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Where to meet Santa this Christmas

20 Nov 2016

When he’s not making a list and checking it twice, Santa is in his sleigh and hurtling to a town near you. We all have fond memories of visiting Santa as a child, so why not make this year extra special and take your little ones to meet him too?

He’s a very busy fella and his schedule is manic, but Stagecoach has got the best plan of action to ensure you don’t miss out on seeing the man in red! Here’s our run-down of where you can visit Santa’s grotto in 2016.
Where to visit Santa in the North East

Santa and his reindeer are heading to the North East soon to meet local boys and girls and find out what they would like for Christmas. He’s going to be pretty busy, but here’s where you can meet him this year:

Intu Metrocentre, Gateshead — Santa arrives on Saturday 12th November 2016 and will stay until Saturday 24th December 2016, when he’ll have to dash off to make some urgent deliveries. Visit him in his grotto and each child will receive a free Playmobil gift from the man himself.

Opening times:
• Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm
• Saturday - 9am - 7pm
• Sunday - 11am - 5pm
• Christmas Eve - Closed at 4pm

Beamish, Country Durham — For a more traditional experience, head to Beamish. Santa will be in his fireside grotto from the 19th November to Christmas Eve, so there’s plenty of time to get your wish lists to him. There’s even a winter fun fair and festive ice skating rink too.
Open every day from 10am to 4pm.

Where to meet Santa in the North West

Santa’s grotto will be popping up across the North West, giving your little ones the chance to meet Father Christmas and pass on their wish lists. Here’s where he’ll be this year:

Hamleys, Manchester — A dreamland for kids, Hamleys is the perfect place for your little one to meet Father Christmas. Santa will be at the Manchester store from 26th November to 24th December. Hosted in group sessions, your little ones will hear festive stories, write their own wish lists and of course meet St Nick himself. They’ll receive a goody bag and enjoy some festive treats too.
Various slots available — booking online advised.

Cheshire Reindeer Lodge, Cheshire — What is Santa without his reindeer? Visit Cheshire Reindeer Lodge to meet and feed Rudolph and co., see some fun elf shows and meet Santa himself. There are fairground and donkey rides as well, with each child receiving a gift from Santa too.
Entry available from 10am to 6.30pm.

Where to meet Santa in Scotland

Santa Land, Edinburgh — tell any child they’re going to Santa Land and their excitement levels will likely go through the roof! Santa has pitched his grotto in Santa Land this year, near the Christmas Tree Maze and Santa Train, and will be there between 19th November and Christmas Eve. He will be of course dishing out gifts too! 

Opening times: 
• 10.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday
• 10.30am to 8pm Saturday & Sunday
• 10.30am to 7.30pm Christmas Eve

Hamleys, Glasgow – Father Christmas will be visiting Hamleys in Glasgow for an extra special experience involving seasonal games, activities and snacks. Children will receive a gift bag full of treats to take home. Visit Santa between the 26th of November and the 24th of December – as that’s the last date he’ll be there before taking to the skies for Christmas deliveries! However, it’s expected to be a busy event – so you’ll want to book online! 

Where to visit Santa in London

Santa’s Grotto, Leicester Square – Something magical is occurring in Leicester Square, with Santa arriving in a sparkling grotto at the centre of a Christmas market and vintage Spiegeltent. It’ll be a cosy place for parents and children, with a fully stocked assortment of Christmas shows on top of seeing Santa. Entry to the area is free, but you’ll need to book tickets for Santa’s Grotto. The event runs from the 11th of November till the 8th of January, 2017. However, you’ll only be able to meet Santa at key times, so book online to avoid disappointment. 

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park – A festive celebration of all things Christmas, it’s no surprise Father Christmas himself has landed at Hyde Park. Among winter markets and ice skating, you’ll find Santa Land, which has a toy factory, rides for little ones and a grotto housing the man himself! Entry is free, and the grotto is open from 10am to 6pm every day. The event runs from the 18th November 2016 to the 2nd of January. 

Where to meet Santa in Oxfordshire

Didcot Railway Centre, Oxford – Want to meet Thomas the Tank Engine at the same time as Father Christmas? You’re in luck, as Didcot Railway Centre is hosting a winter treat for December 2016 that will see Thomas and Santa ready to welcome children with festive cheer. This will be available at specific times throughout December: 

• Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 December
• Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 December
• Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 December
• Wednesday 21 - Thursday 22 December
Admission includes a ride on trains and activities. It’s priced at £15 for children aged 1-15, which includes a gift from Santa, or £15 for adults. Book online in advance to avoid disappointment. 

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