Santas Grottos in London (2018)


I’m aware that we're in September but some of the extremely popular Santa’s Grottos operate a booking system so the earlier you know the better! I’ll keep updating this post as new information becomes available. Double check on their individual sites before visiting in case dates and times change.



Harrods
Those hoping to secure a chance to see Santa at Harrods this year may be left disappointed as it’s an invite only event attended by their reward card holders and invited have already been sent out. On the plus side, if you sign up to their rewards card now you can get a head start for next year. More information is available here

Opening times: Friday 16th November - Monday 24th December 2018, Monday - Saturday: 10am – 8pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 5pm, Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve): 10am - 2:30pm
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL



Hamleys 
This is a ticketed event – booking opens on 13th September. Keep an eye on their website

24th November – 24th December (times and dates vary in each location)
Age: 3-7 years
188-196 Regent Street, London W1B 5BT



Westfield, Shepard’s Bush 
This grotto operates a booking system although there are a few walk ins available on the day. To book head here 
Unit 4006, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF

We attended this one last year and the experience was great. They had a ‘make your own snowflake workshop’ in the lead up to meeting Santa. A lot of effort had been put into the costuming and backdrops. The only downside was that the photos were somewhat grainy.
You can also book in for Westfield Stratford here 


Winter Wonderland

Catch a glimpse of Santa in his Christmas grotto and enjoy a magical family day out in the new and exclusively designed Santa Land! See your little ones’ faces light up as they experience the full festive experience including the brand new 45m long Ice Slide as well as an Ice Trike Trail. There’s so much to do with plenty of eateries and sweet treats, specially chosen rides to suit the little ones and the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.

Top Tips:

·       Santa Claus opens his grotto every day from 10am to 6pm

·       He is FREE to meet and will have a gift for children who’ve been good!

·       You cannot book a visit to Santa, it’s run on a first-come first-served basis so please plan your day accordingly

·       Please allow plenty of time. On busy days the queue may close early to ensure everyone is seen.

·       Santa Land is free to enter but tokens must be purchased for the rides at one the many Token Booths

·       Children’s rides start at £2.00 each.  Tokens for these rides will be available to purchase on the day. £1 = 1 Token

Find more information here 
The venue itself opens on Nov 22nd at 4pm 
Hyde Park, London W2 2UH


London Zoo
Complete with illuminations, beverages and carousel. Find more information here 
22nd Nov – 1 Jan 2019 

Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY



The Rainforest Café
Every weekend from Saturday 10th Nov, Every weekday from Monday 3rd Dec. Booking opens 1st September here. Standard tickets are £40 per child and include a personalised visit to Santa, a wonderful Grotto goodie bag and a 2-course meal plus drink in the restaurant.
20 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EU



Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Dates and times vary. Usual child entrance fee £7.50 + £6.50  Total: £14.00.
Battersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea, London SW11 4NJ



Dulwich Park 
Children: £22.50 (includes photo)
Adults: £9
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Rd, Herne Hill SE24 0PA



Morden Hall Park
You can visit Santa on selected dates (24 & 25 Nov, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 Dec). Booking is essential. Child tickets are £10 each. Book your tickets here 
Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD



Fulham Palace 
Father Christmas returns to Fulham Palace. Knock on the Tudor Great Hall door and listen for the bell before the whole family enters for a special one-on-one meeting, with each child receiving a small gift.
£11 per child.
Bishops Avenue, Fulham, London SW6 6EA



Museum of London 
It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! Take a stroll through a twinkling Victorian Walk, transformed with festive decorations and the sound of carols in the distance, and discover Santa in his secret grotto. Once you’ve found him, tell Santa your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift. You can even have a photo taken to capture the moment! Prices start at £10 when booked in advance (includes gift). Photographs available at an additional cost. Grotto opens on 1 December 2018.

150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN


 
London Wetland Centre 
Visit our cosy grotto, receive a gift from Father Christmas and have the opportunity for a photo with him! There’s just nothing more magical than meeting the man himself!
8, 9, 15 & 16 December. 10am - 4pm.

Also at the centre:

·       Husky sleigh rides – Children will be thrilled to hop aboard for a festive husky sleigh ride through the beautiful wetland scenery. 8-9th December. 10am– 4pm. Free with paid admission. Suitable for younger children ages 2-8. 

·      Elves workshop – The Elves are a little behind schedule this year and they need help to ensure there are enough presents in time for Christmas! Drop into their workshop throughout the day to help them prepare and to make your own Christmas gifts. 8-9th December. 10am– 4pm. A small charge may apply for some craft

·       Donkey rides – Take a ride on an adorable donkey! It’s a wonderful experience with the donkeys saddled up in their Christmas finery – and makes for a great photo too! 8-9th December. 10am– 4pm. Free with paid admission.*weight restrictions apply.
Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT





Rainforest café 

Rainforest Café offers a personalised Family Grotto Experience to remember, private to just you & your family. Each ticket includes a very unique spectacular visit to see Santa and his elves followed by a Children’s 2 course meal and drink in the restaurant (Grown-ups can of course order and eat from the A la Carte menu too!!) available every weekend from Saturday 10th November and then every day from the Monday 3rd Dec until 24th December.



20 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EU


Bluewater
15th November - 24th December 2018.
Make Christmas extra special with a visit to Santa at Bluewater, located by the beautiful lakes at The Village. Treat the kids to a wonderful experience in our beautiful grotto. Their festive journey will begin with a traditional Christmas story presented in 4D, they’ll then join Mrs Claus for crafts, meet Santa and receive a lovely toy to take home. Book your tickets here

Chestnut Avenue, Greenhithe DA9 9ST






Sail with Santa – Thames City Cruises

Santa’s going on the river – yo, ho, ho – and you can go with him. Children will enjoy Santa fun and a present for each and every one, along with a soft drink and a cookie; while adults can console themselves for growing up with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Should you feel like drinking chocolate or champagne, rest assured, there is a café-bar to hand. Everyone will have fun, as it’s a great experience for both children and adults (and even teenagers, we are told).

Daily from 19th December until 23rd December.






Father Christmas at the Hall – Royal Albert Hall

Father Christmas at the Hall is much more than a usual grotto and this year, the experience will be more magical than ever. In this hour long interactive experience, little helpers will journey through spaces within the historic Royal Albert Hall and meet a range of enchanting characters from the North Pole, including toy soldiers, fairies, workshop elves, and of course, the real Father Christmas.

What’s Included?

·       An hour-long Christmas experience within the historic Royal Albert Hall

·       A cast of magical, entertaining characters hosting fun activities

·       A chance to sit in Father Christmas’ real sleigh

·       A tasty pick ‘n’ mix for each child hosted by a magical fairy

·       A unique and magical gift from the real Father Christmas

Thursday 22 November – Saturday 22 December 2018



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