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Mum's Guide To Hemel Hempstead Blog

Where To See Santa 2020


Ho Ho Ho! Not even Coronavirus can stop Santa Claus from coming to (Hemel Hempstead) town and we have the ultimate guide to all the places he will be visiting in the local area this Christmas.  From train rides to winter wonderlands you can find them all here. However with Christmas feeling a little different this year, with covid-safe guidelines and Santa having to socially distance, he is having to reduce where he can be seen (some places are already confirmed as not going ahead). So don't delay and get booking, as some of the most popular ones get booked up very quickly, especially this year when space will be limited.

We will continue to add to this page as more details become available.  We do our best to ensure all these details are correct but from time to time things do change, and this year more than ever the situation remains fluid, so please do check the websites.  Unless otherwise stated we expect that ALL venues will require booking to ensure social distancing can be maintained.  

Last updated 7th October 2020


Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club Santa Float FREE

The Rotary Club of Hemel Hempstead organise a charity Santa Float around Hemel Hempstead and will be running again this year. We are awaiting more info.

Santa's Grotto at The Snow Centre

Dates TBC but The Snow Centre have confirmed they are planning they are planning for Christmas 2020.

Willows Farm Santa Spectacular
21st November - 24th December 2020

While Santa can’t meet families individually in his Grotto this year, he’s planned a magical meeting with the children where a limited number of families can socially distance and see him in his show in Willow's theatre. Children will then make their journey through the twinkling winter wonderland to visit Santa’s Toy Shop and choose a gift from the 1000s of toys Santa and his elves have made. There is also lots more of festive fun on offer such as build-a-bear, decorating gingerbread biscuits, 3D festive film, write a letter to Santa and more. More details.


Brunch with Santa, The Fishery Inn

28th November 2020, 9am - 11am.

Enjoy a lovely brunch with Santa himself! Whilst the little ones can have a breakfast juice and a brunch dish for £8, parents can enjoy a hot drink, breakfast juice and brunch dish for £14 per person. Children will also receive a gift. More details.


Meet Santa at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
28th November - 24th December 2020

Throughout weekends and the week leading up to Christmas, experience festive magic with Meet Santa at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo! See Mrs Claus and the cheeky elves, and join in with Christmas crafts, before meeting the man himself. There will also be a VIP meet Santa experience where you will be able to gain entry to the zoo at 8am for a VIP Breakfast with Mrs Claus before meeting the man himself. Every child will receive a gift. Tickets released soon. More details

Father Christmas Visits Wardown Museum
5th - 2rd December 2020

Share a special story in the library with Holly Claus before joining her father, Father Christmas in the dining room for a special gift from under the tree. Afterwards, you'll be treated to milk and cookies with the friendly elves. Sessions will run from 11am-3pm and will be running every 30 minutes. They will last approximately 35 minutes, and will be followed by milk and cookies in the cafe. Please note: There is a maximum of 4 tickets per booking. In order keep in line with guidelines, only two adults per child will be allowed into this event. £14 per child, £6 per adult. More details


Leighton Buzzard Railway - Santa's Steam Specials
5th - 24th December 2020

A 25-minute steam-train ride over a historic narrow-gauge railway. Meet Santa in his grotto, where children up to 12 will receive an early present. For the grown-ups, free seasonal refreshments await. 
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Mead Open Farm, Leighton Buzzard - The Enchanted Christmas Journey

5th - 24th December

Discover the Enchanted Forest with Magical Portals, meet Father Christmas and his Elves and of course, all children will receive a Special Gift. More details 


Dobbies Garden Centre, Aylesbury

November 22nd - December 24th 2020

Santa’s Grotto is one of the most popular festive experiences at Dobbies. Bring your little ones along to explore our Winter Wonderland. They will be welcomed by Santa and receive a special gift. More details.


Santa's Grotto at Burston Garden Centre, St Albans
28th November - 24th December 2020

Children will walk through Candy Cane lane and get the chance to spot our mini gingerbread men, create your elf name and take an elfie selfie. Each family group will then spend time with Santa, before the accompanying adult will choose a wrapped present from Santa's sack! 
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Santa's Grotto at Burston Garden Centre, St Albans - Additional Needs Sessions
29th November & 11th December 2020

Come and visit Santa’s Grotto for one of our additional needs sessions, which have been developed to provide a more relaxed and quieter environment for your child.  You’ll findmusic volume dimmed throughout, sessions are the first of the day, which is when our centre tends to be quieter a restricted amount of tickets on sale and no walk in slots available, our grotto is also fully wheelchair accessible.
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The Olde Watermill Christmas Grotto, Barton-Le-Clay, Bedfordshire SOLD OUT
Weekends from 28th November, including Fridays from 4th December plus 21st - 24th December 2020

Our new COVID safe Grotto has been specially altered and laid out to offer a 20 to 25 minute private *family experience of up to **6 people! You will be greeted by our resident cheeky Elf, Elfie Selfie, and Tinseltoes, who will help you wish upon a star, make your own Reindeer food, and belly laugh with their naughty antics and magic tricks. Elfie Selfie will then take you through for your Families' one-on-one experience with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
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Frosts Garden Centre, Woburn Sands SOLD OUT
21st November - 24th December 2020

The Santa’s Grotto will be open again this year, with the introduction of individual family visits to keep you safe. There will be lots of fun and reindeer food making, plus a festive treat from Father Christmas.
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Odds Farm Park Christmas Spectacular, High Wycombe
28th November – 24th December 2019

Take an enchanting, immersive stroll deep into the sparkling, wintry wonderland in search of Father Christmas, or enjoy festive Tea and Story-time as a group! More details


Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell
Weekends from 7th November then Daily 30th November - 24th December 2020

Children will be enchanted by a traditional Christmas Grotto, meeting Santa, receiving a gift and having a photo opportunity with the big man himself! Santa's Grotto will be bigger this year, to allow for social distancing. More details.


Christmas at Waddesdon
14th November - 20th December 2020 (Wed - Sun only)

Enjoy an enchanting outdoor extravaganza. Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with over 80 hand-selected stalls all housed in charming wooden chalets, surrounded by twinkling trees. The Winter Light trail will transform the Pleasure Grounds with dramatic colour and playful installations. Treat yourself to a famous festive afternoon tea of savoury treats and sweet festive fancies. 
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Bletchley Park Vintage Christmas Grotto
Weekends from 21st November plus 21st - 23rd December 2020

Your family will have a magical meeting with Father Christmas in the beautifully decorated Mansion, where children can spend time telling him their Christmas wishes and take photos surrounded by vintage toys, Christmas trees, 1940’s greeting cards and decorations. All children will receive a lovely Christmas gift to take home.
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Audley End Miniature Railway Christmas Special LIMITED DATES LEFT
21st November - 23rd December 2020

Train ride to meet Father Christmas and his Elves, Gift for every Child, Letter Writing, Christmas Wishing Tree, Mother Christmas’s Interactive Show, talking Gingerbread House and our Adventure Play Area.
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Cancelled Events

The following have confirmed that their Christmas events are cancelled this year:
Harpenden Christmas Carnival

Redbourn Christmas Market
The Alban Arena Pantomime
Grove Theatre Pantomime
Knebworth House Christmas Fair
Christmas Wonderland @ Springtime Nurseries, Crews Hill

Wrest Park Luton

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Dunstable Downs

Buckinghamshire Railway - The Panto Express with Father Christmas

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