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Santa's grottos in London

Everybody's dying to meet the beardy man with the bag – here's where to find him

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What could make Christmas more magical than an encounter with Father Christmas himself? Find out where to meet the man in red this winter with our guide to Santa's Christmas grottos in London.

Christmas at Kew Gardens

The magnificent gardens get a beautiful seasonal makeover once more in 2015, with illuminations lighting up the buildings, trails and planting. New for this year will be dancing lit-up fountains, a choir of holly bushes and a scented fire garden. Santa's Snowflake Grotto returns and there'll be vintage rides, Christmas gifts and traditional festive treats. A reduced entry price for an adult day visit to Kew Gardens (under-17’s go free during the day) is available to those booking trail tickets. Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

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Kew Gardens, Kew, Surrey Wednesday November 25 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

Harrods Christmas Grotto

A very traditional Christmas experience awaits you at Harrods, where tickets to see Father Christmas often get snapped up months before Christmas Eve itself. Whether you go for the 'Classic Visit', which involves a journey through the toy workshop and a special gift for each child, or the dining experience which includes a buffet meal in the Grotto Café, new for 2015. Afternoon tea packages are also available, and there are time slots especially for children aged under four (Mon-Fri 10am-11.30am in November). Bookings open on September 14 2015.

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Harrods, Hyde Park Friday November 6 2015 - Thursday December 24 2015

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2015. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa's grotto) or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter.

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Hyde Park, Hyde Park Thursday November 19 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

Santa's Grotto at The Rainforest Cafe

We didn't realise that Father Christmas had an outpost in the rainforest, but families who'd rather a tropical climate than a snow drift can visit this themed Piccadilly restaurant to meet the man himself. Of course the grotto itself will have a snowy, woodland theme so that he doesn't feel out of place, and the experience includes a personalised visit and a children's two-course meal and drink. Book in advance online or on 020 7434 3111. Find more Santa's grottos in London

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Rainforest Café, Soho Saturday November 14 2015 - Thursday December 24 2015

Comments

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196customer123
196customer123

you didn't miss much i'm afraid very disappointing grotto and the gift bag stank of mould. The afternoon tea for children contained peanuts without warning and was served to my 2 year old daughter. Customer service team just ignore you or argue with you I won't be recommending or booking for next year. Try Westfield it was lovely. Shame I had to pay twice to see Santa in 2014 but I wasn't going to let that spoil Christmas for us.

NewMumOnline
NewMumOnline

Don't understand this post at all. It starts with a Harrods' photo, yet I cannot find a paragraph about the Harrods' Santa?!?!? AND why is it a 2012 photo anyhow?

HOLLY M
HOLLY M

@Harrods, really annoyed, i book every year to take my son to visit santa at Harrods at a very special time of year for my family.

An this year u was given my email to book online to find out that had already been sold, unless i want to pay for a very expensive tea which i cannot afford.

Very disappointing to see they have done this and i will be making a compliant

Christina S
Christina S

@Harrods I am annoyed and disappointed that the Christmas Grotto 2014 is already sold out...unless I am willing to pay £118 for my family of four to have afternoon tea with Santa! I can't say I have ever been that impressed with their afternoon tea and can think of much nicer places to go for it! I will now have to look around for another Christmas grotto to take my children to! My family's Christmas tradition of visiting Santa at Harrods will now be broken this year due to the change in your Christmas Grotto! ...and the icing on the cake is. That there will not be a Harrods Christmas Parade this year! Harrods, you should be ashamed of yourselves! #greed

anne hannoun
anne hannoun

last year was briliant for my kids hopefully re do all these activities again !!