Places To Meet Father Christmas in CheltenhamPublished:
Santa Claus, Saint Nick, Papa Crimbo, the ‘bearded dude in red velvet suit’ - whatever you call him, THE man of the hour, Father Christmas, is in high demand! He’s fully booked right up until Christmas Eve, when he’s nipping back to the North Pole to pack up his sleigh, before whipping round the houses and down our chimneys to drop off those prezzies! He's on tour for one night only, so remember to leave out those cookies and carrots!
If you still haven’t got your list of present requests sent out to his North Pole pad (surely email address would be a more efficient way for us to get in contact with his workshop) have no fear! Santa and his elves will be on hand at various grottos around town for last minute lap time, so get scribbling! Here’s our pick of places to see Santa, allocated by date and time for your Christmas calendar scheduling pleasure! Now, where were those cookies...
Running until Christmas Eve
Cotswold Farm Park is currently enjoying a flying visit from Father Christmas each weekend from 10am - 3pm, with a few extra dates mid week in the run up to Christmas Eve. Special children’s tickets are available for these days, which include Farm Park entrance, your own time slot to see Father Christmas and your 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! Prices start from £6.50 for toddlers and £7.50 for older children. Find out more.
Santa’s Grotto at Wyevale Garden Centre similarly runs each weekend from now until Christmas Eve, with a few extra dates added closer to Christmas. Bring the kids along to the most magical Santa's grotto this side of the North Pole! Every child will meet Santa in his grotto and receive a special present from the man himself. Suitable for children aged 3 - 8 years old, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Time slots available between 11am - 2:45pm, entranct cost is £6 per child. Find out more.
The magical Christmas grotto has returned to the House of Fraser Cheltenham store for the second year running. Located on the ground floor, expect snowy scenes, Christmas trees and twinkling lights on route to meet Santa in his grotto. As well as sharing their Christmas list wishes in person, children are also encouraged to bring a letter to post in Santa’s post box, with each child receiving a response if they so wish (who wouldn't?!). The £8 entry fee includes an age related gift for each child, with a chance to take a family ‘elfie’ for an additional fee. Open daily from 11am - 5pm until Christmas Eve, when it will open from 9am - 4pm. Find out more.
Santa will be greeting his fans in his sleigh at the Regent Arcade Shopping Centre every weekend through to Christmas Eve, from 11am - 3pm. It's free to come along and meet him so bring along your lists and letters! Find out more.
Christmas On The Green offers gift shopping opportunities (see our guide to Christmas Fairs in Cheltenham), carol singing, festive crafts and activities, as well as a chance to meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto! From 5pm - 7pm, free entry. Find out more.
The Swindon Village Primary School annual Winter Fair welcomes children to meet Father Christmas in his grotto, play fun games and have a go at winning some fantastic prizes! From 3:30pm - 5:30pm with free entry. Find out more.
Saturday 1st December
The Jet Age Museum Trident Grotto provides the chance to meet Santa himself! Tickets are £7 per child with all proceeds to Jet Age Museum funds. Running Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, open between 10:30am - 1pm and 1:30pm - 4pm. Find out more.
Broadlands Christmas Fair is the perfect way to welcome December! It’s a wonderful event, with Father Christmas in attendance and lots of homemade goodies to eat and buy. What more could we want?! From 10:30am - 12:30pm, £2 per family. Find out more.
The Lakeside Christmas Fair offers something exciting for both the children and adults! A life-sized snow globe, faux snow, reindeer stables, Snowman’s Land, laser quest, Winter Wonderland, crafts in the Elves workshop, and of course, a visit to Santa in his grotto! It’s just £1 entry per adult and children enter for free! From 1pm - 4pm. Find out more.
Prestbury Library plays host to the Prestbury Christmas Tree Light Switch On this year. Meet Father Christmas, post your letters and pick your present from Santa’s sack! Sing some carols and enjoy the ceremonious switching on of the Christmas tree lights, with tasty refreshments from the WI. From 2:30pm. Find out more.
2nd - 16th December
Court Farm Shop has got an afternoon 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, so bring a camera! Each child will also receive a present - Christmas has come early! Running Sunday 2nd, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December between 10am and 4pm. Cost is £8 per child aged 2 - 16, £4 per child under 2 and adults go free. Find out more.
3rd - 12th December
Santa Sleigh will be touring Cheltenham's surrounding areas to visit local residents and raise money for good causes. He will be visiting familiar spots in Up Hatherley, Naunton Park, Charlton Kings, St Marks, Benhall and Leckhampton over the coming fortnight. Find out more.
Winchcombe’s Christmas Festival is widely recognised for being the best annual late-night Christmas shopping evening in the Cotswolds. For one night only between 5pm and 8pm, independent shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs will be throwing open their doors in a warm festive welcome to all. 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. A little later in December Santa will be back with help from his friends at Winchcombe Rotary Club, who will be transporting him on his sleigh around the town on several evenings, providing yet more festive fun for local families in the run up to Christmas! Find out more.
The Charlton Kings Christmas extravaganza will see Santa and his reindeer spreading merriment and cheer, as Charlton Kings school choirs and Charlton Kings Choral Society tunefully perform festive carols around the tree, and the Coady Crew entertains the crowds! This year’s Christmas lights will be switched on by a very special celebrity - Chase from Paw Patrol! Find out more.
The Benhall Infant School Fair offers seasonal stalls, a tombola, raffle prizes, cakes and teddies! Most importantly, Santa’s grotto will be open from 3:30pm - 6pm. Entry for adults cost £1 and 50p for children. Find out more.
Not only is Naunton Park Fair packed full of professional stalls, craft activities and children’s games, Santa will be on call in the grotto from 6pm - 8pm. Entry cost is just £1 and under 5s enter free. Find out more.
St Gregory’s School Christmas Bazaar offers yet another opportunity to meet Santa in his grotto, with games and stalls, Christmas cookies, mulled wine, unicorn hot chocolate, freshly made Belgian waffles and a chocolate tombola! From 12pm - 2pm with free entry for children and £1 per adult, which includes a hot drink. Find out more.
Making your Sunday a fun day, the BIG Christmas Party & Market is finally here! From 11am - 4pm, enjoy over 50 stallholders, a fairground, live music, face painting, glitter tattoos and Santa's grotto! Entry is just £1 per person and all profits will be donated to the James Hopkins Trust. Find out more.
Friday 21st - 23rd December
Father Christmas will be at John Lewis Cheltenham over the last weekend before Christmas. Meet Father Christmas slots are 30 minutes and include a story, gift and a tasty treat. All proceeds from the grotto going to the wonderful Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
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KlubKidz Cheltenham returns with a cracker! Father Christmas will be making an appearance at this family Christmas party, with Live DJ's playing a mix of Christmas tunes, old skool and club classics, with a dance floor, balloons, confetti, face painting, a giant parachute, glow sticks, arts and crafts, candy floss and club lights (no strobes)! Fancy dress is optional, perhaps come as mini Santa, an Elf or in your best party dress! From 2pm - 4pm at Pittville Pump Rooms, tickets from £5. Find out more.