When the festive season comes around in South Yorkshire, it's near impossible to keep the littleuns out of a state of frantic festiveness. They'll be flicking through the web for the next item to add to their lists, ensuring that there are treats left out for both Santa and his reindeer, and helping you decorate the tree with tinsel, baubles, and a star on top for good measure - although they usually need help from the 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 Sheffield Skiddle has got you more than covered. The Steel City is no stranger to the big man and is an essential stop for him in the UK when it comes to meet and greets. From traditional grottos in the city centre markets, to a step back in time to the Victorian era to meet the Santa of days gone by, to even seeing Santa get friendly with the birds and butterfly at one of Sheffield's staple specialist zoos; 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 Sheffield extra special check out some of the Sheffield Christmas Eve and Boxing Day events, also on sale on Skiddle!
Magical Christmas Experience comes to Meadowhall
When: Thursday 10th - Thursday 24th November 2022
Where: Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield
Coming to Meadowhall from November and through into the festive period is this immersive Christmas adventure, with an indoor secret world, an outdoor enchanted Winter forest and Santa’s grotto. A perfect day out with the family, you will enter a cosy Christmas attic room and be greeted by friendly festive faces, before being escorted by creatures from the forest through a secret doorway to the Icy Kingdom where winter never ends. They will then meet Santa and have a chance to get a family picture, before heading to the Christmas Kitchen with a range of festive treats including drinks and seasonal goodies, and the Elf Emporium, full of Christmas gifts.
Entry to Magical Christmas Experience comes to Meadowhall is £7.95
Sheffield Peace Gardens Christmas Market and Grotto
When: 18th November - 24th December 2022
Where: Peace Gardens in Sheffield
Santa will be taking some much-needed time out of his busy Christmas schedule to visit Sheffield Christmas Markets and take refuge in his ready-made Grotto in the Peace Gardens, ready to see all the little Yorkshire lads and lasses so he can find out what's on their Christmas wish list - and if they've been naughty or nice! Whilst you are there you can also ride the big wheel, check out all the incredible crafts and food stalls, and maybe even pick out some stocking fillers! It'll be a great day out for all the family, and we cant wait to see you down there.
Santa's Woodland Grotto at the Tropical Butterfly House
When: 3rd - 4th of December 2022
Where: Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield
Santa and Mrs Claus will be making their way down to the Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston, near Sheffield this Christmas period where families can enjoy a wonderful winter’s day out, and meet the big man himself in his woodland grotto. Throughout the Wildlife park, the kids will also find a Woodland Festive Friends Trail where they can collect stamps and find which animals hold a magical Christmas star, in return for a sweet treat reward. So get your kids down to the Tropical Butterfly House and see Santa alongside some beautiful critters and creatures this Christmas!
Victorian Christmas Market
When: 3rd - 4th of December 2022
Where: Kelham Island Museum
This festive season, do it vintage style, gather under the gas lamps and celebrate as Sheffield's much-loved Victorian Christmas Market returns for another year. With over 80 market stalls trading in old-school, Sheffield-made, wares, and seasonal goods, and even some scrumptious food and drink! Who knows, you may find the perfect presents and stocking fillers for your loved ones! Not only this, but Santa will be having a relax on his chair and taking some time off from his busy schedule to meet some of Yorkshire's finest young kids and treating them to some early Christmas prezzies!
Santas Workshop at Weston Park Museum
When: 10th December 2022
Where: Weston Park Museum in Sheffield
Are you tired of just ordering your gift off the internet? Do you want to return to the classic ways and craft some homemade gifts to give to all your loved ones? Well, Santa and his helpers have lined up some fantastically festive craft activities and storytelling for our all to enjoy in special 45-minute sessions at Sheffield's Weston Park Museum. Not only will he be helping you craft gifts, but Santa will also be spreading plenty of seasonal cheer, finding out what’s on your Christmas list and, of course, sending you home with a quality present on top of the one you craft alongside him. A perfect hands-on activity for you and the kids to get stuck into this Christmas!
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.