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This festive season we've picked out three of our favourite Christmas locations which offer an array of accessible fun for the family...

Chatsworth House

Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP  http://www.chatsworth.org/

Chatsworth House is a plush stately home located in the Derbyshire dales. Situated in a 35,000-acre estate, the house features a garden maze, shops, park and its own farmhouse. A popular attraction all year round, Chatsworth House is famed for its Christmas time celebrations too. There's plenty to do, including full nativity performances in the farmyard and a pie and pea supper in the farm shop.

There's even the chance to explore the house itself. It's not only a unique opportunity to discover a house which dates back to the 16th Century, but decked out for Christmas, its decorations are second to none. This year's theme is The Wind in the Willows, as the interior of Chatsworth house has been transformed into Toad Hall. There's even a Christmas market set in the grounds with over 100 stalls for you to browse!

Thanks to a lift at Chatsworth House, those with mobility difficulties are able to access the entire house, whilst eight wheelchairs are available for hire. Electric scooters are unable to access the house but are free to roam the gardens. A map is available that details which areas of the ground are easily accessible, whilst parking is readily available for blue badge holders. Chatsworth House caters for those with visual and hearing impairments as well as those with mobility issues. Visit their website for more details.

Legoland Windsor

Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY  http://www.legoland.co.uk/

The World-Famous Legoland is getting a Christmas makeover this festive season, from pine trees and twinkling lights to a selection of exclusive rides and attractions! Legoland, as the name suggests, is a Lego-themed park which is ideal for the whole family to enjoy with various rides and model towns constructed entirely from Lego. It is the second most-visited theme park in the UK.

New attractions include the Bricksmas Express, a magical train which travels to the heart of this Lego Lapland, where you can find all 15 rides and the Elves' Workshop. Parking is free throughout the Christmas Bricktacular event, which is running from November 21st until December 23rd.

The Gentle nature of the rides at Legoland means that many of them are accessible. Wheelchair-friendly rides include the Aero Nomad and Loki's Labyrinth, whilst all shows are open to wheelchair users. Disabled parking is available close to the Legoland entrance for Blue Badge holders. Flat paths mean that wheelchair users have access to most of the park, but users can take the Hill Train to bypass trickier areas. Wheelchairs are available from the Lego Big Shop on a first come, first served basis.

Manchester Christmas Market

Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA  http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500241/christmas_markets

A time-honoured tradition, there are Christmas Markets held all over the country. Ranging from small village  events to those which encompass an entire city square, they bring Christmas produce, magic and wonder to one location to celebrate the best of the Christmas season. It's not officially Christmas until you've sampled some mulled wine and eaten a festive frankfurter.

This year's Manchester Christmas Market is suitably spectacular and spreads across the entire Manchester City square. Over 350 different stalls and attractions will be based over 10 market sites. They are located within a quarter of a mile of each other, and are accessible to everybody. Over nine million people visited the Manchester Christmas Markets last year!

Disabled Parking is available throughout Manchester in limited numbers such as on Chorlton Street and Mount Street, which both have seven bays. Thanks to a well-connected city centre, public transport is recommended where possible. There are toilet facilities available for disabled users on the ground floor of Lloyd street.