Where to see Santa? Here!

Gulliver’s World

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Found in Warrington just off the M62, Gulliver’s World Santa Experience may not be the cheapest but you get a full day out for your money. A family of 4 can expect to pay in the region of £80 – £100 (before discount).
With access to all rides and attractions from 10.30 – 4, a choice of meals, the Christmas panto show and a trip to the grotto on the Santa Express, this promises to be a great day out for the whole family.

Festive fun and cheer and all the excitement of a family friendly theme park.

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Prices depend upon the packages you choose and some dates are already full up but if you are quick you can take advantage of the 15% off all ticket entry by using the code FROZEN.

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Cockfields Farm


Another full day out and this time at the farm again in the region of £80 – £90 for a family of 4.
A range of packages to choose from with Christmas stories, hot chocolate and mince pies (and mulled wine for the adults), elf school, build your own bear and of course the grotto.

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Access to the farm is included with opportunities to stroke and pet the animals.

Additional extras to the packages available include clothes for your bear so you can truly personalise your day.

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Lyme Park

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The ever popular audience with Father Christmas is on again this year in the majestical setting at Lyme Park.

Come and meet the man himself along with Mother Christmas and their helpers in the chapel at Lyme this festive season.

Hear a story and receive a special gift.
This one sells out in record time every year – booking is essential (and needs to be done soon as many dates are already sold out!)

Cost is £9 a child plus booking fee.

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Bents Garden Centre
Selling out at the speed of light, Bents have only just released tickets to their Christmas parties – if you want to attend you will have to be quick!
With tickets for children at £19.99 for a 2-hour party including a choice of food, party games and a visit from Santa himself, this looks like an excellent opportunity for adults to check out the spectacular food hall and maybe enjoy a glass of Christmas fizz.

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Polar Expedition at INTU Trafford Centre

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With tickets for children at £7.50 and adults at £5 this is certainly a more affordable way to meet Santa.

If you are out Christmas shopping, why not combine the two experiences – although personally I am not sure I could take on the TC at Christmas with kids in tow!
Bookable from 4th Nov, I would definitely recommend the earlier dates which are available for this one as we all know what the TC looks the week before Christmas!

Booking is essential so don’t leave it til the last minute!
The Polar Expedition promises breath-taking Northern Lights and Eskimo elves to guide you through an arctic wonderland to meet Santa and his friends.

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Chill Factore

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The Chill Factore are offering a range of activities and if you book before 5th Nov, there is 20% off prices – hurray!
Santa will be in his grotto in the snow every weekend from 11th November onwards and every weekday from 2nd Dec right up until Christmas Eve.

All visits to see Santa surrounded by real snow, sparkling trees and glistening lights will be combined with some play time in the Snow Park which is guaranteed to get you and your little ones into the festive spirit.

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For those aged 4+ the Snow Park Pass includes 1 hour of unlimited fun on the Downhill Donuts, the Luge Slip ‘n’ Slide, the Snow Luge and Sledge ‘o’ Mania. Santa and Snow Park for one adult and one child starts at £45

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For those under 4 years, you can head out to Mini Moose Land after your grotto visit to play in the snow for 30 minutes where there will be lots of activities for you and your little ones to enjoy. Pricing for one adult and one child starts at £14 but is date dependent.

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Head over to Santa’s grotto at the North Pole this winter for the promise of fantastic festive fun.
You get to watch the elves hard at work getting toys ready for Christmas, and you can meet Rudolf and his reindeers and then the man himself who will be handing out gifts to all the good children.
Tickets are on sale now for 13th Nov – 20th Dec and are £14.95 per child.

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East Lancs Railway

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Santa Specials are up and running again this year with just 12 dates to choose from as the trains run at weekends starting 25 / 26th Nov.
Included in the ticket price is a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the beautiful Irwell Valley.

There will be a traditional brass band and carol singers, costumed characters, on-board magician and of course you get to meet Santa and his helpers as they make their way through the carriages giving out gifts.

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Biscuits and juice for kids, mince pies and a Christmas tipple for adults.
As an added bonus you can hunt for hidden treasure in Bury Transport Museum with the Great Christmas Treasure Hunt as part of this unforgettable day out.

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Prices start at £14.80 for an adult and £11.60 for a child but are date dependent.

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Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

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It is never too cold to enjoy the wide variety of flavours on offer at the ice-cream farm and now you can meet Santa in his grotto there too!
At £7 a child this is a great price although times must be booked in advance – see website for details.

Also this year is the Elf Adventure – see website for more info.
Entrance to the ice-cream farm is free as always with prices then for individual activities.

It is always advisable to book in advance so as to avoid disappointment on the day.

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Christmas at Tatton Park

0F39B28A-3AEF-413E-89CA-17B5D56B6CC9 Tatton has a whole programme on for Christmas again this year with creative workshops, winter walks, carols and concerts, the lantern parade and more besides.
Friday 24th Nov sees festive family fun as Father Christmas arrives on his reindeer led sleigh through the twinkling Tatton lanterns. A festive evening full of music, face-painting and activities as you await his arrival. The gift fair is open until 6.30pm and Stableyard Shops stay open until 7.30pm. You can purchase and decorate your own lantern (or bring one from home). Vehicle entry of £6 applies.

Visits to Father Christmas himself start on 25th Nov and run at weekends in the farm yards where he is surrounded by his favourite animals.

You can expect to find brass bands and carol singers adding to the magic, salt dough decorations can be made with Aunty Mary.

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Prices start at £7 per adult and £6.50 for children – see website for details

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Quarry Bank Mill
Baby and Toddler meet Father Christmas – only three dates available for this special storytelling session which include a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift for your little one – booking essential.

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For older ones they too can meet Father Christmas starting 2nd Dec – half hour sessions of festive activities and a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift. Booking via website is essential.

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The lanterns at Chester Zoo 1st – 23rd December


This Christmas, as twilight falls across Chester Zoo, a magical Christmas sorting office comes to life. The zoo will be transformed into an enchanting world full of illumination and spellbinding theatrical adventure!

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This incredibly popular festive experience is a must for all families and tickets are already selling fast!

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With incredible lanterns, performance and a sprinkle of Chester Zoo magic, it is a memorable experience for all ages. Along the route there will be magnificent scenes and you can post your letters to Santa.

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Tickets start at £12 per adult and £5 per child but are date dependent.

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Hawkstone Park Santa Safari

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A magical adventure by land rover through the illuminated woodland to see Santa in his real hillside grotto. Arrive at Hawkstone Park Hotel and check in for your trip. After a warming festive drink you’ll be whisked off in a Land Rover across the park, under the wishing arch and up the steep hill to Santa’s spectacular network of caves.

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Santa’s elves will keep you entertained as you wander around the decorated, fairy-lit caverns and tunnels until you arrive at your destination – the magical grotto itself! Every child will receive a gift from Santa.

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You will have the opportunity to meet Santa’s reindeer and enjoy the illuminated woodland fantasy.
Bookings are taken by phone and full payment is required – 10948841700 – prices start at £18 per child and £17 per adult – see website for details

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Alton Towers

06578C5F-369B-4E76-8326-CC2CA01C34F0 Why not take the family for a Santa sleepover this year – with only 5 dates available these tickets are sure to get snapped up quickly!
With three packages to choose from the choice is varied – meet Santa in a magical tipi, in the explorer’s escape or in the heart of Cbeebies Land.

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Each of the festive packages includes – an overnight stay in fantastic accommodation, a unique visit to Santa, panto, festive evening meal, buffet breakfast, waterpark tickets, theme park tickets, evening entertainment.

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Cheshire Reindeer Lodge

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Enjoy one of the area’s best all weather Santa’s grottos this Christmas, set within the festive surroundings of the Cheshire Reindeer Lodge, next to Cheshire Oaks. See and feed the reindeer herd, watch the fun els stage show, meet Father Christmas in the Funtastic Grotto and enjoy fairground and donkey rides along with lots of great family picture opportunities with reindeer sleighs, elves and the of course – Santa.

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Ticket prices start at £9.50 per adult and £12.50 per child – booking through website is essential.

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Lapland UK

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For those with a large budget Lapand UK is the ultimate Santa experience without getting on a plane. Situated down in Windsor, visits are almost all booked up already and start at £75pp but the experience looks fantastic – something for the whole family and one which will be remembered forever.

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LaplandUK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story and the secret world of the elves brought to life through a 4-hour immersive experience of unprecedented scale and quality.

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Farmer Ted’s Winter Wonderland
Have a visit to the farm for a spectacular event. Take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, the all new magical elf high street which you will find – animated reindeer and donkey show, resident three-piece band, reindeer food factory. Plus all of the favourites – elf school, Santa’s Grotto, and of course the reindeer!

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Guaranteed fun for all of the family, with prices around £9 per adult and £15 per child – booking is essential and via the website.

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Advent calendars for adults? Yes please! Find out when and where here.

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