In previous years we have taken the children to see Santa at Harrods and we did this for a few years in a row. It was lovely to get the pictures each year and see our children grow with each photo.
We’ve also done a lovely afternoon tea with Santa at a local garden centre and also the Santa Express on the Watercress Line which is lovely too.
At the time of booking you have to pick a time slot to see Father Christmas and the park is open 10-4 for you to go on the rides which are open. Father Christmas can be found through the Christmas tree forest where an elf will lead you to his cabin. Each child will receive a gift.
The afternoon tea with Santa that we did a couple of years ago was lovely too. It was at our local Wyevale Garden Centre in the afternoon. You can pick a time slot and we were there for about an hour and a half. Myself and Dadof5 had an afternoon tea with festive sandwiches and scones and the children had a hot meal. There was also festive biscuit decorating and then Santa arrived to meet the children individually and give them a gift. This was a lovely visit to see Santa and wasn’t rushed at all. The food was lovely and it wasn’t really busy either. This was priced at around £11 and although I’ve not seen anything on their website yet and I’m unsure if Wyevale will have Christmas events happening again this year but if you can find a similar experience or keep an eye on their website it's worth doing.
Travel in a festive train carriage for a magical trip where Santa and his jolly helpers visit you in your seat with a gift. Grown-ups get treated to white wine and mince pies, whilst children enjoy a soft drink and a gingerbread man. Each child will also receive an activity pack to keep them entertained on this enchanting one hour journey. Don’t forget to bring your very best singing voice to join in with your favourite Christmas songs too!
Tickets start at £18 for adults and children. We loved the Santa Express and have done it a couple of times. You travel along on the train while you wait for Santa to come along and see you. His helpers serve your drinks and nibbles and there’s even some magic and festive songs. Santa is attentive and gives out the presents and the children love it. The journey lasts for an hour and there are various time slots to book on the dates it runs. Tickets can be booked on their website now.
Christmas at Marwell Zoo is something I’ve looked at before but never booked. This year they celebrate 10 years of Christmas at Marwell with an Alice in Wonderland themed event running in daytime or evening sessions. If you book a daytime Christmas slot you can also look around the zoo. Adults cost is £25.50 and children aged 3-16 years are £29. We love our visits to Marwell Zoo and the Christmas wonderland sounds fab. You get a train ride to Marwell Hall inc. garden games, festive food and hot drinks, Mother Christmas tells a story and you get to meet Father Christmas. All details are on their website and tickets go on sale on September 23rd.
These are just a few festive events on in the Hampshire/Surrey area this Christmas season. There are so many more to choose from.
Where do you visit Father Christmas? Do you go to the same place every year? Have you booked already?