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Stop off at Santa's Grotto 

No Christmas would be complete without a visit from the bearded joy bringer. We’ve got a guide to the grottos where you can have a magical encounter with Father Christmas himself. Don’t forget to check out our special offers on train tickets to get the most value out of your journey.  

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Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo

9 December 2017 - 24 December 2017

Take a trip to the wild side and book to meet Santa at London Zoo. Mrs Claus will need some help with the festive arts and crafts before you head into the grotto to meet Santa himself. If you’re good, you’ll receive a special early Christmas present before you’ll be able to explore the rest of the Zoo this December. Souvenir photos will be available for purchase and tickets are selling fast, so book ahead.

Nearest c2c station: West Ham, then change for Jubilee line to St John’s Wood

Santa's Grotto at intu Lakeside

11 November 2017 – 24 December 2017

Santa himself lands at Lakeside from 11 November and at Hamleys from 25 November, so be sure to have all your wishes ready. At both grottos you’ll have the chance to meet Santa’s little helpers and receive a gift to take home with you. There will also be a range of festive activities to get you and the family in the Christmas spirit. Tickets can be booked in advance for the grottos separately online.

Nearest c2c station: Chafford Hundred

Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield Stratford

23 November 2017 – 24 December 2017

Adventure to the North Pole to visit the Snow Factory and meet the elves who are busy making all the snow in the world! Children will be able to take part in various festive activities, including making their very own snowflake and once they find Santa in his Snow Cavern, they’ll have a photo opportunity and will receive a gift from the man himself. Check online to buy tickets.

Nearest c2c station: Stratford

Santa's Grotto at Leicester Square

11 November 2017 – 24 December 2017

The famous square will, once again, be transformed into a traditional Christmas market and a twinkly grotto. Santa will read aloud his Christmas fairytale to enchant children of all ages and those who are good, will receive a gift and a chance to have a professional photograph to take home with them. Tickets can be bought on the door, but we’d recommend buying in advance to avoid disappointment.

Nearest c2c station: Fenchurch Street, then change for Circle or District line to Embankment

Victorian Santa’s Grotto at Museum of London

2 December 2017 – 23 December 2017

Set in an atmospheric Victorian street, your children get to tell Father Christmas their wishes and receive a special gift. Take a photo of this magical moment home with you for an additional cost. Tickets are already selling fast, so book ahead to experience this unique London grotto.

Nearest c2c station: Fenchurch Street, then change for Circle line to Barbican

Santa at Barleylands

2 December 2017 - 24 December 2017

Father Christmas has taken time out of his busy schedule to stop off at Barleylands this December. With two elf packages available, little ones will walk through the twinkly tunnel to meet the man himself and choose a gift if they’ve been good this year. Child tickets include a free accompanying adult and also gives you access to the Farm Park for all sorts of child-friendly activities.

Nearest c2c station: Basildon