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Top 7 Christmas grottos in London

Make this Christmas extra special with a visit to see Santa in one of his many gift-filled grottos around the capital.

Have you been good this year? Meet Father Christmas at a London grotto to receive a special present, spot the elves and share your festive wishes this Christmas in London

Santa uses his magical powers to be in some of London’s most iconic locations at the same time! Find our roundup of London's top Christmas grottos below, from his festive home at Greenwich Market and cosy grotto at ZSL London Zoo to his woodland hideaway at the WWT London Wetland Centre.

Sail with Santa on the Thames


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Set sail with Santa on a fun-filled cruise down the Thames with City Cruises. Enjoy a sightseeing tour on the river as Father Christmas gives out delicious edible treats and original presents to all children on board. Parents are also treated to mulled wine and mince pies, as the boat passes iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Tower of London. 2-23 Dec

Santa's Grotto at WWT London Wetland Centre

Head to tranquil natural reserve WWT London Wetland Centre, and find Santa’s fluffy huskies ready to take your little ones on an exciting sleigh ride this Christmas. Explore the pine forest and if you find a tucked-away little cabin in the winter wonderland, you’ve found Father Christmas’ grotto! Tell him all your Christmas wishes and take part in festive crafts with his friendly elves. 2-3 Dec

The Ultimate LEGOLAND Christmas at LEGOLAND Windsor

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Discover a marvellous brick-filled world this winter with The Ultimate LEGOLAND Christmas. See a giant Christmas tree made of LEGO, explore Miniland decked out with festive additions, and receive a free LEGO gift from Santa during your visit to his cosy grotto. There's also lots of family-friendly Christmas activities, including helping the elves to build LEGO decorations. 2-24 Dec

Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo

Santa’s arrived at ZSL London Zoo, and he’s ready to meet all the little ones this Christmas in London. Enjoy a day filled with Christmas fun: catch a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer and get hands-on during festive crafts with Mrs Claus. Book a VIP breakfast with Santa, and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Father Christmas and his magical reindeer before the zoo opens. 9-24 Dec

Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

Set out on a festive adventure around one of London’s most iconic venues with Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall. This immersive Christmas experience leads little ones on a quest to collect enough Christmas spirit to fly Santa’s sleigh. You’ll then have the chance to meet the man himself and receive a special present. 5-24 Dec

Santa's Snowflake Grotto at Westfield London

Follow Professor Snowflake to Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield London, where kids can take part in interactive activities, create their own personalised snowflake and fill out a Christmas wishlist at the Snow Factory. Children are then invited to meet Santa in his Snow Cavern, who provides a special gift to take home. This London Christmas grotto is also at Westfield Stratford City. 23 Nov-24 Dec

Santa's Grotto at Greenwich Market

Join in the celebrations as Greenwich Market welcomes Christmas fun for kids and adults. Make sure to visit Santa at this south London grotto, where he is waiting with a bag full of presents for every child who visits in the run-up to the big day. Enjoy family entertainment from his elves, and browse the market stalls for festive food and unique gift ideas. 13-24 Dec

Meet Santa at the other Christmas grottos London welcomes over the holiday season, enjoy more festive activities at one of London's Christmas markets, and plan a family-friendly day out in the capital this Christmas.

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