Santa's Grottos in Hertfordshire
If you have young kids, top of the list on things to do in the run up to Christmas is definitely meeting the ‘Big Man’.
Luckily you don’t need to fork out for a tip to Lapland as Father Christmas will be doing the rounds throughout Hertfordshire and hosting meet and greets in various festive grottos. Many sell out well in advance so its advisable to book soon.
Santa Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm, St Albans
This hugely popular Christmas event is not cheap but includes a hist of festive experiences including a Santa’s grotto where, as well as meeting Santa himself, kids get to choose their own gift. There’s also the chance to make a cuddly toy, decorate gingerbread, create a sleigh to take home, have a go at synthetic ice skating and a wizz on the funfair rides. Plus there are wonderful festive shows and use of all the farm’s usual adventure play and animal activities.
Check out my review from last years event at the end of the page.
From £48 per child and £24 per adult.
Christmas at Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne
Tickets to see Santa in his grotto are included in the park entry price for this special Christmas event that takes place every weekend from 2 to 20 December and daily from 20- 24 December. In addition to seeing Santa himself, there’ll be a festive fairy light tunnel and a chance to see the reindeer.
Adults from £18.75, children from £17.25
Santa’s Grotto at Aldenham Country Park
Santa’s Grotto makes an appearance at the Christmas festivities at Aldenham Country Park, which take place every weekend until the 18th December and then daily until the big day. Entry to the Grotto is included with Farm admission at £7.95 per person
Breakfast or afternoon tea with Santa at Stevenage Garden Centre
This fantastic experience includes a delicious breakfast, and fun with the elves as your child plays games and hears tales from the North Pole. Have a chat and receive a gift from Santa.
£14.95 per child and £9.94 per adult
Christmas Grotto at Burston Garden Centre, St Albans
Families can meet Santa and his elves at the garden centre’s Christmas grotto. Each child receives a gift, you can then browse the wonderful Christmas shop and enjoy a hot drink or sweet treat at their restaurant.
£11 per child + £1 per adult
Santa’s Grotto at Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell
Kids will enjoy this pretty Santa’s grotto located in the East Hertfordshire village of Great Amwell.
Tickets to visit Santa cost £12.50 per child
The Magic of Christmas – The Old Rectory Farm, Walkern
One of the largest Christmas shops in Hertfordshire which is located in a converted barn will also house Santa’s Grotto.
£9 per child