Santa's Grottos

5 Best UK Places To Meet Father Christmas

It is almost that time of year again when the mistletoe comes out, the fairy lights go up and the entire nation rejoice to share presents and enjoy quality time together.

We are of course talking about Christmas!

santa's grotto

Did you know that 30% of households will be taking their kids to see Father Christmas in his grotto this year?

Britons across the UK will soon be ringing round their local garden centres and shopping malls to book an appointment for their little ones to meet Santa himself as well as his elves.

But where are the best places to go visit him? Sunshine Events, the UK's leading event management and entertainment hire company, are the industry's experts in Santa's Grottos.

We've worked with the likes of the BBC, ITV, Asda and Liverpool Football Club so we know a thing or two when it comes to creating a magical winter wonderland setting.

santa's grotto

So without further ado, we bring you the 5 very best places to meet the big man himself in his grotto this Christmas 2014:

Harrods, London

Get involved in the magical calendar of events that has transformed Harrods into a new era of enchantment.

The entire store is becoming a winter wonderland and new for 2014, Harrods are offering a Tea Time Experience in which kids get to meet Father Christmas, take home a special gift and enjoy Mini Afternoon Tea in the Georgian restaurant.

Administration fee of £10 per booking slot, an extra £20 per child for mini Afternoon Tea. Adult prices additional.

Dates: Friday 7th November


Hamleys, Manchester

Join Father Christmas and his lovable elves at The Finest Toy Shop in the World! If you live in the North-West and want fun and magic, meet Santa himself at Hamleys where you'll get to enjoy scrummy food, seasonal activities and you'll be given a special gift bag. All sessions are 1 hour.

Available: Monday - Friday: Pre-school Breakfast & Tea. Saturday & Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch & Tea

Dates: Saturday 29th - Wednesday 24th December 2014


St George's Hall, Liverpool

Liverpool's iconic St George's Hall is organising its second annual magical grotto and it promised to be bigger and better than ever! There will be live character performances, a festive treasure trail, a traditional grotto and all children will be presented with an early gift.

Opening times: Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th November Saturday & Sunday 22nd & 23rd November. Saturday & Sunday 29th & 30th November, Saturday & Sunday 6th & 7th December then daily from 13th and 23rd December 2014

Open between 12pm and 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Price: Tickets are £7 payable on the door and include meet and greet, gift and entry for 2 accompanying adults. fast track advance tickets are £8. Additional accompanying adults are £1.50.


Leeds Castle, Leeds

Carry on the much-loved tradition and meet Father Christmas at Leeds Castle. Set in the centre of the Christmas Market, come join in the fun and have a festive Christmas holiday meeting Santa and his magical elves. Tickets are £12 per child and you receive a free special gift!

Availability: 13th December 2014 to 14th December 2014 Other dates include 6th December 2014 to 7th December 2014, 18th December 2014 to 23rd December 2014


Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

Visit Santa in his grotto and get a free gift from the ultra secret but absolutely amazing secret toy shop. Make sure you don't miss the chance to see Father Christmas and his elves, they only leave the North Pole once a year! Tickets are £7 per child.

Availability: Weekends from Dec 6th- Dec 21st 12-2pm


So there you have it- 5 different places all over the UK to take the little ones to meet Father Christmas this year.

On behalf of all the team here at Sunshine Events, we hope you have a fantastic Christmas with your family and an ever better New Year!

This article was provided by James Sandwell, Fun Expert of Sunshine Events. We guarantee to make your festive party or event extra magical, so for Santa's Grotto Hire and Christmas Event and Party Ideas, look no further than the experts

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