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County Mall Free Christmas Ice Grotto

This year, we’re bringing you a magical experience… Our resident Christmas animals have magically come to life! Come and listen to stories by the snowy owl, harmonies by the acapella penguins, and keep an eye on that Rudolf, he’s got a few surprises under his hooves.Not to mention, you can meet Santa at County Mall and get a FREE gift when you register.

Saturday 17th November (12pm – 4pm)
Welcome Father Christmas to the centre in the big centre Parade at 12pm
Spectacular walkabout characters
Meet Santa and get a FREE gift
FREE printed photos available to take home on the day
Festive music throughout the day

Saturday 24th November(11am – 4pm)
Meet Santa and get a FREE gift
Cookie Making with Mrs Claus

Saturday 1st December (11am– 4pm)
Meet Santa and get a FREE gift
Elfie Selfie Photos and Calendar Making

Saturday 8th December (11am– 4pm)
Meet Santa and get a FREE gift

Saturday 15th December (11am – 4pm)
Meet Santa and get a FREE gift

Monday 24th December (11am– 3pm)
Meet Santa and get a FREE gift

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Rotary Club of Crawley Father Christmas

Every year, for almost as long as anyone can remember, Father Christmas has visited our neighbourhoods in December to make sure that the children of Crawley are being good and to help The Rotary Club of Crawley raise funds for local good causes.

Keep your eye out for him between 6pm and 8pm on the following evenings

Tuesday 8th December – West Green & Southgate

Wednesday 9th December – Maidenbower

Thursday 10th December – Ifield & Langley Green.

Friday 11th December – Tilgate & Furnace Green

Tuesday 15th December – Gossops Green, Broadfield & Bewbush

Wednesday 16th December – Pound Hill

Thursday 17th December – Northgate & Three Bridges


Meet Santa’s reindeer and some of our friendly farm animals before you enter a magical world full of animated characters. Enjoy the friendly banter with the impish elves before the children meet Santa to receive their present. For those of you who are too old for a present, a mince pie and a hot fruit punch awaits!

When: Saturday 1st – Friday 21st December 2018

Where: Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD

Tel: 0142022140

Bluebell Railway Santa Specials

Enjoy a journey through the wintry Sussex countryside! Santa will be on board with a present and a chocolate treat for all children and mince pies for the grown-ups.

At Horsted Keynes, enjoy our Victorian fairground, Christmas pantry and Elf-House, plus meet Santa and his reindeer.

When: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December

Where: Departures are from either Sheffield Park Station or East Grinstead Station

Tel: 01825 720800

Bocketts Farm Park – Visit Father Christmas

Enjoy a magical family visit to meet Father Christmas in his traditional haybarn workshop.

Tickets for December 2018 go on sale from October onwards.

When: 23rd November – 24th December 2018
Where: Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS
Tel: 01372 363764

Chessington Garden Centre – Santas Grotto

Following his spectacular arrival, Father Christmas will be in residence here at Chessington Garden Centre from Saturday 24th November until Monday 24th December. Your visit will start with a trip to our very own Christmas Creations Room after which you will then embark on a fantastical journey to meet Father Christmas in his traditional grotto. Your complete Christmas Wonderland experience will involve a craft workshop, two photo opportunities, interactive experiences throughout plus your meet and greet with Father Christmas. Prices Children – £14.50* (includes wrapped present) Adults – £4.00* Babies under 12 months of age – Free of charge (please note they will not receive a wrapped present) *Pricing is equivalent to £37.00 per family of four (2 x adults & 2 x children over 12 months) (Tickets are non-refundable). Green screen technology is used throughout the experience, please avoid wearing green clothing which will cause photographs to be unsuitable to print.

Where: Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NG

Tel: 01372 725638

Chessington’s Winter Tail

This Christmas celebrate with the Gruffalo, visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto, plus enjoy some family favourite rides, including Vampire and meet our amazing animals at Chessington’s Zoo and SEA LIFE centre.

Join us for a full day of festive fun, or as the sun sets and the lights twinkle, visit us for our Twilight opening.

When: Open on selected dates 1st December 2018 – 2nd January 2019

Where: Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE

Tel:  Ticket line – 0871 6634477

Denbies Santa Cellar Grotto

Enjoy a warm welcome from Santa`s elves!  Outdoor train ride followed by a visit to see Father Christmas in his Cellar Grotto and tell him your Christmas wishes
£8.25 per child which includes a gift from Santa, train ride, Santa`s sticker book and Christmas crafts in Santa`s cellar
(please note that the gifts are suitable from birth and up, therefore all children are required to have a ticket)
£3.00 per adult which includes the train ride and mince pies in the cellar

Where: Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA

Tel: 01306 876616

Fishers Farm Park

Father Christmas will be at Fishers meeting all the good boys and girls in his magical Grotto. Children get to pick their own present in our mesmerising Toy Factory which is sure to kick-start the Christmas excitement!

Once you have booked your tickets online please either call us on 01403 700063 or email to book in your Father Christmas time slot. Times available are: 10.30 / 11.00 / 11.30 / 12.00 / 12.30 / 2.00 / 2.30 / 3.00 / 3.30 / 4.00

When: 1st – 24th December 2018

Where: Fishers Farm Park, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0EG

Tel: 01403 700063

Godstone Farm

At Godstone Farm this Christmas you can combine farmyard fun with a truly festive visit to see Father Christmas. Celebrate this wonderful time of the year with us, let little ones explore our scenic walkthrough with our friendly elves and take part in Christmas crafts before meeting the man himself! Watch small eyes light up as each child receives a marvellous present from our toyshop and then the adventures continue with decorating delicious gingerbread men and listening to our merry story time.

Visits to Father Christmas will be strictly by timed tickets and bookable only in advance.

When: 1st – 24th December 2018

Where: Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8LX

Tel: 0188374546



Groombridge Place – Merry Elfmas

Join the Elves this Christmas time at Groombridge Place we have lots to see and do. We will have Elf story telling, Santa letting writing & Christmas theme crafts along with a theatrical show. Santa will also be here in his grotto! *additional charges apply for grotto visits and must be pre booked*

Where: Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Tel: 01892 861444

Hatchlands Park (NT)

Enjoy lots of festive fun at Hatchlands Park this Christmas

  • Follow our children’s Christmas trail – Saturday 1 December until Sunday 6 January (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), 10am-4pm
  • Meet Father Christmas in his cosy sitting room and receive a gift (£5 per child, book online) – Saturdays 1, 8, 22 and Sunday 2, 9, 23, 11am-3pm
  • Meet Mrs Christmas in her cosy sitting room and receive a gift (£5 per child, book online) – Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December, 11am-3pm
  • Have a ride on the Victorian Carousel (£3 per ride) – 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 December, 1 January, 11am-3pm
  • Family Christmas carols (£8 adult, £4 child) -Sunday 16 December, 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm

Where: East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT

Tel: 01483 222482

Hever Castle at Christmas

Christmas at the Castle
Join us this Christmas to celebrate The History of Christmas Carols. With welcoming log fires and beautiful decorations, Christmas trails and dazzling lights after dusk – be enchanted by the magic of Christmas.
November 24 – December 9 (Wed-Sun)
December 10 – 24 (Daily)

Where: Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

Tel: 01732 865224

Hop Family Farm – Father Christmas

Father Christmas is back at The Hop Farm during selected dates, this December! Treat the kids and meet the big FC up close and in person in his magical grotto experience. Lots of festive fun to be had in the Big Red Grotto.

Child (includes up to 2 free adults per booking and an infant under 1) £18
Extra adults £2
Infant only booking (under 1, includes 2 free adults) £6

When: 1st – 23rd December 2018 10.30am-4.40pm

Where: Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6PY

Tel: 01622 872068

Ightham Mote Christmas Opening Weekend (NT)

Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 December, 10am – 3pm

Ightham Mote’s Christmas traditions begin with a mini-market. Away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, you’ll pick up some unique Christmas treats for those who like that little ‘something different’. Stalls include confectionary, candles, glass flowers, jewellery, woodcrafts, art and ceramics.

Father Christmas will be taking time out from his busy schedule to pop along and give the children a small gift (£2.50 per child). Children will also be able to enjoy a Christmas Craft activity in the Squire’s Room, and take part in a quiz around the decorated house.

Saturday 8 December and Saturday 15 December, 7pm

Join in with our carol singers in the atmospheric inner courtyard of the house. Enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine on arrival, then sing along with the choir in the medieval courtyard. Followed by a 2-course supper in the Mote Café. NB: This is an outdoor event so please dress warmly.

£37.50 per person. Booking essential

Friday 14 December and Friday 21 December, 7pm

Join in with our carol singers in the atmospheric courtyard of the house. Enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine on arrival, then sing along with the choir in the medieval courtyard. NB: This is an outdoor event so please dress warmly

£9.50 per person. Booking essential

Tues 18 December, 12 noon and  1.30pm – Tudor Christmas 

When: Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd December 2017

Where: Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT

Tel: 01732 810378

Llama Park Christmas Wonderland

Come and see the ‘Real’ Father Christmas at home in his cosy log cabin in our Christmas Wonderland.  See his sleigh and reindeer – who live full time at The Llama Park – and get up close to the donkeys in a stable setting with a traditional Nativity Scene.

Prices start from £22 for one adult and one child. Babies under 1 go free (but no present).

When: 25th-26th November, 2nd-3rd & 9th-24th December 2017

Where: Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JN

Tel: Book now on 01825 712040


Spa Valley Railway Santa Specials

Join our Christmas journey from Eridge Station to Tunbridge Wells West.

Every child aged 0-10yrs will receive a present from Santa himself during the journey. A balloon modeller will travel along the train too with a balloon for all the well behaved children!

At Tunbridge Wells West enjoy meeting Santa again in his sleigh and partaking in all the activities we have to offer. Every adult will receive a complimentary mince pie to enjoy and a shortbread train biscuit for every child.

When: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, & 21st-24th December 2017

Where: Eridge Station, East Sussex, TN3 9LE

Tel: 01892 537715

Spring Barn Farm – The Sussex Santa Experience!

At the Sussex Santa Experience, wonder and magic awaits!

Meet the head elf and listen carefully for your instructions on how to find Santa…

Ticket includes entry to Spring Barn Farm, plus extra festive activities:

  • Reindeer flying school
  • Polar Post Sorting Office
  • Make your own Reindeer food
  • Wonderland Walkway
  • Christmas Shop
  • AND meet Santa, plus choose your very own toy!

When: 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th & 20th-24th December 2017

Where: Spring Barn Farm, Kingston Road, Lewes, BN7 3ND

Tel: 01273 488450


Squire’s Garden Centre Santa’s Grotto

Come and meet Santa in his grotto at Squire’s Crawley.

Tickets cost £5 per child with £1 from every ticket being donated to The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre. Tickets are available to purchase on the day.

The Grotto will be open:

  • Every Saturday – 10.30am-4pm
  • Every Sunday – 10.30am-3.30pm
  • 18th-23rd December – 10.30am-5pm
  • 24th December 10.30am-2pm

Santa will not be in his grotto between 1-2pm, as he will be feeding his reindeer.

When: 26th November – 24th December 2017 (see above for detailed info)

Where: Squire’s Crawley, Horsham Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8PL

Tel: 01293 522101

Standen House Christmas Through the Ages (NT)

Christmas through the ages

Saturday 24 November – Sunday 6 January, 11am-3pm

The Xmas Tree by Mr X Stitch

Saturday 24 November – Sunday 6 January

Standen at twilight

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec and daily from Sat 15 – Sun 23 Dec (closed 24 & 25 Dec), until 6pm.

Festive story-telling in our Woodland Grotto

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec, Sat 15 & Sun 16 Dec and Wed 19 – Sun 23 Dec. Booking essential.

Where: West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE

Tel: 01342 323029


The Ravenswood Afternoon Tea with Santa

Come and enjoy Afternoon Tea with Santa and his Elves at the wonderful Ravenswood!

Santa will read all the children a Christmas Story at 2pm and then all the little ones will have the opportunity to meet the man himself (and his lively Elves!) and receive a special gift. The perfect family outing on the run up to Christmas.

We will have a festive Afternoon Tea menu for the adults and a simple Afternoon tea menu for the children.

* £11.95 per child to include a gift from Santa (under 12 years)
* £24.95 per person
* £29.95 Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a glass of Prosecco

Last year this event sold out very quickly so we recommend booking ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Call 01342 810216 or email for bookings

When: Thursday 20th or Friday 21st December, 2pm – 4pm
Where: The Ravenswood, Horsted Lane, Sharpthorne, East Grinstead, RH19 4HY
Tel: 01342 810216

Tulleys Christmas Festive Fun

Bring your family to enjoy a magical and unique Christmas experience for all ages!

Climb aboard Santa’s Sleigh Ride and journey through the forest to visit Santa in his log cabin where he will delight you with a story and reward you with a gift!

When: 25th & 26th November, 2nd, 34d, 8th-10th & 14th-24th December 2017

Where: Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, RH10 4PE

Tel: 01342 718472

Wyevale – Breakfast or Tea with Santa

Bring your Little Diggers along and enjoy a delicious breakfast or tea! The whole family meets Santa, children decorate a festive biscuit and then choose their very own present to take home.

Child £10, Adult from £4.50

When: Breakfast – 16th,17th, 22nd & 23rd December 2017 at 8.30am; Tea – 11th-21st December 2017 at 4.00pm

Where: Wyevale Crawley, Copthorne Road, Pound Hill, Crawley, RH10 3PD

Tel: 0844 2885008