Tinsel Town: a look at Trafford Centre’s Christmas fairground, icerink, toboggan slide, big wheel & grotto

From the UK’s longest toboggan slide to a host of fairground rides, there is lots of festive fun to be had.

The Trafford Centre has unveiled its latest Christmas attractions to keep visitors entertained over the festive period.

The winter wonderland themed site, dubbed Tinsel Town, will be at the centre until 3 January 2022.

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It includes a large covered ice rink, the UK’s longest toboggan slide, a professional ice-skating show within a big top, a Ferris wheel and more than 20 Christmas-themed fairground rides.

Toboggan slide at the Trafford Centre

There is also a Santa’s grotto - in a lit-up teepee tent - where kids can meet Father Christmas, and a street food area featuring Bavarian-style huts.

Zoe Inman, centre director, said: “Tinsel Town truly is the north’s own winter wonderland; an experience you do not want to miss this Christmas! Combine your visit with some late-night shopping, festive events at stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis, festive music on the malls and of course, our spectacular Christmas lights.”

Tinsel Town Map at Trafford Centre

How much does it all cost and how do I book?

Tinsel Town is outside The Orient, opposite The Great Hall entrance.

Visitors do not need to pay general admission to buy food and drink in the hangar area.

However, admission to the fairground costs £3.50 (£3 if pre-booked) with individual rides charged via a tokens system. Book here.

Santa’s grotto is £9 per child and £5 for an accompanying adult and can be booked here.

The ice-rink admission ranges from £7.50 to £12, depending on the time of visit - you can book slots and view prices here.

Finally, the Snowstorm ice show costs from £9.99 a ticket and can be booked here.