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Top 6 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! Below are some of our favourite London Christmas grottos from 2017, from his festive home at Greenwich Market and cosy grotto at ZSL London Zoo to his woodland hideaway at the WWT London Wetland Centre.

Check back later in the year for more information on London's top Christmas grottos in 2018.

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.

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 at Christmas. Explore the pine forest in search of Father Christmas’ tucked-away grotto in the wintry wonderland, where you can tell him all your Christmas wishes and take part in festive crafts with his friendly elves.

Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo

Santa is ready to meet all the little ones at ZSL London Zoo during 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. You can also 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.

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. Last year's immersive Christmas experience led little ones on a quest to collect enough Christmas spirit to fly Santa’s sleigh. Visitors then had the chance to meet the man himself and receive a special present.

Santa's Snowflake Grotto at Westfield London

Follow Professor Snowflake to Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield London, where kids could take part in interactive activities, create their own personalised snowflake and fill out a Christmas wishlist at the Snow Factory in 2017. Children were then invited to meet Santa in his Snow Cavern, who provided a special gift to take home. This London Christmas grotto could also be found at Westfield Stratford City.

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. 

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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