Local Santa's grottos and Christmas events

Child and Santa

Find out where to visit Father Christmas, see sparkling lights and get in the jolly holiday spirit at local family events. We've rounded up recommendations from Mumsnetters who've searched out the best grottos and Christmas activities across the UK this December

London and the South East

London is looking magical this winter. Head into town and visit Santa at his Leicester Square Grotto, or take in the beautiful lights of the Christmas at Kew experience. See our full list of what else is going on in the capital and surrounding areas.

Birmingham, the Midlands and the East of England

Why not make a day of it in the West Midlands? Start by visiting Santa at the Birmingham Wildlife Park and then wrap up warm and head down to the enchanting Magical Lantern Festival at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. Or if you’re in Hertfordshire, head to the historic Hatfield House to meet Father Christmas. Check out loads more festive fun in our round-up of Christmas events in Birmingham, the Midlands and the East of England.

Devon and the South West

Visit the beautiful Wells Cathedral in Bath for a traditional carol service or, for a more action-packed excursion, spend the day at Longleat Safari Park which has a whole host of Christmas events: a winter safari, a Santa express train and a Festival of Light. See what else is happening in the South West this Christmas season.

Manchester and the North

A day out at Manchester's Winter Gathering festival has everything you could hope for in a festive excursion – markets, live music, food, drink, and an ice rink for good measure. The Chill Factore Santa's Grotto is also well worth a visit – kids of all ages will love playing in the Snow Park afterwards. For more festive things to do in the North, take a look at our local round-up.

Yorkshire and Humberside

Travel back in time with York's Victorian Christmas at the Castle or visit the impressive ' Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience over in Leeds. See our full list of goings on for the best of what Yorkshire has to offer this December.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

North of the border, enjoy a family day out celebrating Christmas aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, or take the children to Hamleys in Glasgow to meet Santa. Discover what else is going on in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland across the Christmas period.