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Where's Father Christmas

From Oxford Street to the Albert Hall; a Snowflake Grotto at Westfield to a magical train in Kent, here are our top places to hang out with the man himself.

In Town

Fortnum & Mason storytelling and the Liberty and Harrods Christmas grotto's are sadly sold out so you'll have to make do with gazing at their Christmas windows. Fear not however as you will find him at all the places below plus heaps of other venues throughout our What's On pages online.


Santa in Store See if you can spot the big man (in silver)! roaming around the store, mainly in the Christmas and Toy departments on the 4th floor, from the end of November. 


Santa's Grotto Workshop 23 Nov–24 Dec. Become one of Santa's elves! Games, theatre, magic and festive activities. Ages 2–8. Tickets: £39.99 including gift bag. 45 mins, max 8 per person.

Royal Albert Hall

Father Christmas at the Hall 5 Nov–22 Dec. St Nick returns to his magical London headquarters. Truly lovely, interactive experience where little helpers meet a cast of enchanting North Pole characters and of course Father Christmas himself. Tickets from £39.24 per child, adults free. 60 mins. Ages 3+.

Royal Albert Hall Father Christmas

Ham House

Meet Father Christmas 7, 8, 17–23 Dec. Father Christmas is once again heading to Ham. Meet him in his historic back parlour! £7.50 per child.

The Chelsea Christmas Grotto

Chelsea Grotto Various dates from 23rd Nov. Tickets £27.50 per child for a 1 hour party.Visit Santa in his new Pavilion Road home.  Non-stop, active Sharky & George Christmas games, festive creative stations, cosy story reading and a one-to-one Father Christmas. 

Leicester Square

Christmas in Leicester Square 8 November–5 January. Santa's Grotto 9 November–24 December. Tickets from £11.50. Listen to a festive tale, meet Father Christmas and receive a small pressie.

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Kenwood House

An Audience with Father Christmas 14–15 Dec. Meet Father Christmas as he tells festive tales amidst the yuletide decorations. Tickets: £10, includes a small present.

audience with father christmas

London Transport Museum

Track Down Santa 30 Nov–23 Dec. Enter a magical twinkling forest on your search for Santa. Find him in his Christmas cabin or track him down inside a heritage bus. Free badge for everyone that finds him!

Camden Market

Christmas Makeover Sats/Suns 23 Nov–14 Dec. Visit Santa in his festive Stable grotto! Enjoy an elf led craft workshop, followed by a very special appointment with Father Christmas and a front row seat at his magical mini show. Tickets from £15 per child. 

Westfield London

Snowflake Grotto 22 November–24 December. Create your own personalised snowflake before meeting Santa in his Ice Chamber. Tickets £7.50 per child. 

The Four Realms 10–31 Dec. Step into a land of snowflakes; navigate through an icy maze; make your way through the Land of Sweets with its own candy funhouse. Tickets: £5.

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Out of Town

Crockford Bridge Farm

Santa's Secret Forest 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 19–22 December. Stroll through a real Christmas forest while a cast of performers entertain. Meet Father Christmas in his wooden log cabin. Bag a tree at the same time. 30 mins. Tickets: £16 child, £12 adults.

Crockford Bridge Farm


Grotto 14 Nov–24 Dec. This year's theme is 'The Nutcracker and the Realms'. Christmas crafts followed by a one-to-one with Santa. Tickets from £10.50 per child, including gift.


Winterland Grotto 7, 14, 21, 22 Dec. 1-hour walk-through experience. Help Santa's elves in their workshop; make reindeer food; teddytastic workshops; meet and greet with Santa. Tickets from £22.25 including gift, photo and rides. Part of Winterland Margate: Christmas by the Sea 7–31 Dec. Fairy light walkway, winter market; festive films, rides, giant snow globe.

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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Santa Special 30 Nov; 1, 7–8, 14–15, 21–24 December. Climb onboard a festively decorated steam train and meet Santa. Tickets: £22 including gift and refreshments served to your seat. 70-min return journey. Unlimited rides on the Victorian Carousel back at Tenterden station.

kent east sussex railway santa

Lapland UK

16 November–24 December, 9.30am–5pm. Tickets from £59. Meet Father Christmas in his enchanted Arctic UK Homeland. Charming 4-hr immersive theatrical tour. Help out in the Toy Factory, meet real reindeer and huskies in the Elves' village and then visit Mother Christmas in her kitchen. Pop into Pixie Mixie's sweet shop. Includes personalised invite, Elf passport, ice skating, husky dog gift, photo and a Christmas morning thank you card from Father Christmas.

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Paultons Park

Christmas at Paultons 24 Nov–23 Dec, 9.30am–5.15pm. Tickets from £28 adults, £30.25 children. Meet Santa in his magical Grotto. Animated characters greet you with twinkling lights and magical scenes as Santa's animal friends get ready for Christmas Eve. Ticket price also includes entry to Peppa Pig World, transformed with twinkling illuminations, seasonal music and giant Christmas trees. Santa in his sleigh with the reindeer from the series is here and you can also meet Peppa and George in their winter scarves, hats and coats.

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