Christmas is the most magical time of the year but sometimes, through all the chaos and excitement, we forget to just sit back and enjoy the festivities – especially with the family. What better way to do this than by taking your family to meet the main man himself? Meeting Santa Claus has become even more exciting over the past couple of years, Grottos are becoming more creative and are focused on delivering an enchanting experience for the little ones. So, to help you pick out the best place to go this year, we’ve lined up our top 3 picks for Santa’s Grottos. But, these activities don’t just have to be for the kids, it is also for those who are big kids at heart. After all, we all love Christmas, right?

Santa's Grotto at the Ice Village | 20 Nov - 24 Dec | From £7

Experience the magic and create memories which will be remembered for a lifetime at Santa’s Grotto in Manchester City Centre’s new Ice Village. Here, you’ll be able to take in the unique atmosphere of this Ice Kingdom before the big day arrives. When you enter Santa’s Grotto, visitors will be transported to the North Pole, where they will be completely captivated. Every child gets the opportunity to meet Santa and let him know exactly what they’d like for Christmas this year. They will be even be given a special little gift, handpicked by Santa himself. Santa’s Grotto at the Ice Kingdom will be open between Wed 20 Nov and Tue 24 Dec 2019 and you can experience the magic 7 days a week, between 11am and 9pm. Child tickets, for those aged 12 and under, start at £7 and include a free accompanying adult.

Ice Village, Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, Manchester, M4 3BG, Tel: 0844 209 7348
Santa's Grotto at Spindles Town Square | 16 Nov - 24 Dec

Come along to Spindles Town Square in Oldham this Christmas and witness the creatures of the North Pole with your own eyes. Let the helpful elves lead you into the grotto where you will meet the big man himself: Santa Claus. Once inside the grotto, your little ones will be given the chance to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him everything they want for Christmas this year. Santa’s Grotto at Oldham’s Spindles Town Square will be open from Sat 16 Nov until Tue 24 Dec 2019.

Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre, George Street, Oldham, OL1 1HD, Tel: 0161 628 5891
Santa's Grotto and Christmas Fun at Chill Factore | 16 Nov - 24 Dec | From £25

If you want to experience an authentic grotto, then Chill Factore is the place for you this Christmas. That distinct smell of gingerbread, cinnamon and Christmas trees will fill your nostrils with nostalgia as you’re transported back to your own childhood to make new and lasting memories with your own little ones. Here, you can choose from either the Santa & Snow Park package or Santa & Mini Moose Land package. The Snow Park package (for ages 4+) allows children to enjoy a memorable greeting with Santa Claus before heading out into the kingdom of snow for some icy fun which includes sledging, downhill tubing and sliding down the real-life ice slides. The Santa & Mini Moose Land package is for those aged between 0 and 3. Here, your tots will meet Santa in his Grotto and then have the opportunity to engage in soft play, explore an igloo and slide down a miniature sledging ramps. Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Fun at Chill Factore opens on Sat 16 Nov until Tue 24 Dec 2019.

Chill Factore, Trafford City, Trafford City, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M41 7JA, Tel: 0161 749 2222
Sat 16 Nov - Wed 25 Dec,
Various Venues
Kimberley Booth
Published on:
Fri 22 Nov 2019