Winter Funland is Offering 2,000 Tickets to Registered Charities to Attend VIP Opening

Winter Funland, the UK’s biggest Christmas indoor event, which is launching at the NEC Birmingham this December, is inviting local charities to make an application to attend its VIP event.

Taking place on Thursday 8th December from 6pm to 9:30pm, Winter Funland has put aside 2,000 tickets for registered charities to bring children and their families, staff, and carers to join local celebrities, sporting stars and the media at the exclusive event.

The 250,000 square foot space, the UK’s largest indoor exhibition space, will be transformed into a Winter Funland comprising a gigantic ice-skating rink, a 2,000 seater Christmas extravaganza circus show, a full-size fairground, and Santa’s Grotto ensuring Christmas 2022 will be one to remember*.

This Christmas extravaganza will also include a festive sweet and savoury food and drink market including halal food, mulled wine and sweet shop; mischievous elves popping up all over the place, and not to be missed are the elves flying through the air on their powerful motorbikes, delivering a breath-taking motorbike aerial display, alongside stuntman, Jez Avery performing on both two and four wheels. 

Winter Funland event director, Glen Ramsden, commented: “As part of our commitment to the local community, we want to give back to registered charities who are making such a difference to people’s lives, at a time when the cost of living has escalated which is why we are inviting them to come and make some memories at Winter Funland. All registered charities need to do is get in contact and they will be entered into a ballot.”

In addition, there is also an exclusive, special sensory session for families with children who have autism on Monday 12th December and there will be two sessions -11am and 5pm. This was a huge success last year as there are fewer crowds, the lighting is lowered, noise reduced, the circus explains what is going to happen with each act, and there is also a special chill out area too. Tickets do need to be purchased and visits to Santa need to be booked in advance via the website.

Glen continues: “Our sensory event was a real success last year so we will be doing this again this year, so all children have the opportunity to enjoy Winter Funland and families can have a magical time together.”

For the public, there are a range of daytime and early evening sessions available. Tickets cost £26 each, or £100 for a family of four, plus a booking fee. Children under three and carers go free but still need tickets. Grotto visits are £7 per child, including a present and one adult goes free and must be prebooked, along with discounted parking when purchasing tickets. The NEC Arena is served by multiple motorway connections and an onsite train station too.

The doors will officially open to the public on Saturday 10th December and will remain open until Monday 2nd January 2023. It is recommended people book early as sessions are booking up fast.

The charity tickets are available to registered charities only. Charities and families of children with autism, should apply via email to For further information on Winter Funland and to purchase tickets visit