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.
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 LondonRead more
Those who visit Santa in this square just off the King's Road will be treated to seasonal stories as well as the chance to pass on their wish list and to take home a souvenir photo taken by the elves. Fully grown kids are welcome to pop in, too, and grotto guests are asked to make a donation to the Prince's Foundation. Visit the square on November 7 to see the Christmas lights being switched on and to meet Santa and his elves.Please note these dates and times are currently preliminary and should be confirmed before your visit.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 LondonRead more