With Christmas fast approaching, we thought we’d put together a list of some of the fantastic festive activities that are going on around the Smithfield development.
Stokies, you’re in luck! Your city has a brilliant Christmas itinerary this December that is sure to get you in the festive spirit. From Winter Wonderland to a live performance of Beauty and the Beast, there’s something for everyone this Christmas in Stoke-on-Trent!
Back for its 5th year, Winter Wonderland is now a Christmas calendar staple for all in Stoke-on-Trent. Running from 25th November-3rd January 2022, it is the ultimate Christmas outing and entry is free.
With thousands of lights, beautiful decorations, Christmas trees, REAL reindeer & candy canes, Winter Wonderland transports you directly to Lapland. At Santa’s Grotto, children get a chance to meet Santa Clause and tell him their Christmas wishes – a heartwarming sight. This perfect setting is guaranteed to ignite the Christmas magic and put a smile on your face.
Winter Wonderland boasts a huge selection of rides for all ages, including the Crazy Mouse and Santa’s Sleigh Roller Coasters. For those daring enough there’s also a 60m high Sky Swing… Santa’s not the only one who’ll be flying this christmas! You can also expect to see all the traditional children’s favourites. Rides are pay as you go or you can purchase a 4hr unlimited riding wristband.
Skate the night away at Winter Wonderland’s huge undercover real ice rink or relax and enjoy a drink at the Wild Boar Bavarian Bar. They offer everything, from luxury hot chocolates and specialty coffees to draft beers served in traditional steins, spirits and of course, the Christmas speciality, warm mulled wine. A Bavarian swing grill, a traditional roasting pit and a vast selection of savoury and sweet festive treats have you covered on the food front.
A Winter Wonderland trip simply has to be on your Christmas agenda, so book your ride/skating tickets online now!
Location: Linchfield Street, Birch Terrace Car Park, Hanley, ST1 13JN.
Christmas at Trentham
Christmas at Trentham is back and better than before! This December, the award-winning Trentham Gardens transforms into a brand-new illuminated trail designed to accentuate the flora and fauna and get the Christmas juices flowing.
The visually stunning, multi-sensory mix of light, fire and sound will take your breath away. Enjoy your journey through the beautiful display with some festive food and drink. For a truly enchanting Christmas experience, visit Christmas at Trentham this December.
It runs from 26th November-9th January, book tickets online now!
Location: Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG
Take a Trip to the Theatre!
Nothing screams Christmas quite like a trip to the theatre, right? Well, Stokies, this year is no different.
From 26th November-29th January, at the New Vic Theatre (just 5 minutes drive from Smithfield), Beauty and the Beast will be performed. Expect enchanting storytelling, music, humour and magical moments in abundance in Theresa Heskins’ adaption of the classic fairytale. Go with a friend, partner or take the whole family… either way it is a brilliant feel good activity in Stoke-on-Trent this Christmas. Book tickets here.
Location: New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0JG
Fancy more of an immersive theatrical experience? No problem. Running from 10th December-2nd January at Regent Theatre (a stone’s throw from Smithfield) is the spectacular family pantomime, Cinderella. As with all pantomimes, you’re in for some laugh out loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of booing of the bad guys! Take the whole family, laugh together and make some marvellous memories as you watch Cinderella rise to royalty and claim her Prince Charming. Book tickets now.
Location: Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP
Festival of Trees
Christmas trees are a quintessential part of the festive period – when they go up, it’s a sign that Santa will be coming soon! From 10:30am-4:30pm each day between 4th December-18th December at the Heritage Visitor Centre (a short drive from Smithfield), a christmas tree festival celebrates what helps make christmas the most wonderful time of the year!
The festival’s display of colour themed Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes is a really amazing spectacle. Sip on tea, coffee and mulled wine and snack on mince pies as you walk around gazing at the beauty of the trees and their surrounding festive pottery treats. No booking required for this one, just turn up and enjoy!
Location: Sandbach Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2DQ
Enjoy Your Christmas in Stoke-on-Trent
So there we have it… our recommendations for great ways to spend your days this Christmas around the Smithfield development in Stoke-on-Trent. There definitely is something for all ages and you’re bound to leave all of the activities with a huge smile on your face and a real sense of Christmas spirit. We Ho Ho hope you have a brilliant Christmas!