Whether bringing your family for a visit, or reuniting with beloved relatives on-Island, discover a playground of unrivalled beauty that’s naturally suited for kids and adults alike. Winter sees the Island shine bright with Christmas lights, festive cheer and family-fun events aplenty. Santa trains, adventure parks, forest walks and pantomimes are just a taster of what you and your family can experience on a five-day festive holiday to the Isle of Man.

The Isle of Man is home to a dynamic food scene which is built on a foundation of wonderful local produce and providers, meaning you and your family won’t go without delicious and nutritious food for the duration of your visit. Click here for a list of our family-friendly eateries.

Quality, quaint and quirky accommodation to enjoy with your family is plentiful in the Isle of Man, with a fantastic selection of places to stay for big groups and special family occasions. From lovingly refurbished harbourside properties to grand houses set in the countryside, the Island caters for all generations and preferences. We’ve put together a list of perfect properties for big family gatherings or alternatively check out our list of family-friendly accommodation.

Day One - 18th Dec

AM: Groudle Glen Railway Santa Trains

A magical morning at one of the Island’s most loved family Christmas events. The Groudle Glen Santa Train will take you on a short journey along the Island’s east coast, before returning back to Santa’s Grotto for a meet and greet with Father Christmas himself.

Tickets are £9 per person, or ‘Family Saver’ tickets are available for two adults and two children. Pre-booking is required for this event – buy your tickets online here.

PM: Craftworks Studio

Craftworks Studio is a paint-your-own pottery studio situated in the picturesque Castletown in the Island’s south. With an extensive range of Christmas-themed bisque pottery to choose from, it’s the perfect place for your little ones to escape into a world of imagination and creativity.

Studio fees are £5 per painter, with the additional cost of the chosen pottery which can range from £2 to £30 – book your slot online here.

Day Two – 19th Dec

AM: ApeMann Adventure Park

Set in one of the Island’s most beautiful plantations, Ape Mann Adventure Park is a high-octane treetop adventure that will bring out the inner Tarzan in even the most trepid of adventurers. With different courses offering varying degrees of difficulty, it’s an action-packed family activity that will have you swinging through rope courses, crawling through sky barrels, and whizzing down zip lines.

Prices start from £12.50 for children up to 15, and £17.50 for adults. Click here for full pricing details.

PM: The Wizard of Oz Panto

Click your heels, clap your hands and journey over the rainbow this Christmas. This magical pantomime features great songs, dazzling dance routines, stunning scenery, beautiful costumers and amazing special effects – it will be an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

Tickets start from £19.50 for under 16s and £20.50 for adults – family and group tickets are also available. Book online here.

Day Three – 20th Dec

AM: Curraghs Wildlife Park

Curraghs Wildlife Park is the perfect place for a fun-filled family day out this winter. With over 350 animals to discover over 40 acres of beautiful, natural scenery, there’s so much to see and do you won’t know where to start! Kids, adults, and nature lovers alike will love learning about all the different animals, from penguins and meerkats to wallabies and monkeys.

Entry fees are £8 for children aged 2 – 15 and £11 for adults and those aged 16+. Click here for more information.

PM: Tea with Santa

Santa is coming back into town, this time setting up base at Tynwald Mills. You and your young ones can enjoy tea with Father Christmas himself, with opportunities for photos and telling Santa what you’d like for Christmas this year. Your ticket includes a roast carvery dinner and dessert, plus a special toy.

Tickets are £15 for children and £25 for adults. Book online here.

Day Four – 21st Dec

AM: Manx Museum

A morning at the Manx Museum…from the wonders of our natural world to road racing legends, there is something for everyone as you experience the Island’s vibrant history and its unique natural collections. The museum is has interactive displays so kids of all ages can learn about the Island’s 10,000 year story and is also bursting with artefacts and treasures unique to the Isle of Man, including hordes of Viking silver and relics.

The Manx Museum is free to enter, though donations are always welcome.

PM: The Polar Express Train Ride

Discover how the unique Isle of Man Steam Railway is transformed into the enchanting Polar Express, promising you and your family a magical Christmas experience. Your journey begins with the Polar Express picking you up at Douglas Station to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet the characters from the film, including the conductor, the singing chefs and of course the main man himself, Father Christmas!

Tickets are free for those aged 0-12 months, £15 for children and £30 for adults. Book online here.

Day Five – 22nd Dec

AM: E-Biking with Adventureology

Let the Isle of Man fuel your taste for adventure. With Adventureology’s fleet of full suspension e-bikes, you and your family can enjoy a fully guided tour. Whether you fancy discovering the north of the Island looking for wild wallabies, or a more adventurous challenge up in the hills and plantations, there’s no doubt you’ll finish your ride feeling joyful and exhilarated.

Click here for full pricing details.

PM: Festive Family Forest Adventure

The build up to Christmas can be fast-paced and hectic, especially for busy families, but getting out into the fresh country air can provide a welcome respite for all ages. Join Soul Adventures and the Happy Explorer on a festive family forest adventure. This two hour adventure will see you exploring Colden Plantation in search for hidden Christmas trees and special light up rope swings, the perfect activity to get your children enthused with the great outdoors.

Tickets are £6 for children and £16.50 for adults. Book online here.


Craftworks Studio
Family Fun
Craftworks Studio

Craftworks is a paint-your-own pottery studio situated in the picturesque and ancient capital, Castletown, in the south of the Isle of Man. Painting pottery is fun for the whole family.

Ape Mann Adventure Park
Family Fun
Ape Mann Adventure Park

Set in one of the Island's largest plantations, South Barrule, there are activities for all the family. ​Find your way through the rope courses, crawl through the sky barrels, take on the leap of faith, and whiz down the long zip-lines.

Curraghs Wildlife Park
Animal Attraction
Animal Experiences at the Wildlife Park

Curraghs Wildlife Park is the perfect place for a fun-filled family day out; there’s so much to see and do – you won’t know where to start! There are over 350 of the world’s animals to discover set over 40 acres of beautiful, natural scenery.

Manx Museum
Manx Museum Facade

From the wonders of our natural world to road racing legends, begin your journey through the Island’s vibrant history and its unique national collections.

E-bike at sun set

Adventureology Active includes : Canoeing, Coasteering, Climbing, Walking and E-Bike tours . All actives can full or half day adventures