Christmas Grottos in London

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Santa & His Huskies at London Wetland Centre
Winter Wonderland Christmas Grotto
Winter Wonderland Christmas Grotto
Duke of York Square Christmas Grotto
Harrods Christmas Grotto
Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo
Westfield London
Canary Wharf Santa's Grotto
 

 

Everybody has fond childhood memories of visiting Santa's grotto for the very first time.This Christmas you can treat your kids to the same, as Santa takes time out from his busy schedule to make several important grotto appearances throughout London.

 
 

Santa & His Huskies at London Wetland Centre

Meet Father Christmas and his huskies at the London Wetland Centre's magical grotto.

Santa & His Huskies Santa & His Huskies Experience the magic of a festive visit to Father Christmas and his huskies at WWT London Wetland Centre this December where they've brought in two husky sleighs to reduce the queues that this popular event attracts. Children (age eight and under) can enjoy a free husky sleigh ride and have their photos taken with the cuddly dogs as a special seasonal souvenir. New for 2013 is the Winter Wetland Show which explains the science behind our coldest season, tales from a Polar explorer, and Craneberry Fest decoration making. A visit to Santa's Grotto means you'll also get to enjoy a wintery stroll around the scenic walkways set amongst the lakes, meadows and ponds of this 105-acre wildlife oasis in Barnes.
2013-12-072013-12-08 Where:
WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London London, SW13 9WT
Category: Kids Events

WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT

Tube: Ravenscourt Park Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th December 2013

 

Experience the magic of a festive visit to Father Christmas and his huskies at WWT London Wetland Centre this December where they've brought in two husky sleighs to reduce the queues that this popular event attracts. Children (age eight and under) can enjoy a free husky sleigh ride and have their photos taken with the cuddly dogs as a special seasonal souvenir. New for 2013 is the Winter Wetland Show which explains the science behind our coldest season, tales from a Polar explorer, and Craneberry Fest decoration making. A visit to Santa's Grotto means you'll also get to enjoy a wintery stroll around the scenic walkways set amongst the lakes, meadows and ponds of this 105-acre wildlife oasis in Barnes.

 
 
 

Duke of York Square Christmas Grotto

Hear stories from Santa in his cosy grotto at the Duke of York Square.

Duke of York Square Christmas Grotto Duke of York Square Christmas Grotto The pedestrianised Duke of York Square, just off the fashionable King's Road, presents its very own plush Santa's Grotto at Christmas. On a day out with the family, take a break from all of the Christmas shopping at nearby boutiques Joseph, Myla and Kate Kuba and head down to the square where the kids can enjoy a meet and greet with Father Christmas. Once inside his whimsical workshop, little ones can enjoy some magical stories from Santa himself as he gives out some scrummy festive treats. Be sure to pop down to the arts and crafts marquee where you will find some family-friendly activities everyone can get involved in, which brings the perfect end to the perfect day. The Christmas grotto is open weekends from 9th November and every day from 1st December until 24th December and places are limited so must be booked two days in advance except for 24th December when it's first come, first served. Online booking can be done via the Duke of York website.
2013-11-092013-12-24 Where:
Duke of York Square, Duke of York Square, London London, SW3 4LY
Category: Seasonal

Duke of York Square, Duke of York Square, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 4LY

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 09th November - 24th December 2013

 

The pedestrianised Duke of York Square, just off the fashionable King's Road, presents its very own plush Santa's Grotto at Christmas. On a day out with the family, take a break from all of the Christmas shopping at nearby boutiques Joseph, Myla and Kate Kuba and head down to the square where the kids can enjoy a meet and greet with Father Christmas. Once inside his whimsical workshop, little ones can enjoy some magical stories from Santa himself as he gives out some scrummy festive treats. Be sure to pop down to the arts and crafts marquee where you will find some family-friendly activities everyone can get involved in, which brings the perfect end to the perfect day. The Christmas grotto is open weekends from 9th November and every day from 1st December until 24th December and places are limited so must be booked two days in advance except for 24th December when it's first come, first served. Online booking can be done via the Duke of York website.

 
 
 

Harrods Christmas Grotto

Kids spend some quality time with Santa as he makes an appearance at Harrods.

Harrods Christmas Grotto Harrods Christmas Grotto A long-standing tradition at the luxury Knightsbridge store, the Santa's Grotto at Harrods gives young children a magical experience. Little ones can meet Father Christmas at his grotto and share their wish lists with him. All children, regardless of good behaviour, will be rewarded with a special memento from Santa and parents will have the chance to buy a photograph of their kids enjoying themselves in the grotto. A new aspect introduced last year was the pre-school experience, especially suited to children under the age of four where they meet Father Christmas in the magical setting of the library and get Harrods book, badge and Christmas chocolate to take home (available Monday to Friday, 10am to 11.30am, throughout November only). Be aware that you must be a Harrods Rewards cardholder in order to book tickets, which can be done on the Harrods website. 2014-11-012014-12-24 Where:
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London London, SW3 1RT
Category: Kids Events

Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1RT

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 1st November to 24th December 2014

 

A long-standing tradition at the luxury Knightsbridge store, the Santa's Grotto at Harrods gives young children a magical experience. Little ones can meet Father Christmas at his grotto and share their wish lists with him. All children, regardless of good behaviour, will be rewarded with a special memento from Santa and parents will have the chance to buy a photograph of their kids enjoying themselves in the grotto. New for 2013 is the pre-school experience, especially suited to children under the age of four where they meet Father Christmas in the magical setting of the library and get Harrods book, badge and Christmas chocolate to take home (available Monday to Friday, 10am to 11.30am, throughout November only). Be aware that you must be a Harrods Rewards cardholder in order to book tickets, which can be done on the Harrods website.

 
 
 

Winter Wonderland Christmas Grotto

Take some time out from all of the whacky and wonderful rides to visit Santa

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa's grotto and, of course, an ice rink. Now in its seventh year, Winter Wonderland has become a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. There's a huge choice of things to do from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet and its heated big top entertains and warms the crowd. The traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and various Bavarian-style bars and cafes is a hoot, as is the Spiegel Saloon, a large, festive and fully covered restaurant. Don't go with an empty wallet because while the whole thing is not cheap, it's such fun you'll want to get into the spirit and spend. (Remember: advanced booking on the main attractions is advised while you'll need to buy tokens from kiosks dotted around the fair for the many rides.) Free entry to the site means you can just walk around and absorb the festive ambiance - but it will take a strong will not to succumb to the smells and fun on offer.
2014-11-212015-01-04 Where:
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London London, W2 2UH
Category: Seasonal

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 21st November 2014 to 4th January 2015

 

Throughout late November and December a section of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, an ice rink and, of course, Santa's grotto. Start your day of fun and games by heading into Santa Land to greet Father Christmas in his beautiful retreat for free. There to tell the kids all about Lapland and his little helpers, Santa will be on site every day from 10am to 6pm until 5th January 2014. And if the Grotto isn't what all of your kids want to see, there's the Magical Ice Kingdom, a walk-through world of ice and snow with woodland creatures and a unicorn-pulled carriage. It's the seventh consecutive year that the Winter Wonderland has come to Hyde Park making it a firm favourite in many Londoners' calendars. Back bigger and better than ever - you wouldn't want to miss out on all of fun.

 
 
 

Canary Wharf Santa's Grotto

Santa is in residence at Canary Wharf's Jubilee Place daily from 14th December until Christmas Eve.

Canary Wharf Santa's Grotto Canary Wharf Santa's Grotto This year the Canary Wharf Christmas Grotto will be set up at Jubilee Place Mall and Santa will be in residence every weekend throughout December and daily from 14th December until Christmas Eve. All children are welcome to join in the free festive activities taking place between 30th November and 24th December throughout Canary Wharf's shopping malls. These include face painting, craft workshops, cookie or cupcake decorating, and the magical mirrors in Jubilee Place. Pre-booking to see Santa is not required but you are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. A £2 donation (which goes to charity) is required.
2013-11-302013-12-24 Where:
Jubilee Place Mall, Bank Street, London London, E14 5NY
Category: Seasonal

Jubilee Place Mall, Bank Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 5NY

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 

Dates: 30th November - 24th December 2013

 

This year the Canary Wharf Christmas Grotto will be set up at Jubilee Place Mall, which expands to include nine new shops in November 2013, and Santa will be in residence every weekend throughout December and daily from 14th December until Christmas Eve. All children are welcome to join in the free festive activities taking place between 30th November and 24th December throughout Canary Wharf's shopping malls. These include face painting, craft workshops, cookie or cupcake decorating, and the magical mirrors in Jubilee Place. Pre-booking to see Santa (for a 2 charity donation) is not required but you are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. There's more festive fun on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December when Santa's Showtime, a special family show, returns to the East Wintergarden.

 
 
 

Westfield London Santa's Grotto

Kids help Elf save Christmas and all of Santa's presents at Westfield's 5D grotto experience.

Westfield London Santa's Grotto Westfield London Santa's Grotto Westfield London Santa's Grotto Take the kids to see Santa's Grotto when you go to Westfield in west London to do your Christmas shopping and they'll be in for a treat. Just for the festive season, the mall sets up a special Grotto complete with sparkling giant candy canes and a magical roof top village. Once inside, children are given the chance to feature in an animated story about Elbow the Elf and his journey to save Christmas from a good-turned-evil Elf. The personalised mini movie includes each child's name, picture and super special effects such as wind, lights and elf dust. With over 20,000 guests expected to visit Santa at Westfield, make sure you book your Santa's Grotto tickets well ahead of the time you want to visit.
2013-11-212013-12-24 Where:
Westfield London - Shepherd's Bush, Ariel Way, Shepherd\'s Bush, London London, W12 7DS
Category: Seasonal

Westfield London - Shepherd's Bush, Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7DS

Tube: Wood Lane Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central), Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 

Dates: 21st November - 24th December 2013

 

Take the kids to see Santa's Grotto when you go to Westfield in west London to do your Christmas shopping and they'll be in for a treat. Just for the festive season, the mall sets up a special Grotto complete with sparkling giant candy canes and a magical roof top village. Once inside, children are given the chance to feature in an animated story about Elbow the Elf and his journey to save Christmas from a good-turned-evil Elf. The personalised mini movie includes each child's name, picture and super special effects such as wind, lights and elf dust. With over 20,000 guests expected to visit Santa at Westfield, make sure you book your Santa's Grotto tickets well ahead of the time you want to visit.

 
 
 

Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo

Santa and his faithful reindeer chums can be found at London Zoo this Christmas.

Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo Visit ZSL London Zoo this Christmas and you can learn about the zoo's reindeers, enjoy Christmas craft activities, make a wish at the wishing tree and meet Santa himself. Treat youngsters to a Meet Santa ticket and they can check out Santa's herd of antlered helpers and find out lots of fun facts about the animals who pull his sleigh. Ideal for children aged 10 and under, there's story time with Mother Christmas - timed sessions are run throughout the day on a first come basis - and young ones also get the chance to help prepare treats and presents for the zoo's animals at the daily Keeper's Little Helpers sessions.
2013-11-162013-12-24 Where:
ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park Outer Circle, London London, NW1 4RY
Category: Seasonal

ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 16th November - 24th December 2013

 

Visit ZSL London Zoo this Christmas and you can learn about the zoo's reindeers, enjoy Christmas craft activities, make a wish at the wishing tree and meet Santa himself. Treat youngsters to a Meet Santa ticket and they can check out Santa's herd of antlered helpers and find out lots of fun facts about the animals who pull his sleigh. Ideal for children aged 10 and under, there's story time with Mother Christmas - timed sessions are run throughout the day on a first come basis - and young ones also get the chance to help prepare treats and presents for the zoo's animals at the daily Keeper's Little Helpers sessions.

 
 
 

Horniman Museum Santa's Grotto

Visit Santa in his magical Grotto in the conservatory at the family friendly Horniman Museum.

Horniman Museum Santa's Grotto Horniman Museum Santa's Grotto Visit Santa in his magical Grotto in the conservatory at the Horniman Museum on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November to 15th December 2013. The Horniman Museum is one of London's best attractions for children - it jointly won the Telegraph + Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award for 2013 - and its Grotto is a wonderful way for children to meet Santa. Each child will receive a special Christmas gift to take home for the £8 ticket price. Booking is done in 20 minutes timeslots between 11am and 4pm with a break at lunchtime. On the weeked of 7th and 8th December the annual Horniman Christmas Fair adds to the festive feel with a Christmas market, festive food, mulled wine, and carol singing on the Bandstand. Advance booking for Santa's Grotto is essential. 2013-11-292013-12-15 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London London, SE23 3PQ
Category: Seasonal

Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 29th November - 15th December 2013

 

Visit Santa in his magical Grotto in the conservatory at the Horniman Museum on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November to 15th December 2013. The Horniman Museum is one of London's best attractions for children - it jointly won the Telegraph and Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award for 2013 - and its grotto is a wonderful way for children to meet Santa. Each child will receive a special Christmas gift to take home for the 8 ticket price. Booking is done in 20 minutes timeslots between 11am and 4pm with a break at lunchtime. On the weeked of 7th and 8th December the annual Horniman Christmas Fair adds to the festive feel with a Christmas market, festive food, mulled wine, and carol singing on the Bandstand. Advance booking for Santa's Grotto is essential.