In no other respects would we lie to our children, but the Santa conspiracy, we keep to ourselves for, what,  7 or 8 years and that if there isn’t older sibling around to ‘spill the beans’. We do it because everyone else is doing it, we do it, because want it to be a magical time for them, we do it to see the wonder on their little face, and we do it out of love (then there are the bribery aspects, but I don’t want to spoil the mood).

With today’s canny and questioning children, the story is impractical and not logical, and I thought the age when they stop believing may have come down, but apparently not, the average age is 8.4, and one friend’s (now) 10 year old happily tracks Santa on his iPad every Christmas Eve


SO all that, as much as we adults enjoy the hedonistic few day where we eat, drink and be merry and give and receive gifts, when’s all said and done, it’s ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN.

Here’s a run down on what’s available for them locally

1. Ridgeway Farm – Festive fun on the farm

Just a little way outside Lytham is a magical place…………..

Ho, ho, ho…… guess who’ll be popping up at Ridgeway Farms. Father Christmas will be staying in the Fairytale Cottage every weekend from Saturday 4th December until Sunday 19th December. Father Christmas isn’t coming on his own, he is bringing his little helpers with him, and they will be doing crafts in the festive shed and tours through Ridgeway’s magical winter wonderland where you can see our festive animals. As it is the season for good food we will be offering hot drinks and hot food throughout the sessions, with some added surprises too. The event will be held outdoors so wear warm outdoor clothing and wellingtons or old boots.

Tickets are limited and everyone needs a ticket (except babies, up to walking age, however if they would like to visit Santa in his Tree House, then a Child’s Ticket will need to be purchased). Children’s tickets are £12.00 and accompanying adults will be £5 each, if you would like your child to receive a gift from Santa then these are just £5 just add Gift to your booking’  PLEASE NOTE: Please choose which time slot you would like your child to attend and adults will need to purchase a general ticket which will mean you can attend the time that your child does. If you would like a gift from Santa then please add Gift at check out. We are sorry but Tickets are non-transferable or refundable


2. Santa (and the Elves) at the Hall

Santa and his elves have found time in their busy schedule to come to Lytham Hall again this December.​Children will have the opportunity to meet with Santa himself and leave with a gift from his toymaker. There will also be a photo opportunity with Santa with your own Camera or phone.

3. Santa , the Dinosaurs and the Lost Elves of Lytham Hall 

Join Santa, the dinosaurs and Jingle the elf on this magical journey solving the mystery of the missing elves! Lots of surprises in store.
You will be guided around the beautiful grounds of Lytham Hall by Jingles the elf singing dancing and handing out sweets before meeting Santa.
Help Santa solve the mystery and he will tell a magical story and give a magical gift to the children from his sleigh. The children will get to bring their letters to Santa to post as he talks to them individually .There will also be  dinosaurs  in festive cheer and not forgetting the baby dinosaur ‘Rolo ‘ who’s trying to earn his antlers. But be careful! there is a creature lurking in the woods. You may come face to face with the Grinch himself!!
A magical Christmas journey like no other. There will be 3 shows a day at 10.30, 12pm and 1.30pm, with all tickets priced at £10

4. Mickey & Minnie visit Lytham



5. Santa Sleigh, A Real Reindeer, Festive Food & Rides 

Before Santa gets really busy he thought he’d nip over to St Annes On Sea Cricket Club!

Great afternoon for the kids, also including a Mini Christmas market and Festive Food and every child will take away a gift

The event is being organised by an external company (not St Annes Cricket Club).


6.  Children’s Christmas Cracker 



7. Robin Robin Trail at Fairhaven (every day) 

Every year, Robin joins her family on a big sneak to find food to survive the winter. Join us on the great RSPB sneak and celebrate your inner robin! Complete the trail and you will learn to sing like a robin, find your own superpower and use all your senses to connect with the robin within.  Our exclusive activity packs will help you complete all the fun challenges along the trail as well as give robin-related activities to do at home, a certificate (for when you become a brilliant robin) and much more!

Audio trails

We’ve also provided an audio trail. Scan the QR codes as you complete the sneak, to hear Robin herself guide you along the way. Voiced by Bronte Carmichael, the voice actor for Robin Robin.

Check out more details (in some cases) and ticket links & prices on EVENT Calendar HERE