The Best Santas Grottos in Birmingham this Christmas

Fancy treating your little Brummies to a meet and greet with the big guy this Christmas? Well, if so, check out our list of the best places to see Santa in Birmingham this year!

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 7th Dec 2022

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that can only mean one thing, it's only a matter of time until the littleuns descend into a  state of festive frenzy. They'll soon be shouting at you every time an advert comes on the TV for the next cool toy, cringing at the sheer thought of being on the naughty list, and maybe even helping you decorate the tree with tinsel, baubles, and a star on top for good measure - although they usually need help from us adults for that one. Yet, as we're sure you'll agree, one of the most magical memories you can have as a child around Christmas is going to see Santa in one of his Grottos that he tours all around the country. 

When looking for Santas Grottos in Birmingham we've got you more than covered. The streets of Brum are no stranger to the big man and are some of the busiest spots in the midlands for him when it comes to meet and greets. From traditional grottos nestled in festively lit parks; to a hearty winter breakfast with the Clauses, hosted by one of Birmingham's biggest football clubs; to even taking a train journey themed around the iconic Polar Express, where you can journey to meet Santa; the opportunities for your littleun' to see the man in red are plentiful. 

So scroll down and check them out! Plus, if you're after more ways to make your festive season in Birmingham extra special check out some of the Birmingham Christmas Eve and Boxing Day events, also on sale on Skiddle!



Meet Santa at The Rustic

When: Sunday 11th December 2022

Where: Hopleys Family Camping in Bewdley

It's Christmas time at The Rustic, and the kitchen at the wholesome Hopleys family camping park has pulled out all the festive frivolities for their annual edition of Santas grotto. The amazing team here have everything set up to welcome the big man for some exclusive meet and greets, and there's word that he's bringing a few early treats for the kids in his sack. 

Alongside Santa's appearance, the site has also planned carol singing, turkey sandwiches, seasonal loaded fries, mulled wine, mince pies and more! It's truly one of the 


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Christmas Fun Day

When: Monday 19th December 2022

Where: Herberts Yard in Birmingham

The Digbeth Dining Club are back with their free family fun day at Herberts Yard this Christmas and this time round they are going to have a very special visit from Santa himself, and best of all... it's absolutely free! Alongside the meet with the chimney connoisseur, you will also be treated to a whole host of activities, ranging from Elf workshops, Crafts and Clay moulding, Food Workshops, Circus Skills, Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, Kids Disco, and a huge collection of quality Food and a well-stocked bar to drink away the cold.

Whilst it is free they will be looking for donations, so if you end up attending, channel that Christmas spirit and help them out with a few quid, it'll go a long way!


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Santas Safari

When: Friday 25th November – Saturday 24th December 2022

Where: West Midlands Safari Park in Kidderminster  

As you enter the grounds of West Midlands Safari Park this festive season, the lucky few who get to meet the big man will be greeted in the Discovery Trail by some of his accommodating Elves who will show you to a sleigh that will magically transport you and your little uns to the North Pole & into Santa’s Grotto! The wonderfully decorated log cabin will be fitted with its own Christmas tree, festive fireplace and of course Santa himself! Inside the kids can tell him what’s on the top of their Christmas wish list and the Elves will also take a picture of you together!

Once you've met Santa, you will make your way to the Elves’ Workshop where children can pick their own presents. With a wide selection of gifts to choose from, the children will be spoiled for choice! Afterwards, you'll also have the whole safari park to enjoy and explore, although do remember the rides will be closed as it is winter.



Breakfast with Santa at Villa Park

When: Sunday 18th December 2022

Where: Villa Park in Birmingham 

Do you or your kids bleed claret and blue? Are you looking for a festive event that combines both your love of football and the winter season? Well, there is only one place you should be heading and that's to this awesome breakfast meal with the clauses, set right inside the iconic Villa Park. 

So, bring your little ones and join Santa and his elves for a fabulous festive buffet breakfast at the home of Aston Villa, just make sure your kids have been good! All children on the 'Nice' list will receive a gift from Santa, and we don't want them to miss out! 



Santa's Grotto Experience at Sea Life

When: Saturday 19th November - Saturday 24th of December 2022

Where: Sea Life Centre in Birmingham

Whilst the man in red usually prefers water of the frozen variety, given his association with the North Pole and all, that isn't stopping him from heading down and getting involved with all the amazing aquatic creatures at the Sealife Centre in Birmingham. 

Brummy sea explorers will be able to marvel at over 2000 amazing creatures including jaw-some sharks, cheeky gentoo penguins and the UK’s first and only sea otters, Ozzy and Ola before entering their glittering grotto where Santa and his Elves will be waiting in a magical winter wonderland to say hello and find out what’s on your little uns Christmas lists this year. Who knows, if they've been nice they may even leave with an early prezzie!



The Polar Express Train Ride

When: Four Trains a day, every day until Christmas Eve

Where: Birmingham Moor Street Station

All aboard! The incredible team at Vintage Trains have completely decked out their trains this winter to theatrically re-create the Christmas classic that is the polar express, so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this definitive locomotive tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season, and eventually, as in the movie, end up at the North Pole and see Santa!

You only have to believe this one. So get your seat secured, receive your golden ticket, and indulge in some Christmassy wonder this year. It'll be an unmissable experience that the family will talk about for years to come!




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