He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice and he’s getting the sleigh ready to prepare for his annual present-run. Between all that hard work, you might struggle to catch Santa this year! Luckily, Stagecoach has devised a list of the best places to go and visit Santa all across the UK.
Where to visit Santa in the North East
The North East is no stranger to its fair share of Christmassy weather, including rain, sleet and snow – but ho, ho, ho! Santa is visiting a number of places in the region this December – here are some of the most special visits:
Intu Metrocentre, Gateshead — From Saturday 12th November 2016 until Saturday 24th December 2016, Santa will be in Europe’s largest indoor shopping centre ready to greet children and give them some Christmas cheer. You can visit him in his grotto and receive a free PLAYMOBIL gift!
- Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm
- Saturday – 9am – 7pm
- Sunday – 11am – 5pm
- Christmas Eve - Closed at 4pm
Beamish, Country Durham — Want a more traditional Christmas visit? Beamish museum is host to treasures of time gone by – and old Father Christmas has chosen to visit from the 19th of November all the way until Christmas Eve. A visit to Santa not enough? There’s also an ice rink and fun fair to entertain yourself in.
Open every day from 10am to 4pm.
Where to meet Santa in the North West
If you’re in the North West, there are loads of places to catch Santa – but here are our favourites:
Hamleys, Manchester — Hamleys is already a kid’s dreamland, but it makes for a special place to meet Santa. He’ll be at the Manchester store from the 26th of November until Christmas Eve. Sessions are in groups, whereby your little ones will hear festive stories, write a wish list and meet the big man himself. They’ll also get a goodie bag, so booking is more than advised.
Cheshire Reindeer Lodge, Cheshire — Meet Santa and his faithful companions! Visit Cheshire Reindeer Lodge to meet and feed Rudolph and friends, as well as seeing Santa himself. Children will receive a gift and can also enjoy the fairground.
Entry available from 10am to 6.30pm.
Where to meet Santa in Scotland
Heading up into bonny Scotland? There are events across the country – with the Jolly man venturing into both of Sctoland’s biggest cities.
Santa Land, Edinburgh — Santa Land is an exciting place even without the presence of Father Christmas, with a Santa train and Christmas maze to enjoy. The big man himself has a grotto from the 19th of November until Christmas Eve and will be doling out gifts!
- Monday to Friday 10.30am to 7pm
- Saturday & Sunday 10.30am to 8pm
- Christmas Eve 10.30am to 7.30pm
Hamleys, Glasgow – Hamleys features on our list again, with Santa arriving to give out gift bags and treats between the 26th of November and Christmas Eve. You’ll have to book online to avoid disappointment.
Where to visit Santa in London
Live near the capital? You’ll be close to festive celebrations galore and there are plenty of areas to find the man himself.
Santa’s Grotto, Leicester Square – The capital will feature a tremendous celebration in Leicester Square this year, with a Christmas market and vintage Spiegeltent. You’ll be able to enter the area for free, but will need a ticket for Santa’s grotto. The event runs from the 11th of November until the 8th of January, but Santa is only available at key times so book online to avoid disappointment.
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park – Hyde Park will host Winter Wonderland, a fantastic show for all the family that has Christmas markets, ice skating and Santa land, which includes a toy factory, rides and the big man himself! Entry is free and the grotto is open from 10am to 6pm every day. Take the bus and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or three! The event runs from the 18th of November 2016 to the 2nd of January.