Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Where to take the children to see Father Christmas for Christmas 2019. Legoland, Marwell Zoo, Watercress Line Santa Express details & more

As Christmas approaches there are so many things that need organising and one of those things each year is the annual visit to see Father Christmas.

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. 

These experiences can get booked up quickly and now we are in September there are already lots of Santa grottos and experiences that you can book so here are a few that we have found.

Our photographs from Harrods Christmas Grotto. As you can see we went from three to five children over the years too! 

This year it's only the smallest two Things who are interested in going to see Santa and they have requested to go to Legoland at Christmas. We’ve not done this before so I had a look at their website. Christmas at Legoland is Sat 30th Nov/Sun 1st Dec then Friday, Saturday, Sunday for the 3 weekends before Christmas and is priced at £36 per person.

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. 

Meeting Santa at Wyevale Garden Centre

The afternoon tea for the adults and Thing 4 decorating his gingerbread christmas tree

The Santa Express on the Watercress Line, Alton runs from 30th November and 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st-24th December 2019 this year and is always a lovely trip to do.

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!

I caught this picture of Thing 5 just as he saw Father Christmas arriving into our carriage. 

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? 

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