Meet Father Christmas: Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire...

by Tom & Tam Theisel, 24 May 2018

A visit to Father Christmas is a magical moment for little ones and big kids too! So to help this festive season we've composed a guide to finding a grotto near you.

Meet Santa

Father Christmas Grotto Experience

Whitehall Garden Centre | Lacock event details | Whitchurch event details

The Father Christmas Grotto Experience includes a festive story read by Father Christmas. Guests also meet his Elves and real reindeer. In addition to this, each child ticket includes a present, which they can personally choose. As a reminder of your visit, they will also receive a mini Christmas tree.
Whitehall Garden Centre event page


18 Nov - 24 Dec, 2017


10:30 - 16:00


£12.99 per child and £2.99 per adult.
Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.


Advanced booking essential.

Santa Special

Avon Valley Railway | Event details

All aboard a festive steam train ride with Father Christmas. Journey from Bitton station to Avon Riverside station and meet Santa and his helpers, enjoying mince pies and festive biscuits with a present. Photo opportunities (weather permitting) with Santa are available on the Avon Riverside station platform before the return leg.

What's included

  • 1hr long (6 mile) trip in a heritage carriage behind one of our steam locomotives
  • A visit from Father Christmas as he greets each family at their seat
  • A quality present for each child designed for their age
  • A mince pie or festive biscuit for everyone
  • Our shop will be open selling a range of railway-themed gifts and souvenirs including one of the largest displays of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ products in the local area. The station Buffet will also be open serving hot drinks and light lunches.


Bitton railway station
Bath Road
Bristol BS30 6HD


  • Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov, 2017 @ £10 per seat
  • Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec, 2017 @ £13 per seat
  • Mon 4 Dec, 2017 @ £11 per seat
  • Sat 9 - Sun 10 Dec, 2017 @ £14 per seat
  • Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec, 2017 @ £15 per seat
  • Thur 21 - Fri 22 Dec, 2017 @ £14 per seat
  • Sat 23 - Sun 24 Dec, 2017 @ £15 per seat


  • 10:20
  • 11:40
  • 13:00
  • 14:20
  • 15:40


Advanced booking essential; details and fare information available on their event webpage.

An Audience with Father Christmas

Lacock Abbey | Event details

Meet Father and Mother Christmas in their festive kitchen at Lacock Abbey. A unique experience in a cosy setting that is sure to please our young visitors.

Mother Christmas will be telling a story and Father Christmas will be giving gifts to each child.
National Trust event page


  • Sat 2 Dec - Sun 3 Dec, 2017
  • Sat 9 Dec - Sun 10, 2017
  • Sat 16 Dec - Sun 17 Dec, 2017


  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • 13:30 - 15:30

Session length

30 minutes


Child £8, adults free (admissions apply, free for members); booking essential.
Each child ticket includes entry to the grounds, cloister and Great Hall.


Free parking for National Trust members; otherwise £4.

Meet Santa

American Museum | Event details

Ho ho ho! Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? Pop into the American Museum to meet Santa in his grotto, and tell him and the elves what you’d like to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
American Museum event page


  • Sat 9 Dec - Sun 10 Dec, 2017
  • Sat 16 Dec - Sun 17 Dec, 2017


  • 12:00 - 15:00


£5 per child to meet Santa, includes gift from Santa; booking essential.
Normal admission apply for adults and children; free for members.
Children must be accompanied. Maximum 2 adults per child to see Santa.

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