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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Santa’s Grotto at Winter Wonderland
21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Take the whole family to visit Father Christmas at one of the UK’s most popular Christmas time events. Admission is free into the park, but there’s plenty around that’ll catch your eye. But if you’re good enough to be on the nice list, Santa may even give you an early present!
Nearest c2c station: West Ham, then Jubilee Line to Green Park, then Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge
Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield Stratford City
21 November – 24 December 2019
Visit Santa as you’re transported to the Snow Factory in the North Pole, where you can also see the elves make all the snow in the world. There are various activities to enjoy before meeting the big boss in red as you eventually make it to his Icy Chamber. Santa will meet, greet, give you a gift and have his picture taken with you, right before you head into the Infinity Room to make it all the way back to East London. Booking required prior to visit.
Nearest c2c station: Stratford
Adventure Wonderland Santa’s Grotto, Southend
7 – 24 December 2019
Santa is coming to Southend! You can enjoy all the usual rides and attractions, but now you can visit Santa and his closest companions at the incredible Adventure Wonderland. Not only that, there’s plenty of magical moments to experience before meeting Father Christmas too. Write and decorate your letter to the big man in red at the arts and crafts post office, help Mother Christmas make some snacks for Rudolph as well as visiting the toy factory too! Book tickets now so you don’t miss out.
Nearest c2c station: Southend Central
Aurora Explore Santa’s Grotto, intu Lakeside
16 November – 24 December 2019
This year, intu Lakeside are launching a brand new Aurora Explorer themed Christmas Grotto located in The Quay. Little ones have the chance to become Aurora explorers as well as meeting Santa Claus and his elves. Make sure to get your booking in early here.
Nearest c2c station: Chafford Hundred
Shrek’s Santa Grotto, Shrek’s Swamp, Far Far Away
This Christmas, journey through Far Far Away meeting Shrek and his DreamWorks friends. PLUS, upgrade on the day and experience the magic of Shrek’s Swamp where Santa’s Grotto awaits. See your child’s face light up as they meet Santa and have their photo taken with the big man himself (Santa that is…), take home a Shrektacular gift and be entertained by the elves!
Nearest c2c station: Fenchurch Street then take the District Line from Tower-Hill to Westminster Underground