We’ve been following Father Christmas’s movements very closely to plot exactly when and where he’ll be appearing with his entourage of reindeer and elves at grottos in and outside of London this year. The officials at the North Pole have given us this insider information, so you can get booking your Christmas grotto experience asap!

We’ll be updating this feature with Christmas Grottos as they are announced.

The Goodman’s Fields Grotto 

On Thursday, 19th December, from 4pm till 9pm, Visit Santa’s Grotto at Goodman’s Fields for some last-minute Christmas cheer and a gift. You will be able to see Santa’s reindeer as they take a rest before their big night, then snap a #sleighselfie on Santa’s sleigh. Head to the piazza & enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate or mulled wine along with a mince pie from Sainsbury’s.

Chelsea Grotto with Sharky and George

The Chelsea Christmas Grotto has teamed up with legendary children’s entertainers Sharky & George to give you an hour long festive experience like no other.

Start off with 30 minutes of classic Sharky & George games before entering Father Christmas’s workshop. Father Christmas himself will read to the children before a one-to-one meeting with each child, where they will receive a gift from under the tree. The children will then be able try their hand at gingerbread biscuit or bauble decorating.

Christmas at Kew Gardens

With over one million twinkling lights of every colour imaginable, Kew Garden’s Christmas tour is truly magical.

This will be it’s seventh year and they’re taking a magical new route, which will include a host of all-new installations. Laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House this year and you can also walk through the dazzling arch which leads to a cascade of glowing shards at the Treetop Walkway.

There’ll also be some familiar favourites including the stunning tunnel of light and the singing Holly bushes. Complete your trip with the Palm House Pond finale where jumping jets of light dance across the water to Christmas classics.

There will also be a Victorian carousel and other family rides. Don’t forget to look out for Father Christmas and his elves along the way.

Santa’s Sleepover, Legoland Windsor

Have a sleepover at Legoland with a special twist this Christmas. Enjoy some festive fun including an elves’ magic show and a personal Father Christmas meet and greet in his grotto.

While you’re there little helpers will be needed to build LEGO gifts that they’ll be able to take home. You can also enjoy access to Legoland at Christmas, with limited rides and shows, splash and play in the indoor water play area and swimming pool and enjoy festive evening entertainment for the whole family.

Santa’s Sleepover is sure to be a true treat for all the family.

Christmas in Leicester Square

Take a festive trip through Leicester Square’s magical Christmas markets and find Father Christmas’s grotto where your children can meet the man himself plus enjoy a whole host of fantastic shows in the beautiful surrounds of a tradtional 1920s spiegeltent.

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Travel around the magical land of Father Christmas on the Santa Express and take a trip through his workshop where you’ll meet the elves.

Located in the heart of London, Winter Wonderland is the place to visit this Christmas season, as Hyde Park transforms into a world of unforgettable festive magic.

Father Christmas in the Crystal Grotto, Painshill Park, Surrey

A snap-shot of what the real North Pole might look like – why not join Father Christmas and his trusty elves in the magical Crystal Grotto at Painshill Park. When you arrive it’s all aboard the Christmas land train where you can appreciate the stunning views on your way to the bright twinkling grotto.

Sail with Santa City Cruises

Set sail with Santa and City Cruises this festive season. Children can enjoy a cruise down the Thames and to meet Santa as he swaps his sleigh for a boat. Each child will get a present from the big man and will also get a cookie and a drink. Adults can also enjoy the trip with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie!

Santa’s Grotto Chessington Garden Centre

Start your journey in the craft workshop before taking a walk through the magical Christmas scenes on your way to meet Santa.  You will then have the chance to pick your perfect present inside the Toy Factory fresh off the production line.

WWT London Wetland Centre

You will be sure to make some magical memories visiting Santa is his cosy grotto. Children will be able to meet Father Christmas and will also have the opportunity for a photo with the big man himself. Tickets to visit Santa’s grotto will go on sale on the 1st November (online booking only).

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

While all the animals are tucked up in bed, take a night stroll through ZSL London Zoo and explore the magical after dark illuminated trail. Travel through the light vortex and see the larger-than-life, illuminated wild animal sculptures. Try and see if you can get a glimpse of Father Christmas and his elves along the way.


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