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15 PLACES TO SEE THE BIG MAN IN RED 2023…

Posted by Kat Heath on 14 Sep 2023

As I devised this list on a balmy September afternoon I felt slight trepidation at the thought of Christmas and all the organisation that is associated with it (not to mention the cold weather. (It’s was 25 degrees as I wrote)

However there is never a right time to mention Christmas and as a working mum of two I have realised over the years that Christmas does in fact get earlier and earlier each year.  Various venues have already released booking dates for their Christmas events including Santas Grotto and such like.

So with that very thought in mind, below is a list of some of the places you and your little ones can visit Santa this year.

ASHTEAD PARK GARDEN CENTRE:


Pleasure Pit Road, KT21 1HU
Visit Santa!
Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 9th December
Prices: £12 per child (Adults FREE)
This year Santa will be returning to Ashtead Garden Centre, where he will be in his Christmas Pudding Grotto!
Your child will meet Santa in his cosy and quirky grotto where they can have a chat and then receive a very special gift!
You are more than welcome to take photos too!
There will be an opportunity to donate to The Marsden also

Tel: 01372 273891
Email: info@ashteadpark.com
For more information or to book visit the website here.

ASHTEAD PARK GARDEN CENTRE:


Pleasure Pit Road, KT21 1HU
Cookies With Santa:
Dates: 3.45pm on 4th, 11th and 18th December
Prices: £12 per child £5 per adult (includes a tea, coffee or hot chocolate)
Join Santa in The Olive Tree Restaurant for a magical story, a chat and maybe a sing song.
Your child’s ticket includes a hot chocolate, a cookie and a special gift!

Tel: 01372 273891
Email: info@ashteadpark.com
For more information or to book visit the website here.

BOCKETTS FARM:
Young Street, Fetcham, KT22 9BS
Meet Father Christmas
Dates: 23rd November-24th December
Prices: TBC
Hop on board the Santa Express to meet Santa in his magical workshop!
Your child will be given a Christmas activity book, will make reindeer food and have festive fun in the craft corner.
There is also a super impressive snow globe to create some magical photos!

Tel: 01372 363764
Email: info@bockettsfarm.co.uk

For more information and for ticket release visit the website here.

CHESSINGTON GARDEN CENTRE:
Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NG
Meet Santa
Dates: 18th November-24th December
Prices: £21 per child £9.50 Babies under 1
Adults: £6
The infamous Santas Grotto at Chessington Garden Centre never disappoints.
You and your child can enjoy an animated Christmas Film to get into the spirit of Christmas as you enter the Christmas grotto each room will have a different theme.
Eventually you and your child will reach Santas cosy cabin and meet the man himself!
Finally you will enter his toy workshop to select a special toy of your child’s choice!

Tel: 01372 725638
Email: info@chessingtongardencentre.co.uk

For more information or to book visit the website here.

CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES:
Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NE
Winters Tale Event
Dates: 25th November-24th December
Prices: £30 per child (Under 3 years old FREE) please note these are Early Bird Prices
Your child’s ticket covers entry into the Winters Tale event, entry to Santa’s Grotto and his toy workshop also entry into the new enchanted hollow!
There is also entry onto selected rides and the zoo!
Great value!

Tel: 01372 731657

For more information or to book visit the website here.

DERBY ARMS:


Epsom Downs, KT18 5LE
Brunch With Santa
Dates: 2nd, 9th and 16th December
Price: £12.95 per child
Santa is coming back to visit his favourite pub, The Derby Arms!
Your little one can enjoy brunch (from set menu) a drink and get to meet Santa where he will give your little one a special gift pack too!

Tel: 01372 722330
Email: enquiry@thederbyarmsepsom.co.uk

For more information or to book visit the website here.

DENBIES WINE ESTATE:
Bradley Lane, Dorking, RH5 6AA
Denbies Santa Express
Dates: Every weekend between 25th November-24th December
Prices: £16.95 per child £9.95 per adult
You and your child can enjoy a festive ride on the Santa Express through the Denbies Estate and receive a magical gift from Santa!
Rides run between 9am-3pm

Tel: 01306 876616
Email: reception@denbiesvineyard.co.uk

For more information or to book visit the website here.

DOBBIES: WOODCOTE GREEN NURSERY:
4a Woodmansterne Lane, SM6 0SU
Meet Santa
Dates: 23rd November-21st December
Prices: £11.99 per child
A festive favourite amongst local families, partly because you can choose the gift for your child when booking your ticket but also because it really is a magical experience!
Walk through the enchanted forest and into Santas grotto where your child can meet Santa and receive a hand picked gift!

Tel: 020 86476838
Email: woodcotegreen.manager@dobbies.com

For more information or to book visit the website here.

GODSTONE FARM:


Tilburstow Hill, Godstone, RH9 8LX
Near M25 J6
Father Christmas Visits Godstone Farm
Dates: Every Weekend between 25th November-17th December
Daily from 18th December-24th December
Prices:
Daytime: £37 per child (2-16 years)
£31 (under 2 years) Adults: £16.95
All tickets during day include entry to farm and play barn as well as visiting Santa.

Dusk event ticket: No Entry to farm as closed: £22 per child (all ages) (Adults FREE)
Visit Santa’s magical and cosy grotto whilst taking part in various festive activities!
Your child will meet Santa and receive a very special toy from his toy shop.
Report to the elf check in at your delegated time slot.

Tel: 01883 742546
Email: havefun@godstonefarm.co.uk

For more information or to book visit the website here.

HEVER CASTLE
Hever Road, Edenbridge, TN8 7NG
Near M25 J6 (Godstone)
Christmas At Hever Castle
Date: Weekends between 18th December-3rd January
Prices: TBC
Situated on the Surrey/Kent border, Hever Castle is a stunning location to visit Santa.
From personal experience this by far is one of the most magical places during Christmas time!
Travel through the magical grotto and meet the elves where they will take you and your child to the toy workshop to meet Santa and receive a festive gift!
Tickets go on general release on 27th September, but be aware tickets sell out very quickly!

Tel: 01732 865224
Email: info@hevercastle.co.uk

For more information visit the website here.

JOHN LEWIS:
Meet Santa:
Branches: Oxford Street & Peter Jones (Sloane Square)
Dates: 22nd November-24th December
Price: £20 per child (£2 Booking Fee)
£2 per adult
Your child will work their way through Santa’s interactive grotto. Once they’ve accomplished their mission they will meet santa in his magical grotto where they will receive a special gift.
(Professional photos are available at an extra cost)
For more information and to book visit the website here.

JOHN LEWIS:
Santa’s Tea Party
Branches: Kingston, White City, Horsham and Bluewater
Dates: 19th-21st December
Price: £15 per child (£1.50 booking fee)
£5 per adult (includes free hot drink and cake)
Your child will enjoy a story told by Santa whilst enjoying a hot chocolate and a gingerbread man. They will also receive a special gift from Santa.
For more information or to book visit the website here.

TULLEYS FARM:
Turners Hill Road, Crawley, RH10 4PE
Near M23/M25 junction 6
Tulleys Christmas Experience
Dates: Every weekend between 25th November-17th December
Daily from 21st December-24th December
Prices: £44.95-£65.95 per child (1-13 years)
£12.95 per child (Under 1)
£24.95-£33.95 per Adult
A truly magical experience which will leave you and your child mesmerised.
Set in the beautiful woodland of Tulleys, you and your child will be transported via santas sleigh where you will participate in various festive activities including:
Making a bear workshop
Gingerbread decoration
3D cinema
Reindeer food making
Elf hunt and so much more!
You will also meet Santa in his magical grotto.

Tel: 01342 718472
Email: info@tulleysfarm.com

For more information or to book visit the website here.

SANTA’S SITTING ROOM:
Leatherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH
Dates: 15th December-24th December
Prices: £17.80 per child (Adults FREE)
Back by popular demand this magical experience will transform your child to Christmas past!
You and your child will enter Santa’s living room which is adorned with fairy lights and Victorian festive decorations.
They will meet Santa and have a chat whilst receiving a hand wrapped gift!
This particular event does get booked up so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tel: 07748493376

For more information or to book visit the website here.

MORDEN HALL PARK (National Trust)
Morden Hall, SM4 5JD
Meet Father Christmas
Dates: Every weekend throughout December
Prices: TBC
A firm family favourite with our family, this very cosy and great value visit to Santa is definitely one to book if you are on a budget but still want to enjoy the magic of Christmas set within the beautiful grounds of nearby Morden Hall Park.
Tickets are not released yet but do sell out quickly so visit the below link to keep posted.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/london/morden-hall-park/christmas-at-morden-hall-park#rt-meet-father-christmas-saturdays-and-sundays-in-december

All information is correct at time of writing. Events do sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Enjoy!

Kat xx

 
Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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