Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Our Exciting time at Winter Wonderland Manchester 2017!

Every year for Christmas, we will visit the Christmas night market and occasionally a Santa's Grotto. This year we did neither, but we went to the Winter Wonderland VIP launch night at Manchester Event City, and we had a blast!

The VIP night started off with performances from Chloe Rose and Winter Wonderland Bear (his name will be revealed on Christmas Eve), where we tried spotting footballers we can recognise!

Although there was a lot of people that night (we were all let in at the same time), the indoor theme park was so big it felt like we were one of the first that went in and there was hardly any queue during the evening. I believe that it'll be much busier during the weekends and when it's open for public, but they are limiting the number of people for each time slot to avoid over crowding and long queues, which is great especially for indoor events that has heating on too.

There were over 70 family rides (you can find out more details in our previous post), a lot of game stalls, a stage with shows throughout the 3 hours we were there, Santa's house as well as an area for food. The Bavarian Hotdog was quite good, so was the Chicken and Black Bean Sauce noodles according to Abby!

The stage:

The kids around the stage looked like they had lots of fun! We completely missed this because there was so much to do, we completely lost track of time!


Our kids felt a bit overwhelmed at the beginning because they had no idea which ride to go on first! There was just so many to choose from! Eventually they settled for an innocent looking teacup ride, which went a bit faster than I thought it would haha! It definitely loosen up the kids and they quickly ran towards the next one.

Although everything is indoor, Event City is so big that some of the rides felt enormous! There are definitely plenty of unique ones that you won't see at outdoor fun fairs, and they are all covered by your entrance ticket so you can go on as many as you want, and as many times as you fancy!

For Toddlers:

There are rides for different age groups (even adults!), although majority aren't really suitable for very young ones. However, Winter Wonderland has included at least 2 play areas for toddlers so they won't feel left out. There is a chill out zone and an indoor beach area they can play in, and there are plenty of fun shows on the stage that is suitable for them too.

Game Stalls:

Before we went in, I thought, since there are over 70 family rides, we should be able to avoid game stalls, but that was when I was expecting the usual game stalls from outdoor fun fairs, not like the ones we saw at Winter Wonderland!

These stalls are magical, they called out to all of us and we just couldn't resist them! The stalls are bigger, the prizes are better, and everyone is a winner! You can even join up your wins to win something bigger!

I was so tempted to grab a gingerbread man for myself, but kids come first, and they each hooked a present from one of the the Hook a Duck stall that aren't just any rubbish toy that they would normally forget about! It's been over a week now and both are still playing with their wins!

Hubby had a lot of fun too at the Shoot the Snowmen stall (I know!) as well and got the kids a massive emoji beanbag to bring home. We have never ever won anything this big, and it was only £3.50 for 15 goes, with prizes ranging from 1 shot to 14 shots (I think), so again, everyone is a winner, and you can collect your wins for the bigger prizes. You can't get that in other theme parks!

Santa's House:

I honestly though it's just an ordinary Santa's Grotto, although it looked longer than I expected. But when we got inside, we realised that it's the whole house! There was a living room, dining room, bedroom, and Mrs. Claus' kitchen too, all amazingly decorated! I don't think you'll get many opportunity to take a picture with Mrs. Claus, so if you want to make this year's Christmas extra special, make sure you visit Winter Wonderland Manchester by 24th December (they are open until January but Santa and Mrs. Claus won't be there anymore)!

You will be taking a picture with Santa as well of course, and have an opportunity to turn the picture into a shaker frame (not the ordinary snowglobe) or other picture merchandises. We kind of regretted not going for the shaker (we just went for the photo on its own) because the rectangle shaker looks really pretty and has little Christmas charms floating inside as well as the snow.

Food Court and other Facilities:

We were having so much fun we completely forgot about dinner! By the time we thought about sitting down for food it was already 9pm (way past bedtime haha)! The food was delicious, and we had to have slush of course, with multiple flavours to choose from! There is also ice-cream but we didn't get that far.

There are other facilities as well including a quiet room, cloak room and baby changing room. Security is tight but if you want to get in faster, make sure you don't bring any bags that is larger than an A4 size with you. Change for the cloak room will be helpful too because it's fairly warm inside.

I think we would have enjoyed it more if we didn't have school the next day to think about, so for those who are going during the weekends or school holiday, do make the most of it! There are plenty of unique rides and game stalls that are hard to resist, and the kids will definitely have a fantastic time there!