The best Santa's grottos in London this Christmas

Here are the best Santa's grotto events happening in London over the Christmas period.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 22nd Nov 2022

Visiting Santa's grotto is always something that the kids enjoy. It's often a great way to spend a day out over the festive period and there are plenty of them happening in London this year. Here are the very best of them that will help you create some special memories for your young ones.


London Transport Museum

Where: London Transport Museum

The London Transport museum might not be your first choice for memorable Christmas experiences but they go all out to make Christmas feel special. Admission to see Santa is in the price of your ticket to the museum and kids go free, so they can enjoy both Santa and all the interesting exhibits that the TFL offer.



Christmas at Hamleys

Where: Hamleys, London

There's no more iconic store in London than Hamleys when it comes to children's toys. Prepare to see the kids' faces drop when they walk in here as the amount of choice is almost overwhelming. When they're done running around, they can pay the big man himself a visit.



Christmas at London Zoo

Where: ZSL London Zoo, London

The animals love Christmas just as much as you do at the London Zoo and dotted across the area you'll find various Christmas activities that you can enjoy. Your kids will receive a very special gift from Santa to take home. Animals and Christmas joined together will leave you with smiles all around.



Santa's Grotto at Alexandra Palace

Where: Alexandra Palace, London

Alexandra Palace is one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in all of London and they have a tradition of putting on amazing Christmas events. You could even go for a session of ice skating beforehand too before heading over to receive a gift and have photos taken with the man in red,



Christmas at Kew

Where: Kew Gardens, London

Kew Gardens are putting on their extravagant light displays up this Christmas and it forms a light trail that is littered with delightful sights. All kinds of festive displays will be up from lit-up Santa's to gingerbread men and reindeer. Along the path you'll find Santa's grotto too. 




Where: Harrods, London

Harrods always have exquisite displays in order to showcase the very best of their Christmas gifts. Santa likes to pop in too in order to spread some Christmas cheer. There's just something about shopping at Christmas that feels completely different and special and Harrod's is a place where you feel that more than ever.



Royal Albert Hall


Where: Royal Albert Hall, London

The Royal Albert Hall has been providing Christmas events for as long as 150 years so it's fair to say that they know what their doing when it comes to running Santa's grotto. Santa usually delivers a story for children at this grand venue and your young ones will be hanging off every word.



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.








Header image credit: Hamleys (Facebook)

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