Places to Meet Father Christmas in Cheltenham


"Holiday's are comin'!" Perhaps it's the long white beard, or snuggly red velvet suit, or simply because he gives out presents; whatever the reason - we can't get enough of Father Christmas! The evenings are drawing in and we're counting down the days until we see his presents under the tree; with all his gift-giving and time-travel, it's a miracle he's able to make it to town at all!

Cheltenham Rocks has on good authority (from the elves) where 'Santa Claus', 'Saint Nick', or 'Papa Crimbo' will be stopping for 'elfies' and deliveries in town this year. "He's making a list, he's checking it twice" and he's found out that Cheltenham children are on his nice list this year! So, if you still haven’t got your list of present requests in, now you can! Here's our round up of every where Santa is stopping in the run up to the big day for your Christmas calendar scheduling pleasure - we've counted 30 so far! Letters at the ready!

Until Christmas Day

Once again Cotswold Farm Park will be hosting Father Christmas and his cheeky elves on selected dates this November and December! Special children’s tickets are available for these days, which include Farm Park entrance, a special time slot to see Father Christmas and their own choice of present from the Toy Room. Children, toddlers and young adults with a Father Christmas booking will also be invited into the elves workshop to make a Christmas Eve box. Find out more.

This Christmas, treat your family to a unique and memorable festive day out - and meet Santa himself at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Come along for breakfast or afternoon tea and visit Santa in his magical grotto! Throughout the day there’ll be lots of other fun Christmas activities too; ice your own gingerbread man, build an elf den, toast marshmallows, get creative making arts and crafts - and don't forget to send a letter to the North Pole at the indoor post office! Running Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December, and Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd December. Find out more.

The Harvester elves have been busy pulling some strings and we’re pleased to announce that Santa will be stopping at The Redgrove for Breakfast in the run up for Christmas. He’ll be taking a break from his present-run preparations to visit you and your little ones for a delicious Kids cooked breakfast! Running Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th December. Find out more.

Come along to the Jet Age Museum and meet Santa himself - there's no need to book! Tickets are £7 per child, with all proceeds to Jet Age Museum funds, including a present for every paying child! Running Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December and Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December. Find out more.

The Outdoor Inn FROSTIVAL offers an array of events for adults and children throughout December, 'He's Here: Santa!' offers a chance for you and your child to take a photo with Santa this Christmas! Included in your ticket is a polaroid photograph and gift, limited tickets are available (and extras will not be released). Running Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December, and Sunday 14th & Sunday 15th December. Find out more.

Santa Claus is flying into the Regent Arcade Shopping Centre; catch him Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December on his sleigh, where little ones can submit their last minute requests - free of charge ofcourse! Find out more.

Friday 29th November

Kicking off Santa's rounds is the Warden Hill Christmas Fayre, hosted by the primary school PTA. With lots of festive fun to be had, including tombolas, stall, festive games and mystery jars - and Father Christmas will be there too! Find out more.

Saturday 30th November

The GWSR Santa Specials offer fun for the whole family! Travel by steam train from Cheltenham Racecourse Station, all the way to Winchcombe (or the North Pole!) through the long tunnel, to visit Santa and his elves in his grotto! With an exciting Christmas fairyland, lots of twinkling lights and great gifts! When you arrive at Winchcombe, the elves will meet you off the train, making sure you have plenty of time to visit Santa and receive presents, especially selected by him for each age group before your train returns to Cheltenham! Find out more.

Create Cheltenham brings us The Plough Christmas Market on Saturday 30th November! With an amazing selection of stall holders selling gifts, craft, food and drink - and there’s even an opportunity to meet Santa (by booking only)! The Plough will also be serving seasonal food and drinks throughout the day. Find out more.

Come and visit Santa and his elves in his Winter Wonderland grotto at the Tredington Teddies Playgroup Christmas Fayre! With Christmas crafts and stalls, mince pies, refreshments, a reindeer food station, festive face painting, and lots more planned - as well as carol singing by the community Christmas tree! Find out more.

Santa is returning to his magical grotto at Batsford Arboretum this Christmas; and all are invited to visit him in his cosy living room! Have your photo taken in Santa’s sleigh, make a Christmas wish to hang on the Christmas tree and go home with a gift! Running Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December. Find out more.

Sunday 1st December

Free entry and a FREE visit to see Santa at the Giggly Inc Christmas Craft Fair at Bishops Cleeve Community Centre! With a great selection of stalls for you to browse, selling Christmas tree decorations, fragrances, jewellery, candles and some great gift ideas, along with hot chocolate and mince pies to refresh and re-fuel! Find out more.

Monday 2nd December - Wednesday 11th December

Cheltenham Round Table's Santa Sleigh comes to Cheltenham's surrounding areas again this year; familiar spots in Up Hatherley, Naunton Park, Charlton Kings, St Marks, Benhall and Leckhampton. Santa and his helpers will be visiting local residents and collecting for local good causes. The route is subject to change and the team will try to stick to the published route, however due to traffic, weather or number of volunteers on the day the route may change. Running Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th December and Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th December. Find out more.

Tuesday 3rd December

The Winchcombe Christmas Festival is widely recognised for being the best annual late-night Christmas shopping evening in the Cotswolds. Independent shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs will be throwing open their doors in a warm welcome to all for one night only, and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the festive feeling! As well as over 50 market stalls and child-friendly entertainment, Father Christmas will make a special appearance, guiding his brightly-lit sleigh through the town, before appearing with his Elves in his grotto at the Guide Hall, with all proceeds supporting local charities in Winchcombe. Find out more.

The Charlton Kings Christmas extravaganza will see Santa and his reindeer spreading merriment and cheer, as choirs tunefully perform festive carols around the tree. The Fayre, which is organised by the Parish Council, is a very popular local family event which involves a range of gift and food stalls and switching on of the Christmas lights. Last year's entertainment included the Coady Crew, a visit from Chase (Paw Patrol), early Christmas shopping opportunities at the Stanton Room and a chance to visit the grotto! This year, Olaf and Elsa will be greeting the crowds! Find out more.

Friday 6th December

The Swindon Village Primary School annual Winter Fair welcomes children to meet Father Christmas in his grotto, play fun, festive games and have a go at winning some fantastic prizes! With lots of stalls, handmade gifts a chocolate tombola, craft room, barrel of booze, wrapping room and refreshments! Find out more.

Come along to the annual, Christmas fundraising fair for a chance to see Santa in his grotto at Benhall Infant School. With Seasonal stalls, tombola, raffle prizes, cakes and teddies - kids will love festive face painting too! Booking is required to visit Santa and tickets are on sale in advance in the school playground. Find out more.

A heart-warming, Festive Evening for the whole family, whilst raising money for a fantastic charity, Cheltenham Animal Shelter. With various gift stalls, mulled wine, Santa's grotto for the children and more! Find out more.

Saturday 7th December

The Lakeside School PTA Christmas Fair returns for annual festivities a'plenty! All are welcome to along and enjoy the fun; this year the school choir will be singing some Christmas favourites, as well as a bouncy castle, games and a secret wrapping room! Santa will also be visiting; tickets to see Santa are available to book through the school system, so only pupils will be able to book in advance. However, passes will be available on the day for £2.50 to those early birds of the public! Find out more.

Broadlands Christmas Fair is a wonderful event, with Father Christmas in attendance and lots of homemade goodies to eat and buy, as well as a super raffle! What more could we want?! Find out more.

Sunday 8th December

Make Christmas extra special, by giving your children the opportunity to give their Christmas letter to Santa himself, while enjoying a delicious three course, Santa Sunday Lunch at DoubleTree, Hilton Cheltenham. All children will receive a gift from Santa too! Find out more.

There's so much going on at Cotswold Clubhouse this season - with some wonderful, free Christmas crafts and the chance to have Breakfast with Father Christmas! Come to the Clubhouse early for some exclusive soft play fun, before going up to our Christmas room for some yummy breakfast, where the special guest will join you. Father Christmas will make sure to say hello, before doing a wonderfully festive story reading. Then each child will receive their own, named Christmas present. Running Sunday 8th & Sunday 15th December. Find out more.

Monday 9th December

There’s nothing Santa loves more than starting the countdown to Christmas by opening the windows of his giant Christmas calendar. But when he tries to begin the countdown this year, disaster - the calendar is broken and all the magical goodies inside have gone missing! Santa needs them to get ready for Christmas, but how is he going to get everything back in time? Join Dotty the Elf, Dasher the Reindeer, Jack Frost and Pompom the Penguin in a fun, festive, musical adventure to help fix the Christmas calendar and get Santa’s Christmas Countdown started – plus remember to bring your Christmas letter to post in Santa’s special post box! Find out more.

Saturday 14th December

Head along to Cambray Place for a lovely Christmas market with family activities. Browse over 30 artisan stalls, enjoy tasty food, take part in various children's activities including face-painting and meet Santa! Find out more.

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December

Court Farm Shop has got a weekend of fun for you! Enjoy a ride on the festive trailer to Santa's grotto, where you'll be greeted by one of Santa's trusted Elves and taken to meet Father Christmas! His head Elf will take an 'elfie' of your family with the main man, and there will also be time for you to take your own photos, before receiving a gift! Find out more.

Monday 16th December

Santa will be paying the children a visit at The Play Farm Christmas Party! Two hours of fun, with Little Vix providing the kid's entertainment; including a mini-disco, party games and prizes! There will also be time for some soft play, as well as a hot party food buffet. Find out more.

Tuesday 17th December

Shurdington Pre-School is proud to be hosting the Christmas party of all Christmas parties this December - with lights, music, games, face paints, food and a magical Santa's Grotto - all for just £3.50 per child (to include a gift from Santa's Grotto)! Babes in arms are free and there is no charge for adults, children from other pre-schools and nurseries welcome. Find out more.

With a twinkling grotto, and a meet and greet from Santa himself before enjoying Polar Express; this cinema experience at the Bacon Theatre will also be adapted to create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for audiences with additional needs. Bring your last minute requests and give it to straight to the man himself! Find out more.

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd December

Father Christmas is taking time out from his busy schedule to visit Cheltenham's John Lewis & Partners and welcome youngsters into his grotto. Limited to ten children, families will enjoy 30 magical minutes with Father Christmas and his elves with a festive story and photos. Children will then be invited to head to the Elf ‘toy workshop’ to pick a special John Lewis & Partners Gift, before tucking into a tasty treat from The Place to Eat. Raising money for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Find out more.

Saturday 21st December

Who says Father Christmas should get all the fun! Come and visit Mrs Christmas in her cosy little snug at Glenfall House, for a magical Christmas experience for the whole family! Gather round for story time with Mrs Christmas as she whisks the children away on a Christmas story adventure! Let your creative juices flow with some festive arts and crafts where you will make your very own Christmas Tree decoration. Then stop by the Post Office to write and post your very own letter to Father Christmas. Find out more.

That’s all folks! We hope you enjoy your time with Santa and get everything you wish for! Stay tuned for more festive events around town, and don't forget you can browse the site any time and find activities by day, age, cost, distance and more.