Top 5 Santa's Grottos to visit near London
We're fast approaching "the most wonderful time of the year" and what better way to get into the festive spirit than taking the little ones to meet Father Christmas himself? Take a look at our pick of the best Santa's Grottos near London.
1. Santa Land at Winter Wonderland
Location: Hyde Park
Visit Santa Land at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland this Christmas and watch the kids enjoy a magical day full of festivities including the 45m long Ice Slide! There's also plenty of eateries and sweet treats plus lots of fun rides to suit younger ones - and most importantly, there's the chance to meet Santa in his grotto for a special gift and photograph.
2. Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo
Location: The Regent's Park
Santa will be waiting in his magical grotto at the heart of the zoo and children will receive a special early Christmas gift to take home with them. The youngsters will be kept entertained as they have the opportunity to become Keeper's Little Helpers and prepare seasonal surprises for the Zoo residents. You can then watch the animals enjoy their treats at the 12 animal at Christmas talks.
3. Victorian Santa's Grotto at The Museum of Docklands
Location: the Isle of Dogs
The Sailortown gallery will be transformed with festive decorations and accompanied by the sound of Victorian carol singing in the background. You'll find Santa in his grotto who will be giving out festive gifts to all the children who pay him a visit.
4. Santa's Snowflake Grotto at Westfield
Location: Westfield Square
Here you'll be magically transported to the Snow Factory in the North Pole, the place where Santa's little elves make all the snow in the world. Children can create their own Christmas decoration and then explore the rest of the fun activities within the grotto. Santa will be sitting in his cosy cabin ready to give out his gifts at the end of this North Pole adventure.
5. Father Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall
Location: South Kensington
Father Christmas returns to his secret London headquarters at the Royal Albert Hall as part of this theatrical walk-around event for children and families. The littles ones will come across a range of magical characters from the North Pole in spaces of the Hall as they make their way to meet the big man himself.