Santa’s grottos in Kent: Where to meet Father Christmas

PUBLISHED: 11:39 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:39 03 December 2019

Father Christmas saves the day at Penshurst Place (photo: Maryann Webster)

Father Christmas saves the day at Penshurst Place (photo: Maryann Webster)

Archant

Santa will be making pitstops all over Kent - make sure you don’t miss him with these grottos or train rides!

- Christmas Grotto (Until 24 Dec)

This traditional grotto features many enchanting characters, including reindeers and Santa.

Tickets: £5 (per child). Hempstead Valley, Gillingham ME7 3PD

- Santa's Grotto (7, 8, 14, 15, 21 to 24 Dec)

Visitors will be greeted by the elves before meeting Father Christmas and receiving a gift.

Tickets: £11 (per child). 01892 890000. Bewl Water, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JH

- Santa's Grotto (Until 24 Dec)

Father Christmas's Grotto is back, located on the bank of the picturesque lakes at the West Village, where visitors will meet a host of characters who will guide them through the story of The Nutcracker and, ultimately, spend some time with the man in red.

Tickets: www.bluewater.co.uk. Bluewater, Greenhithe DA9 9ST

- Santa Specials (7, 8, 14, 15, 20-24 Dec)

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Santa Specials. Create a special family memory with a festive steam train journey between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West. Father Christmas will be on board each train with a gift-wrapped present for all the good little girls and boys.

Tickets: Various. 01892 300141. Spa Valley Railway, Eridge TN3 9LE

- Father Christmas (Until 24 Dec)

Father Christmas and his elves will be welcoming families to the natural amphitheatre of Calverley Grounds. After children have written a letter in the cosy waiting area, he will magically know all their names after speaking to the elves. There will be plenty of time to talk to Santa before children choose a gift.

Tickets: Contact venue. fatherchristmasinkent.co.uk. Calverley Grounds, Tun Wells TN1 1SJ

- Father Christmas Saves The Day (7, 8, 14, 21, 22 Dec)

Enjoy an interactive, panto-style storytelling performance. A naughty little elf at Christmas HQ has been causing trouble with his spirited antics, messing about in the toy workshop and playing with the festive gizmos and gadgets. Mother Christmas and Father Christmas will need your help to get their festive plans back on track - and fast.

Tickets: penshurstplace.com. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place, nr Tonbridge TN11 8DG

- Santa's grotto at Salomons estate (19 to 23 Dec)

Santa will be bringing some seasonal cheer as he opens his cosy Christmas Grotto. Come and meet him and his hard-working elves as they take up residence in the lovely grounds of Salomons.

Tickets: £10 (per child). 01892 515152. Salomons, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0TG

More from Out & About

Kent Life looks at the environmental impact of the clothes we wear and why we need to be checking our shopping habits and wardrobes

Read more
Monday, March 30, 2020

We’ve teamed up with Island Cottage Holidays and Isle of Wight Distillery to offer one lucky winner the chance to win £500 of holiday vouchers and a gin set

Read more
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Animals are always a source of joy so we have gathered some zoos and wildlife parks across the country (and beyond) that are livestreaming animal enclosures

Read more
ThereWithYou

Towered over by its iconic cathedral, the streets of this city have so many stories to tell

Read more

With Ash dieback on the increase, we look at how a Kent project is celebrating this much-loved tree’s special place in local culture

Read more
Monday, March 23, 2020

Thanks to the Guardians of the Deep project, Kent now has 11 Marine Conservation Zones

Read more
Friday, March 20, 2020

Kent has many castles and stately homes, but we have hand selected the ten best castles in Kent for you to visit

Read more

Admired by ancient royalty, set on a peaceful creek and packed with all kinds of attractions for modern visitors, we explore the historic streets of Faversham

Read more

With exciting news about the future of Betteshanger Park, a vibrant, artistic community - and great fishing, Deal stays true to its roots while appealing to modern visitors

Read more
Thursday, March 5, 2020

2020 marks 125 years since the founding of the National Trust - and Kent has always played a huge part in its story

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life