Perfect rainy day family Christmas events and activities in Blackpool, Preston, Burnley and across Lancashire


Snow, ice, heavy rain, high winds, sleet – winter can be beautiful, but sometimes the weather makes us want to stay indoors.

But that doesn’t mean we have to miss the fun of Christmas or a trip out of the house and places across Lancashire have a plethora of festive events in December so you can shield yourself from the storm in style.

We’ve put together a roundup of the indoor events taking place in Lancashire in the coming weeks, from visiting a winter wonderland and having the family participate in a pantomime to a ghost game of Christmas and to wonder at the decorations of a historic hall.

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Watch a Christmas movie with the family



Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Greatest Showman and Elf will screen at Fleetwood and Morecambe drive-in theaters

Stack everyone in the car and head over to Fleetwood Where Morecambe to watch one of four Christmas classics – Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Greatest Showman, and Elf – in a drive-in theater.

Drive-in theaters of the same films are also showing elsewhere in the North West in Knutsford and Runcorn, as well as in Crewe.

Tickets cost £ 35 per car plus £ 1.50 booking fee and can be purchased here.

For full listings and more information click here

Alternatively, the Flower bowlin Garstang is an entertainment complex complete with bowling lanes, restaurants, a curling lane and mini golf.

But it also features a quaint boutique-style four-screen cinema and in December they’ll be showing A Boy Called Christmas, starring Sally Hawkins, Toby Jones, Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent.

Screenings of The Muppet Christmas Carol, Arthur Christmas, The Polar Express and It’s a Wonderful Life are also planned ahead of Christmas.

Book your tickets and Find more information here

Spend a ghostly Christmas at Samlesbury Hall



The Great Hall of Samlesbury Hall
The Great Hall of Samlesbury Hall

Reserve your seat for a performance of The Lady in White – A Ghost Story for Christmas, if you dare.

Set inside the Gothic – and haunted – Samlesbury Hall near Preston, immerse yourself in candlelight and travel back in time to discover the 16th-century story of Lady Dorothy Southworth – the room’s most famous ghost.

The play, lasting about 40 minutes, will combine live actors and theatrical narration.

Several evenings will take place, the first at 6 p.m. and the last at 10 p.m., on December 14, 15, 16 and 19, with £ 15 tickets and they must be purchased in advance.

And if that doesn’t fill you with the ghosts of past Christmas for you, then you can take a spooky guided tour with expert and award-winning guide Simon Entwistle.

Tours start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday December 12.

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Board the Santaland Express



The caves of Santa Claus have opened in Lancashire
The caves of Santa Claus have opened in Lancashire

Have station master Elfo stamp your special ticket, then travel from imaginary Blackburningum station to Yulevik station to meet Santa Claus in his workshop.

Young visitors to The Mall at Blackburn can travel in the magic train through the Great Hall which has been transformed into a Tinsel town with visual and sound effects and they will receive a gift from Santa Claus.

It is advisable to book in advance, with tickets £ 9.95 per child including a parent.

Enjoy a pantomime in a city near you



The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

He’s behind you! Enjoy this classic panto line and more, plus slapstick comedy, pop song interpretations, and favorite fairy tale storytelling in a panto performance.

Look for celebrity appearances, extravagant sets and sparkling costumes.

From Snow White to Blackburn, Aladdin to Blackpool and Frozen to Chorley, check out our comprehensive roundup of pantomimes in Lancashire in December and early in the year.

Visit Winter Garden Wonderland in Blackpool



Bavarian-style Christmas markets in Blackpool
Bavarian-style Christmas markets in Blackpool

It was recently named the UK’s cheapest family attraction, with £ 37 covering a visit to Santa’s cave (£ 15 per child, £ 30 for a family of four) and a look at the stalls in the indoor craft market.

There are also more stalls, an ice rink, light projections, and artificial snowfall if you’re happy to brave the winter elements at Tower Headland.

For a full overview of Santa’s Caves in Lancashire, take a look here

Step into Christmas in a Tudor Hall



Rufford Old Hall in the village of Rufford, West Lancashire
Rufford Old Hall in the village of Rufford, West Lancashire

See how the Tudor Great Hall has been transformed for the holiday season, with Rufford Room fully dressed for Christmas.

Travel back in time to see how Christmas was celebrated in the 1920s, with a tree covered in feathers.

Marvel at the garlands and treat yourself to an Elizabethan feast or warm up with a minced pie in the on-site tea room.

Lancashire also has a number of other historic halls from different eras of history which will be decked out in all their festive glory including Gawthorpe room near Burnley, Hoghton Tower near Preston and Towneley Hall in Burnley.

Hear a Christmas story with Professor Jigget



The Whitaker Museum in Rawtenstall will reopen on Saturday July 24 after a significant investment of £ 2.2million
The Whitaker Museum in Rawtenstall will reopen on Saturday July 24 after a significant investment of £ 2.2million

Head to the Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall on Christmas Eve and let yourself be carried away by the magic of the occasion, with the arrival of Santa Claus in a day.

Professor Jigget will tell stories in the shed, and then there will be goodies for everyone in the Old Stables, including gingerbread lattes and festive cupcakes.

Storytelling sessions at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:35 p.m., with tickets £ 10 each and available in advance here

Attend a song concert



The male voice choir Arion
The male voice choir Arion

Listen and sing along as the Poulton-le-Fylde Band performs Christmas carols at The Great Blackpool Theater Monday December 13 with tickets available here.

Or head to the Muni Theater in Colne to enjoy the Nelson Arion Male Voice choir, the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band and the Nelson’s Children’s Choir perform Christmas classics.

You’ll be encouraged to participate, stomp and dance to the music – so the Scrooges are forewarned.

The Christmas Cracker concert takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday 11 December and tickets are £ 10

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