London & S East best magical Santa's Grottos in North, South, West, East, Central London & Home Counties, take your little ones to find Father Christmas in all sorts of exciting and unexpected places including zoos, farms, markets, Oxygen trampoline park, stores, Legoland, Lapland UK (the Rolls Royce of Grottos) and more. Help with packing in the elves workshops, decorating gingerbread men & mixing Christmas Pud, meet the reindeer and join in special events, Santa Claus might just have a present for them too. Special pre school grottos for under 4s. In many cases tickets will need to be booked or purchased, it's advisable to check. You can also rent a Santa and party Elves for private, corporate or other occasions.
Visit Santa at Oxygen Freejumping Acton! Father Christmas just loves bouncing & in between all the fun he's found himself a lovely Grotto at Oxygen in Acton West London to take a rest. That's when he's hoping to meet your little ones, post your Christmas letter & get a lovely surprise!
West Acton W3 0AF t: 020 3846 1386
Santa Cruises Henley Santa's taking to the water in Henley this December with special children's and family cruises, entertainment-packed trips down the Thames and a visit from Father Christmas.
Henley on Thames RG9 1AZ t: 01491 572035
Brent Cross Santa Claus will be arriving at Brent Cross late one night in cold November, his Elves will build the Grotto so he can meet you. He's got a big sack so he can take your letter & at the bottom he might find presents for good little boys & girls.
Hendon NW4 3FP t: 020 8202 8095
Santa at Selfridges Visit Selfridge's and their amazing Santa's Grotto with disabled access. Situated on the Lower Ground Floor, online pre booking is available.
Oxford Street W1A 2LR t: 0800 123 400
Land of the Lions at London Zoo Children wander through Land of the Lions & join in arts & crafts with Mother Christmas & cheeky elves before heading into Santa’s grotto. Special education event for schools, Santa tells the children all about the animals. Gift for each child.
Regent's Park NW1 4RY t: 0344 225 1826
Sutton House's Santa's Grotto As well as a Santa's Grotto for kids, the East London Tudor manor house in Hackney will be immensely festive with Christmas market stalls, carol performances, film previews and local theatre productions too.
Sutton House , Hackney E9 6JQ t: 020 8986 2264
Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall Take your children on a magical journey through the Royal Albert Hall to meet Father Christmas, the experience takes little ones on a tour led by a captivating Victorian doorkeeper, fun puzzles & clues to Santa's gift-filled grotto, for 2yrs+.
Kensington Gore SW7 2AP t: 020 7589 8212
The Rainforest Grotto Rainforest Cafe offers a personalised family grotto experience leaving your little ones mesmerised by the magic of Christmas, includes a personalised visit to Santa with children's two course meal & drink. Places limited.
Shaftesbury Ave W1D 7EU t: 020 7434 3111
Lapland UK Lapland's filled with snow-covered trees, log cabins, friendly elves, children make toys in Santa’s workshop & help Mother Christmas decorate gingerbread. Real huskies, reindeer, ice skating, shops, Santa meets every child & knows all about them.
Whitmoor Forest, Windsor SL5 8BD
Enchanted Christmas House Journey with your children through The Garden of Winter Wonder, decorate Gingerbread Men in the Gingerbread Kitchen, arts & crafts in The Busy Elves Workshop, spectacular Christmas play full of adventure, festive meal & meet Santa in his grotto!
Islington N1 8PA t: 020 3227 3200
Whiteley's Visit Father Christmas when he drops in at Whiteleys on Queensway, he'll be collecting children's letters and spending time with each and every little one.
Bayswater W2 4YN t: 020 7229 8844
Bentall's Kingston Bentall's traditional grotto returns again mid November with a number of special late night evenings. Santa will be waiting to see you all in his magical grotto with lots and lots of surprises in store.
Kingston upon Thames KT1 1TX t: 020 8546 1001
Santa's Sparkly Grotto at Christmas in Leicester Square Santa's called to say he's squeezing in a visit on his already busy schedule to see you specially in Leicester Square, you'll love the twinkly trees & festive atmosphere, there's also a traditional Christmas market & vintage Speigeltent. Grotto booking.
Leicester Square WC2H 7JY t: 0844 545 8252
I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys, London I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys! is an extra special experience where children will enjoy up to 1 hour with Santa, take part in seasonal activities, enjoy delicious snacks and receive a special gift bag to take home.
London W1B 5BT t: 0371 704 1977
Duke of York Square Christmas will soon be arriving at the Square in Chelsea with favourite festive events & Santa’s Grotto, opening for little ones from 13 November on Fridays to Sundays & 3 to 23 December on Tuesdays to Sunday. Booking required.
King's Road, Chelsea SW3 4LY t: 020 7823 5577
Santa's Grotto at Ham House Follow the magical Christmas trail through the Ham House 17th-century gardens all the way until you reach Santa's magical grotto, every child will receive an exciting Christmas gift.
Ham, Richmond upon Thames TW10 7RS t: 020 8940 1950
Father Christmas at Chartwell Father Christmas is returning to Chartwell, meet him on just 2 occasions this Christmas period & collect a gift for each child. In true 1920s style he will be decked out in green just as the Churchill family children would have known him.
Westerham TN16 1PS t: 01732 861159
Santa & Reindeer at Oaktree Bracknell Christmas at Oaktree Garden Centre near Bracknell is special with amazing Christmas displays, Christmas Wonderland, lit trees & Christmas scenes. Post your Christmas letter in the special box, visit the reindeer & meet Father Christmas.
Warfield, near Bracknell RG42 6LH t: 01344 890667
Centrale Croydon Centre Discover the magical Gingerbread Grotto in Croydon with gingerbread men, a cosy fire, pretty snow and reindeers – and of course, Santa. Pay him a visit and he'll give you a present, you can also have your photo taken with him.
Croydon CR0 1TY t: 020 8681 5841
Father Christmas at Brixton Windmill Father Christmas is visiting the Brixton windmill. There's also carol singing, craft activities, mince pies and mulled wine for the grown-ups.
Windmill Gardens, off Brixton Hill SW2 5EU
Christmas at Greenwich Market The Christmas festivities in Greenwich begin with a lantern procession and the switching on of the Christmas lights in Greenwich Market, join in singing Christmas carols and meet Father Christmas in his Greenwich Grotto. Check for dates.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ t: 020 8269 5096
Northfield's Nursery - Santa's Grotto One of East London's biggest Christmas stores with a huge and stunning array of Christmas items, lit model village scenes, reindeer, snowmen and a magical Christmas grotto with Santa until Christmas Eve.
Chingford E4 7RG t: 020 8529 0367
Winterville Winterville in Victoria Park in East London, the alternative London Christmas festive venue. All day & late night ice skating, kids' grotto, Backyard cinema, fairground, circus, winter night garden, pop tots show, comedy shows, panto & more.
Victoria Park E3 5TB t: 08448 244824
Santa at Osterley House Reserve your visit to Father Christmas in his workshop as he flies in this winter to Osterley House in West London, help with Christmas pudding stirring in the grotto waiting room & later see all the magical lights. Booking essential.
Isleworth TW7 4RB t: 020 8232 5070
Southbank Christmas Market Santa's Secret Village at the Southbank is most definitely worth a visit, although it could be pretty cold queuing outside. Set in the lovely Christmas market with seasonal music, lights, stalls, food, gifts and more.
London SE1 8XX t: 020 7960 4200
Willows Activity Farm, St Alban's Santa-tastic visit to Willows Activity Farm, see Santa’s toy shop & fairy tale grotto, winter wonderland, Christmas characters, Santa gives every child a golden key to any gift in his toyshop. Elf school, icerink, rides, reindeer, stalls.
London Colney, Herts AL4 0PF t: 0870 129 9718
Father Christmas at Kew Gardens Santa's returning to his magical Snowflake Grotto at Kew Gardens and there'll be more including a vintage carousel, Christmas gifts and traditional festive food and drinks.
Kew Gardens TW9 3AB t: 020 8332 5655
Sail with Santa Yo ho ho! Meet Santa on the River Thames because today he’s swapped his sleigh for a lovely boat. Lots of fun for everyone and lots of treats from Santa.
Central London t: 020 7740 0400.
Whippersnappers Winter Wonderland Santa's Grotto in Dulwich Park & Whippersnappers Winter Wonderland, his elves are waiting with music & fun, spy out Rudolf preparing for his Big Night Flight & Santa's Sleigh, children dress-up to help the Elves in the Log Cabin Toy Workshop.
Dulwich Park SE21 7BQ t: 020 8693 1682
Santa at Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Free entry to Santa at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, Central London, visit Santa's house and toy factory fun house where his elves are making presents ready for the big day! First come first serve entry, no booking.
Hyde Park W2 2UH t: 020 8233 5400
Rent a Santa Santa Claus visits homes or childrens' parties, stores, hotels, restaurants, nurseries, hospitals, office parties, delivers presents, turns on tree lights, reads to children. Visits tailored to the occasion & will bring one of his elves. Good reviews.
London m: 07505 080398
Museum of London Experience the Museum of London's Victorian Walk with festive decorations and carols, find Santa in his Secret Grotto where little ones can tell him what they're hoping for. Suitable for children 1yr to 5yrs, booking advisable.
London Wall EC2Y 5HN t: 020 7001 9844
London Wetland Centre - Santa's Cabin Meet Father Christmas in his cabin grotto nestled among wintering birds and trees. This year children can take a festive donkey ride & help in the elves' workshop making festive decorations & Christmas gifts to take home!
Barnes SW13 9WT t: 020 8409 4400
St George's, Harrow Breakfast with Santa! On certain Saturday mornings in December, in conjunction with Frankie and Benny's, St George's Shopping Centre in Harrow will be hosting festive breakfast sessions with Santa. Prebooking essential.
St Ann’s Road, Harrow t: 020 8424 2828
Westfield London A Santa's grotto with a twist, providing an exciting interactive family experience, prebooking is strongly advised and tickets are likely to go quite quickly.
Shepherd's Bush W12 7SL t: 020 3371 2300
Hatchlands Park at Christmas Father Christmas will be visiting Hatchlands Park in Guildford on 7 dates to meet as many children as possible before Christmas in his cosy sitting room & receive a wrapped present from him. Normal admission applies, plus Santa's booking.
Guildford GU4 7RT t: 01483 444334
Harrods Christmas Grotto Harrod's infamous fun family traditional Christmas, choose from a classic visit to Father Christmas's frozen grotto or book a special pre school age visit (under 4s) and then sit down to a fun food in the Grotto Cafe.
Knightsbridge SW1X 7QN t: 020 7730 1234
Christmas Bricktacular Ultimate LEGO Christmas at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, the elves will be looking for little helpers, wonder at the twinkling lights, meet Father Christmas, write your letters, exciting seasonal festivities with magical LEGO® delights.
Windsor SL4 4AY t: 01753 626182