Where to visit Santa in the UK?


It's December and Christmas is getting closer and closer. It's time to visit Santa at his grotto, get a hot chocolate and a bratwurst at the Christmas market and buy a Turkey ready for the big day! 
Santa's schedule is abit crazy but Stagecoach has managed to make sense of it. Here’s a list where you can visit Santa’s grotto in 2016.  
Where to visit Santa in the North East  
Want to see Santa and his reindeers?  Here’s where you can meet him this year:  
Intu Metrocentre, Gateshead  Santa arrives on Saturday 12th November 2016 and will stay until Saturday 24th December 2016, Visit him in his grotto and each child will receive a free Playmobil gift from the man himself.  
Opening times:  
  • Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm  
  • Saturday - 9am - 7pm  
  • Sunday - 11am - 5pm  
  • Christmas Eve - Closed at 4pm  
BeamishCountry Durham — For a more traditional experience, head to Beamish. Santa will be in his fireside grotto from the 19th November to Christmas Eve, so there’s plenty of time to get your wish lists to him. There’s even a winter fun fair and festive ice skating rink too.  
Open every day from 10am to 4pm.  
Where to meet Santa in the North West  
Santa’s grotto will be open for little visitors from the North West, to meet Father Christmas and pass on their wish lists. Here’s where he’ll be this year:  
Hamleys, Manchester  A dreamland for kids, Hamleys is the perfect place for your little one to meet Father Christmas. Santa will be at the Manchester store from 26th November to 24th December. Hosted in group sessions, your little ones will hear festive stories, write their own wish lists and of course meet St Nick himself. They’ll receive a goody bag and enjoy some festive treats too.  
Various slots available — booking online advised.  
Cheshire Reindeer Lodge, Cheshire — What is Santa without his reindeers? Visit Cheshire Reindeer Lodge to meet and feed Rudolph and co., see some fun elf shows and meet Santa himself. There are fairground and donkey rides as well, with each child receiving a gift from Santa too.  
Entry available from 10am to 6.30pm.  
Where to meet Santa in Scotland  
Santa Land, Edinburgh  Santa Land!! Santa has pitched his grotto in Santa Land this year, near the Christmas Tree Maze and Santa Train, and will be there between 19th November and Christmas Eve.  
Opening times:   
  • 10.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday  
  • 10.30am to 8pm Saturday & Sunday  
  • 10.30am to 7.30pm Christmas Eve  
Hamleys, Glasgow – Father Christmas will be visiting Hamleys in Glasgow for an extra special experience involving seasonal games, activities and snacks. Children will receive a gift bag full of treats to take home. Visit Santa between the 26th of November and the 24th of December – as that’s the last date he’ll be there before taking to the skies for Christmas deliveries! However, it’s expected to be a busy event – so you’ll want to book online!   
Where to visit Santa in London  
Santa’s Grotto, Leicester Square – Something magical is occurring in Leicester Square, with Santa arriving in a sparkling grotto at the centre of a Christmas market and vintage Speigeltent. It’ll be a cosy place for parents and children, with a fully stocked assortment of Christmas shows on top of seeing Santa. Entry to the area is free, but you’ll need to book tickets for Santa’s Grotto. The event runs from the 11th of November till the 8th of January, 2017. However, you’ll only be able to meet Santa at key times, so book online to avoid disappointment.   
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park – A festive celebration of all things Christmas, it’s no surprise Father Christmas himself has landed at Hype Park. Amongst winter markets and ice skating, you’ll find Santa Land, which has a toy factor, rides for littles ones and a grotto housing the man himself! Entry is free, and the grotto is open from 10am to 6pm every day. If you’re taking the bus, parents can enjoy a glass of Gluhwein or two. The event runs from the 18th November 2016 to the 2nd of January.   
Where to meet Santa in Oxfordshire  
Didcot Railway Centre, Oxford – Want to meet Thomas the tank engine at the same time as Father Christmas? You’re in luck, as Didcot Railway Centre is hosting a winter treat for December 2016 that will see Thomas and Santa ready to welcome children. will be available at specific times throughout December:   
  • Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 December  
  • Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 December  
  • Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 December  
  • Wednesday 21 - Thursday 22 December  
Admission includes a rise on trains and activities. It’s priced at £15 for children aged 1-15, which includes a gift from Santa, or £15 for adults. Book online in advance 
 Meet Santa in the Midlands!  (info as found on

Cadbury World 
This year, Cadbury World’s Christmas Celebration Weekends are back! The hunt to find who fits Cinderella’s glass slipper comes to Cadbury World, as the exclusive pantomime returns for a sixth year, with a chocolatey twist. Elsewhere, the sound of sleigh bells spells the arrival of the big man himself, who will be flying to Cadbury world to spread Christmas cheer in his stage show, as well as some early Christmas presents! Chocolatiers will be working as hard as elves as they create a chocolate Christmas masterpiece – last year they made a 3.5ft chocolate Santa! When? 19th-20th and 26th-27th of November, 3rd-4th, 10th-11th, 17th-18th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of December  Where? Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 1JR. Visit 

 National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham
 Meet Santa in the Antarctic Grotto as he sits surrounded by a family of cheeky penguins. Plus the whole family can enjoy the underwater Christmas tree located in the 360 Ocean Tunnel. When? 10th-23rd December Where? The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2HL Visit  

Hatton Adventure World, Coventry 
Everyone is invited to Santa’s secret toyshop, which will be bursting with toys for the little ones to take home. As well as meeting Santa, the ids will love Zoobee’s Christmas Cracker show, making Christmas decorations, storytime with Mother Christmas and searching for cut-out reindeers (winners get a prize!) When? 26th-27th November, 3rd December-4th December, 10th -11th December, 17th-18th December, 19th-24th December Where? Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA. Visit

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