My kids can walk for miles when there’s a fun trail to follow and even better if there’s a chance of a hot chocolate and treat at the end. They’re a great way to get out for a family walk and easy for social distancing so I’ve pulled together a list of great festive family trails in Cheshire, Greater Manchester and nearby.
Reindeer Trail (Oldham)
There might not be a reindeer parade this year in Oldham but the reindeer have arrived for a free fun family friendly trail. There are 10 specially designed reindeer sculptures, 5ft high with their own name and theme.
Winter Wonderland Walk of Light (Didsbury)
The Winter Wonderland Walk of Light is a collection of artwork created by the pupils of Broad Oak and festive lights running at Stenner Woods with a suggested donation of £1.
Broadoak Winter Hearts Trail (Didsbury)
A lovely family activity…. follow the map to find the Christmas hearts. All completed trail sheets will be entered into a prize draw.
Letter Santa Trail at the Hive (Bolton) 9th December.
Complete your letter to Santa in advance and bring it along forf this self-led trail. Find the festive clues needed to ensure their letter makes it all the way to Lapland, before posting you letter in Santa’s special post box.
Totally Christmas Trail (near Macclesfiled)
A fun, socially-distanced, Christmas themed trail for children. Complete with a visit to see Santa. Solve the quiz across our themed rooms, get your photo in our Gingerbread Sleigh and meet the Big Man himself.
Christmas Cracker Trail (Knutsford)
The Christmas Cracker Trail will add some welcome festive cheer this Christmas, and runs from December 14th to 20th. Families who want to enjoy the trail can pick up a form from Mr Simms Knutsford.
Carwood Festive Fairy Trail (Bramhall)
The “Christmas” trail and magical trees will there from the 13th so you don’t have to come on that date, any date after then is great too (up until Christmas) and there will be information there with a QR code to direct people to the Just Giving page. There are also going to be some very special visitors on the 13th December!! Father Christmas and Mother Christmas this event is perfect for little ones but also for all who love the magic of Christmas.
Peter Rabbit Winter Adventure Trail at Quarry Bank (Wilmslow)
This winter, treat your little ones to the magic of a Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail at Quarry Bank. Open every day the property is open from 10:30am to 4pm, from 5 December to 10 January
Christmas Trail at Tatton Park (Knutsford)
A festive feel-good family trail in Tatton Park’s beautiful mid-winter gardens solving puzzles to reveal important plans for the party. Take a seat and snap your selfies with Holly and her wildlife friends around their spectacular festive table! Write your hopes for this festive season to place on our Wish Tree and add your magic touch to our Christmas craft collage.
Peter Rabbit Winter Adventure Trail at Dunham Massey National Trust (Altrincham)
Spot all kinds of nature and Peter’s friends as you make your way around the beautiful gardens – who will you come across on the way?
Marbury Country Park Elf Trail (Northwich)
Santa’s naughty Elves are on the loose and we need your help to find them all! They have hidden the password to Santa’s Nice List around Marbury Country Park and your help is needed to locate the letters and unscramble the code. Running on 19th and 20th December.
Snowman Hunt (Macclesfield)
The Friends of Park Royal have created a Snowman Hunt. Hunt for the snowmen hidden around town, collect the letters and crack the code to be in for the chance of winning a prize.
If you’re looking for more of a big Christmas illuminated experience, check out the Christmas light trail guide.