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Santa’s Busy Schedule: Where to visit Santa’s Grottos (UK)


Santa leads a very hectic life this time of the year, checking the lists sent in by the children, then sorting out all the gifts, then checking and re-checking to make sure everything is right. But even though he is a very busy fella, Santa still manages to take time out, jump into his sleigh and visit all the children around the world.

Stagecoach has been very lucky and has managed to obtain Santa’s UK manic schedule, so now you can checkout to see if he’s coming to a town near you!

Santa’s visit schedule to London

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – It comes as no surprise that Santa wants to visit Hyde Park as here there is a festival celebrating everything that’s Christmas!  Settled between the ice skating rink and the festive markets is Santa Land. Here you will find children’s rides, a toy factory and of course Father Christmas himself!

The events run from 18th November to the 2nd January and you can visit Santa in his Grotto between 10am and 6pm between those dates and the good news is, entry to the grotto is free. Plus, to get parents into the festive spirit, if they take the bus they can indulge in a glass or two of Gluhwein.

Santa’s Grotto in Leicester Square – on the 11th November there will be a magical occurrence; Santa will be arriving at Leicester Square! He’s got himself a sparkly grotto in the vintage Speigeltent and in the middle of the Christmas market and will be staying there until the 8th January, 2017. The event is going to be great for children and adults alike with not only visits to Santa to be had, but also plenty of Christmas shows to look forward to. Entry is free to the main event, but tickets will need to be booked for visits to Santa’s Grotto. However, due to Santa’s hectic schedules over the Christmas period, he is only there at certain times, so to avoid being disappointed be sure to book online.

Visit Santa in Oxfordshire

Didcot Railway Centre in Oxford – Here you can have a double special treat and say “Merry Christmas” to Thomas the Tank Engine as well as visiting Father Christmas! Santa and Thomas are welcoming all the children to their Christmas festive events at Didcot Railway Centre on these special days in December:

  • Saturday 3rd December & Sunday 4th December


  • Saturday 10th December & Sunday 11th December


  • Saturday 17th December & Sunday 18th December


  • Wednesday 21st December & Thursday 22nd December

Admission is £15 for adults and £15 for children between the age of 1-15, which includes train rides and other activities plus a special gift from Santa himself. To avoid any disappointments it’s always best to book online beforehand.

Visit Santa in Scotland

Hamleys in Glasglow – for an experience that will be seasonally fantastic visit Santa in his grotto at Hamleys and take part in the many seasonal activities, games and festive snacks. Children receive a special bag from Santa full of gifts to take home.

Santa will be at Hamleys in Glasglow from the 26th November right through to the 24th December after which he will then be heading into the skies with his reindeer and sledge to hastily deliver all the good boys and girls special deliveries. This event is expected to be busy, so it’s best to book your place online in advance.

Santa Land in Edinburgh – as any parent knows, when you tell your children they are going on a visit to see Father Christmas, they get excited. Well, tell them they are going to Santa Land and that excitement level is likely to blast a hole in the roof!

Near the Santa Train and Christmas Tree Maze you will find Santa in his Christmas grotto handing out gifts to all the good boys and girls.

Santa will be in his grotto from the 19th November through to 24th December. Opening times are 10.30am to 7.00pm Mondays to Fridays and 10.30am to 8.00pm at weekends. On Christmas Eve Santa will be there between 10.30am and 7.30pm

Santa’s Visit to the North West

Good little children in the North West will have the chance to meet Santa and tell him all the goodies they have on their Christmas wish list as he is setting up his Christmas grotto in the these areas:

Cheshire Reindeer Lodge in Cheshire – When we think of Santa, we think of reindeer, so what better place than Cheshire Reindeer Lodge for Santa to set up his grotto. Children can meet Santa and offer Rudolph and friends a tasty feed, plus ride on donkeys and visit the fairground or have great fun watching funny elf shows. All children will of course receive a Christmas gift from Santa.

Opening times are 10.00am to 6.30pm

Hamleys in Manchester – Hamleys is a children’s dreamland, so what better place to meet Santa Clause. Children can take part in listening to Christmas stories, write out their wish list and enjoy festive treats, plus meet Santa in his grotto where they will each receive their very own goody bag to take home.

Santa will be at the Hamleys store in Manchester from the 26th November through to the 24th December.

Various sessions are available and booking online is advised.

Meet Santa in the North East

Santa is very busy at this time of the year, but he is taking time out with his reindeer to visit children in the North East and find out what is on their Christmas wish lists. Here is where he can be found in his Christmas grotto this year in the North East:

Beamish in Country Durham – If it’s a more traditional festive experience you are looking for then you should visit Beamish. Here you will find a seasonal fun fair, an ice skating rink and of course Santa will there sitting in his wonderful fireside grotto.

There is plenty of time to visit Santa and get your Christmas gift list to him as he is in his grotto from 19th November right through to the 24th December, Christmas Eve.

Santa’s Grotto will be open from 10.00am through to 4.00pm everyday.

Intu Metrocentre at Gateshead – on the 12th November Santa will arrive at the Intu Metrocentre and he will be staying there until the 24th December, after which he going to have to leave with haste to deliver some urgent packages! Children will be given a Playmobil gift free when they visit Santa in his grotto.

Times of Opening:

  • Monday to Friday – 10.00am to 8.00pm
  • Saturday – 9.00am to 7.00pm
  • Sunday – 11.00am to 5.00pm
  • Christmas Eve – Closes at 4.00pm