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Where to see Santa 2021

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Updated 7th September 2021

Santa, Father Christmas, St Nicholas - whatever he is known as in your house, the little ones all love him!  There are lots of options available this year where you can see Santa. We are updating this page regularly as new information is available.  While most venues have now lifted restrictions, some events will be running a little differently to previous years in efforts to keep the public, and Santa, as safe as possible. Take some time to check details before you make a booking to ensure that the event is suitable for you and your family.

Where To See Santa 2021

In no particular order...


Christmas at Adventure Island
Adventure Island, Southend: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18 - 24th December
From the fun filled rides of Adventure Island to the 'Christmasville'  grotto where you'll meet the big man himself, Adventure Island is packed with Christmas magic every good boy and girl will love.
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The Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18 - 24th December
See Santa’s beautiful reindeer in their stables, get crafty at the Elves’ Workshop, hear our Christmas tale and enjoy some festive treats!
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Santa's Grotto at Van Hage
Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell:  5th November - 24th December
Guided by Santa’s little helpers, make your way to meet Santa himself sitting on his thrown, as he awaits your arrival to discover if you’ve been naughty or nice – and to receive a very special gift!
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A Christmas Journey 
Old MacDonald's Farm 
We present a festive treat for all of the family. Our Christmas Journey is designed to wow you with the best entertainment and with exclusive acts from all over the World. Collect stickers & gifts along the way. Whats included: all rides included, My Christmas Journey Book, Interactive Gingerbread Hunt, Polar Express Train ride, A very special Station guard, Get a letter from Santa's Post Office, Build A Bag of amazing gifts, See the Elves Workshop, Roller Coaster open every day, Brand new Penguin ride and loads more!
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Santa's Grotto at White Elm
White Elm Garden Centre and Petting Farm: 27th & 28th November, 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th - 23rd December
The Elves are getting excited as Christmas Day is getting closer, come and join us to visit Santa and his Elves in his magical Grotto at White Elm Garden Centre!
Each Child ticket entitles a child to walk through Santa’s Magical Grotto (located in the Shopping Village), meet and chat to Santa in his lounge and receive a gift from Santa. Children will also have some Grotto games to complete for a sweet treat.
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Breakfast with Santa 
The Old Plough House Upminster: 4th, 18th, 21st & 23rd December
Children will enjoy a hearty breakfast whilst decorating a gingerbread man before receiving a small gift from Santa, don’t forget to bring your cameras for a photo with Santa.
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Afternoon Tea with Santa, Elves and Mrs Claus
Dagenham Trades Hall: 22nd December
Enjoy a afternoon tea which is selection of sandwiches, cakes unlimited juice. Listen to Mrs Claus read a Christmas story while you are eating.  Decorate ginger bread men and watch out for the 5 naughty entertaining elves. Meet Santa at your table and take photos with him. Receive a gift from Santa. Sing Along to some Christmas songs.
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Santa Specials 2021
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex
Details coming soon!

Mr & Mrs Claus invite you to...  FULLY BOOKED!
Nevenden Manor, Wickford: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th December
A New Very Exclusive Christmas Experience at Nevendon Manor Events. This year a Few Families will have the opportunity to experience an Exclusive Personalised Christmas, where you will be invited into the Beautifully Dressed, Cosy Nevendon Manor.
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The Christmas Experience
The Party Kingdom, Smithfield's Nursery, Woodham Road, Battlesbridge, SS11 7QW
The show must go on! 2020 and 2021 have thrown numerous issues at us all, but we are back, and we plan to have a Christmas 2021 to remember for the right reasons!.
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Christmas Special 2021
Audley End Miniature Railway: 20th November - 24th December
Our Christmas Special is the most magical, family, Christmas experience. You will board upon the Santa Express where our driver will navigate you through the Estate Woodland. 
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Santa's Grotto at Thurrock Garden Centre
Thurrock Garden Centre: from 27th November
No booking needed, just turn up.

Breakfast with Santa
Thurrock Garden Centre: 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December
Bookings for Breakfast with Santa open on Monday 20th September
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Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner with Santa
Romford Shopping Hall: dates to be announced
More details coming soon but Santa has confirmed he will be here!
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Santa's Grotto at Mercury Mall
Mercury Mall, Romford
More details coming soon!

Polar Express Train Ride  
Mid Norfolk Railway: limited seats available in November & December
As you and your family take in the festive decorations at THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride station, you can almost hear the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance and the fun begins...
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Believe at Bluewater 
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent: register for pre sale tickets now
This year Bluewater is hosting ‘Santa’s Magical Reindeer Grotto’, where children will be entertained by our very special reindeer, Norbert. They’ll have the chance to make reindeer food in readiness for Christmas Eve, and enjoy a one-to-one with Santa! All children will also receive a wrapped gift of an age-appropriate book to take home. 
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The Father Christmas Experience at Barleylands
Barleylands Farm: every weekend from 27th November and all of Christmas week.
Start your journey with one of Father Christmas’ elves who will guide you to our Christmas barn, here you will meet Mrs. Claus who has a festive story for all to enjoy. There will be so much to see and do...
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The Father Christmas Experience 
Marsh Farm: 13th November - 24th December
A wondrous journey awaits you, but before you can embark on your enchanted adventure, you’ll need to be granted special access to the North Pole! Don’t worry, our expert Elves in Passport Control will make sure all your papers are in order and send you on your way.
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Santa Specials 2021 
Epping Ongar Railway: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December
The experience starts at North Weald Station where you will get the chance to get in the spirit with something from one of our festive food or sweet stalls whilst you listen to our live brass band! As you wait for the train perhaps you will meet our characters who will be walking around the crowds looking for the nice children to make sure that Santa will find them later. Naughty children will not be allowed to board the train!
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Breakfast with Father Christmas
Orsett Hall: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December
A truly magical breakfast experience. Children will enjoy two activities with the Christmas Elves before receiving a visit and a special gift from Father Christmas. Entertainment provided by party entertainers.
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Afternoon Tea with Father Christmas
Orsett Hall: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December
A magical afternoon tea with a festive twist. Children will enjoy two activities with the Christmas Elves before receiving a visit and a special gift from Father Christmas. Entertainment provided by party entertainers.
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Breakfast with Santa
Harvester restaurants in Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Hornchurch: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, and 20th-24th of December
Santa is coming to Harvester. Bring your little ones along for an extra special Christmas breakfast. 
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Santa at Fairytale Tots
St Laurence Church, Upminster: 11th December; Sessions available are 10-11.30, 12-1.30, 2-3.30
Suitable from toddling age up to 8yrs old and it’s perfect for siblings too. Currently taking waiting list enquiries. £10 per child, one free adult per family group. Additional adult £2. More information from Fairytale Tots
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Santa at The Pier
The Pier, Southend on Sea: 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th November, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th - 24th December
More details coming soon!

We will be adding to this list as information is available to us. 


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