Children can explore the grand Royal Albert Hall through an hour-long interactive festive adventure culminating in a visit to Father Christmas's grotto. You'll be led by a Victorian doorkeeper who knows all of the Hall's secrets. Together you will solve puzzles and follow clues to find the key to Father Christmas's grotto where children aged two and above will receive a special present. As well as meeting the man in red, kids can enjoy making festive cards and decorations in the craft corner.
Santa's Grottos in London
Find Father Christmas on an hour-long interactive festive adventure.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 06th - 24th December 2016
Children hear a festive fairytale in an 'audience with' Father Christmas.
Leicester Square, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP
Dates: 11th November - 24th December 2016
Part of Christmas in Leicester Square, when La Soiree's Spiegeltent and a Christmas Market are set up in Leicester Square, Santa's Grotto comes to the very heart of London. Children can meet the man in red in person and tell him what's top of their wish list. They'll hear a festive fairytale, sit on Father Christmas's knee, meet his helpers, and receive a gift. Sessions are for groups of up to 20 children and are up to 25 minutes long and the beauty, for parents at least, is the ticket is per child, with up to two accompanying adults.
Hop on a sleigh to be pulled along by the huggable huskies.
WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT
Tube: Ravenscourt Park Station
Dates: 03rd - 04th December 2016
Always a hugely popular outing for west London families at this time of year, Father Christmas and His Huskies will be at WWT London Wetland Centre on the first weekend of December. Children can take a ride on a donkey, with the donkeys dressed up in their Christmas finery, hop on a sleigh to be pulled along by the huggable huskies and help the elves make festive decorations or small gifts to take home. Head over to the northern pine forest where Father Christmas will be ready to welcome families in his cosy grotto among the trees, and don't forget to leave time to stroll among the lakes, meadows and ponds of this wonderful 105-acre wildlife oasis in Barnes.
Meet Santa and his reindeers from 2pm on Saturday 12th November when the lights are switched on.
Duke of York Square, Duke of York Square, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 4LY
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 12th November - 23rd December 2016
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 opens when the Christmas lights are switched on, on Saturday 12th November. Then Santa's grotto will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November and every day in December, apart from Mondays.
Meet Father Christmas in the magical setting of Harrods.
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1RT
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 04th November - 24th December 2016
Visiting Santa's Grotto at Harrods is a long-standing tradition at the luxury Knightsbridge store. Little ones can meet Father Christmas at his grotto and share their wish lists with him but all children, regardless of good behaviour, will be rewarded with a special memento from Santa. Parents have the chance to buy a photograph of their kids enjoying themselves in the grotto. If you want to extend your visit, book in for afternoon tea in The Georgian restaurant or opt for buffet dining in the Disney Christmas cafe. Very young children, aged four or under, are best suited to the pre-school experience where journey through Father Christmas' toy workshop before meeting him in his winter cabin (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.
Take some time out from all of the whacky and wonderful rides to visit Santa.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 18th November - 02nd January 2017
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. 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.
DreamWorks take visitors on an interactive adventure to the North Pole.
Westfield London - Shepherd's Bush, Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7DS
Dates: 19th - 24th December 2016
Santa's Grotto at Westfield London and at Stratford City brings a brand festive new experience for families, taking them on a journey to the North Pole accompanied by Po, the Kung-Fu Panda, and friends. Brought to life by DreamWorks, the interactive experience takes visitors through fun, personalised activities on their way to meet Santa. Housed in a 2,000 square-foot holiday cottage, the experience will incorporate the studio's famous storytelling and humour as part of the adventure to the North Pole.
Meet Santa, his elves and Mother Christmas and take in the Christmas Village before exploring the zoo.
ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Dates: 03rd - 24th December 2016
Take the little ones to meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo this Christmas where his grotto is packed with pine trees and decked out for the season. On weekends in December and in the week leading up to Christmas, visitors can join in arts and crafts with Mother Christmas and chat with the elves before meeting Santa and getting an early Christmas gift. Somewhere between the squirrel monkeys and Land of the Lions, you'll find the Animal Adventure Cafe where you can stock up on festive treats before arriving at Santa's grotto, and visitors can wander the Christmas Village before exploring the rest of the zoo. For a VIP experience, you can join Santa before the zoo opens, hear all about his reindeer and breakfast with Mrs Claus.
IN THIS ARTICLE
Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
Santa's Grotto in Leicester Square
Santa & His Huskies
Duke of York Square Christmas Grotto
Harrods Christmas Grotto
Winter Wonderland Christmas Grotto
Westfield London Santa's Grotto
Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo
Christmas in London 2016
Christmas Lights in London
London Ice Skating
Christmas Events and Attractions in London
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
London Christmas Shows & Pantos
Christmas Shopping in London
London Christmas Carols
Santa's Grottos in London
Christmas and Boxing Day in London
Christmas Day Dining in London
New Year's Eve in London
- Christmas Lights in London
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