The Christmas season thankfully only comes around once a year, and you'll probably already be preparing for the festive onslaught our kids are about to wreak on your household. They'll be jumping at the chance to decorate the house, shouting at you to get them one of the many pointless but surprisingly appealing kids' toys from the TV adverts, and frantically trying to do things for you at the sheer mention of the naughty list. 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 the big man in one of the Grottos that he tours around the country.
When looking for Santas Grottos in Nottingham we've got you more than covered. Notts is no stranger to the man in red and is one of the busiest spots for him in the Midlands when it comes to meet and greets. From traditional grottos in festively transformed farms; to huge immersive light trails where you can meet the earliest incantation of Santa, Saint Nic; to even venturing to a theme park that has been festively transformed especially for Santa and his reindeer visit; 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 Nottingham extra special, check out some of the Nottingham Christmas Eve and Boxing Day events, also on sale on Skiddle!
Whatton House - Christmas 2022 - A Yuletide Tale
When: Saturday 3rd - Saturday 24th December 2022
Where: Whatton House in Loughborough
Midwinter has always been a magical time in human history, from the original nordic celebrations to the modern global sensation of Christmas, it's always been a time of year for everyone to come out and celebrate. This year, at Whatton House, there will be a festive light trail that beautifully examines this history. Travel back into Xmas history scrooge style with the mischievous Lord of Misrule and indulge your kids in a different style of Santa's grotto, where they can meet the first St Nicholas, Krampus, and even the Winterland women – just who were Frau Holda and Le Befana?
This is a specially created Yuletide event and is a delightful opportunity to get into the Christmas Spirit. The 30-minute interactive experience is plenty of Festive fun and fayre for all the family, just secure those tickets before it's too late.
Find tickets for Whatton House - Christmas 2022 - A Yuletide Tale - HERE
Woodborough Green Garden Centres Magical Christmas Grotto
When: Thursday 8th - Saturday 24th December 2022
Where: Woodborough Green Garden Centre in Nottingham
Santa will be doing a tour of all the British Garden Centres this Christmas, and Woodborough Green Garden Centre are ready and set to accommodate the man in red in their magical Christmas Grotto. Their specially designed site will have your children’s faces lit up in festive glee, and create wonderful memories for the whole family will this Christmas.
Their happy band of elves are busy decorating and filling the Grottos ahead of Santa's arrival at Woodborough Green’s Winder Wonderland, and upon your arrival, you'll be greeted by Santa’s elves, before being shown into the Grotto to meet Santa for a photo opportunity and receive a special gift. It's festive fun for the kids at its very finest!
The Sundown Adventureland Christmas Spectacular 2022
When: Saturday 19th November - Saturday 24th December 2022
Where: Sundown Adventureland in Nottingham
As Christmas draws near, the gleeful grounds of Sundown Adventureland are set to be converted into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas fun around every corner, and the annual opening of their ‘Night before Christmas’ ride. You and the littleuns can climb aboard one of Santa’s sleighs and take a magical journey through the enchanted forest to arrive in style at Santa’s Magical Grotto.
You’ll be greeted by the elves and the ever-friendly Mrs Claus and when it’s your time, you’ll be invited to meet the big man himself. Where you’ll receive a lovely, individually wrapped present and the chance to share your wishes with him. Plus, you'll get to have a fab day out at the theme park whilst you're at it! What's not to love?
National Ice Centre Christmas Grotto
When: Saturday 17th December – Sunday 18th December & Wednesday 21st December - Saturday 24th December 2022
Where: National Ice Centre in Nottingham
Ice skating in itself is a fundamentally festive activity, with makeshift rinks popping up around the country every year, you can often be spoilt for choice. However, instead of going to one of these oft-lacklustre rinks this Christmas, why not head over to the National Ice Centre, for their top-range skating and winter wonderland with Santas grotto?
You can meet with Santa and receive a Christmas gift, go and see their huge ‘Where’s Wally’ style Christmas mural & quiz so children can enjoy looking for festive characters before their special time with Santa, visit the festive colouring stations to keep the little ones entertained, and then finish it all off with a skate around their magical indoor rink. What's not to love?
Santa's Grotto in The Old Vol
When: Saturday 3rd December - Saturday 24th December
Where: The Old Vol in Nottingham
The Old Vol pub in Nottingham is ready and primed for a Christmassy treat for all the family this Christmas, as it transforms its grounds into a winter wonderland fit for Santa to take refuge in. Families will be greeted by their elves, who will then provide ypure kids with all the means to write their very own letter to post to Santa. After Santa has had a chance to peek and note down everything they want, you can all then head into Santa’s magical grotto to meet Mr Claus himself.
The big man will be providing every child with some festive cheer and an early prezzie to take home with them. But we're not sure whether Santa is here for the free whiskey or the meet-ups, but we'll leave that up to you to decide when you meet him!
Robin Hood Wheelgate Christmas Experience
When: Saturday 3rd December 2022 - Saturday 24th December 2022
Where: Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park in Nottingham
This visit to see Santa is not one to miss, you'll find him on the grounds of Robin Hood Wheelgate park, nestled in his magical walk through the forest of twinkling lights and sparkle. Along the way, the whole family can have fun with the cheeky elves as you all walk to the cosy Grotto where you will receive a special golden ticket from Santa himself! Then the kids can go wild in the toy workshop, where they will have the choice of any toy they'd like to take home! To finish it all off you can take a very special photograph of you and your family when you meet Santa, which is then available to purchase when you leave the Grotto.
Plus, after all this, you'll still have the whole park to explore and take in, what more could you ask for?
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