Every kid wants to meet Father Christmas ahead of the big day itself to put a request in for the presents they hope to get - and to make sure they’re not on the naughty list.
Traditional Santa’s grottos are magical to visit and help to get everyone in the festive mood, kids go wild for them and parents love them too for keeping the little ones entertained.
But instead of heading to the usual grottos, why not head to the more quirky locations Santa will be calling home in the run up to Christmas.
You can share brunch with Santa inside Chester Cathedral’s 13th Century Refectory, reminiscent of Hogwarts’ Great Hall in Harry Potter.
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Or for thrill-seekers, head down an underground mine in North Wales to meet Father Christmas.
Father Christmas Cruise around Derwentwater, Lake District
Although we all associate Santa with his legendary sleigh, if you head to the Lake District this December you can spot him aboard a boat too.
Keswick Launch is running cruises during weekends in December where you can meet Father Christmas on board while enjoying the breath-taking scenery.
There are gifts available for the kids, while adults can indulge in sherry and mince pies. .
Wrap up warm and you’ll be rewarded with a unique festive experience.
For more information click here.
Big Top, Prescot
When you see the word big top images of acrobats and trapeze artists probably spring to mind.
But this year you can meet Santa at a special performance as the Imaginarium Theatre transforms their big top venue, the Roundhouse, into a grotto.
Kids will be spellbound as he’ll share with them magical festive tales during the show, guaranteed to keep them entertained.
Treat yourself to some snacks, drinks, candy floss or popcorn for an added treat.
Visit here for more details.
Underground mine in North Wales
On Christmas Eve Father Christmas may be soaring through the sky on his reindeer-pulled sleigh, but throughout December you’ll find him in a special underground Christmas grotto.
Located in the Llechwedd slate mines, Zip World in North Wales are offering a very exciting experience for families.
Visitors can expect a mince pie, and a hot chocolate or mulled wine. Then the elves will lead them down a cable railway - Europe’s steepest - which heads deep underground.
Explore the decorated tunnels before reaching Father Christmas in his underground grotto where you’ll receive a Welsh slate bauble and kids will get a gift too.
Details can be found on the Zip World website.
Knowsley Safari Park
Why not combine a visit to see Santa with a trip around a safari park and see some incredible animals up close.
Knowsley Safari Park is offering the chance to meet the man himself in his own specially-built living room where kids can get a framed photograph of their encounter.
Tickets to see Santa can be booked alongside the general daytime tickets or the Enchanted experience which sees the Foot Safari come alive with a magical Christmas lights trail.
Day time tickets include a 5-mile Safari Drive and a walk around the Foot Safari, animal shows and displays are also included in the price.
For bookings visit their website.
Brunch with Santa at Chester Cathedral
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter then you’ll love visiting Chester Cathedral’s Refectory Café where you can share a Sunday brunch with Santa himself.
The 13th-century monk’s dining hall is reminiscent of the Great Hall in Hogwarts, with a hug stained-glass window and a high ceiling with wooden beams and arches, there’s also a seventeenth-century tapestry hanging on the west wall.
It’s a magical atmosphere and the perfect place to spend some time with Father Christmas, children will also receive a selection box.
Visit Chester Cathedral's website for more information.
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