Local places to meet Father Christmas 2015

Monday, 16 November 2015

I'm just starting to think about things to take Little Miss A along to get into the festive spirit and of course the must-do for any child at this time of year is to meet Father Christmas.

Here's a list of places I've found in and around Aylesbury where you can meet the man himself!

I've also compiled a separate list of the Christmas kids activities and family events going on.


Santa's Grotto at Friars Square
Visit Santa’s Grotto at Friars Square where each child gets to meet Father Christmas and receive a gift. This year the Grotto is in aid of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
Date: Wednesday to Sunday from 29th November - 13th December; every day from 14th December - 24th December
Times: Check website
Cost: £3 per child or £5 for two or more children


Santa's Grotto at Haddenham Garden Centre
Santa makes his Grand Arrival at 11am on Saturday 21st November. That first weekend only there is a Children's Farm, Face Painting, and Fairground Ride, as well as the Santa's Grotto.
Dates: Saturday 21st November - Sunday 20th December (weekends only)
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: Check website

Christmas Grotto with Winter Wonderland at World's End Garden Centre
On your way to the Christmas Grotto, you'll pass animated figures and at the end of the journey Father Christmas is waiting to greet you with a gift for every child.
Dates: Saturday 14th November - Thursday 24th December
Times: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 6pm; Sunday 10am - 4.30pm
Cost: £10 per child in November for the Winter Wonderland and Grotto (includes a gift). £12 per child in December. £3 for supervising adults. A journey through Winter Wonderland costs £3 per person.
To find out more about this year's Winter Wonderland, take a look at my Walking in a Winter Wonderland review.

Santa Specials at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Meet Santa on the rails! You will be shown to your reserved seats on the steam train where you will be joined by Santa himself. One of Santa's pixie helpers will pull your gifts from the huge toy sack and the magic begins! Magical Adventure includes: soft drinks and biscuits for children, seasonal refreshments for adults and 20-minute live balloon show.
Dates: Saturday 19th December and Sunday 20th December
Trains depart: 10.25am, 11.15am, 12.10pm, 1.05pm, 2.20pm, 3.15pm and 4.05pm
Cost: From £13.50 per child and adult. £4 for under 12 months. Booking is essential.

Santa Steam Specials on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Enjoy a magical trip from Chinnor along the Icknield Line and meet Santa and his elves! All trains will be steam hauled and the fares include a present from Santa.
Dates: Saturday 5th December - Sunday 20th December (weekends only)
Trains depart: 10:15, 11:30, 13:00, 14:15, 15:30
Cost: From £8 per child (1-15 years incl.). Under 1s are free (no present). From £9 per adult. Booking is essential.
To find out more about travelling on this Railway, take a look at my review of the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway from last year.

Meet the Legend at thecentre:mk (Milton Keynes)
Join Santa and his trusty elves for a fun craft experience, where children can make their own Christmas Eve pack, including magical reindeer food. Our memorable experience includes an individual family visit with Santa as well as your chance to have your photograph taken. Don't forget to also take a ride on the Santa Express train.
Dates: Friday 13th November - Thursday 24th December
Times: Check website
Cost: £6.50 per child for the entire grotto experience including crafts and a gift. Accompanying adults are free. Train ride is £2 per person. Booking is highly recommended.
To find out more about the train ride, take a look at my review of the Santa Express train from last year.

Christmas Kingdom at Mead Open Farm
Visit the Christmas Kingdom for lots of festive fun. See an enchanting festive 3D film and then walk through the Elves' Christmas Village where you can meet real reindeer before visiting Santa in his Grotto and choosing a toy from the elves' workshop.
Dates: Saturday 28th November - Thursday 24th December (daily)
Times: 10am - 6.30pm (last visit to Santa is 5.30pm)
Cost: Prices from £8.95 per child and £6.50 per adult, which include full entry to the Farm and admission into the Christmas Kingdom.
To find out more about what's on offer, take a look at my review of Mead Open Farm from our visit last year.

The Magic of Christmas at Odds Farm Park
Enter a cosy Grotto via a sparkling Woodland Walkway, where children will meet the Elves and of course Father Christmas himself, before exchanging a magical Golden Ticket for something very special in the Elves’ Teddy-Tastic Workshop.
Dates: Saturday 21st November - Sunday 22nd November and then daily from Saturday 28th November - Thursday 24th December
Times: Check website
Cost: Extra charge from £7.95 per child
To find out more about what's on offer, take a look at my review of Odds Farm Park from our visit last year.

Christmas Grotto with Elf Workshop Experience at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre
Become one of Father Christmas' little helpers in his Elf Workshop, where you can make your own festive crafts to treasure forever! Then say hello to the man himself, and take home a special present. Advised to book online in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dates: Saturday 7th November - Thursday 24th December
Times: Check website
Cost: £8 per child (includes a gift)

Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centres - Bicester, Tring and World's End (Wendover)
Enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea and then children get the chance to meet Father Christmas and choose their very own present. Afterwards, they’re given a Christmas tree cookie to decorate.
Dates: Saturday 14th November - Thursday 24th December (dates vary by centre)
Times: Check website
Cost: £9.99 per child. Adult prices from £3.99.

Santa Spectacular at Willows Farm
Visit Santa in his grotto and receive a golden key to his toy shop to choose a gift. Hop on the festive wood ride, say hello to Santa's reindeer and make sure you write a letter to Santa in the Elves House and receive a free reply. Additional activities include Willows Magical Ice Rink (synthetic ice), festive funfair rides, indoor play and more all included in the entrance prices.
Dates: Wednesday 25th November - Thursday 24th December (daily)
Times: 10am - 5.30pm (4pm on 24th December)
Cost: Check website

Santa's Grotto at Frosts - Millets Farm Centre and Woburn Sands
This unique family experience lasts just over 45 minutes and is the ultimate way to visit Santa. Enter his magic wonderland, sing with his bashful elves, then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve. The adventure continues into Santa's living room where you will listen to an enchanted story read by the big man himself.
Dates (Millets Farm Centre): Saturday 14th November - Thursday 24th December (weekends only until Thursday 10th December and then daily)
Dates (Woburn Sands): Saturday 14th November - Thursday 24th December (weekends only until Tuesday 1st December and then daily)
Times: Check website
Cost: £9.99 per child, £4.49 per adult
To find out more about what's on offer, take a look at my review of Millets Farm Centre from our visit last year.

Santa's Grotto at Claydon Christmas Tree Farm
Visit Father Christmas in his delightful log cabin grotto. You can meet some of his reindeer and children will receive a present.
Dates: Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th December
Times: Between 12pm and 3pm
Cost: £4.50 per child

Santa's Grotto at Black Park Country Park
Visit Santa in his magical grotto at Black Park and tell him your Christmas wishes. Santa might have a gift for you, but only if you’ve been good!
Dates: Sunday 29th November, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December
Times: 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
Cost: £5 per child

Traditional Chilterns Christmas at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
Visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift. See the historic buildings festooned in traditional Christmas decorations and meet costumed re-enactors making preparations for a Regency Christmas. Take part in Christmas crafts, listen to traditional Christmas storytelling and hear folk singers singing traditional songs and music.
Dates: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December
Times: 11am - 4pm
Cost: £3.00 per child. Normal admission prices apply.

Christmas in the Square, Fairford Leys
Enjoy singing carols in the festively lit square and music by the Aylesbury Concert Band. Kids can see Father Christmas arrive in his sleigh and meet the elves before visiting him in his grotto. Don't forget to bring a lantern.
Date: Saturday 5th December
Time: From 4.45pm
Cost: Some activities will incur a cost

Christmas Grotto at Penns Flower Nursery
Take a wander through the magical Grotto with characters, lights and music.
Dates: Grotto open daily except Wednesdays. Father Christmas is in residence on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th December
Time: Grotto: 10am - 4pm. Father Christmas: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: Entrance is free but a donation to the Rennie Grove Hospice at Home would be very much appreciated.
Read more about our visit to Penns Nursery Christmas Grotto when we took a wander this year.

I've taken the information from the venue websites but please do check directly for up-to-date information. I will try to add to this list if I come across any more. Please do comment if you have any recommendations.

This was Little Miss A's first ever encounter with Father Christmas!

Hope your little ones have a great time meeting Father Christmas this year!

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