5 Magical Winter Grottos To Visit Santa This Christmas In London

Tabby Powell-Tuck Tabby Powell-Tuck


Santa isn’t just for children…well actually, he kind of is but take your kids along to these magical winter grottos and you may even get a sneaky peak of the man yourself. We know you’re excited.


1. Duke Of York Square Santa’s Grotto

[London Town]
Take a break from Christmas shopping on the chic Kings Road and go and pay Santa a visit at his pop-up grotto on the Duke of York Square. Kids can enjoy a meet and greet with the man himself, as well as a magical story telling and some delicious festive treats. There’s also an arts and crafts marquee where some fun-for-all activities will be taking place throughout the day. Perfect for all the fam.

Open every day of December except Mondays (give the poor man a break)



2. Harrods Christmas Grotto


It’s a Christmas classic, loved by so many that booking to see this Mr Claus starts way early on in September. Take the kids on a magical journey through the toy workshop, where they will be given a gift to take home or, if you want to make a real occasion of it, opt for the added dining experience, which includes a buffet meal in the Grotto Cafe.

Until 24 December



3. Adventure to Santa’s Grotto


You wouldn’t believe this magical Wonderland was in, well, Westfield, but it is and it’s no less merrier for it! ‘DreamWorks Dreamplace’ is an immersive experience created by animation artists and technical innovators, featuring all the famous DreamWorks characters. Visitors can climb aboard Santa’s sleigh and journey through the skies to the North Pole with Shrek and Donkey. Once they reach Santa’s workshop (this is the best bit!) children will check their special passports in to a little elf and then will be able to earn ‘nice points’ by playing a tablet game while waiting to meet Santa himself. Ha! We see their logic… Think of this as a very 2015 take on the classic Christmas grotto.

Until 24 December

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4. Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall


Taking things back to the olden days when children were to be ‘seen but not heard’, these festive tours of the Royal Albert Hall are Victorian-themed…and don’t worry, they’re incredibly family friendly. Littluns can make their own Christmas cards and decorations, and the event culminates with a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto to collect a stocking stuffed with goodies. Booking recommended!

Until 24 December



5. Whippersnappers Winter Wonderland


Santa has pitched up in Dulwich Park this Christmas, with a cute little gingerbread house and a merry troop of elves. When the kids pay him a visit, they’ll be trained at Santa’s little helpers, creating gifts in a log cabin workshop and decorating gingerbread trees with delicious treats to take home. There will be photo ops in Santa’s sleigh, performances, face painting plus FREE mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. If that doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, we don’t know what will.

Until 23 December

SE21 7BQ 

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