Santa’s Grottos in London

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Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

WWT London Wetland Centre Grotto

Bring the children to meet Santa in his cosy grotto set among the firs and pine trees. Merlin the magician will be on hand to help Father Christmas keep the children entertained. Have your photo taken with Santa’s huggable huskies and younger children can experience the excitement of a husky sleigh ride.
When: 10-11 Dec, 10am-12.30pm, 1-4pm
Where: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT
Price: £5 to visit grotto (includes goodie bag), plus admission to centre: adult £9.59, child (4-16) £5.32, under 4s free
Winter Wonderland

Meet Santa Claus at Winter Wonderland which includes the North Pole Slide, Christmas Jumper and Balloon Ride, as well as an elves’ workshop and the Santa Land Express train.
When: 18 Nov-3 Jan, 10am-6pm
Where: Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
Price: Free
Santa Express at Selfridges
Take the Santa Express train through a winter wonderland to Santa’s grotto. Children will receive a book and can have their photo taken with Santa.
When: 19 Nov-24 Dec
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
Price: Adult (13+) £7, child £3, under 2s free. Limited number of grotto tickets will be available on the day, book tickets online at to ensure you see Santa
Westfield Christmas Grottos

Experience a magical 3d journey with presents and photos with Santa.
When: 14 Nov-24 Dec
Where: Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, W12 7GF and Westfield Stratford City, 2 Stratford Place, Stratford, London, E20 1EJ
Price: Entrance to Santa’s Ice Kingdom and Santa’s grotto is free, but a booking fee applies.
Kew Gardens Grotto

Meet Santa in his beautiful grotto inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory. There’s also face painting, a carousel, mini vintage car rides and free, guided Winter Evergreen walks.
When: 10-23 Dec, 12pm-3pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Price: Entrance to Santa’s grotto is included in Kew’s entry fee (£13.50 for adults; children under 17 free with an accompanying adult)
Greenwich Christmas Market Grotto
Visit Santa in his magical grotto in Greenwich Market, accompanied by his hilarious elf, who will treat kids to magic and balloon tricks.
When: 30 Nov and 17,18, 24 Dec
Where: Greenwich Market, Greenwich High Road, SE10
Price: £4 per child
Rainforest Cafe Santa’s Grotto

London’s Rainforest Cafe is transformed from tropical eaterie to Winter Jungleland. Head to the Frozen Rainforest to meet Santa Claus in his jungle grotto. The experience includes a tasty meal in the family-friendly restaurant, a welcome greeting from Santa’s elves, and a Christmas gift for each child.
When: Selected dates between 19 Nov and 24 Dec, 12-6pm
Where: Rainforest Cafe, 20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 7EU
Price: £39.50 per child, accompanying adults must order at least one dish each from the à la carte menu
Santa and Scrooge’s Grottos at Museum of London
Meet Santa in a Victorian style Christmas grotto. Between Christmas and New Year, you can share your festive grievances with Ebenezer Scrooge instead, or try to cheer him up to win a prize. Bah humbug!
When: Santa’s Grotto, 10-23 Dec; Scrooge’s Grotto, 27 Dec-1 Jan
Where: Museum of London, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN and Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
Price: £5 child entry including gift, photos can be purchased for £5

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