Santa's Grottos in London

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Santa & His Huskies at London Wetland Centre

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


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

New for 2015, children can take a ride on a donkey at the wonderful 105-acre wildlife oasis in Barnes.

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

Tube: Ravenscourt Park Station


Dates: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2015


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 this December. New for 2015, children can take a ride on a donkey, with the donkeys dressed up in their Christmas finery, and they can hop aboard for a husky sleigh ride. Head over to the northern pine forest where Father Christmas will be ready to welcome families in his cosy grotto among the trees. Take a sleigh ride with the huggable huskies or stroll among the lakes, meadows and ponds of this wonderful 105-acre wildlife oasis in Barnes.


Duke of York Square Christmas Grotto

Santa is in his Duke of York Square grotto, just off the fashionable King's Road, from Saturday 7th November.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 7th November to 23rd December 2015


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 7th November. Then Santa's grotto will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November and every day in December, apart from Mondays.


Harrods Christmas Grotto

Meet Father Christmas in the magical setting of Harrods.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 6th November to 24th December 2015


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.


Winter Wonderland Christmas Grotto

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: 20th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016


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 3rd January 2016. 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.


Westfield London Santa's Grotto

Shrek and Donkey are on hand to guide children through the skies to Santa's workshop.

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: 9th November to 24th December 2015


The grotto at Westfield London is given a makeover for 2015, taking visitors through fun, interactive and personalised activities on their journey to Santa. Adventure to Santa's Grotto will be held at Westfield London and Stratford City, which will be the first official sites committed to hosting a DreamWorks DreamPlace outside of the US. The journey will incorporate the studio's famous storytelling and humour, inviting families to hop aboard Santa's sleigh and embark on a cinematic adventure in a 2,000 square-foot holiday cottage that's home to the likes of Shrek and Donkey, who are on hand to guide children through the skies to Santa's workshop at the North Pole. Upon reaching the North Pole, children will have their specially provided passports processed by the North Pole Customs Shop and will then be able to earn 'nice points' through a unique tablet game while they wait to meet Santa.


Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo

Make tasty treats for the animals in the 'Keeper's Little Helper Workshop'.

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

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 21st November to 24th December 2015


Take the little ones to meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo this Christmas and you'll be greeted by cheeky elves who will take you to visit the jolly fellow with the grey beard in his fairy-tale grotto. Children can share their Christmas wishes and receive a Christmas gift. Although ideal for children aged 10 and under, it's not just for kids. The whole family can pose for a festive photo, make tasty treats for the animals in the 'Keeper's Little Helper Workshop' and get a sneak peek at Santa's trusted herd of reindeers as they rest at the zoo in preparation for their Christmas eve duties.

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