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Unexpected (but really cool) Places to Catch Santa

Written by Louise Winter


Start the festive season off with a bang and meet Father Christmas in a seriously cool (but very different) location! We’ve picked some unusual places to meet the big man in red that you just won’t want to miss!

Join Father Christmas in his enchanted snowy woodland grotto at this indoor rainforest. Children will get a personalised grotto experience with a warm welcome from the elves, plus a meal with drink is also included for the little ones!
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Santa Claus Tours; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Take a tour of this stadium with a bit of a difference. The ‘Highlights’ Tour takes you around the stadium where you will visit the press suite, dressing rooms, players’ tunnel and pitch, collecting pieces of picture puzzle along to the way. When you have completed the puzzle you will discover the password to access Santa’s grotto where you’ll receive a gift.
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Santa in the Caves; Kents Cavern Torquay, Devon

Santa can be found inside these atmospheric caves where his magical helpers are waiting to meet you. There’s an hour long show, the children will visit Santa and get a gift whilst you enjoy a tasty mince pie.
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Sail to Santa; Martin Mere Nature Reserve, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Take a trip on a very special boat to see Santa and his elves on their very own island! Children will receive a gift and they can also visit the craft room to make some festive goodies to take home.
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Tea Party with Father Christmas; St Fagans Natural History Museum, Cardiff

On the 5th and 6th December, you’re invited to an unforgettable tea party with Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and their elves! As well as listening to festive stories, the children can enjoy crafty activities making decorations similar to those made during the war!
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Christmas at Puzzlewood; Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Visit Puzzlewood for a truly magical and unique experience this Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled for handmade reindeer as you stroll through the forest on your journey to Santa’s grotto. Don’t forget to bring your letter for Santa so that he knows what you would like for Christmas! There are also free Christmas workshops where you can make forest fairies!
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Father Christmas at the Albert Hall; London

Don’t miss this truly wonderful traditional experience which takes you back to Victorian times. Your magical journey includes Christmas card and decoration making workshops, themed stories from Victorian times, and Father Christmas will be in his grotto waiting to give special girls and boys a gift.
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Surreal Santa’s Grotto and Family Christmas Fair; Sutton House, Hackney, London

On the 5th and 6th December, Santa will be waiting in a double decker caravan to meet the boys and girls! For the grown up there will be stalls and pop-up shops selling Christmas gifts and decorations, designed by a special artist!
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Christmas Show! Aunt Sandra’s Experience; Belfast

Meet Santa along with Willy Wonka’s cousin, and watch a fantastic magical show…whilst being surrounded by sweets! Wow! If you’re lucky you might even get some sweets to munch!
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Visit Santa at Dinosaur Adventure; Dereham, Norfolk

Pay Santa that all important visit amongst the dinosaurs which of course all dino lovers will adore. There will be lots of festive fun on offer which include making super cool festive plates, and of course don’t forget you can explore this fantastic attraction!
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Santa Underground; National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Santa is used to climbing down chimneys and now he wants you to visit him in his underground grotto! Put on a safety helmet and make your way underground, along a snowy walkway, ready to meet Santa in his special grotto!
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Christmas Paddle to Meet Father Christmas; Beaulieu, Hampshire

Father Christmas is hiding along the river in the beautiful New Forest and you need to find him! Jump in a canoe with all the family and begin your search to find the big man in red whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery. Once you find him, there will be mince pies and hot drinks, and of course a special gift for the children.
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Have you visited Santa at any unusual places? Let us know where you’ve seen the jolly man in red!





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