What could bring more glee to your children’s faces than meeting Santa himself this Christmas? There are hundreds of grottos all over the UK, where festive cheer awaits to enchant your little ones. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites below, from petting real reindeer to story time with Mrs Claus, each has their own unique charm. So read on to discover where to see Father Christmas in 2019. Booking your tickets early is recommended, as Santa is a very busy man!
1. The Eden Project, Cornwall
Each year this stunning eco-project is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with ice rink, twinkling fairy lights and wonderfully imagined elves houses. Children will love seeing behind the scenes of Santa’s workshop. And they can even help with sorting letters and enjoy a fireside story with Santa. So are you thinking of staying in Cornwall for Christmas? Have a read of our Top 5 Family Friendly Hotels in Cornwall before you book.
Address: Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG
2. Santa Spectacular, Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire
A firm favourite with families every year, this immersive Santa experience receives rave reviews. There’s so much to do you can spend the whole day here, from ice skating to nativity performances featuring the farm’s animals. In addition the kids will love attending Elf Academy and teddy bear making workshops. Little touches make it really personal and memorable too, such as children being given their own golden key to enter Santa’s Toy Shop.
Address: Coursers Rd, St Albans AL4 0PF
3. Cheshire Reindeer Lodge, Cheshire
Set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, lakes and woodland, Cheshire Reindeer Lodge offers the perfect festive experience. Aside from meeting Santa in his grotto, a whole host of activities are available, such as an elf stage show, fairground rides, and feeding the reindeer. Browse the stalls of festive food and drink, before getting your photo taken in a beautiful traditional sleigh.
4. Santa’s Polar Express at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland you can combine a festive experience for the kids with stay at the 4* Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. Overlooking an unspoiled beach at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the hotel’s location is pretty spectacular. Firstly children will board the polar express train and travel through the resort’s beautiful grounds to a Winter Wonderland, where Santa’s Workshop and his elves await. Later on they can enjoy story time with Mrs Claus, after which they’ll receive a gift, a personal photo and, for the parents, complimentary mulled wine!
5. The Royal Albert Hall, London
And finally, are you wondering where to see Father Christmas in London? Well you can meet the big man at one of the capital’s most impressive buildings – a double whammy of culture and Christmas fun! This interactive experience includes a tour through the historic hall, where you will meet characters from the North Pole, and a ride in Santa’s sleigh.
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