Santas' grottos and Christmas activities

We've tipped over into the festive season now, so if you're thinking ahead to the Christmas holidays then look no further for ideas on what to do with the kids. Our Local editors have found hundreds of Christmassy activities, and we've selected some wonderful Santas' grottos around the country to get your sleigh bells ringing.


Kingston upon Thames logoThe LEGO Christmas Grotto at The Bentall's Centre Kingston Upon Thames

A Santa's grotto in Lego theme has surely got to be a winner for a lot of little darlings. The toy section of Bentall's will be host to a winter wonderland of Lego characters, leading you to Father Christmas. From 14 November


Mumsnet BerkshireLapland UK, Berkshire

Promising one of the most magical Chirstmas experiences, Lapland UK is an award-winning immersive theatrical production that will not disappoint children whatever their age. The adventure begins with a wax-sealed invitation from Father Christmas, asking children to join him at his toy factory in the forest.

Mumsnet Leicestershire logoSanta Specials on Great Central Railway

Jump on board Santa's steam train to meet Father Christmas and enjoy a festive train ride. From 23 November


Mumsnet Southwark logoWhippersnappers Winter Wonderland Dulwich Park London

Mulled wine, elves, hot chocolate, Santa, music and the chance to make your own gingerbread Christmas trees, this gingerbread house is a winter wonderland experience that's got all the bells on. From 7 December

Caribbean Santa's Grotto

Mumsnet Local Bournemouth and PooleCaribbean Christmas at Studland Beach Bournemouth & Poole

For something a bit out of the box, how about a Caribbean Christmas? Hunt for Santa in his grotto and win a prize if you find 14 & 15 December


Mumsnet Local LeedsStockeld Park Christmas Adventure Leeds

This wonderland in the great outdoors of Stockeld Park includes a real ice skating rink, maze, Nordic ski trail, Santa's grotto and more. You can also relax in the licensed cafe when you're finished exploring the woodland. On now


Mumsnet Kent logoFather Christmas in Narnia Penshurt Place and Gardens Kent

Find your way through the wardrobe of fur coats into Narnia and its fantastical Christmas wonderland, complete with Father Christmas and tasty festive treats. From 30 November


Mumsnet Surrey logoFather Christmas in the Crystal Grotto Cobham Surrey

Hundreds of thousands of crystals make this a sparkling grotto experience: walk through the 18th century gardens to find Father Christmas awaiting you with a gift. From 7 December

eden project ice rink


Mumsnet Chelmsford logoChristmas Fete with Matt Cardle at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary Chelmsford

Not only will you find reindeer and Santa's grotto at the Christmas fete, but you can spaceenjoy a performance by Matt Cardle too! 1 December


Mumsnet Local Newcastle and GatesheadGreat North Santa at the Great North Museum Newcastle Upon Tyne

There's something particularly magical about a Victorian themed grotto, and this one at the Great North Museum promises to make your child feel special as you'll book in advance providing their name and age. 7, 14, 21 December


Mumsnet Local CornwallEnchanted Eden at The Eden Project Cornwall 

Live storytelling, lantern parades and craft workshops, as well as reindeer and Father Christmas of course, The Eden Project also has an ice skating rink and yummy food and drink to help you celebrate the festive season. From 23 November


Mumsnet Tower HamletsBroadgate Ice Rink London

An iceskating rink with the addition of little penguins you can grab on to to keep you upright takes all of the terror out of iceskating. Even if you just want to spectate, it's well worth a visit for the amazing Bar BBQ on Ice, which is great for a burger (and a beer...). From 4 November


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