every car park filled, with everyone leaving filled with the joys of Christmas.

Christmas Parade Meet and Greet

Before the parade started at 11.30am (there was also a 2.30pm performance), we were fortunate to get the chance to meet the characters who would be appearing in the Trafford Centre Christmas Parade. Liv may be a tad old to watch the particular shows, but she did recognise the characters and clearly I wasn’t shy about having my pictures taken with them!

Meeting Peter Rabbit

The atmosphere in the Orient was electric as the Trafford Centre Christmas Parade made its way around the top deck before characters made their way onto the stage. Trust me, there is nothing funnier than watching a LEGO Santa and Darth Vader attempt to navigate an escalator! Each character was given time to welcome the crowd before amazing performers and dancers delighted all with songs from The Greatest Showman and Christmas tunes. My favourite segment was Peter Rabbit flossing, possibly the coolest rabbit ever!

The Trafford Centre Christmas Parade was absolutely fantastic – a total showstopper and I am so glad we got to attend our first parade at the shopping centre! The finale saw snow shaped confetti being released, much to the delight of many children as they said goodbye to their favourite characters. You can check out all the intu Trafford Centre events in the run up to Christmas and beyond on their site.

A Christmas Parade in a shopping mall

Continuing with the Christmas theme, situated just outside the Orient is the very magical Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto – navigate your way through burrows whilst meeting Peter Rabbit, Mr. Todd and Mrs. Tiggywinkle and be encapsulated by their animal world.

Trafford Centre Grotto

The character’s are amazing and hugely funny, offering respite during your wait to see Father Christmas. There are many activities to take part in as you wind your way around the grotto, including decorating your own gingerbread cookie! Which Liv informed me was absolutely delicious!

Trafford Centre Grotto

The Grotto itself is impeccably decorated and very inkeeping with the Peter Rabbit theme – there are also plenty of tree trunks for adults to perch themselves on too! Finally you move on to meeting Father Christmas (who even made a surprise visit to the parade!) to tell him what you would like for Christmas – I was informed there wasn’t enough wrapping paper to cover The Rock! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Trafford Centre Grotto Cookie

Tickets are priced at ยฃ8.50 for children and ยฃ5.50 for adults, the grotto runs until 24th December.

Also located directly outside the Orient is the fantastic Alpine Village Trafford Centre experience.

Alpine Village Trafford Centre

Offering traditional Christmas food and drink, alongside family fun activities including a beautifully decorated carousel and big ferris wheel (as seen in the first image). Fortunately, arriving at the Trafford Centre ridiculously early meant we had the opportunity to take pictures before the crowds descended… and descend they did!

Alpine Village Trafford Centre markets

A fantastic set of Christmas market huts for you to stock up on Bratwurst, Nutella crepes, mulled wine, hot Vimto and even super yummy halloumi fries – which were absolutely delicious and priced at ยฃ5 for 5 fries.

Alpine Village Halloumi Fries

Alongsideย the traditional Christmas markets offerings, there is a large tipi tent which houses a bar, lots of comfy seating areas, fire pits, photo booth and live music. The perfect place to chill after a shopping trip at the Trafford Centre!

Alpine Village tent

Outside of the large tipi tent is a rather cool igloo seated area for a more chilly themed experience! The Alpine Village is a great addition to the Trafford Centre and offers a very festive Christmas market feel. There really is something for all and children will absolutely love the activities on offer. Check out further details on their Facebook page.

The Manchester Trafford Centre has surpassed itself by bringing Christmas cheer to all that visit in the run up to Christmas – make sure you head down so you don’t miss out!

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Jenny @thebrickcastle November 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Batman!! ๐Ÿ˜€ hahaha It was an excellent day, it really was. Incredibly festive and everyone was in such a lovely mood, the atmosphere was great ๐Ÿ™‚

Jo (A Rose Tinted World) November 23, 2018 at 5:02 pm

This looks fabulous! Love the Trafford Centre but this is brilliant! #PoCoLo

S1m November 26, 2018 at 12:01 pm

The Trafford Centre is amazing, but their events really do make it more than just a shopping experience. The Christmas parade was amazing and we are already looking forward to next year’s! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

Rosie Doal November 23, 2018 at 6:24 pm

This looks so fun. I’m feeling so festive right now and love anything Christmassy. Looks like you had a great time x #pocolo

S1m November 26, 2018 at 11:55 am

I absolutely love Christmas and this was such a fantastic day to get everyone in the Christmas spirit ๐Ÿ™‚ x

Patrick Weseman November 24, 2018 at 7:39 pm

What a very cool place. Looks like a wonderful time. #PoCoLo

S1m November 26, 2018 at 11:52 am

It really was such a fantastic day and we all left with lots of Christmas cheer ๐Ÿ™‚

Stephanie 139a November 28, 2018 at 9:49 pm

Looks a great way to kick off Christmas – and always good to get a bit of relaxation in at the same time! thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

Morg November 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm

What a great day. Peter Rabbit will always have a special place in my heart because they’re the stories my Nan used to read to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

S1m November 30, 2018 at 1:57 pm

It turns out Peter Rabbit was a bit of a groover… who knew ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a beloved character and was totally perfect for the parade ๐Ÿ™‚ x

tracey bowden November 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm

It was fabulous, wasn’t it! It is now the highlight of my niece and nephews year and the grotto just topped it all off #pocolo

S1m November 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm

It really was such a fantastic event and glad we were there to experience it all ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


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