That's right, it's THAT time! This will be Archie's 3rd Christmas and we are hoping this that this year he doesn't ball his eyes out when meeting the big guy in red as he has done the last two years! As Annual Pass Holders we get a visit to Santa in his magical grotto at Sundown Adventure Land for free so that's where we will be heading, but there are lot's of other places to see Father Christmas more locally. The Kiwanis will also be doing their Santa Tour again but they haven't released any dates yet so I will update this when they do.
Stamford Christmas Festival
Santa will be in his Grotto on Broad Street as well as lots of other entertainment, stalls and real reindeer.
10am - 2pm, no bookings
Bourne Christmas Festival
When? Saturday 1st December 2018 Time? Festivities start at 10am, expected to finish around 6pm Where? Bourne Town Centre - Mainly North Street & Abbey Road. Cost? Absolutely FREE! ★★★ MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS ★★★ ★★★ OVER 40 DIFFERENT TRADERS ★★★ ★★★ OUTSIDE FOOD HALL ★★★ ★★★ FAIRGROUND RIDES ★★★ ★★★ JAM PACKED LIVE STAGE ★★★ ★★★ LATE NIGHT SHOPPING THROUGHOUT THE TOWN ★★★ ★★★ FREE ENTRY FOR ALL - NO TICKETS REQUIRED ★★★ ★★★ CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON BY FATHER CHRISTMAS & SPECIAL GUEST (keep an eye out for who) ★★★ ★★★ SUPERB FUN FOR ALL ★★★
Traditional festive cheer returns to Oakham Castle. Join us for a Dickensian inspired Christmas weekend. Paid entry with free activities crafts and entertainment. Santa will be back with real reindeer. You will be transported to Victorian parlour, where Mr and Mrs Fezzywig will invite you to join their Christmas party. There will be games and old fashioned toys to play with beneath the glittering real tree, mulled wine, crafts and plenty of things to dress up in! A nostalgic trip into a bygone world...All set in the stunning medieval Great Hall.
December 22nd and 23rd
Grotto tickets £7.50 per child (includes 1 adult), Castle entertainment £4 per adult, £2 per child, £10 family (2 children and 2 adults)
Book in person at the Castle or here - https://www.oakhamcastle.org/contact
Dobbies Garden Centre, Peterborough
Santa's Grotto is one of our most exciting festive experiences at Dobbies. Bring your little ones along to explore the magical setting, be welcomed by Santa himself and receive a toy of your choice.
Choose a toy suitable for your child's age, subject to availability while stocks last.
November 24th and 25th and December 1st-24th
£11.99 per child
Breakfast or Tea with Santa
Our popular family event includes breakfast for each child followed by fun activities and a gift from Santa himself. This event is suited to families with children aged 12 years and under. To relax and fully enjoy the experience families will be seated and served at their own table.
November 24th and 25th and December 1st-24th
£11.99 per child £5.99 - 8.99 per adult (depending on menu option)
Click here to book - https://www.dobbies.com/event-booking/event-detail/?e=1056&v=27&r=v
Gates Garden Centre, Ashwell (Oakham)
Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to see Santa and his Elves!
Santa visits Gates Garden Centre every year from the end of November right up until Christmas Eve and, once again, Santa will be bringing along his live Christmas reindeer for you to meet!
Stroll through a magical winter wonderland before visiting Santa in his Grotto, where all good girls and boys will be invited to meet the Elves and choose a special Christmas gift.
November 10th, 11th, 17th - 30th and December 1st - 24th
£11.99 per child
Click Here to Book - https://www.gatesgardencentre.co.uk/santas-grotto/
Van Hage Garden Centre, Peterborough
Great Grotto’s cheeky elves will greet you with a smile upon arrival and when ready, invite you to walk through into Santa’s chamber. Once here you can say Hello to Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas. There will be sacks full of presents and if you are on his good list there will be a special gift waiting for you along with a free exclusive, Van Hage Christmas Badge 2018. Great Grottos are also happy to offer all School Bookings a 10% discount, and FREE visits for any Special Needs Schools. If you would like to book an Autism focused session please contact Great Grottos directly for further details.
December 2nd, 8th - 24th
£6.50 per child for visit, photo products available at extra cost
Breakfast with Santa
December 18th and 21st
£7.45 per child
Click here to book - https://www.vanhage.co.uk/events-and-tickets/santa-s-grotto-peterborough-2018.html
Baytree Garden Centre, Spalding
The UK’s number one Grotto, the most consistently recognised as the best in the country for over a decade. Baytree Winter Wonderland now boasts a staggering 26,000 square feet of undercover area. Since the late nineties, awards have been plentiful from all kinds of organisations. We have been compared by several arms of the press to the likes of Harrods, Selfridges and many other prestigeous stores, but there really is no comparison, we are constantly voted the best, whether it’s Channel 4 or the Sunday Papers, most recently the National Retail Awards gave Baytree Winter Wonderland the number one slot.
November 3rd - December 24th
£10 per child with gift and tree, £2 per adult and additional child (no gift). £2 for Winter Wonderland entry only.
You cannot book in advance but more details can be found here - http://baytree-gardencentre.com/christmas/grotto.htm#times
Waterside Garden Centre, Baston
Santas Grotto available. Price includes a gift for each paying child.
Saturdays and Sundays from November 24th - December 24th
£6.99 per child
Breakfast or Tea with Santa - Every Saturday and Sunday from the 1st December and in the few days in the run up to Christmas, our Breakfast or Tea with Santa event promises to be a truly magical experience for the whole family to enjoy.
£14.99 per child, £7.99 per adult
You cannot book in advance for the Grotto but you can book for the Breakfast and Tea with Santa. Click here to book - http://events.watersidegardencentre.co.uk
Come and visit Father Christmas at Sacrewell before he boards his sleigh. Each Christmas visit reservation includes a present for the children from the Elves Toy Workshop and Christmas themed crafts with Mrs Claus. All Christmas tickets include day admission and a special Christmas tractor-trailer ride around the farm.
November 24th and 25th and December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 15th - 24th
Children £12.49, Adults (13+) £7 with discounts for concessions, Under 2s and Annual Pass Holders
Click here to book - https://www.sacrewell.org.uk/events/2859/
The Crown Hotel
Santa will be visiting The Crown Hotel once again after last years succesful visit.
December 24th 2-4pm
No bookings necessary and no cost
Santa Steam at Nene Valey Railway
Your Santa Steam experience starts with a welcome from our station staff and badge team - entertainment is provided at busy weekends. This is followed by an exciting visit to Santa's log cabin where each child receives a special present from the old gentleman himself. Following a short wait families then join our steam hauled, decorated train for a fun-filled ride to Peterborough and return. During the journey our train staff serve the children with a drink and chocolates. Parents and other adults are not forgotten with a mince pie and either an alcoholic miniature, wine or a hot drink. Santa walks through the train to see the children, providing an opportunity to take photographs and to wish everyone the compliments of the season.
November 24th and 25th and December 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th
Prices from £15 per ticket
Click here to book - https://nvr.org.uk/product.php/34/santa-steam
Jet Sim School Virtual Lapland Flight
Make Christmas extra special with this unique virtual flight to Lapland to see Santa in his grotto. Your flight will take place in our purpose built Boeing 737 flight simulator, which includes a fully operational cockpit and passenger cabin offering a truly realistic experience.
Two adults and one child for £50. Additional adults or children at £10 each. Maximum six people in total.
December 15th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
Click here to book - https://www.jetsimschool.co.uk/santa-flight.html