Santa's grottos and Christmas events in London and the South East

Boy with father choosing present from Santa's sack

There are plenty of chances to meet Father Christmas in the capital and surrounding counties this December. In central London, visit Santa's grotto in Leicester Square, or see him among the animals at London Zoo. Further afield, head to the Kent coast and Dreamland Christmas Grotto in Margate, or take your pick from grottos in branches of Squires in Surrey. Discover more festive family events across the South East.

Greater London

Kew Gardens at Christmas Kew
Enjoy an evening following a glittering trail as it winds its way through the world-famous botanic gardens in a magical after dark experience.

Victorian Santa's Grotto at the Museum of London Barbican
An exciting experience where children get to search for Santa's secret grotto and receive a gift.

Christmas Thrills at the Mills 2016 Colliers Wood
Fun, festive activities including dancing, crafts and baking for kids.

Breakfast or tea with Father Christmas Lower Morden
Come for breakfast or tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centres.

Sky Movies Christmas at Sky Studios The O2, Greenwich
Visit Sky Studios and see iconic movies scenes brought magically to life for a fun and free family outing

Santa's Grotto 2016 Wallington, Sutton
Walk through a magical enchanted forest on your way to meet Santa in his cosy Grotto – the Woodcote cafe also offers a delicious menu for both adults and children

A Christmas Ceilidh Carshalton, Sutton
Join the Knock-kneed Bumblebee Band with for this live-music event organised by Carshalton Village Ceilidhs

Winter Wonderland Trail Carshalton, Sutton
The whole family will enjoy this magical Winter Wonderland trail

Letter to Santa Workshop Sutton Central
Children are invited to take part in this workshop where they get to write their letters to Santa (with the help of his elves). Every child who takes part will recieve a personalised reply from Lapland!

Festive Farm Fun Vauxhall, Lambeth
Children not only get the chance to see Santa but also try out a variety of farm activities

The Jingle Ball Brixton
The Jingle Ball returns this Christmas – a free entertaining family day out, followed by an evening of live music

Lambeth Festive Light Ride 2016 Clapham
Join the Festive Light Ride and cycle round local landmarks – along the route you'll see fireworks and light shows, and listen to live music and soundscapes

Father Christmas at Bentalls Kingston upon Thames
Visit Bentalls toy department to see Father Christmas

Father Christmas Grotto Greenwich
Why not go and explore Greenwich Market and visit Santa whilst he's there (all children will receive a bag with goodies)

Santa's Grotto at Broadway Shopping Centre Bexleyheath
This grotto in Bexleyheath offers not only a present from Santa but an elf makeover!

Christmas Garden Trail at Hall Place Bexleyheath
Follow the Christmas Garden Trail to help Santa and collect a prize at the end

Christmas Wonderland Crews Hill, Enfield
We invite you and your family to join us this year upon the “Santa's Express”. Departing from the North Pole Station you'll travel deep into a Christmas Wonderland and then meet Father Christmas himself!

Santa's Toy Workshop Croydon
Take a very special journey through a magical Christmas Grotto, where you will be greeted by Santa's Elf helpers before meeting the man himself!

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South East England

Christmas at Blenheim Oxford
Visit the enchanting festive light trail at Blenheim Palace.

Penguin Bauble Workshop Chichester
Get crafty and create your own penguin bauble to hang on your Christmas tree at home

Tulley's Family Christmas Crawley
Climb aboard Santa's Sleigh Ride to journey through the forest and visit Santa in his log cabin

Visit Father Christmas Chichester
Combine your family visit to Father Christmas with a chance to be creative and make your Christmas decorations

Gingerbread Stories and Songs with Santa Woking, Surrey
Visit Santa and Mrs Claus for stories, songs and a present at Wisley Plant Centre

Santa's Sitting Room Leatherhead
A unique grotto/theatrical experience recommended for children aged 12 months – 8 years

Winter Wonderland and Santa's Grotto Bracknell, Berkshire
Meet both Mother Christmas, the elves, the reindeer and of course Father Christmas himself

Brighton Dome Christmas Open Day Brighton
Go to this cafe-bar for family friendly Christmas festivities (with an 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' theme)

Christmas in the Park Petersfield, Hampshire
Visit Father Christmas in his grotto, then take part in a festive nature trail

The Sussex Santa Experience Lewes
Spring Barn Farm offers a variety of activities this Christmas from storytelling to a winter walkway

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