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.

Christmas at Kew Gardens

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

Journey through the mesmerising flickering flames in the Fire Garden, spot larger-than-life illuminations and say hello to Father Christmas along the way.

Along the route, our delicious independent street food vendors will offer tasty festive delights, from hot food and sweet treats to spiced winter warmers and hot chocolate.

Walk under the stars and have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas as seasonal sounds fill the air.

There will be limited capacity with timed entry to Christmas at Kew so make sure to plan now to secure the date and time of your choice.

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.

With special activities for kids young and old to enjoy and even a magical letter and gift from Father Christmas included for each child.

They also have our amazing rides and attractions for all the family to enjoy together making this a unique Christmas day out bursting with LEGO bricks!

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.

This year, you must book your tickets in advance to keep everyone safe.

Santa’s Grotto Chessington Garden Centre

You will be transported to a magical world full of Christmas scenes and magic before meeting the big man himself.

Lapland UK

LaplandUK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story and the secret world of the elves brought to life through a 4-hour immersive experience of unprecedented scale and quality, as well as stories and interactive activities.


Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Chessington this year with your nearest and DEERest for some festive family fun!

Father Christmas and his band of merry elves are returning to Chessington once again for the festive season.

Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, encounter the Elves in the Toy Workshop and even enjoy a selection of our rides and attractions. Plus meet some of our incredible animals in our Zoo and Sea Life.

Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey has been enchanted this Christmas, with the house and garden transformed by the evergreen beauty of the festive season.

Take part in our winter adventure, Finding Father Christmas, join the Percy the Park Keeper trail or simply wrap up warm and take a bracing walk across the estate. With festive treats in the café, retail therapy in our shop, and Christmas wreath making workshops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Christmas with Shrek

London’s South Bank has a new guest coming to town, as Shrek’s Adventure! London announces that Shrek’s Grotto will return to Far Far Away this festive season.

For kids and grown-ups looking for some much-needed yuletide cheer, the Big Green Ogre has teamed-up with Santa to create a festive misadventure the whole family will love.

Guests who visit Shrek’s Adventure! London on selected days from Saturday 4th December to Friday 24th December will get the chance to venture through the grotto and pose for a picture with Santa before being gifted a candy treat made by the elves themselves.

Anya Hindmarch Village

Anya is opening her very first Christmas Grotto for 2021. The doors will open on the 15th November, sharing a magical, immersive journey through a moonlit forest to meet Father Christmas himself.

The Anya Cafe will also be serving delicious festive treats and The Christmas Shop will be stocked with limited edition decorations and present ideas including baubles, crackers, puzzles and mugs.


The ULTIMATE Christmas Gift For Kids This Year

If you’ve not yet met the Toniebox, it’s our pleasure to introduce you – and just in time for Christmas! A simple, no-screens Wi-Fi enabled speaker, the Toniebox is designed to tell audio stories to fuel your child’s imagination and appetite for literary adventure.

The Toniebox is a fabulous way to foster imagination and encourage independent active play, everything a young explorer’s growing mind needs. Children can move about, dance, play AND listen at the same time to an engaging story or music. The Toniebox presents a unique audio experience allowing the listener to build strong connections to stories and their characters!

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