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Santa’s grottos in London

Everybody’s desperate to meet the beardy man with the prezzies – here’s where to find Father Christmas in London

Sarah Cohen
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Time Out London editors
Sarah Cohen

Christmas comes but once a year. So you may as well give in to pester power and give your little ’uns a one-on-one audience with the big man himself, Santa. London's best Santa's grottos are full of friendly elves, magical Christmas decorations, and presents for kids willing to promise they've been good. This Christmas, Santa will have his work cut out flitting from London Zoo to Winter Wonderland to Kew and beyond, ho-ho-hoing and dishing out gifts to the capital’s over-excited children.

But, don’t get caught short. There’s only so much Santa to go around so it’s more important than ever to book your kids a slot with ol’ Saint Nick in advance to avoid tears and tantrums. Here are some spots to try. 

RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London.

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December is never more exciting than when you’re littler than Santa’s elves. Your kids have been waiting for this all year: help to make their festive dreams come true at these great Christmas events for children. And you can have lots of wintry fun at London’s ice rinks, Santa’s grottos, Xmas lights and Christmas theatre shows too.


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