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Where to See Santa 2021

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Ho Ho Ho!  Here's our ultimate guide to all the Santa's Grottoes and Father Christmas Experiences taking place in the local area this year.  From train rides to winter wonderlands you can find them all here.  So don't delay and get booking, as some of the most popular ones get booked up very quickly!

We will continue to add to this page as more details of where Santa will be appearing become available.  We do our best to ensure all these details are correct but from time to time things do change so please do check the websites and book where necessary to avoid disappointment.

Look out for the entries highlighted below in green, these indicate sessions catering for children with additional needs.

Last updated 20th October 2021

Harpenden Round Table Santa Float
Keep an eye (or an ear) out for this charity float and its special passenger passing through the streets of Harpenden and collecting for charity in the lead up to Christmas, usually between 6.45pm and 8.30pm each weekday night and 4.30-6.30pm at weekends.  As and when we have the details we will include them here, but you can also check the Harpenden Santa website for the latest news plus visit the website on the night Santa is in your area and track his progress towards your street. Unfortunately they will be unable to visit every street in every area. 

Harpenden Rotary Club Santa Float
The Rotary Club of Harpenden Village usually organise a charity Santa Float around Wheathampstead, Blackmore End and Kimpton. We will share the timetable here as soon as it is available.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival Santa's Grotto
Sunday 28th November 2021, from 12.30pm
We will update as soon as we know the location and timings of Santa's Grotto this year.
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Southdown Lights Switch On
Friday 3rd December 2021, 5.30 - 7.30pm
Santa will be there in his grotto.
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Redbourn Christmas Market
Sunday 28th November 2021
11 - 5pm
Santa will be in his magical grotto on the High Street
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Christmas Grotto at Burston Garden Centre
20th November - 24th December 2021
Come and visit Santa in our magical Christmas grotto! Children will be met by one of Santa’s elves at the entrance to Candy Cane Lane, where they'll explore a magical world of gingerbread men, giant lollipops and gingerbread houses. Each family will then meet Santa individually and children will receive an age-appropriate gift.
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Christmas Grotto at Burston Garden Centre - Additional Needs Sessions
28th November, 10th December 2021
Specially adapted sessions suitable for children who require additional support throughout the experience, along with their families. Santa and his elves wish to make the experience for your family truly magical. We’d love to hear from you with information or special requirements that we’ll pass along to Santa. 
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Willows Farm Santa Spectacular
20th November - 24th December 20121
There’s no better place to bring your children to meet Santa and enjoy a fabulous festive family day out. As well as lots of your Willows favourites, there is so much to look forward to including a trip through our magical winter wonderland where you’ll find Santa in his amazing Grotto, choose a gift from Santa's Toy Shop, visit our Create-a-Cuddle Workshop and make a soft toy, decorate tasty gingerbread, write a letter to Santa, watch our short festive 3D film, enjoy our brand new Polar Bear show with a very special guest, meet our reindeers in The Farmyard and more.
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Father Christmas at Wardown House
Weekends from 4th December plus 20th - 22nd December 2021.
Curl up with Miss Christmas for a special story in the library before joining Father Christmas in the dining room for a special gift from under the tree. Afterwards, you'll be treated to milk and cookies with our friendly elves.
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Meet Santa at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Weekends from 20 November, then 18-24 December 2021
Book a timed slot to visit Santa in his grotto (general zoo entry still required).
On weekends and throughout the week leading up to Christmas, experience festive magic with Meet Santa at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo! 
Say hello to our cheeky elves before meeting the man himself! Every child who meets Santa will receive an early Christmas gift.
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Meet Santa at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - Quiet Sessions
This year, due to visitor demand, we’ve introduced designated ‘quiet sessions’. These include the same experience of festive crafts, meeting Santa and receiving a gift, but with limited lights, ambient sounds and other sensory stimulation, designed especially for children with neurodiverse conditions including autism and other sensory processing difficulties. You will be able to register your interest in these sessions using the same form as for standard Meet Santa.
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Knebworth House Lunch/Dinner with Santa
Lunch: 5th, 12th, 19th & 23rd December 2021
Dinner: 7th, 14th & 21st December 2021
Give your family an early Christmas treat with a fantastic lunch at Knebworth Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. Pre-booking essential.  Register your interest now.
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Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell
Weekends from 5th November, then daily from 26th November to 24th December 2021
Guided by Santa’s little helpers, make your way to meet Santa himself sitting on his throne, as he awaits your arrival to discover if you’ve been naughty or nice – and to receive a very special gift. Booking requred.
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Leighton Buzzard Railway - Santa's Steam Specials
Weekends and Wednesdays 4th - 19th December, then 20th - 24th December 2021
Take a 25-minute steam-train ride over a historic narrow-gauge railway that’s more than 100 years old, and run by enthusiastic volunteers. Meet Santa at Page's Park grotto, where children up to 12 will receive an early present. 
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The Magic of Christmas - Mead Open Farm, Leighton Buzzard
Thursday - Sunday from 2nd December, plus 20th - 24th December 2021
Make magical memories at The Magic of Christmas at Mead Open Farm packed full of mayhem, & merriment. As well as full day entry to the farm tickets include magical Christmas walkthrough, meet Father Christmas, Elf Academy Show, Make a Bear workshop, Magical Toy Shop, decorate gingerbread and make reindeer food.
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The Olde Watermill Christmas Grotto, Barton-Le-Clay, Bedfordshire
Weekends from 20th November, then Thursday - Monday from 2nd December 2021
Come and join us at The Olde Watermill Santa’s Grotto for a magical 40 minute fun-filled experience of singing, funny antics and belly laughs. Elfie Selfie will show you how to make some magical Reindeer food and teach you a very special way to send your Christmas wishes to Santa. Then it’s on to Mrs Claus’ cosy sitting room for a story and a present from Santa himself. All before exploring our spectacular snow covered winter wonderland full of magical surprises. Booking required.
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Frosts Garden Centre, Woburn Sands
13th November - 24th December 2021
here will be lots of fun in our NEW North Pole Post Office writing your letter to Santa, then Reindeer Ronnie will be on hand to greet you in our Reindeer Stables to make the all-important Reindeer food - ready to sprinkle out on Christmas Eve. Once your family has been to see the big man himself, it's onto our toy workshop, where every child will decorate a Christmas stocking and get to choose their very own special toy to take home! 
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Christmas at Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne
Every weekend from 27th November then daily 18th - 24th December 2021
Entry to Santa’s Grotto is included with your day tickets. You will have the opportunity to meet and have your photo taken with Santa.
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Christmas Wonderland at Springtime Nurseries, Crews Hill, Enfield
From 12th November
All aboard at our new outside sheltered station, where you begin your magical ride through the reindeer forest! You may even be lucky enough to see Santa’s reindeer resting before they take flight on Christmas Eve. You continue your magical ride through the Wonderland where you will see some familiar Christmas favourites, on route to Santa’s NEW magical Ice Kingdom where Santa will greet you alongside your carriage. No pre-booking required.
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The Santa Claus Experience at Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park, Waltham Abbey
Weekends from 20th November then 17th - 24th December
Our fabulously festive Santa Claus Experience is a great way to start your festive celebrations this year. Santa’s cheeky elves can not wait to welcome you on our magical group experience of festive fun.  Includes Elves Magical Show, decorate a gingerbread person in Mrs Claus' Kitchen and meet Santa with photo opportunities and goodies for the children.
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Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe
1st – 24th December 2021
Snuggle down with your loved ones and be transported to a magical world of merriment and yuletide wonder, as Father Christmas treats you to tales full of Christmas adventure and festive frivolities. Father Christmas invites you to join him and his Elves for an enchanting group story-time. After meeting Father Christmas and stopping for a festive photo keepsake (additional charges apply), you will take a magical stroll deep into the sparkly, wintery Enchanted Woodland, to arrive at the North Pole, with a stop at The Toyshop on the way!
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The Centre:MK – Santa’s Grotto with Peter Rabbit and Friends
From 12th November 2021
Visit Santa’s Grotto and step into the wonderful World of Peter RabbitTM along the way. Experience an incredibly exciting, immersive theatrical Christmas adventure, brought to life by actors playing the part of Peter Rabbit and his woodland friends.
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Bletchley Park Vintage Christmas Grotto
27th November - 23rd December 2021
To celebrate the festive season here at Bletchley Park, we welcome children and their families to visit our unique Vintage Christmas Grotto to meet Father Christmas! Children will have a magical meeting with Father Christmas in our beautifully decorated Mansion, where they’ll receive a lovely Christmas gift to take home.
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Bletchley Park Relaxed Christmas Grotto
28th November 2021
To make sure every child has the chance to celebrate the festive season here at Bletchley Park, we welcome children and their families to visit our unique relaxed Vintage Christmas Grotto experience to meet Father Christmas! Our fully trained team will make sure children have a magical meeting with Father Christmas in our beautifully decorated Mansion, where they’ll receive a lovely Christmas gift to take home.
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