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The ultimate family day out this Christmas

Festive fun, shopping, selfies, special characters and more

Discover an enchanted season at Whiteley this Christmas.

You’ll be able to meet Santa and his elf, explore our winter stalls, sing along to live Yuletide music, take a ride on sparkling carousel, see family movies at Cineworld and go head to head at Rock Up, eat delicious food at Wildwood, Prezzo, Kaspa’s Desserts, wagamama and Nando’s and meet fun princesses, superheroes and snowmen.

You’ll also be able to uncover amazing gifts to leave them wowed at Smiggle, Flying Tiger, The Entertainer, Marks & Spencer and Waterstones plus much, much more.

Meet Santa and his Elf, Saturday 25th November, Sunday 17th December and Saturday 23rd December

Step into our magical new grotto area and meet Santa and his mischievous Elf – don’t forget your Christmas wishlist!

Santa and elf

A sparkling kids’ fairground carousel

Capture their imaginations with our gorgeous Christmas carousel ride which will be coming to Whiteley from Friday 1st December to Sunday 7th January.

Embrace a traditional Christmas market at Whiteley with stalls including delicious bratwurst (7th November-7th January); an irresistible cheese selection (21st November-24th December) and traditional pick’n’mix sweets galore (21st November-2nd January).

Meet fabulously festive characters

Frozen Christmas

Singing, greeting, superhero training and more. Whiteley will be welcoming a whole host of inspiring characters including Sleepy Princess and American Captain, the Snow Sisters and their Huggable Snowman Friend, a Mermaid Princess and Spider Hero. There’s also a wonderfully musical Princess Day that will leave kids of all ages (and adults) delighted.

Find out when they’re visiting here

Dance and sing along to live Christmas songs and music

We’ll be hosting brilliant live bands, choirs and singers in the run up to Christmas. Hear the talented kids from Sound Pop Academy on Sunday 10th December (12-12.30pm and 1.30-2pm) and the uplifting Watlings Brass Band on Saturday 23rd December. Watch this space for more musical announcements!

Eat, drink and be merry

Wildwood Christmas

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Whiteley has incredible restaurants serving up delicious food, drinks and sweet stuff that kids (and adults) will love.

For inspired Christmas menus, head to Harvester which has kids’ festive menus and breakfast with Santa specials complete with goodie bags. Pizza, patas and risotto experts Wildwood are hosting three-course meals for £27.95 and Prezzo have set menus, drinks packages and brand new tiramisu (yum).

For fun places to eat the kids will absolutely love, Jurassic Grill and Kaspa’s Desserts are unmissable. Spot dinosaurs and eat Jurassic-inspired tenders, burgers and pasta then let them go wild in Kaspa’s Desserts’ world of sundaes, doughnuts, s’mores, waffles and milkshakes.

wagamama Christmas

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Or enjoy some tasty street food on the go with spiced chicken at Nando’s (their Nandino’s menu for under 10s is delicious and only £5.95 for chicken and sides including broccoli, spicy rice and corn on the cob), noodles and curry bowls at wagamama (their children’s menu is filled with mini ramen bowls, chicken noodles and chicken katsu) and burgers at Burger King and Five Guys.

A family day at Rock Up

Reach thrilling heights together with a fun day climbing at Rock Up. With fun walls, rope challenges, toddler climb and play, soft play and special SEN sessions, it’s everything you need to make a special memory together. Find out what’s on when.

Movie night at Cineworld

Cineworld Christmas

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Cineworld’s Christmas season is the perfect family day out with comfy seats, tasty snacks and seasonal movies. Book your seats now for The Marvels on 10th November, Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes on 17th and Wonka on 8th December.
Book here

Find toys for their wishlists and gorgeous gifts for under the tree

Snow Globe Marks and Spencer

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Whiteley is the most wonderful place to find gifts for everyone you love. From quirky finds at Accessorize and Waterstones to luxe delights at Pandora, we’ve got something original they’ll love. Don’t miss Smiggle, Tiger, JoJo Maman Bébé and The Entertainer for kids’ toys and stocking fillers.

Next, River Island and H&M have all the most-wanted fashion and accessories, JD Sports has sneakers and athleisure plus there’s The Body Shop and Boots for essential beauty finds. Oh, and for Santa’s Christmas Eve treats, there’s Marks & Spencer. Happy shopping!

Whiteley is open late from 4th December with four free hours of parking and child-and-parent spaces. Times: Monday to Wednesday 7pm close; Thursday to Friday 8pm close; Saturday 7pm close and Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm. From Monday 18th to Friday 22nd December, 8pm close.