Stop off at Santa’s grotto
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a friendly visit to see Santa in his grotto with his helping elves, so we’ve compiled a guide for where you can stop by and say hello. Don’t forget to check out our special offers on train tickets to get the most value out of your journey. Kids travel for £2 on weekends and school holidays!
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Santaland at Winter Wonderland
19 November 2021 – 3 January 2022
Winter Wonderland is back this year with plenty to do for the whole family, including lots of family rides and a chance to meet Santa in his grotto. Keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s parade which is happening every Monday through to Wednesdays at 5.00pm, running for a whole hour.
With plenty of kids’ rides, festive eateries and the chance to meet Santa himself, Santa Land is the ultimate enchanting day out for all the family. Entrance to the grotto is free but you must purchase tickets for Winter Wonderland. Entry is free during off-peak hours and from £5 per person for peak hours.
Nearest c2c station: West Ham, then Jubilee Line to Green Park, then Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge
Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield Stratford City
3 December – 24 December 2021
This Christmas, Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City will host ‘Journey Through the Stars’ an enchanting grotto inspired by Disney and Marvel for families to experience over the festive season. Visitors will embark on an interstellar adventure through the night sky on a journey to celebrate Christmas.
Nearest c2c station: Stratford
The Magic of Christmas, London Zoo
27 November 2021 – 3 January 2022
Little ones can join in festive crafts before meeting Santa in his magical grotto at the heart of the Zoo and receive a special early Christmas gift to take home. There is also a fun festive family trail and new for 2021, discover the Sensory Sweet Shop with Clouds of candy floss, a marshmallow meadow and a forest of candy canes.
Nearest c2c station: Fenchurch Street, then head to Bank and catch the Northern line to Camden Town.
The Father Christmas Experience at Adventure Island, Southend
4 – 24 December 2021
Adventure Island is packed full of Christmas magic. Visit Father Christmas in his magical village called Christmasville. Receive a special ticket to choose a toy from the selection in the Christmas Toy store and a wristband to go on the rides too.
Nearest c2c station: Southend Central
Christmas Wonderland, Lakeside shopping centre
18 November 2021 – 3 January 2022
There will be rides, skating, food and drink and lots more for visitors to enjoy at Lakeside this year. Guests will be able to get a birds eye view on the Giant Wheel or go ice skating on the huge real ice rink. New this year will be a Snow Dome Waltzer, and a Balloon Ride with Santa.
Nearest c2c station: Chafford Hundred