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Santa's Grotto...Where To Find Him This Year!

Santa will still visit this year - Yay! We need his spirit now more than ever and something to look forward to post-lockdown. Whether it’s the little ones very first time or your fourth visit in one month. The Grotto gets everyone excited for the big day and gives the kids one last chance to prove how well behaved they are. Rumour has it, he may even have an extra special early Christmas present for them too.

It is expected that things may be slightly different however, we assume red and white masks may be worn at all times and knees may not be sat upon. But that’s fine, by now we should all be well aware of social distancing and how to keep ourselves to ourselves so it should come easily by Christmas and won’t dampen the magic.

Combine your magical Grotto experience with a big day out, there are many fantastic locations from Zoos to historical National Trust sites that are hosting Santa, so you can really make a day of it. The amazing Flashpacking Family, have put together an extensive list of UK Grotto locations for 2020. Garden Centres are a hot spot, but also castles and theme parks will be spreading the joy with Santa visiting them all. In the very small amount of spare time he has left, he will be popping on his laptop for a virtual meet & greets too and excitingly

Here are some announced locations of where to find him this year!


Farms & Zoos

Mead Open Farm - Bedfordshire

Colchester Zoo - Colchester

Drusillas Park - East Sussex

Edinburgh Zoo - Edinburgh

Paradise Wildlife Park - Hertfordshire

Willow Farm - Hertfordshire

ZSL Zoo - London

Banham Zoo - Norfolk

Wroxham Barns - Norfolk

Folly’s Farm - Pembrokeshire

Africa Alive - Suffolk

Garden & Shopping Centres

The Olde Watermill - Bedfordshire

Burston Garden Centre - Hertfordshire

Harrods - London

Fenwick’s - Multiple

Selfridges - Multiple

Hamleys - Multiple

Magic Alley Stratford - Stratford-Upon-Avon

Big Days Out & Castles

Bolsover Castle - Chesterfield

Eden Project - Cornwall

Bodiam Castle - East Sussex

The Snow Centre - Hertfordshire

Belvoir Castle - Lincolnshire

The Ice Village - Manchester

Centre Parcs - Multiple

The Snow Factor - Renfrew

Alton Towers - Staffordshire

Warwick Castle - Warwickshire

Kenilworth Castle - Warwickshire

National Trust Locations


We hope you have a magical Christmas Grotto experience, wherever you may end up and if you have spotted Santa somewhere else? Let us know!

In this ever-changing climate, we are unable to guarantee that all the above will still go ahead after recent announcements of a second lockdown, so do check their websites first before you head off.

*Above details correct at the time the of publishing, please check before you travel in order not to disappoint the little (or big) people.


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