Christmas is coming - which means it's time for your little ones to pay a visit to the main man.

We all know Santa makes a flying visit to see what all the girls and boys want for Christmas, so we're making sure you know exactly where to find him this year.

We've already compiled a mammoth list of Christmas events for the family here and you can check out what pantos and shows are happening this festive season too.

Don't forget there's lots of festive fun at the Trafford Centre where Tinsel Town is taking place outside The Orient, with its own ice skating rink, and there are lots more places to give skating a go this year.

Winter Wonderland is running at EventCity from December 4 and Winter Funland will this year be held at the BEC Arena from December 19, with both events finishing on January 2.

Here's our list of some of the main grottos in and around Greater Manchester.

Santa's grotto is part of Tinsel Town at The Trafford Centre

Tinsel Town at the Trafford Centre

Father Christmas is inside his twinkling tipi at this year's Trafford Centre grotto.

His elves are on hand to welcome little ones and ask them to write down their Christmas wishes.

You can then head through to see Santa himself, hear all about his special preparations he is making for Christmas and join in with the elves' Christmas song.

Children will meet Father Christmas, receive a gift and have their photo taken with him.

The tipi is open until Christmas Eve and costs £9 per child (including a gift from Santa) and £5 per adult. Sessions can be booked online here.

George, six, and two-year-old Freddie meet Santa inside his twinkling tipi at The Trafford Centre's Tinsel Town

Winter Wonderland, EventCity, Trafford

The original Silcock's Winter Wonderland is making a return to Trafford's EventCity this year and children get to meet Father Christmas as part of the event.

Little ones will be greeted by elves and fairies and will have the chance for a meet and greet with the main man.

To buy a toy from the Toy Workshop as part of the experience, you can buy a voucher for £4.50 from the Elf Shed.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a photo with Father Christmas.

Winter Wonderland is set to transform the indoor 22,000 sq m exhibition space into 'an unbelievable and magical winter wonderland', featuring more than 50 family rides and attractions including dodgems, roller coasters, waltzers and lots more.

Tickets cost £29.50 for adults and children off-peak and £35 at peak times. OAPs £20 and £27.50 respectively and under threes free. You can get a £10 discount on a family ticket for four. For more details and to book, visit the website here.

The event is running from December 4, until January 2, 2022, with each session lasting four hours.

Children can visit Santa at EventCity's Winter Wonderland

Santa's Sleigh / Postbox, Manchester Arndale

There's a brand new Christmas experience at the Arndale this year, where families are invited to try out Santa's virtual magic sleigh ride and have a chat to the talking Santa's Postbox.

Once aboard the sleigh, your HD VR headset promises 'a fully immersive 4D experience' as it transports you across the globe - and 'even into space'.

Tilting forwards, backwards and side to side, the sleigh’s movements have been specially designed take you on a real journey.

Tickets for the ride, on the Upper Mall near Argos, cost £3.50 each or £12 for a family of four, with at least one adult included. Maximum capacity of eight people per session. Book online here.

You'll also find a talking Santa's Postbox on the upper mall, where you can help your little one write their Christmas wish list whilst chatting to the magic postbox in his winter wonderland snow scene.

Letters posted up until 17 December will receive a reply via post. Letters posted between 18-24 December will receive a reply via email. Find out more here.

Cockfields Christmas Experience, Ashton

An 'authentic Christmas experience' is promised once again at Cockfields Farm this year.

The whole farm has been transformed into 'a magical winter wonderland' for what promises to be 'a Christmas experience you will never forget'.

Little ones are given the chance to nosey through the Elf Village, snuggle animals in Santa's cuddle corner and enjoy a private family visit to meet the big man himself.

They can check themselves on the Goodometer where Bubbles the Elf will see if they've been naughty or nice, make some reindeer dust, build their own teddy bear and watch a production of The Reindeer Flying School show.

Tickets, £20 for adults and £40 for children, can be booked online.

More from Cockfields Farm build a bear

Lancaster Park and Animal Farm, Oldham

The grotto event at Oldham's Lancaster Park and Animal Farm is always a big hit with families.

You'll be greeted by Santa's elves, can join Mrs Claus in her cosy cottage for a Christmas story and write a letter to Santa inside his log cabin.

Of course you'll get to meet the man himself too and take a seat inside Santa's life-size sleigh.

There's all the usual fun of the farm too, including the caterpillar barrel ride, mini quads, digger corner, swings, slides, ziplines and more.

Tickets cost £8.50 for adults, £11.50 for children and £5.50 for babies under 12 months. Book on the website here.

Santa visit at Lancaster Park and Animal Farm

Reddish Vale Farm, Stockport

There's more festive fun on the farm at Reddish Vale Farm too this Christmas.

Children will arrive at Passport Control and collect their passports before heading to the North Pole for their Christmas adventure.

They'll join the Elf Academy to see if they qualify to become a Workshop Elf before building their very own Christmas Friend to take home.

There's letters to Father Christmas, decorating festive treats in Mrs Claus's Kitchen and listening to a festive tale around the log fire.

Families will then visit Santa's Stable to meet a few of his farmyard friends before meeting the man himself.

Tickets, £34.50 for children and £14.50 for adults, can be booked online.

Chill Factore, Trafford

Children can have a play in the real snow and meet Santa on their trip to Chill Factore.

'An unforgettable journey' is promised with families joining in with the festivities and meeting jolly Santa Claus and his helpers.

It's open from now until Christmas Eve except for December 6 to 8.

Each child who meets Santa also receives a special festive gift.

Tickets for Santa's Grotto on the snow cost £17.95 and can be booked online. You can pay extra to include a Snow Park session, suitable for ages four and over.

Kids can meet Santa and visit the Snow Park at Chill Factore

Christmas Bricktacular, Legoland Discovery Centre, Trafford

Youngsters can meet a Lego Santa in his grotto at Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester.

They can take part in a scavenger hunt in the winter wonderland-themed Miniland, build a cool Lego decoration to enter in a competition and rock around the Lego Christmas tree at the pop-up dance parties with the centre's mascots.

There’s fun for pre-schoolers too, with festive-themed Little Play Squad led session to join in with.

Tickets need to be upgraded to meet Lego Santa.

For an extra £5 per person on selected dates, you’ll sit in Lego Santa’s house while you write a letter before heading into his grotto to have a souvenir photo taken with the brick man himself and get an 'awesome gift'.

Christmas Bricktacular is running from December 4 to January 2. Tickets, from £17.50, can be booked online.

Father Christmas Experience at Wythenshawe Hall, Manchester

A 'specially created Christmas experience' is coming to Wythenshawe Hall this festive season.

In partnership with Sneaky Experience, the 'never seen before interactive experience' promises to take visitors on 'a magical journey of storytelling and festive imagination'.

Join The Wythenshawe Elves as they lead you on 'an enchanting interactive tour' around their workshop, plus a sneaky behind the scenes visit to ‘The Jolly Elf' Tavern where you can join the Elves and Mrs Claus in some Christmas cheer before your special meeting with the big man himself.

The event is running the first two weekends in December and then daily from December 18 to 23.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £15 for children and can be booked online.

Enchanted at Knowsley Safari

The 'magical' light trail returns to Knowsley this Christmas and there's the option to add a Santa Experience either as part of it or during the day.

Twinkling deer, giraffes, penguins, zebras and more light the way around the Enchanted forest where visitors can also enjoy toasting marshmallows, a glass of mulled wine and other festive treats available from the brand new outdoor food court.

For added excitement, Knowsley Safari’s rides are also open throughout the event, as festive tunes play throughout the experience.

If you choose to add the Santa Experience, children can have a meet and greet with Mr Claus and take away a framed picture of their encounter.

Enchanted tickets are £9 for children and adults (£8 for members) and under threes and carers are free. Sessions run between 4pm and 9pm on selected dates from November 20 to December 30. Santa Experience tickets are £12.

To visit Knowsley Safari guests must pre-book tickets and a timeslot on the website here.