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Greatest Grottos

05 Dec 2018

 


 

It’s the final countdown to Christmas – shopping days are dwindling, stress levels are soaring – and it’s time to have a word with the main man.

Kris Kringle.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Father Christmas.

He’s got lots of names but everyone knows him and we all want to find out whether we made it on to the Nice List this year.

Luckily, we’ve managed to find out where Santa’s going to be hanging out in the next few weeks (clearly, the Elves are being left unattended at the North Pole – the little cotton-headed ninny muggins!) and you’ll find a selection of Great Grottos below.

 And, for all the parents out there whose kids are staying tight-lipped about what they want for Christmas, you’ll have the chance to “accidentally” overhear when they tell Santa what’s on their list. #ParentingWin

 

Preston

All aboard the Santa Steam Special at Ribble Steam Railway, Preston.

As you travel along the rails, staying cosy in the steam-heated carriage, Santa will visit each passenger, delivering festive joy AND a gift.

Entrance to the museum is included, where the whole family can enjoy a trip on the indoor miniature railway.

 

Manchester

Santa’s Grotto at the Chill Factore is a brrrrrilliant experience featuring REAL snow! Older children and adults can enjoy the Meet Santa package, including play time in the snow and a gift. Little kids can join in the fun, too, with soft play, snow and Santa in Mini Moose Land.

 

Balloch

*warning – cracker joke *

What do you get if you cross a man in a red suit, a funfair and the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond?

Santa’s Magical Grotto at Loch Lomond Shores!

Tickets include refreshments and a festive movie on arrival, a trip on the Loch Lomond Shores Express Train and a chance to chat with Santa and his elves. Been good this year? You’ll end your trip with an early Christmas present.

 

Thanet

Oh no – Santa’s reindeer have escaped and are running loose around the Powell-Cotton Museum!

Help him round up the rascals and get a present as a thank you!

Join in the Christmas card and decoration making and enjoy the festive decor of Quex House.

 

Cardiff

Tradition is the main theme of this grotto at Cardiff Castle.

Craft Christmas decorations, take a trip along the candy cane trail in the Victorian decorated house and enjoy access to the castle grounds.

Visit Santa in his magical grotto in the 13th Century Black Tower and receive a traditional festive gift.

 

Chichester

If a land based grotto is too 2017, Chichester Canal has the perfect festive treat.

You’ll get festive refreshments as you sail down the canal to meet with Father Christmas so the kids can receive a little present and put in a good word for themselves. Adults can enjoy a leisurely break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas!

 

Lincoln

There’s something special about sitting and telling stories at Christmastime.

At Lincoln Castle, settle down and listen to stories about Christmases past and even learn more about Santa, too. Children will have the chance to tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas and will leave with a traditional Victorian style gift.

 

Beamish

There’s so much festivity at Beamish, we don’t know where to begin! From the Beamish Bazaar to the Ice Skating Rink to the Winter Fun Fair, it’s well worth a visit to the open air museum.

Santa’s taken up residence here in a cosy grotto, surrounded by his faithful reindeer. Kids should make sure they deliver their Christmas wishes to Santa, and in return, he’ll give them small, traditional gift.

 

No wonder Santa keeps it pretty low-key the rest of the year – after all of this, he’s got to deliver presents all over the world!

Don’t forget to check the timetables in your area to stay up to date with services over the festive period and plan your journey in advance.

 

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