Where to find Santa in London

Father Christmas has been MIA for almost an entire year now which means it’s about time he makes an appearance! We’ve mapped out his movements over the next month so that you can make a date to visit him whilst he’s in London town.

Christmas Day with Santa at Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum Hotel

Let this Christmas be a time where you spend it with family and friends, to enjoy quality time together. Just sit back and relax as we prepare a wonderful traditional roast with all the trimmings, including an arrival drink and presents for the children.
£60.00 per adult and £30.00 per child under 12.
To book contact us on 0207 341 3099 or email [email protected] or you can also check more details here.


Santa’s Grotto is returning to Hamley’s for 2019, and is designed like Santa’s workshop. Take part in festive activities, spend time with Santa himself, and play games and sing songs with the elves.
Tickets at £20 per child

The Winter Dream Garden

Join Santa and the Dream Fairies for this immersive, theatrical, family experience as they journey into a land of make believe. Aimed at children aged 4-11 years, the character led journey at Bond Street’s The Music Room, will take families on a magical voyage through The Winter Garden to seek out the Dream Fairies before entering The Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto! Tickets at £18 per person.

Chelsea Grotto, Pavilion Road

Kids are treated to an hour-long experience in small groups, transporting them to the North Pole to meet Santa and his elves. Entertainment comes courtesy of Sharky & George, with storytime, games, and a chance to each child to meet Santa individually. Tickets on sale
from £27.50

Royal Albert Hall

At the Royal Albert Hall, Children age 3+ are invited to wander around Father Christmas’s HQ, meeting various North Pole characters and enjoying puppetry and live music before meeting the man himself, and taking home a stuffed toy.
Tickets at £39.24 per child

Museum of London

Walk through the amazing Sailortown gallery, a vivid recreation of a the Museum‘s Victorian street bedecked with frost, holly, mistletoe and the sound of Christmas carols being sung in the distance to match white Christmas of yesteryear as imagined by author Charles Dickens. Then meet Santa himself in his grotto, and receive a traditional toy from him.
Tickets at £10 per child

Fortnum & Mason

This Christmas, F&M visitors aged 3-11 can sit and listen as Father Christmas himself tells a very special festive story.
Tickets at £20 per child.

London Zoo

Little ones can meet Santa in his magical grotto at the heart of the Zoo and receive a very special early Christmas gift to take home.
Tickets at £12 per child.

Shrek’s Adventure Christmas Grotto

Step into Shrek’s world and journey through Far Far Away where you will explore 12 laugh-out-loud fairytale themed live shows and meet Shrek and his DreamWorks friends. Then step into Shrek’s swamp where Santa’s Grotto awaits.
Tickets at £25 per child

Chessington Garden Centre Winter Wonderland

The magical winter wonderland starts with arts and crafts then step into magical Christmas scenes with number of photo opportunities, after which children meet the man himself.
Tickets from £14.50 per child

Duke of York Square

From 1st December, the much loved Duke of York Square Santa’s Grotto will be opening its doors every day and welcoming in children to share their wish list for the big day. Totally free of charge, the booking form is available here but slots are going fast! Each child will be invited to enjoy a story read by Santa himself and will be sent a photograph with Santa by his dedicated elves.
Tickets free

Leicester Square Santa’s Grotto

After a good break this year, a refreshed Santa is back to welcome you to his grotto. With a bespoke Christmas Story for this “audience with”-style Grotto, each child will also have the opportunity to meet the man himself and receive a small gift.
Tickets from £11.00 per child.

London Wetland Centre

Meet Father Christmas himself this festive season at the London Wetland Centre. Visit his cosy grotto and receive a special gift.
Tickets at £11.50 per child.

The Last Drop

This year, Santa comes to The Last Drop in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is visited by children from across the city.  During the festive period, The Last Drop is transformed into a wondrous winter walk through, leading visitors to Santa.  On arrival Santa helpers will welcome you and check your tickets. They will lead you to the Magical Santa’s workshop where you’ll be able to create and write your personalised letter to Santa. Once in the workshop you’ll find all the Santa’s Helpers busy at work – sorting all of Santa’s letters. Tickets at £12.50

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 

Catch a glimpse of Santa this year at the magical experience for children that is Santa Land. Featuring Santa’s Grotto and a 45m Ice Slide, the attraction is free for all and returns to light up the little ones’ faces. There’ll be plenty of sweet treats and gifts for those who have been good!

Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield London

Westfield London invites children and families to Santa’s Snowflake Grotto.Be magically transported to the Snow Factory in the North Pole, where Santa’s elves make all the snow in the world. Children will create their own personalised Christmas decoration and explore all the fun activities within the Grotto. You’ll meet Santa in his cosy cabin, where every child will receive a gift and have their photo taken with him. After your North Pole adventure, you’ll be magically transported back to London.

The visit lasts approximately 20-25 minutes, and photos can be purchased in the Christmas Shop at the end.

Vauxhall City Farm

This December we are inviting children to a magical visit with Santa in his wonderful grotto, situated at Vauxhall Christmas Farm.

Santa will welcome visitors in his cozy workshop from 10:30 to 13:00 AND from 13:30 to 15:45 on the below dates:

Sunday 1st December

Saturday 7th December & Sunday 8th December

Saturday 14th December & Sunday 15th December

Saturday 21st December

Every child will get to meet and spend time with Santa and discuss their Christmas wish list or anything else that’s on their mind.  Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you will get a fabulous present at the end!