Where to see Father Christmas around Hitchin 2017

Want to see Father Christmas? Here’s where you can visit Santa’s Grotto around Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 2017

If you want to see Santa on a particular day or just want to know what else is on in the area, check out the What’s On page for full listings.

Santa’s Grotto @ Van Hage Garden Centre
Great Amwell, Hertfordshire
18/11 - 24/12 @ All Day
£8.00

Great Grotto’s cheeky elves will greet you with a smile upon arrival and when ready, invite you to walk through into Santa’s chamber.

Once here you can say Hello to Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas. There will be sacks full of presents and if you are on his good list there will be a special gift waiting for you along with a free exclusive, Van Hage Christmas Badge 2017.

Please note only families with a pre-booked ticket may visit Santa during weekends and the week before Christmas. Outside of these times Santa will be waiting to see you in his grotto on a first come first served basis. We would advise booking tickets early to avoid disappointment

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Santa Spectacular @ Willows Activity Farm
London Colney, Hertfordshire
22/11 - 24/12 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
£Various

Willows Farm is not the cheapest way to see Santa this winter but there is an impressive range of activites on offer for the price including:

  • Meeting Santa and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop where children can choose one of the hundreds of gifts piled from floor to ceiling to take home
  • Our Create-a-Cuddle to make your own reindeer cuddly toy
  • Attend Elf Academy and learn some of the basics on becoming one of Santa’s elves.
  • Take off on a 3D adventure with Santa in a 3D film
  • Join in the fun at one of the several Christmas shows
  • Write a letter to Santa and pop it in our post box to receive a free reply delivered to your home
  • Glide around our synthetic ice rink with ski boots available to fit all sizes
  • Hop on Tristan the Runaway Tractor for a ride around our festive wood
  • Meet Mischka, Santa’s reindeer and all of our other Farmyard animals

Plus funfair rides, indoor play and the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground™ as well as Meet and Greets with Peter Rabbit!

It’s a full family day out of festive fun.

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Santa’s Grotto @ Westgate Shopping Centre
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
23/11 - 24/12 @ All Day
£5.00 plus photography packages available

Santa’s Grotto is open every day until Christmas Eve at the following times:

  • Monday-Friday, 1pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 30 November, 1pm – 8pm
  • Saturdays, 10.30am – 5pm
  • Sundays, 11am – 4pm
  • Monday 11 – Friday 15 December, 12pm – 5pm
  • Monday 18 – Friday 22 December, 10.30am – 5pm
  • Saturday 23 December, 10am – 6pm
  • Christmas Eve, 10am – 4pm

Grotto entry with a gift from Santa is priced at just £5.00 per child. Photography packages start from £6.50.

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Meet Santa! @ Garden Square Shopping Centre
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
25/11 - 23/12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£3 per child or £5 for 2

Santa Claus is returning to Garden Square to see who has been naughty and nice! The jolly old fellow with the big belly and bushy beard will be in his grotto every Saturday between 25th November and 23rd December, where children can meet him and receive a gift.

The grotto will be open from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 25th November and then from 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm on subsequent Saturdays.

Entry is £3 per child or £5 for 2 children, with all monies raised will go directly to Prospects Trust.

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Magic of Christmas @ Lee Valley White Water Centre
Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
25/11 - 24/12 @ All Day
£Various

This festive season Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross will be transformed into a Bavarian themed winter destination complete with an ice rink, Santa’s grotto, festive food and drink, Christmas market and fun fair.

The event, brand new for 2017, will run until Christmas Eve and will also feature a human sized snow globe, a German swing grill serving delicious crepes and Bratwurst sausages and Lee Valley Park Farms Toy Shop.

To find out more information or to pre book tickets, please visit gowhitewater.co.uk

Listings:

Ice rink opening times:
Wednesdays: 16:00 – 21:00
Thursdays: 16:00 – 21:00
Fridays: 16:00 – 21:00
Saturdays: 10:00 – 21:00
Sundays: 10:00 – 19:00

Christmas Market / Funfair opening times:
Wednesdays: CLOSED
Thursdays: CLOSED
Fridays: 16:00 – 21:00
Saturdays: 10:00 – 21:00
Sundays: 10:00 – 19:00

Santa’s Grotto opening times:
Wednesdays: CLOSED
Thursdays: CLOSED
Fridays: 17:00 – 19:00
Saturdays: 11:00 – 16:00
Sundays: 11:00 – 16:00

Ticket Prices:

Christmas Market: Free
Ice Skating: £5 per person (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Ice Skating: Adult, £9.50; Child, £7.50 (Friday – Sunday)
Ice Skating: £30 family ticket per session (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)
Santa’s Grotto: £7.50 per person
Fun fair: Free admission. Rides will require the purchase of tokens at £1.20 each.

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Santa’s Grotto @ Frosts Garden Centre
Willington, Bedfordshire
01/12 - 24/12 @ 8:45 am - 6:45 pm
£14.99 per child / £4.99 per adult

Enter Santa’s magical wonderland, sing with his bashful elves, then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve. The experience lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Various sessions available. Limited weekend availability remaining.

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Santa’s Grotto @ Frosts Garden Centre
Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire
01/12 - 24/12 @ 9:15 am - 7:15 pm
£14.99 per child / £4.99 per adult

Enter Santa’s magical wonderland, sing with his bashful elves, then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve. The experience lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Various sessions available. Limited weekend availability remaining.

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Santa’s Woodland Express @ Vanstone Park Garden Centre
Codicote, Hertfordshire
02/12 - 24/12 @ 10:30 am - 3:45 pm
£5.00 per child

Take a train journey on a miniature gauge railway into the Vanstone woodland and visit Santa in his grotto!

Small presents for children are included in the price.

Please be aware that this is an outdoor event so wrap up warm and ring before arriving to confirm that the railway is operating if inclement weather conditions prevail.

Runs Saturdays and Sundays and then every day from 20th December.

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Breakfast with Santa @ Mary Exton School
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
09/12 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
£5 per child / £2.50 per adult

Come and have a Communal Breakfast with Santa!

Child Entry Includes:

  • Pancake & Juice Breakfast
  • Christmas Mural Colouring
  • Reindeer Food Making
  • Biscuit Decorating
  • Inflatable Snow Globe Play
  • Games Room
  • Gift from Santa
  • Opportunities to take a photo with Santa

There are two sessions available from 9:30am – 11.00 am or 11:30am – 1.oopm

Adult Entry Includes:

  • Tea/Coffee & Croissant
  • Christmas Shopping-Unique and Bespoke Craft & Gift Stalls, perfect for Christmas Presents and Stocking Fillers
  • Bottle & Chocolate Tombolas £1 a go
  • Win a Christmas Hamper full of Festive Treats £1 a ticket 

Either email to book tickets or just turn up!

Festive Family Fun for School members, Friends, Family and the Community!

Mary Exton Breakfast with Santa

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Santa’s Grotto @ Stockwood Discovery Centre
Luton,
09/12 - 23/12 @ All Day
£5 per child / Free for accompanying adults

Visit Santa in his magical Christmas Grotto among the collection of festive Christmas carriages!

Santa has presents suitable from newborns upwards. Please request the present for your child’s age on the day at Stockwood Discovery Centre.

Santa’s Grotto will be operating on the following dates:

  • Saturday 9th December 2017
  • Sunday 10th December 2017
  • Saturday 16th December 2017
  • Sunday 17th December 2017
  • Thursday 21st December 2017
  • Friday 22nd December 2017
  • Saturday 23rd December 2017

The following time slots are available: 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm

Festive Activities at Stockwood Discovery Centre are an additional ticket. However, entrance to Stockwood Discovery Centre is free. The Centre is open from 10am – 4pm in the Winter months.

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Santa’s Grotto Experience @ Secret Garden
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
22/12 - 23/12 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
£12 (under 3) | £15 (over 3)

Imajica Theatre is back with their own brand of festive fun!

The North Pole elves will be in full song and dance whilst Santa gets ready to read a story and welcome each child into the grotto for a photo and a present.

The Secret Garden cafe will be serving delicious seasonal treats and a special seasonal breakfast for the early show and there will be craft table sand Christmas activities throughout the session.

No queues, stay warm!

Sessions are at the following times each day:

  • 9.30am – 11.30am
  • 12.30pm – 2.30pm
  • 3.30pm – 5.30pm
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Where to see Father Christmas around Hitchin 2017

Want to see Father Christmas? Here’s where you can visit Santa’s Grotto around Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 2017

If you want to see Santa on a particular day or just want to know what else is on in the area, check out the What’s On page for full listings.

Santa’s Grotto @ Van Hage Garden Centre
Great Amwell, Hertfordshire
18/11 - 24/12 @ All Day
£8.00

Great Grotto’s cheeky elves will greet you with a smile upon arrival and when ready, invite you to walk through into Santa’s chamber.

Once here you can say Hello to Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas. There will be sacks full of presents and if you are on his good list there will be a special gift waiting for you along with a free exclusive, Van Hage Christmas Badge 2017.

Please note only families with a pre-booked ticket may visit Santa during weekends and the week before Christmas. Outside of these times Santa will be waiting to see you in his grotto on a first come first served basis. We would advise booking tickets early to avoid disappointment

More Info
Tags:
Advance Booking, Just Turn Up


Santa Spectacular @ Willows Activity Farm
London Colney, Hertfordshire
22/11 - 24/12 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
£Various

Willows Farm is not the cheapest way to see Santa this winter but there is an impressive range of activites on offer for the price including:

  • Meeting Santa and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop where children can choose one of the hundreds of gifts piled from floor to ceiling to take home
  • Our Create-a-Cuddle to make your own reindeer cuddly toy
  • Attend Elf Academy and learn some of the basics on becoming one of Santa’s elves.
  • Take off on a 3D adventure with Santa in a 3D film
  • Join in the fun at one of the several Christmas shows
  • Write a letter to Santa and pop it in our post box to receive a free reply delivered to your home
  • Glide around our synthetic ice rink with ski boots available to fit all sizes
  • Hop on Tristan the Runaway Tractor for a ride around our festive wood
  • Meet Mischka, Santa’s reindeer and all of our other Farmyard animals

Plus funfair rides, indoor play and the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground™ as well as Meet and Greets with Peter Rabbit!

It’s a full family day out of festive fun.

More Info
Tags:
Advance Booking, Just Turn Up


Santa’s Grotto @ Westgate Shopping Centre
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
23/11 - 24/12 @ All Day
£5.00 plus photography packages available

Santa’s Grotto is open every day until Christmas Eve at the following times:

  • Monday-Friday, 1pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 30 November, 1pm – 8pm
  • Saturdays, 10.30am – 5pm
  • Sundays, 11am – 4pm
  • Monday 11 – Friday 15 December, 12pm – 5pm
  • Monday 18 – Friday 22 December, 10.30am – 5pm
  • Saturday 23 December, 10am – 6pm
  • Christmas Eve, 10am – 4pm

Grotto entry with a gift from Santa is priced at just £5.00 per child. Photography packages start from £6.50.

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Meet Santa! @ Garden Square Shopping Centre
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
25/11 - 23/12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£3 per child or £5 for 2

Santa Claus is returning to Garden Square to see who has been naughty and nice! The jolly old fellow with the big belly and bushy beard will be in his grotto every Saturday between 25th November and 23rd December, where children can meet him and receive a gift.

The grotto will be open from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 25th November and then from 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm on subsequent Saturdays.

Entry is £3 per child or £5 for 2 children, with all monies raised will go directly to Prospects Trust.

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Magic of Christmas @ Lee Valley White Water Centre
Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
25/11 - 24/12 @ All Day
£Various

This festive season Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross will be transformed into a Bavarian themed winter destination complete with an ice rink, Santa’s grotto, festive food and drink, Christmas market and fun fair.

The event, brand new for 2017, will run until Christmas Eve and will also feature a human sized snow globe, a German swing grill serving delicious crepes and Bratwurst sausages and Lee Valley Park Farms Toy Shop.

To find out more information or to pre book tickets, please visit gowhitewater.co.uk

Listings:

Ice rink opening times:
Wednesdays: 16:00 – 21:00
Thursdays: 16:00 – 21:00
Fridays: 16:00 – 21:00
Saturdays: 10:00 – 21:00
Sundays: 10:00 – 19:00

Christmas Market / Funfair opening times:
Wednesdays: CLOSED
Thursdays: CLOSED
Fridays: 16:00 – 21:00
Saturdays: 10:00 – 21:00
Sundays: 10:00 – 19:00

Santa’s Grotto opening times:
Wednesdays: CLOSED
Thursdays: CLOSED
Fridays: 17:00 – 19:00
Saturdays: 11:00 – 16:00
Sundays: 11:00 – 16:00

Ticket Prices:

Christmas Market: Free
Ice Skating: £5 per person (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Ice Skating: Adult, £9.50; Child, £7.50 (Friday – Sunday)
Ice Skating: £30 family ticket per session (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)
Santa’s Grotto: £7.50 per person
Fun fair: Free admission. Rides will require the purchase of tokens at £1.20 each.

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Santa’s Grotto @ Frosts Garden Centre
Willington, Bedfordshire
01/12 - 24/12 @ 8:45 am - 6:45 pm
£14.99 per child / £4.99 per adult

Enter Santa’s magical wonderland, sing with his bashful elves, then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve. The experience lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Various sessions available. Limited weekend availability remaining.

More Info
Tags:
Advance Booking


Santa’s Grotto @ Frosts Garden Centre
Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire
01/12 - 24/12 @ 9:15 am - 7:15 pm
£14.99 per child / £4.99 per adult

Enter Santa’s magical wonderland, sing with his bashful elves, then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve. The experience lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Various sessions available. Limited weekend availability remaining.

More Info
Tags:
Advance Booking


Santa’s Woodland Express @ Vanstone Park Garden Centre
Codicote, Hertfordshire
02/12 - 24/12 @ 10:30 am - 3:45 pm
£5.00 per child

Take a train journey on a miniature gauge railway into the Vanstone woodland and visit Santa in his grotto!

Small presents for children are included in the price.

Please be aware that this is an outdoor event so wrap up warm and ring before arriving to confirm that the railway is operating if inclement weather conditions prevail.

Runs Saturdays and Sundays and then every day from 20th December.

More Info
Tags:
Just Turn Up


Breakfast with Santa @ Mary Exton School
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
09/12 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
£5 per child / £2.50 per adult

Come and have a Communal Breakfast with Santa!

Child Entry Includes:

  • Pancake & Juice Breakfast
  • Christmas Mural Colouring
  • Reindeer Food Making
  • Biscuit Decorating
  • Inflatable Snow Globe Play
  • Games Room
  • Gift from Santa
  • Opportunities to take a photo with Santa

There are two sessions available from 9:30am – 11.00 am or 11:30am – 1.oopm

Adult Entry Includes:

  • Tea/Coffee & Croissant
  • Christmas Shopping-Unique and Bespoke Craft & Gift Stalls, perfect for Christmas Presents and Stocking Fillers
  • Bottle & Chocolate Tombolas £1 a go
  • Win a Christmas Hamper full of Festive Treats £1 a ticket 

Either email to book tickets or just turn up!

Festive Family Fun for School members, Friends, Family and the Community!

Mary Exton Breakfast with Santa

More Info
Tags:
Advance Booking, Just Turn Up


Santa’s Grotto @ Stockwood Discovery Centre
Luton,
09/12 - 23/12 @ All Day
£5 per child / Free for accompanying adults

Visit Santa in his magical Christmas Grotto among the collection of festive Christmas carriages!

Santa has presents suitable from newborns upwards. Please request the present for your child’s age on the day at Stockwood Discovery Centre.

Santa’s Grotto will be operating on the following dates:

  • Saturday 9th December 2017
  • Sunday 10th December 2017
  • Saturday 16th December 2017
  • Sunday 17th December 2017
  • Thursday 21st December 2017
  • Friday 22nd December 2017
  • Saturday 23rd December 2017

The following time slots are available: 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm

Festive Activities at Stockwood Discovery Centre are an additional ticket. However, entrance to Stockwood Discovery Centre is free. The Centre is open from 10am – 4pm in the Winter months.

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Santa’s Grotto Experience @ Secret Garden
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
22/12 - 23/12 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
£12 (under 3) | £15 (over 3)

Imajica Theatre is back with their own brand of festive fun!

The North Pole elves will be in full song and dance whilst Santa gets ready to read a story and welcome each child into the grotto for a photo and a present.

The Secret Garden cafe will be serving delicious seasonal treats and a special seasonal breakfast for the early show and there will be craft table sand Christmas activities throughout the session.

No queues, stay warm!

Sessions are at the following times each day:

  • 9.30am – 11.30am
  • 12.30pm – 2.30pm
  • 3.30pm – 5.30pm
More Info
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