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Where to See Father Christmas 2019


Stamford Christmas Market

Sunday 24th Nov 10am-4pm

Annual Christmas Lights Switch on and Christmas Market.

Danish Invader Christmas Festival

Saturday 1st December from 1pm

Real reindeer, fair rides, Santa's Grotto (£4 per child)

The Crown Hotel, Stamford

Tue 24th Dec

Details TBC

Oakham Castle

21st - 22nd Dec

Take a magical, storytelling journey or join in some of the craft activities before meeting Santa in his grotto to share your Wish list and receive your very own gift from his toy shop.

Grotto ticket £7.50, normal castle entrance £1.50

BOOK HERE - https://www.oakhamcastle.org/events

Oakham Late Night Shopping

Mon 9th Dec 4-9pm

Stalls, Fun Fair, Carol Singing, Live music, Grotto, arts and crafts


Sacrewell Farm

30th Nov, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 19th-23rd Dec

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.

This event is pre book only – Tickets will not be available on the admission gate.

Christmas at Sacrewell (Standard Day) Prices

Christmas Child (2-12) – £15.00 Christmas Adult (13+) – £7.49 Christmas Concession* – £5.49 Christmas Under 2 – £7.50 Child Annual Pass (12-2) – £7.50 Adult Annual Pass (13+) – FREE

BOOK HERE - https://sacrewell.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

Queensgate Shopping Centre

15th Nov-24th Dec

Good boys and girls can stop by Santa’s grotto, where the jolly man himself will be ready to find out what’s on those all-important wish lists! Tickets for the grotto can be purchased by the grotto itself in Central Square and tickets cost £6.99 and includes a gift. Pictures with Santa can be purchased on the day too!


Van Hage Garden Centre, Eye

1st, 7th-24th Dec

Please know tickets are non-refundable and only a small portion of Santa's daily visits are made available online. You may still arrive at the Grotto and queue however, please be sure to arrive early during busy periods.

BOOK HERE - https://www.bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/vanhagepeterborough/

Springfields Shopping Centre

23rd Nov - 24th Dec

Located outside M&S Outlet. £6 per child to see Father Christmas. All kids will get a gift and a free Santa Claus hat from Starlings Toy Outlet

Weekdays 3 pm to 6.30 pm

Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm

Sundays 11 am to 4 pm.

Sponsored by Hallgate Timbers and Starlings Toy Outlet


Baytree Garden Centre

2nd Nov - 24th Dec

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.

Children £11, adults £2.50


Waterside Garden Centre

30th Nov, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd Dec 10am-4pm

Give your children a magical Christmas experience on the lead up to the big day with a visit to Santa in his grotto


Gates Garden Centre

16th, 17th, 23rd-30th Nov, 1st-24th Dec

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.

Children £12.99 Adults free

BOOK HERE - https://www.gatesgardencentre.co.uk/santas-grotto/

Dobbies Garden Centre

24th Nov - 24th Dec

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 special gift.

£11.99 (adulys free)

BOOK HERE - https://hub.dobbies.com/events/upcoming-events/santas-grotto/

Twinlakes Family Theme Park

23rd, 24th, 30th Nov, 1st, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 18th-24th Dec

Want a fantastic day out this Christmas then why not visit Twinlakes Park in Melton Mowbray. We are open from 10am 5pm 7 days a week till Christmas Eve, which is a pre book day only.

We have a lot of activities available for all the family to do including:

Santa’s Grotto & Gift Hundreds of twinkly lights Gingerbread Decorating Snowman Hunt Festive Entertainment Reindeer Feeding Letters to Santa Giant Xmas Globe (Charge Applies) Mini Magical Fireworks at weekends*

MORE DETAILS HERE - https://www.twinlakespark.co.uk/event/see-santa-in-his-grotto/

Sundown Adventureland

16th Nov - 24th Dec

When it comes to a Christmas Event in Nottinghamshire, no-one does it better than Sundown Adventureland. As Christmas draws near, the park is converted into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas theming throughout and the annual opening of the wonderful ‘Night before Christmas’ ride. Climb aboard one of Santa’s sleighs and take a magical journey through the enchanted forest.

You’ll be greeted by the elves and the ever friendly Mrs. Claus and when it’s your time, you’ll be invited to meet the big man himself. When you meet him, you’ll find out whether you’re on the naughty or nice list and if you name’s on the right list (it normally is, so don’t worry!), you’ll receive a lovely present and the chance to share your wishes with him.

MORE DETAILS AND BOOKING - https://sundownadventureland.co.uk/events/christmas-event-2019/

Wicksteed Park

30th Nov - 24th Dec

Our wonderful Christmas experience will run throughout the festive period.

Kids: £15*

Adults: £7.50

*16 years and younger.

*babies in arms go free (under 1 years old) (Free Gift from Elves workshop excluded)

BOOK HERE - https://wicksteedpark.org/MagicalWicksteedPark2019

Breakfast with Santa

Sacrewell Farm

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December

Join us at Origin8 Cafe Sacrewell for breakfast with Father Christmas. Each breakfast morning includes a present for the children, a cooked breakfast and story time led by Father Christmas.

BOOK HERE - https://sacrewell.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

The Noshery, Springfields Garden Centre

Sunday 8th, Sunday 15th, Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th December

Meet Father Christmas and enjoy a cooked breakfast and a drink — what a cracking early Christmas present! The children will also take part in some Christmas activities with Santa and each will receive a gift.

£10.95 per person

BOOK HERE - https://springfieldsoutlet.co.uk/events/

Waterside Garden Centre

30th Nov, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 19th-24th Dec

Santa will share a story with you, lend his expert eye when you decorate your own gingerbread man to take home to enjoy and of course there may be a gift with your name on it if you are good.

Children £15.99 Adults £8.99

BOOK HERE - https://events.watersidegardencentre.co.uk/events/breakfast-with-santa.html

Dobbies Garden Centre

30th Nov, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 19th-24th Dec

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.

Children £13.99 Adults £8.99

BOOK HERE - https://events.dobbies.com/event-detail/?e=2099&v=27&r=v

Trains and Planes

Fenland Light Railway

Sun 1st, Sun 8th, Sat 14th, Sun 15th, Sat 21st December 2019

You will enjoy a train ride around our track and end up at Santa’s Grotto, here you will depart the train to visit Santa for your present. Once you have finished with Santa you will then get back on the train and have a ride around our track back to the station to enjoy seasonal refreshments (included in your ticket)

Tickets are £8.50 per child (Present Included) and a free accompanying adult Additional adults are charged at £3.00 per adult

BOOK HERE - santa@fenlandlightrailway.co.uk http://www.fenlandlightrailway.co.uk/santa-special/

Nene Valley Railway

Sat 23rd Nov, Sun 24th Nov, Sat 30th Nov, Sun 1st Dec, Wed 4th Dec, Sat 7th Dec, Sun 8th Dec, Wed 11th Dec, Wed 18th Dec, Sat 21st Dec, Sun 22nd Dec, Mon 23rd Dec, Tue 24th Dec

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.

Tickets from £15

BOOK HERE - https://nvr.org.uk/product.php/91/santa-steam#jumpbook

Railworld Wildlife Haven (miniature railway)

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd Dec

Railworld's First Winter Wonderland and Christmas Market. Santa's Grotto £2 per Child to see Santa and get a present. Market stalls. Garden Railway in Winter. Entrance fees for Railworld apply as normal

DETAILS HERE - https://www.railworld.org.uk/what-to-see

Jetsim School Flight to Lapland

24th Nov, 1st, 14th, 21st, 23rd, 24th Dec

On arrival at Jet Sim School, Santa’s chief elf who will guide you through check in and help you safely board the aircraft (a Boeing 737-800 fixed base flight simulator). On boarding the plane you will meet your pilot who will guide your child in flying you all to Lapland in our full size cockpit. Your child will assist the captain to take off, land and steer the plane safely to Lapland with the aid of 503 working switches and buttons, just like in the real thing!

Tickets £50 per flight

BOOK HERE - https://www.jetsimschool.co.uk/santa-flight.html

Christmas Alternatives

Belton House Christmas Light Trail

28th Nov - 1st, 5th - 8th, 12th - 24th, 26th - 30th December

As you walk through a towering Tunnel of Light festooned by over 100,000 pea-lights, the mesmerising voices of the Singing Trees can be heard in the distance. Step into the Laser Garden where dancing lines of light playfully bounce across the branches. Then stroll towards a carpet of glowing flowers and reed-like lights that reach high into the night sky.

Children from £12 Adults from £17.50

BOOK HERE - https://christmasatbelton.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options

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