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Mum's Guide To St Albans Blog

Where to See Santa 2020


Christmas may feel a bit different this year, but that won't stop Santa doing his best to bring some cheer to as many children as possible. Whilst some venues have confirmed their grottos will not be running this year quite a few are going ahead, but with limited choice and limited numbers due to social distancing you will need to book, and probably best to book early!  Whether it's in a winter wonderland, a Christmas grotto or on a train, here's what we know so far.  Keep an eye on this page and our social media for new additions.  You can also have a look at our What's On page for details of other Christmassy experiences that don't include Santa.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that details given are as provided at time of publication by the venue.  All details and available dates are subject to change at any time due to local and national lockdown restrictions. Please take extra care to check any where booking is not required before setting off. 

Last updated 4th December 2020

St Albans Round Table Santa
It has been confirmed that Santa will be visiting the streets of St Albans with his helpers from the Round Table this year. Here is the schedule of areas to be covered each evening:

3rd Dec: Whitecroft
4th Dec: Chiswell Green
7th Dec: Highfield
9th Dec: Fleetville
10th Dec: Townsend
11th Dec: The Camp
12th Dec: Marshalswick
13th Dec: Redbourn (route 1)
15th Dec: New Greens
16th Dec: Beech Bottom
17th Dec: Oakwood
19th Dec: St Stephens
20th Dec: City to Abbey
21st Dec: London Colney
22nd Dec: Cottonmill
23rd Dec: Redbourn (route2)
24th Dec: St Michaels

You can follow the Santa Tracker on their homepage to keep an eye on when Santa will be on or near your street.  Any route changes will be posted on the website and on social media.


Santa's Grotto at Burston Garden Centre
5th December - 24th December 2020
Additional needs sessions: 11th December.
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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Father Christmas visits Wardown House
5th - 23rd 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 our friendly elves.
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Lunch or Dinner with Santa at Knebworth

6th 13th, 17th, 20th,  22nd - 24th December 2020
Give your family an early Christmas treat with a fantastic lunch or dinner at Knebworth Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child.
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Winter Fest at Aldenham Country Park
5th December 2020 - 4th January 2020
Travel along the snowy trail to meet Father Christmas and his elves in their socially distanced grotto where children will receive a special present
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See Santa at Paradise Wildlife Park
Weekends from 5th December, plus 18th - 24th December
Entry to Santa's grotto is included in your park tickets.  It's a first-come first-serve queueing system and seeing Santa cannot be guaranteed.  You will be able to have a socially-distanced photo with Santa.
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Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell
3rd - 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. 
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Santa at The British Schools Museum

19th December 2020
Join Santa on his sleigh as before receiving a present.
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Leighton Buzzard Railway - Santa's Steam Specials
Various dates from 5th - 28th December 2020
Take the train to meet Santa at Page's Park.
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Santa's Rooftop Ramble - Mead Open Farm, Leighton Buzzard
12 & 13th then 17th - 24th December 2020
Make festive memories at Santa’s Rooftop Ramble. A little different from previous years, Santa has ensured that your experience will be socially distanced but just as magical.  Meet Santa & his elves, join the Great North Pole expedition and learn to be an elf at Elf 'Stealth' Academy.  
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The Olde Watermill Christmas Grotto, Barton-Le-Clay, Bedfordshire
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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Santa's Grotto with Peter Rabbit - The Centre:MK
13th November - 24th December 2020
Visit Santa’s Grotto and step into the wonderful World of Peter Rabbit along the way. Each family will spend 25 to 30 minutes enjoying the experience, which includes a decorated Christmas Elf biscuit and a lovely quality gift from Santa in the ticket price for each child.
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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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Santa's Grotto at Brent Cross Shopping Centre
5th - 19th December
Meet Santa at his 20ft light castle, wander through in awe at the light and dance displays and get your gift from Mr Claus himself.
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Santa at the Station - Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
12th, 13th, 19th - 21st December 2020
You will see Father Christmas, the children will all get a present and everyone can enjoy a steam train ride. 
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Festive Fairy Tales with Father Christmas at Odds Farm Park
28th November to 24th December 2020
Father Christmas invites you to join him and his Elves for an enchanting, and socially distanced, group story-time. After meeting Father Christmas and stopping for a festive photo keepsake, 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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Audley End Miniature Railway Christmas Special
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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