22 November 2017

Santa’s Grottos in London

Parents of London, this winter you will be able to take your children to meet Santa wherever you reside. To find out where you can find him, we produced a map showing the different locations and opening times of Santa’s Grottos across the thirty-two boroughs that make London. Santa will be meeting children from all ages (and also adults if desired) from November to December 2017. If you reside in one of inner London’s boroughs, you are a lucky one (and may have the best behaved kids!) because not only do you have thirty-five Santa grottos near you, but eight out of the twenty free Santa grottoes are also located close to your home! It seems like Santa doesn’t want to come in Lewisham, Merton, Harrow, nor Bexley, but don’t worry there are seventy-five Santa grottoes across the whole of London, so you won’t have to travel far. Opening Times has you covered with all information you need concerning children entrance fees, whether you need to book, which dates, opening times, address and a website with further details so you can relax and save some time on organisation!

About the map

The map shows the different locations, opening times and booking information of Santa's Grotto across the 32 Boroughs of London from November to December 2017.

Note, only Santa’s Grottoes accessible to the general public have been included. Schools' grottoes, as well as any privately-organized grottoes, will not figure on this map.

Our Top 5 Santa’s Grotto Picks

1. Christmas at Kew

Address: Kew Gardens 
Dates: From the 22nd of November to the 1st of January 2018 
Opening Times: 17.00-22.00 
Fees: £10 
More Information: An unforgettable night-time experience that will leave your children and yourself eyes wide-opened!

2. Victorian Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands

Address: Museum of London Docklands
Dates: From the 2nd to the 23rd of December
Opening Times: 10.30-17.00
Fees: £10 
More Information: Find a gallery space completely transformed with festive decorations and sounds of Victorian carols for a vintage Santa experience.

3. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 

Address: Hyde Park Dates: From the 17th of November to the 1st of January 2018
Opening Times: 10.00-18.00 
Fees: Free 
More Information: Enter an all-in-one space with Santa’s toy factory, plenty of rides and the Christmas tree section with Santa. Added bonus - walk around the whole park for amazing lights and Christmas foods.

4. Magic Foresters Santa’s Grotto

Address: Barnet Wood Road, BR2 8HJ
Dates: From the 25th of November to the 23rd of December
Opening Times: 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00
Fees: £20
More Information: In addition to Santa’s storytelling, discover a tree nursery in a tranquil corner of the woodland for a more authentic experience.

5. City Cruise with Santa

Address: Meeting point is on Tower Pier, EC3N 4DT
Dates: From the 2nd to the 3rd of December From the 9th to the 10th of December From the 16th to the 23rd of December
Opening Times: 10.45, 12.45, 14.35, 16.35
Fees: £16
More Information: Spend some privileged time with Santa while cruising along the Thames. Unusual way to meet Santa, but an original Grotto for sure.