Which Santas Grotto Will You Be Visiting in 2021 ?

Visiting Santas Grotto is a traditional start to Christmas, I can remember going when I was a child, and taking my own children at various stages and its always magical and something for them to remember when they are older, and sometimes it keeps the magic alive a little longer!

If you are looking for a REAL Christmas adventure, then I would definitely recommend

Lapland UK

Location : Whitmoor Forest, Swinley Rd, Winkfield Row, Ascot SL5 8BD

One of the best Christmas experiences you can experience in the Uk, without going to Lapland itself, it is a truly magical day, you can read all about our visit from a few years ago HERE

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Hyde Park Santa Land

Location : Hyde Park, London

Full of festive fun for the little ones ….and those young at heart! We can’t wait to welcome you to Santa Land this winter.

A magical one stop shop in the corner of Wonderland, we’ve got your covered for the ultimate family day out. Step into Christmas through the red entrance gate landing in the heart of Santa Land, a feast for the eyes as you’re transported to the North Pole.

A festive destination designed for the family to enjoy and escape from the hustle and bustle of the main event, where all days are merry and bright!

With plenty of kids’ rides, festive eateries and the chance to meet Santa himself, Santa Land is the ultimate enchanting day out for all the family. This year, Winter Wonderland visitors also have the chance to dance with one of Santa’s elves and show off their moves! This free experience is designed for individuals to capture a piece of personalised, fun, festive content to download straight to their phone. Following instruction from the elf dance instructor, participants’ videos will be automatically stitched together and ready to share!

P.S. Have you made the good list this year? All the well behaved children visiting Santa will receive a present from Santa himself…(Remember he checks twice!)

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Reindeer Centre Santas Grotto

Location : Capralama Farm, Pluckley Rd, Bethersden TN26 3EQ

We are pleased to announce that Father Christmas and his team of elves will be returning to the Reindeer Centre to meet all the good boys and girls, parents and grandparents on the 13th of November.

He will be here every day from the 13th of November until the 24th of December, weekdays are less busy 10-4pm weekends are busier 10-5pm , please expect to queue, (at peak times we will split the entry so you can access the barn area first and Santa and Grotto afterwards to minimise the wait time for families)

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Garden Centre Santa Grotto

If you are looking for something slightly cheaper and easier to book (it sells out SO quickly) you might want to consider your local Garden Centre, which has a more personal feel and easier to get to!

Santa’s Grotto at Burston Garden Centre

Location : N Orbital Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 2DS

Come and visit Santa in our magical Christmas grotto. We’ve been working hard with Santa and his elves to ensure the safety of our guests and team members when you arrive this year.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Cherry Lane Santas Grotto

Christmas is coming!

Wander through a Christmas world to arrive at Santa’s Grotto! Meet Father Christmas for a charming chat and receive a special gift. A magical experience for the whole family to enjoy, sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

All Grotto tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or in store. Ticket price from £5.99 per child.

Your ticket will grant you access to the Grotto to visit Father Christmas within a 30 minute window. As capacity for each window is limited, please note you may not get your first choice of session time.

The elves will be there to guide you through to ensure your safety is paramount and answer any questions you may have.

Cherry Lane Bradmore – Pendock Lane, Bradmore, Nottinghamshire, NG11 6PQ

Cherry Lane Roman Way – 8 Watling Street, Potterspury, Towcester, NN12 7QN

Cherry Lane Glebe – Foston Rd, Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, LE8 5QP

Cherry Lane Peterborough Barn – Gunthorpe Road, Paston, Peterborough, PE4 7AD

Cherry Lane Podington – High Street, Podington, Wellingborough, NN29 7HS

David’s Garden Centre by Cherry Lane – Ash Lane, Martin Hussingtree, Worcester, WR3 8TB

Early Dawn Nurseries and Garden Centre Carlton Colville – Rushmere Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 8HA

Langford Garden Centre by Cherry Lane – Langford, Biggleswade, SG18 9SD

Pulham Market Garden Centre – Ipswich Road, Pulham Market, Norfolk, IP21 4XP

South View Nurseries – Beccles Road, Fritton, Great Yarmouth, NR31 9EU

Tickhill Garden Centre – Bawtry Road, Tickhill, Doncaster, DN11 9EX

Dobbies Santas Grotto

Santa’s Grotto is one of the most loved festive experiences at Dobbies. Bring your little ones along to walk through the magical outdoor woodland, spotting the Christmas characters along the way.

Then be welcomed by Santa himself, plus receive a special gift. Should you wish, you can also purchase a lasting memory of your visit to Santa’s Grotto with a special photo. There is a reduced price for pre-ordering or you can also buy on the day.

Please select your preferred time from those available below. Santa has selected a range of toys, suitable for different ages. You can pre-select an age appropriate gift for your child however the exact toy may vary on the day.

There are various Dobbies Santas Grottos throughout the UK for you to visit, all listed below, but be quick as lots of the December dates are already fully booked!

Dobbies Ashford

Location : Rutherford Road, Eureka Leisure Park, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4BN

Dobbies Atherstone

Location : Cross Lane Farm, Nuneaton Road, Mancetter , Atherstone, Warwickshire , CV9 1RF

Dobbies Aylesbury

Location : Aylesbury Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6BD

Dobbies Birtley

Location : Durham Road, Birtley , DH3 2BQ

Dobbies Boston

Location : Wainfleet Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 9RZ

Dobbies Carlisle

Location : Orton Grange, Carlisle , CA5 6LB

Dobbies Chesterfield

Location : 4 Highwood Way, Barlborough Links, Chesterfield, Derbyshire , S43 4XN

Dobbies Cirencester

Location : Siddington, Cirencester , GL7 6EU

Dobbies Gailey

Location : Saxon Cross House, Watling Street, Gailey, Staffordshire , ST19 5PP

Dobbies Gillingham

Location : Courteney Road, Gillingham , ME8 0FB

Dobbies Gloucester

Location : Bath Road, Haresfield, Stonehouse , GL10 3DP

Dobbies Gosforth

Location : Gosforth Park, Gosforth, Tyne and Wear, NE3 5EP

Dobbies Hare Hatch

Location : Floral Mile, Hare Hatch, Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9SW

Dobbies Havant

Location : Barton’s Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5NA

Dobbies Huntingdon

Location : Banks End, Wyton, Huntingdon , PE28 2AA

Dobbies Kings Lynn

Location : Campbells Meadow, Hardwick Road, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4WQ

Dobbies Liverpool

Location : 1a Speke Hall Avenue, Liverpool , L24 1UX

Dobbies Milton Keynes

Location : Belvedere Lane, Watling Street, Milton Keynes , MK17 9JH

Dobbies Moreton Park

Location : Moreton Park, Wrexham, Shropshire, LL14 5DG

Dobbies Morpeth

Location : Heighley Gate, Morpeth , NE61 3DA

Dobbies Northampton

Location : Newport Pagnel Road, Wootton, Northamptonshire, NN4 6HP

Dobbies Peterborough

Location : Phorpres Way, Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough , PE7 8NY

Dobbies Ponteland

Location : Street House Farm, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne , NE20 9BT

Dobbies Preston

Location : Blackpool Road, Clifton, Preston , PR4 0XL

Dobbies Reading

Location : 166 Hyde End Road, Shinfield, Reading , RG2 9ER

Dobbies Royston

Location : Dunsbridge Turnpike, Shepreth, Hertfordshire, SG8 6RA

Dobbies Rugby

Location : Straight Mile, Burton-on-Dunsmore, Frankton, Warwickshre, CV23 9QQ

Dobbies Shenstone

Location : Birmingham Road, Shenstone, Staffordshire, WS14 0QQ

Dobbies Shepton Mallet

Location : Mendip Avenue, Fosseway Industrial Estate , Shepton Mallet, Somerset , BA4 4PE

Dobbies Shrewsbury

Location : Bayston Hill Nurseries, Shrewsbury , SY3 0DA

Dobbies Southport

Location : Benthams Way, Birkdale, Southport , PR8 4HX

Dobbies Stapleton (Woodlands)

Location : Ashby Road, Stapleton, Leicester , LE9 8JE

Dobbies Stockton

Location : Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS18 3SQ

Dobbies Telford

Location : Station Road, Donnington, Shropshire, TF2 8JY

Dobbies Woodbridge

Location : Grundisburgh Road, Woodbridge , IP13 6HX

Dobbies Woodcote Green

Location : 4a Woodmansterne Ln, Wallington, SM6 0SU

Dobbies York

Location : Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, North Yorkshire, YO26 6QE

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Frosts Garden Centres Santa’s Grotto

They are so excited to announce the return of the famous Santa’s Grotto! The team of elves have been working extra hard this year to bring you a new magical experience for everyone to enjoy.

Guests will arrive in your family group and will be welcomed through to the brand-new North Pole Post Office and meet Pepper, the North Pole Postmaster. Children will be able to write a letter to Father Christmas and send it to him via the magical north pole air mail.

Then it’s onto the reindeer stables where you will be greeted by Head Reindeer Keeper- Reindeer Ronnie to mix up the all-important reindeer food ready to sprinkle out on Christmas Eve.

You and your family will be led through to see the big man himself, where you will have individual family time with Father Christmas and be able to capture the perfect festive photo. As all the little ones have been extra good this year, every child will get a certificate to say they have made the nice list!

Your family will then be guided into the new toy workshop, where children will be able to choose their very own toy to take home. Each child will then decorate their own Christmas canvas stocking ready to hang up on Christmas Eve.

And not forgetting the adults, who will each receive a delicious treat baked specially in Mrs Christmas Kitchen.

Frost garden centres can be found in

Woburn Sands

Location : Newport Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 8UE


Location : Sandy Road, Willington, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK44 3QP

Millets Farm

Location : Kingston Road, Millets Farm, Frilford, Oxfordshire, OX13 5HB

Garden King Santas Grotto

Location : Park Rd, Newhall, Swadlincote DE11 0TX

Welcome to our group Grotto Experience for 2021!

Santa’s elves have been busy this year and have built an entirely new grotto for Santa to visit here at Garden King.

On arrival check-in, with our reception elf, and before you know it you’ll be on your way to Santa’s Kitchen to make some yummy reindeer food to takeaway and sprinkle out on Christmas Eve. Then you’ll go through to Jingles Post Office and write letters to Santa. The letters will be delivered to Santa in time for your visit with him. Then Santa and his elf will welcome your group to his lodge for a short story. Family groups are invited up to see Santa and have a photo. Finally, children can choose a little gift from Santa’s Toyshop. The photos taken in Santa’s Lodge will be available to purchase in a variety of gift formats, such as keyrings and snowglobes! Lastly, go through our festive lit woodland walk where children get an activity sheet to find the 12 days of Christmas hidden around the trees.

We hope that you enjoy your grotto experience with us.

As well as our group Grotto Experience, look out for the real reindeer, pygmy goats and giant snowglobe in-store up to December 23rd 2021.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Springtime Nurseries Christmas Wonderland

Location : Cattlegate Rd, Enfield EN2 9EE

We are delighted to announce that Christmas Wonderland at Springtime Nurseries will be open again this year from the 12th of November.

Our magical new train ride takes you to see Santa in his NEW magical Ice Kingdom at the North Pole!

All aboard at our new outside sheltered station, where you begin your magical ride through the reindeer forest! You may even be lucky enough to see Santa’s reindeer resting before they take flight on Christmas Eve.

You continue your magical ride through the Wonderland where you will see some familiar Christmas favourites, on route to Santa’s NEW magical Ice Kingdom where Santa will greet you alongside your carriage.

Remaining in your carriage you finally visit the Elves toy shop where you finish your ride and choose your Christmas gift with love from Santa.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Shopping Centre Santas Grotto

Arndale Centre Manchester Santas Magical Sleigh Ride

Location : Manchester Arndale, Manchester, M4 3AQ

Head to the Upper Mall (near Argos) to find our brand new virtual reality experience – the perfect family attraction during the festive period. Once aboard, your HD VR headsets will ensure you enjoy a fully immersive 4D experience as we transport you across the globe (and even into space!)

Tilting forwards, backwards and side to side, the sleigh’s movements have been specially designed take you on a real journey.

Hold onto your hats and antlers, this could be a bumpy ride!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Believe At Bluewater

Location : Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe, Kent DA9 9ST

This year Bluewater is hosting ‘Santa’s Magical Reindeer Grotto’, where children will be entertained by our very special reindeer, Norbert. They’ll have the chance to make reindeer food in readiness for Christmas Eve, and enjoy a one-to-one with Santa! All children will also receive a wrapped gift of an age-appropriate book to take home.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

The Centre:MK Santa’s Grotto with Peter Rabbit & Friends

Location : 33a Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3ES

Welcome to our Santa’s Grotto experience and enjoy a magical adventure with Peter Rabbit and friends.

Santa has asked Peter Rabbit and his woodland friends to help him prepare for the big day. Visit Santa’s Grotto and step into the wonderful World of Peter RabbitTM along the way. Experience an incredibly exciting, immersive theatrical Christmas adventure, brought to life by actors playing the part of Peter Rabbit and his woodland friends.

The excitable Squirrel Nutkin will be up to mischievous tricks whilst you decorate your Christmas Elf biscuits with Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle and don’t forget to keep those eyes peeled for that cunning Mr. Tod! Will you be brave enough to join him in his twinkly lair and take a peep inside his cooking pot?

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Hamleys Santas Grotto

Location : 188-196 Regent Street London W1B 5BT

Santa and his loveable elves are preparing for your visit to the Hamleys North Pole at The Finest Toy Shop in the World. They want to invite you to join them for fun, magic and theatre, be involved with their festivities and you’ll even get the chance to spend some time with Santa himself!

But wait… That’s not all, you’ll also receive an extra special gift bag to take home with you and each little guest will play with our Hamleys Elves and experience the magic of Christmas at Hamleys, all surrounded by the finest toys in the world! The elves just can’t wait to see you this festive season!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Magic Alley Stratford Christmas

Location : 1st Floor, Bell Ct, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EX

Enter The Ice Kingdom and make your way through our magical 10 rooms completing the Christmas quest. On the way you will happen upon various characters and magical creatures before meeting Father Christmas. All children receive a present and then continue on their journey culminating in a visit to the snow covered Enchanted Forest where you can play in the snow and have a snowball fight!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Metrocentre Santas Festive Forest

Location : St. Michaels Way, Metrocentre, Gateshead NE11 9YG

This Christmas, come to Metrocentre and visit Santa in his brand-new Festive Forest experience!

Santa’s elves will guide your through the experience where you can decorate your very own Christmas cookie, before heading into the Christmas cabin to meet the big man himself. All children will also receive a wrapped age-appropriate gift to take home.

The Festive Forest is located in Upper Green Mall opposite Boots and will be open from Thursday 18th November until Christmas Eve. We recommend that you pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment, as walk-up availability is not guaranteed.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

The Olde Watermill Shopping Village

Location : Faldo Rd, Barton-le-Clay, Bedford MK45 4RF

Come and join us at The Olde Watermill Santa’s Grotto along with all your favourite North Pole Friends including Elfie Selfie, Percy the Polar Bear and Rudolph for a magical 40 minute fun-filled experience of singing, funny antics and belly laughs. Elfie Selfie will show you how to make some magical Reindeer food and teach you a very special way to send your Christmas wishes to Santa.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Trafford Centre Tinsel Town

Location : Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA

Welcome to Tinsel Town!

The Trafford Centre is bringing the glitz and glamour this Christmas with its new sensational outdoor experience. Wrap up warm and explore a winter wonderland of rides and festive fayre. Glide down the sky high tobbogan slide, take a spin on the big wheel, and shimmy and skate around a magical ice rink.

Celebrate and let the good times roll in a giant covered hangar, whilst sampling mulled wine and other delicious delights from traditional Bavarian Huts, as well as independent street food vendors including Old School Dogs, Epic Pizza, Bouji Baker and Oh My Glaze.

Don’t miss the spectacular show SNOWSTORM, a sensational ice-skating extravaganza live from the heated theatre big top. Be wowed by an international cast of ice skaters and incredible circus artistes in a 90-minute spectacular production on 600 square feet of shimmering real ice, created and produced by Carol and Phillip Gandey.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

More Santas Grotto Options

Lakeside Santa Experience

Location : Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG5 8PH

Meet Santa at Lakeside this Christmas and keep the magic alive for the whole family. Wrap up warm as we take you on an enchanted journey through our floodlit gardens, culminating in a visit with Santa Claus himself in his cosy cabin. Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 26 November, it’s the perfect way to put a smile on everyone’s face this winter.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Normanby Hall Santas Grotto

Location : Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, North Lincolnshire, DN15 9HU

Families will be able to visit Santa in his cosy grotto at Normanby Hall. Children will receive a special gift and a ride on the train.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : for further information CLICK HERE

Santa Paws Grotto – Santa Visit For Your Dog

Woburn Sands Santa Paws

Location : Newport Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 8UE

Woburn Sands are opening their Grotto exclusively for dog lovers!

You and your four legged friend will meet the big man himself and he will have a very special gift for every doggy. The price includes entrance for 1 owner. You are able to book tickets for additional owners and additional dogs separately.

Please arrive at the start time printed on your ticket, spaces are very limited so pre booking is essential. Please note this experience is not suitable for children

Garden King Santa Paws

Location : Park Rd, Newhall, Swadlincote DE11 0TX

Merry ‘Woof’mas! – you’d be barking mad to miss this opportunity for your pet to meet Santa.

Your ticket will entitle you to a photo opportunity with Santa. You’ll also receive a treat and a toy. You’ll then have the option of walking around our lit festive woodland walk should you wish to.

Photos and gifts are available to purchase that make great gifts for Christmas!

Cherry Lane Garden Centres Santa Paws

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Santa Paws is coming to Cherry Lane!

Come and enjoy our delightfully festive doggy grotto experience!

Doggy Grotto ticket £4.99 bookings can be made online or in person at the garden centres.

Your pooch will receive some festive fuss from Father Christmas as well as a special Christmas present.

Cherry Lane Bradmore – Pendock Lane, Bradmore, Nottinghamshire, NG11 6PQ

Cherry Lane Roman Way – 8 Watling Street, Potterspury, Towcester, NN12 7QN

Cherry Lane Peterborough Barn – Gunthorpe Road, Paston, Peterborough, PE4 7AD

David’s Garden Centre by Cherry Lane – Ash Lane, Martin Hussingtree, Worcester, WR3 8TB

Early Dawn Nurseries and Garden Centre Carlton Colville – Rushmere Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 8HA

Langford Garden Centre by Cherry Lane – Langford, Biggleswade, SG18 9SD

Pulham Market Garden Centre – Ipswich Road, Pulham Market, Norfolk, IP21 4XP

Center Parcs Santa’s Workshop

Your magical experience awaits… journey through Santa’s Woodland Village, taking in the lights and displays before you reach his Woodland Workshop. Enjoy a sneak peek of where the elves make last-minute toys and gifts and explore their games as you soak up the atmosphere with a sprinkle of elf magic. Have a special souvenir photograph taken with Santa as a memento of your meeting. Remember to be good and you’ll leave with an early Christmas present.

They are currently reviewing the Santa’s Workshop experience for 2021, keep checking the website for details.

National Trust Christmas

Look out for details of National trust’s popular Christmas markets and Father Christmas events coming soon, along with lots more gift ideas, activities and experiences to share. In the meantime, you can book ahead for Christmas lights and winter illuminations at a place near you.

English Heritage Christmas

Celebrate the festive season with family and friends at the stunning historic places. For 2021, they’re bringing back the popular Enchanted events at Eltham Palace and Audley End House and Gardens. The festive family-friendly adventure quest will now be available over the entire festive season.

Check the website for more info and to discover an event near you and explore the history of your favourite Christmas traditions.

Looking for more Christmas events, check out Christmas Farm ParksChristmas at the ZooChristmas at Theme ParksChristmas Shows and PantomimesPolar Express Train Rides and Santa Trains

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