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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

By Time Out London Things To Do and Ellie Walker-Arnott |
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Glittering Christmas lights over Oxford Street and festive fairs along the Thames are all well and good, but Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to see jolly old Saint Nick.

Luckily, Santa Claus IS coming to town, and this year he’s rocking up to venues across London. The busy beardy guy will be hopping between various venues to dish out prezzies, from famous toy stores to Victorian-themed grottos. Whether you’ve got little ones in tow or you’re a big kid at heart, plan a trip to one of these brilliant Santa’s grottos in London.

We’ll be updating this page with more events for Christmas 2019 as they are announced.

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Where to find Santa's grottos in London

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Santa’s Grotto at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

icon-location-pin Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

Needing very little introduction, Winter Wonderland opens its doors in November - but if you’re thinking of visiting Santa’s Grotto, bear in mind that he usually arrives a day after the launch. There's no fee to visit the S-man, nor an option to book – this is very much a first-come, first-served situation. 

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Father Christmas at Hamleys

Considering the utterly vast array of toys that Hamley's has to offer it's no wonder that Father Christmas has decided to set up shop there for the festive season – he's probably on the lookout for new gift ideas. From late November until Christmas Eve, excitable kids have another reason to visit: Father Christmas usually makes an appearance. Bookings must be made in advance. 

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Best London Christmas activities for children

December is never more exciting than when you're littler than Santa's elves. They've been waiting for this all year; help to make their festive dreams come true at these great Christmas events for kids. And there's lots more wintery fun to be had at London's ice rinks, Santa's grottos, Xmas lights and Christmas theatre shows.

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