Christmas holiday events across Staffordshire

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Youngsters across Staffordshire will be breaking up soon for the Christmas holidays.

StaffsLive has put together a list of some of the great festive events around the county to keep children and adults entertained throughout the season.

Festive Pottery Painting

Location: Gladstone Pottery Museum
Date and time: Monday, December 1 until Wednesday, December 24 from 10am-4pm
Price: £1, plus admission

Paint a festive-themed piece of pottery to take home.

Festive Afternoon Tea

Location: Wedgwood Visitor Centre and Museum
Date and time: Monday, December 1 until Tuesday, December 23 from 1pm-5pm
Price: £10

Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches and cream cakes served on a Wedgwood china three-tiered stand with a selection of Wedgwood loose leaf teas.

Ice Skating

Location: The Trentham Estate
Date and time: Friday, November 28 until Sunday, January 4 from 11:00.
Price: Adults £8.50 and children aged 5-15 £6.75

Get your ice skates on this winter at Trentham Estate and finish with a wander around the 60 timber lodges housing shops, cafés and restaurants.

Christmas Wish

Location: The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Date and time: Saturday, December 13 from 11am – 5pm
Price: Free

Father Christmas’ reindeer will be making a special appearance for children to have their photographs taken with them and feed them treats.

Christmas Lunch

Location: National Memorial Arboretum

Date and time: Monday, December 1 until Wednesday, December 31
Price: Adult £24.95 and children £12.95

Enjoy a festive three-course meal with all the trimmings at the Arboretum restaurant whilst enjoying the wintery views.

Santa’s Grotto

Location: Chasewater Railway
Date and time: Monday, December 1 until Wednesday, December 24 from 10:30
Price: Adults £7 and children £9

Begin your magical Christmas with a train ride on the Santa Special and then meet the man himself in his grotto.

Santa’s Sleepover
Location: Alton Towers
Date: Monday, December 1 until Tuesday, December 23
Price: Adults £55 and children (2-11) £40 per night

Spend your Christmas holidays with an escape to Alton Towers. Meet Father Christmas and his reindeer, enjoy a Christmas dinner and breakfast, relax in the cosy cinema with festive films and spend the night in a themed hotel.

Dick Whittington
Location: The Regent Theatre
Date and time: Friday, November 28 until Sunday, January 4. Matinee and evening performance times vary
Price: £11.40 – £32.40

The Regent Theatre’s Christmas pantomime is a festive must-see. This year, join Dick Whittington on his adventure to London – with songs, comedy, dancing and plenty of audience participation.

Drayton’s Magical Christmas
Location: Drayton Manor
Date and time: Friday, December 12 until Wednesday, December 31 from 10:30
Price: 12 and over: £20.00, 4-11 years: £15.00, 2-3 years: £10.00, Under 2s: FREE

With more than 21 rides and attractions, spectacular decorations, festive music and guaranteed snow at least three times a day, Drayton Manor is the perfect place for a festive family day out.

Dickensian Leek
Location: Leek town centre
Date and time: Saturday, December 20 from 9am – 4pm
Price: Free

Enjoy Christmas in traditional Victorian style, in Leek town centre. Watch out for the Victorian flash-mob and browse the markets.

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