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This year it seems that many local places are not just offering a visit to Father Christmas’ Grotto. Oh no, this year if you wish, your little people can even dine or have a sleepover with him! All details below.

Where to see Father Christmas

Father Christmas at Hatton Adventure World

Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World

Our Mum Sonia Says: “We go to Hatton every year too. Children visit Santa and receive a golden key which unlocks the toy shop and you can choose your own gift. They have reindeers too which my daughter loved! xx”

Hatton Adventure World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 8XA

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto and receive a magic key to unlock his workshop where children can chose from a huge variety of toys.

You can book online for a time slot and to save some dosh, or you can turn up on the day and pay on the door, discounts available to members to see the big man himself.

For more info see Hatton Adventure World’s Website here 

Miracle on Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon

21 Henley Street, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6QW

Magic Alley

Our Mummy Lyndsey Says: “Magic Alley,Stratford is lovely, very believeable and involves the parents too. Parents receive a letter and children alike. Dates do full up quickly so if it’s something you would like to do its worth booking sooner rather than later x”
Children of all ages will be enchanted once again as the real Father Christmas returns to Warwickshire’s most magical grotto at the world famous Magic Alley in Stratford upon Avon and, in line with our policy of encouraging quality family time together, everyone will receive a specially commissioned bedtime story to be read together on Christmas Eve.
Tickets £7.00 for adults, children, students and concessions.  Under 2’s go free (when accompanied by a paying adult)!
Booking is by phone only: call 01789 290969
For more information, see the website here

Santa’s Winter Wonderland – The Snow Dome

Our Mummy Sonia Says: “We go to The Winter Wonderland at Snowdome in Tamworth every year, kids love it xx”

Snow Dome Winter Wonderland

Santa will be returning to the SnowDome this Christmas with his magical Winter Wonderland in the snow! As well as his reindeer he’ll be bringing all of his friends for some serious festive fun the weather cannot spoil. With all the real snow, real animals and all new Winter Wonderland show, it’s the ultimate Christmas adventure for all the family! Approximatley 90 minutes duration, including 30 minutes playing in the snow and allowing 30 minutes to meet all the animals.

£13.95 per person on saver days

£17.95 per person on standard days

Children under 2 years go FREE
Available on all sessions, when accompanied by a paying adult. All free child tickets must be pre-booked, subject to availability and are only available by phoning 08448 000011.

Extended Family Deal – bring the gang on a saver day and receive 1 free ticket for every 7 tickets purchased, i.e. get the 8th FREE. Only available by phoning 08448 000011.

For More Information Visit the Snow Dome’s Website Here

Touchwood Shopping Centre

touchwood at christmas santa



On Saturday 19 November at 12noon, Santa will be arriving at Touchwood with his trusted team of elves to greet Solihull’s younger residents and get everyone in the seasonal spirit. What’s more, the man himself will be taking up residence in his enchanting new grotto until Saturday 24th December, to give the region’s good boys and girls the chance to say hello and receive an early Christmas gift.

As part of the centre’s festive celebrations, Touchwood’s iconic polar bear, Presley, will also be making a return, complete with frost and plenty of sparkle, to offer the perfect setting for a festive family photo. What’s more, the cuddly bear will be joined by a special animatronic friend on 19th November and 10th December, who is sure to create a magical and memorable Christmas experience for all when he interacts with guests. £5 per child

Guests can enjoy a relaxing shopping experience in Touchwood this Christmas thanks to extended opening hours during December.  From Monday 12th December stores will remain open until 9pm on weekdays and 8pm on Saturday 17th December. For a full schedule of events, grotto opening times, or for further information, visit or telephone 0121 709 6900.

Thomas Land Christmas

Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas 

Our Mum Rebecca Says: “We went to Thomas land last year and my then nearly two year old loved it. He was more interested in the rides and the trains than Santa but still a lovely Christmassy experience which I would really recommend although maybe not for parents with young babies as it is nearly all outside and pretty cold in December!”

Join us for a truly Magical Christmas experience this festive season, from Saturday 19th November for selected dates until Saturday 31st December.

Opening times: Gates open at 9:45am with rides opening at 10:30am. The park closes at 5pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends.

With guaranteed snowfall over the Island of Sodor and so much to see and do, from meeting Father Christmas, catching a ride on Thomas and dancing along with The Fat Controller and all his Fungineer friends. You can also make Christmas arts and crafts, marvel at the Christmas Tree light show, enjoy the thrills and spills of The Polar Express in 4D for a 15 minute experience and to end it all, each day finishes with a fantastic firework display.*

We even have real life reindeers in our 15-acre zoo, along with an indoor Slide and Glide ice rink as well.

Please note: Thomas Land, the Zoo and selected smaller attractions will be open. The main theme park and all thrill rides will remain closed.
Prices for park entry and Santa Visit:
Under 2’s FREE
2-3 £12
4-11 £17
12+ £22

For more info and prices see Drayton Manor’s Website Here


All Things Wild – Magical Christmas Experience


26th November – 24th December

The Elves have gone wild at All Things Wild!

Those cheeky elves have gone wild, hidden all the presents and caused loads of mischief. Visit our Magical Christmas Experience to help get the elves back under control, visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto, see his reindeer and get involved in lots of festive fun!

Why not book your Magical Christmas Experience times online for a reduced price and to save the queues! Available on selected days and times.

Come and go wild at All Things Wild this Christmas!

Child’s price includes entrance to the park, meeting Father Christmas on our Magical Christmas Experience and a fabulous Christmas present.

Child’s price of £12.99 includes admission to the park and the Grotto.

Adult price £10.49 admission to park only, purchased from the normal ticket section – Click Here.

Annual members children only pay for Grotto admission £4, adults Free.

Children under 3 only pay for Grotto admission £4.

Visit the All Things Wild Website here 

Santa’s Stately Breakfast – Warwick Castle



Santa’s Stately Breakfast

Santa returns this Christmas at Warwick Castle with a brand new and exclusive Stately Breakfast. For the first time, families are invited to enjoy a one-of-a-kind feast at Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ very own private dining table set in the Castle’s fairy-tale State Dining Room.

Experience the festive magic of Warwick Castle an hour before other guests as Santa’s elves escort you through the majestic Central Courtyard and towards the Great Hall, where Mrs. Claus waits to greet you. Once inside, tuck in to delicious continental pastries as you take your seats in the resplendent dining room. Our special guest should make it just in time for the team of personal waiters to appear with your full English breakfast fresh from the Castle kitchen.

After breakfast, children can enjoy games and festivities with Mrs. Claus and the elves while Santa presents a personalised gift to each child.

Tickets for this event are extremely limited and priced at £55 per person.


Saturday 3rd December, Sunday 4th December, Saturday 10th December, Sunday 11th December, Saturday 17th – Saturday 24th December

Santa’s Stately Breakfast includes:

Personalised invite to Santa’s Stately Breakfast

Full day admission to Warwick Castle and Grounds (excluding The Castle Dungeon)

Greeting by Mrs. Claus and Santa’s Elves

Continental pastries on arrival

Full English breakfast served in the State Dining Room

Fresh tea, coffee, fruit juice and squash available throughout breakfast

Games and entertainment with Santa and his Elves

Choice of personalised gift from Santa for each child

Car parking in the Stratford Road Car Park

Call our Events Team on 01926 406 660 to book

For more info see Warwick Castle’s Website here


Santa’s Sleepovers at Alton Towers

Santa's Sleepovers at Alton Towers

Our Mummy Natalie Says: “Highly recommend the Santa Sleep Over at Alton Towers, totally magical Christmas Experience. We stayed in the Explorer Hotel which was nice and quiet as it was away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurants and water park. They put loads of treats in the room for my son and we wrote a letter to Santa on the day we arrived and the following morning Santa replied and put his letter under the door, my sons face was a picture. The actual Santa visit was fab, very realistic and good presents. Also the food was fantastic, was very surprised.”

Santa’s Sleepover

Visit the Alton Towers Resort for an unforgettable Christmas experience! Enjoy a truly festive short break and meet Santa in his secret hideaway grotto. With an amazing combination of rides, including CBeebies Land, a magical Aladdin pantomime and a splashtastic waterpark, it’s the perfect place to begin celebrating this festive season!

Aladdin New for 2016!

This Christmas and new for 2016, the Resort presents the most magical pantomime of all, Aladdin. Featuring stunning songs, dazzling sets, spectacular costumes and bags of comedy, it’s the perfect festive treat for the whole family. The 50 minute show is exclusive and free for all Hotel guests enjoying a fabulous Santa’s Sleepover.

Dates Available: 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec, 17th to 23rd Dec 2016

Do be aware these dates fill up really quickly – we searched a typical price for a family with two adults and two children over 3 and the cost was £320.00 for all the above, so roughly £80 each.

For more info see Alton Towers’ Website Here


Christmas on a steam train! Severn Valley Railway


Our Mum Fiona Says: “We have been to Severn Valley Railways twice a few years back. It’s well organised. The girls loved the train. It’s a bit of a walk from the train station to where Santa is. They have a few stalls etc. Once there the queue moves quickly. They have about 10 Santa’s.”

Join one of our Santa Steam Specials at Kidderminster for your journey to Arley. At Arley the children, and the grown-ups, will have the thrill of meeting Father Christmas in his grotto.

A present for fare-paying children completes the experience before your steam train arrives to take you back to Kidderminster. With guaranteed seats on your outward journey and return by any train. You may break your journey at Bewdley on the return if you wish (subject to train time).

Fares for this event Adult Child *Babies Booking fee
 Pre-book – Dec 3rd & 4th £14.00 £14.00 £6.00 £1.75 per booking
 Pre-book – Dec 10th & 11th £15.50 £15.50 £6.00 £1.75 per booking
 Pre-book – Dec 17th, 18th £16.50 £16.50 £6.00 £1.75 per booking
 Pre-book – Dec 24th £17.00 £17.00 £6.00 £1.75 per booking

For more info & to book see Severn Valley Railway’s Website Here


Santa Safari at West Midlands Safari Park

West Midlands Safari Park – Santa Safari

A magical festive day out for all the family combining a 4 mile self-drive Safari and a visit to Santa to make a truly memorable experience. Price also includes a free return ticket and full entry to the safari park.


Adults (16+yrs) – £21.00 
Children (3-15yrs) – £17.00
Under 3’s – £7.50
Concessions – £19.00

Plus, entrance includes a Return Voucher or Safari Gift! (valid until 5th February 2017)


  • Santa Visit
  • Hot Drink
  • Mince Pie

Children (aged 3-15 yrs)

  • Santa Visit
  • Photo with Santa to take home
  • Own choice of present
  • Santa Trail with WMSP gift
  • Drink
  • Cookie

Under 3’s

  • Santa Visit
  • Photo with Santa to take home
  • Own choice of present
  • Santa Trail with sticker

For more details see West Midlands Safari Park’s Website Here

Twin Lakes – Winter Wonderland

twin lakes Winter wonderland

Open until 24th December 2015, This Christmas Twinlakes transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland with the best family Christmas Grotto in the UK. Join in the festive fun with sledging, tobogganing, gingerbread decorating, festive workshops, Christmas hunts, reindeer feeding, candy cane maze fun and games,snowball masterclass, sledge school, singalong Christmas train, letters to Santa, Father Christmas’s office and post box, real log fires and mulled wine.

** For every good boy and girl will receive a Golden Ticket to exchange in The Crooked Elf’s Workshop (located in the gift Shop) for an extra special gift.

For More Info Visit Twin Lakes Website Here


Wyevale Garden Centre, Rugby

Straight Mile, Bourton-on-Dunsmore, Frankton, Nr Rugby, CV23 9QQ

This year Wyevale are offering Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas from 12 November – 24th December

The tickets are £9.99 per child and adults from £3.99

– See more details here


Visit Santa – Coventry Transport Museum

Santa at Coventry Transport Museum

Our Mummy Lori Says: “We go every year to the co-op in Coventry, there’s a sleigh ride that takes you to see Father Christmas my little girls loves it and last year they had a Elsa there too.”


This Christmas make your children’s wishes come true, and join us at Coventry Transport Museum for a magical ride on a winter wonderland sleigh!

The Santa’s Sleigh ride which has been at the Co-op on Corporation Street for nearly 60 years has moved to Coventry Transport Museum! This year, families can once again enjoy the magic and tradition of a visit to Santa on this gorgeous original ride. Children will ride to Lapland on the Sleigh, meet Santa and receive a present from him! A great option if you’re not wanting to spend a fortune and loads to do locally such as The Transport Museum itself or The Herbert Art Gallery.

For more information visit Coventry Transport Museum’s Website Here

Charlcote Park, National Trust 

Bring your family to see Father Christmas at Charlecote Park. This year he has moved his workshop to Charlecote and will be taking up residence in the summerhouse / grotto. Hand him your Christmas wish list in person! £5 per child.

4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th December 2016

Charlcote’s Website is here 


Santa Steam Trains – 26 Nov to 24 Dec

Great Central Railway, Leistershire

Make your Christmas extra special by joining us on our Santa Steam Trains. It’s the perfect start to your family Christmas…

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train. Ride on board our award winning Santa Specials and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present at your seat and a chat with the man himself! We look forward to welcoming you for some pure festive magic.

Prices vary in terms of days but they range from £13.00 – £24.00 depending on which experience and day you book.

Visit the Great Central Railways here

Where to see Father Christmas

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