It’s that time of year again where we are all turning our focus onto Christmas. How many of us have already started using Santa to keep their kids in check? My youngest is ridiculously excited about it this year and is adamant he won’t tell us what toys are going on his letter to the big man in red. My eldest (he’s 8), however, is starting to question whether he’s real. I think there’s been talk at school which is making him have his doubts. I hope he believes in the magic just a little bit longer but we shall see.
We’re lucky that there are so many great places we can visit in our area so I’ve done a bit of research and compiled this list of where to see Father Christmas in Surrey. I hope you find it useful.
Meet Santa and his reindeer this Christmas at Birdworld and enter a Winter Wonderland.
From 30 November
A magical festive family visit to Bocketts awaits. Hop onboard the Santa Express for a ride around the farm before entering is workshop and grotto.
From 22 Nov – 24 December
Plenty of outdoor fun at Hatchlands Park with a trail to follow, carol singing, a Victorian carousel and a meeting with Father Christmas himself.
Weekends from 30 November – 23 December
Make a day of it and spend it at Hobbledown. There’s a Christmas Toddler Brunches and lunches for the little ones or Tea with Santa for the older children. Afterwards, head to the grotto for your gift and candy cane. These events are in addition to usual admission rates.
From Sat 30 Nov – 24 December
Santa’s Grotto at Court Farm Garden Centre
Come and meet Santa at Court Farm Garden Center and have a family photo taken. Each child also gets a gift to take home.
Selected dates from 28 November – 21 December
Squires Garden Centres – Santas Grotto
See Santa in his magical grotto and receive an early Christmas present. Tickets cost £6 per child with every £1 donated to local charities
Grotto openings vary depending on location
Chessington – Winter’s Tail
Come and celebrate Christmas with the Gruffalo and visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto.
From 23 November – 6 January
Wiglets Christmas Adventure – Godstone Farm
Combine farmyard fun with a festive visit. Walk through the scenic setting and take part in some Christmas crafts before meeting Father Christmas. Once you’ve received your gift from the toyshop head on to decorate gingerbread men and end with a special story time.
SEN Father Christmas experience also available on 11 December.
23 November – 24 December
Santa Specials – Rural Life Centre, Farnham
Head on a festive ride on the Santa Special, see the animals and help the elves in Santa’s Workshop. Finally, head to the grotto and you’ll be rewarded with a present if you’ve been good!
7,8,14 & 15 December
Meet Father Christmas at Polesden Lacey
Enjoy a host of craft activities while you wait to see the man in red in the bejewelled grotto. Children will meet Father Christmas and receive a gift. Afterwards, you can complete the family trail around Polesden.
29 November-8 December
Denbies Santa’s Cella Grotto
Enjoy an outdoor train ride followed by a visit to see Santa where you will receive a sticker book and a gift. Head over to the cellar to take part in some Christmas crafts.
From 23 November
Christmas Wonderland Experience – Chessington Garden Centre
Embark on a fantastical journey to meet Father Christmas in his grotto starting with winter wonderland walk. SEND sessions also available.
23 November – 24 December
A truly magical experience and the best alternative to visiting the real Lapland. Journey through the magical Arctic homeland of Father Christmas and his elves.
From 16 November – 24 December
See Ham House lit by beautiful candlelight and venture into the gardens twinkling with beautiful lights. Father Christmas is in residence so don’t miss your chance to meet him and receive a special Christmas gift.
7,8,14 & 23 December
Crockford Bridge Farm
A walking performance through The Wonder Wood, write your Christmas wishes before meeting Father Christmas in his log cabin.
From 30 November – 22 December
Santa’s Snow Train and Crystal Grotto, Painshill Park
Hop aboard the magical train to see Santa in the Crystal Grotto. There are festive activities and a stunning Christmas trail too.
Christmas at Fishers Farm
Just on the Surrey borders, Father Christmas will be at Fishers Farm where you can meet him in his magical grotto. Children can then choose their own present from the Toy Factory.
Santa Special at The Watercress Line
Hop aboard the train and be prepared for a magical trip where Santa and his helpers come to see you and give you a gift.
30 November – 24 December