When it comes to entertaining the little ones at Christmas, there’s little that goes down better than a visit to Santa Claus! So this week we’re telling you where he will be and when so your young ones can tell him all about what they would like to find under the tree on Christmas day this year.

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For a truly magical experience visit Father Christmas at the Crystal Grotto at Painshill Park 18th century landscape garden in Cobham from 6th to 24th December

There you can follow the festive route through the beautiful surroundings to Grotto Island where you will enter the Christmas Wishing Tent. Children will receive an activity pack and refreshments can be purchased before the elves guide you into the amazing crystal Grotto with dazzling stalactites, to meet Father Christmas. Hundreds of thousands of crystals will sparkle all around you as your children share their wish and receive a gift.

Pre-booking is essential and places are very limited and only available on 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th and 17thDecember. Book online or on 01932 584284.


Father Christmas is back at Bocketts Farm in Fetcham this year from 27th November to the 24th December.

Children will love the experience as they hop on board the Santa Express trailer for a short trip to his magical haybarn workshop. Once inside, each child will meet Santa and receive a wrapped gift! It is not possible to book in advance to see Santa but when you arrive at the farm, you will be given tickets for an allocated time (there are visits every 15-30 minutes). This means that there is no queuing and you can enjoy the farm whilst waiting!


Kew Gardens has a glittering night-time trail includes a garden of fire, Tunnel of Lights, sparkling giant snowflakes, Santa’s Snowflake Grotto and much more, making it one of the best Christmas experiences in the capital.

As you make your way around the trail, you’ll be tempted by the aroma of roasting chestnuts, toasting marshmallows, and other traditional fayre. The Victorian carousel, family rides and outdoor adventure playground provide fun for the young ones – and Santa is in his Snowflake Grotto on 9th & 10th December and then daily from 16th to 23rd December.

The trail is very popular and entry is by timed ticket, so booking in advance is essential. The trail opens at 5pm and closes at 10pm. You can choose from eight session times. Visits are timed at 30-minute intervals from 5pm until 8pm and the last session starts at 8.15pm.


Do you know where Santa will be at any other times? Let us know in the comments!