Santa's Grottoes Around the UK










Where to meet Father Christmas and other festive friends.

Presents on the big day are exciting but meeting Father Christmas himself is always a highlight of the season for any child. There are a number of grottoes and Christmas experiences on offer this year, with some selling out weeks in advance, so call or email us to secure your tickets and to make sure you get all the latest updates as soon as dates are announced for new events.

Harrods Christmas Grotto
Harrods, London
6 November to 24 December

Tickets on sale 14 September

One of the most popular grottoes by far, this magical experience never fails to sell out. This year, visitors can journey through Santa’s workshop before meeting him in person to receive a special gift. If you want to enjoy the festive surroundings a little longer, we recommend booking a Disney Christmas Café package which includes a buffet dinner, or a tea time visit, where children can enjoy their own mini version of this English tradition.

Meet Santa and his Huskies
London Wetland Centre, Barnes
5 and 6 December

Tickets on sale on the door

For something a little different to the traditional Santa’s grotto, we like this option in South London. Tickets can’t be pre-booked and must be purchased on the day. Children can enjoy meeting Santa, who has a gift for every child, and afterwards there are husky and donkey sleigh rides.

Santa’s Snowflake Grotto
Kew Gardens
25 November to 23 December

Tickets on sale now

Visiting Kew Gardens on a chilly winter’s evening is a truly magical experience. As darkness falls, the greenhouses, lakes, fountains and trees come to life with sparkling decorations and lights. Purchase your tickets for the Christmas Trail then enjoy an optional grotto visit on the day (extra fee payable) to say hello to Santa and collect a Christmas gift.

Meet Father Christmas at Legoland
Legoland, Windsor
December (dates to be confirmed)

Head to Royal Berkshire to enjoy all the fun and thrills of the Legoland park attractions, as well as a visit to see Father Christmas and collect a Lego present. Booking details for 2015 have yet to be released but let us know if you’d like to be kept updated.

I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys
London, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Lakeside and Dublin
December (dates to be confirmed)

Tickets on sale 25 September

Not only meeting Father Christmas but doing it at one of the world’s most famous toy stores has to be like all your Christmases coming at once. With stores across the UK and Ireland, get the whole family in the festive mood and enjoy a breakfast, lunch or tea experience with the man himself.

Santa’s Snow Kingdom
Chill Factore, Manchester
7 November to 24 December

Tickets on sale now

If meeting Santa isn’t enough to satisfy your young ones’ festive needs, how about meeting him in his castle and saying hello to his elves before spending time playing in real snow? For very small children, there is Mini Moose Land, full of snow and soft-play toys, and those over four years can spend time at the snow luge and pick up speed downhill in donut rings.

Santa’s Grotto
Cardiff Castle, Wales
5 to 23 December

Tickets on sale 1 October

Set against the backdrop of a grand fireplace in the castle’s Black Tower, this is one of the cosiest grottoes around. Children can take a seat with Santa by the fire and tell him their wishes for this Christmas.

Santa at Weald
Weald Country Park, Brentwood
5 to 24 December

Tickets on sale soon

With a Christmas tree, presents, reindeer, hot chocolate and Santa, this Essex country park has everything you could ask for from a family-friendly Christmas outing. Booking details for 2015 have yet to be released but let us know if you’d like to be kept updated.

Santa’s Magical Journey
Thursford, Norfolk
28 November to 23 December

Tickets on sale now

Take your own magical journey to find Santa in his grotto, as you venture through a land full of penguins, polar bears, giant teddy bears and a family of snowmen – make sure you don’t get caught in a snowball fight.

Pictured: Santa’s Grotto at Cardiff Castle