‘He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
He’s gonna find out
Who’s naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town’
Now, December is here and the Christmas holidays are soon to commence it is time to start planning festive days out with the family. Of course, there is nothing more exciting to do in the lead up to December 25th than meet the big man himself, Santa Claus. We know that he can be tricky to get hold of at this time of year, as he is busy reading all the lists of little boys and girls but a little elf told us that he is going to be coming to a town near you. We have put together five of the top places to meet and greet Father Christmas during the festive period in the UK.
London – Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland, London, is a must see attraction over the Christmas period, in the heart of the capital. Kid’s will love meeting Santa, going ice skating and being adventurous on the rides, but don’t worry with Mulled Wine and Cider available in the markets Mummy and Daddy will love it too! Click here for more info.
Open 10am – 10pm every day from 18th November – 2nd January ( excluding Christmas day)
County Durham – Christmas At Beamish, Beamish Museum
Celebrate traditions of past and present at Beamish Museum, with an exciting winter fun fair, small festive market and a cool ice rink, there is fun for all the family. Little ones will love meeting Santa where the really good ones will receive a special early Christmas gift. Click here for more info.
Open 10am – 4pm every day from 19th November – 24th December.
Manchester – Santa’s Snow Kingdom, Chill Factore
For an (ice) cool day out to visit Santa, head to Chill Factore in Manchester. Here you’ll be mesmerised by Father Christmas’ magnificent castle surrounded by real snow! Be sure to book in advance to get your time slot to meet Santa and have a play in the Mini Moose Land. Why not make a day of it and have fun on the ski slopes after? Click here for more info.
Open 10am – 7.30pm every day from 1st December – 24th December.
Edinburgh – Santa Land, East Princes Street Gardens
Head to Santa Land for a fun-filled festive day out! With rides suitable for a wide range of ages, ice walls, a Father Christmas themed maze and more, this is guaranteed to put the family into the Christmas spirit. Not only do you get to meet the man in red but watch him read a fairy tale to the children to! Click here for more info.
Open 1pm – 8pm every day from 19th November – 24th December.
Newport – The Christmas Kingdom, The Celtic Manor Resort
Let your little one tell Santa exactly what they want this year in his cosy grotto at the beautiful Celtic Manor Resort. The Christmas Kingdom is filled with fun events over December so be sure to check them out! If you’re feeling peckish try one of the delicious bratwurst sausages from the festive food and drinks hut. For more info click here.
Open 10am – 7.45pm every day from 24th November – 24th December.
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