What could make Christmas more magical than an encounter with Father Christmas himself? Find out where to meet the man in red this winter with our top picks to Santa's Christmas grottos in London.
Long queues, impatient children and a man in a beard - this may sound like a busy Sunday pub, but we are in fact talking about the big man himself, Father Christmas.
Everybody's dying to meet the beardy man with the bag, but some venues can cause more of a headache than the feeling of good old Christmas spirit.
Here's where the kids' dreams can come true this Christmas.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Although a popular choice, Santa Land helps to keep children entertained in the queue by Santa's helpful elves. There are rides, a toy-making workshop and a Santa Express train to keep little ones happy. Father Christmas gives every tot a trinket and a photo for keepsake, bound to keep them talking until next Christmas!
Open 21 November - 4 January
More info here http://bit.ly/1FVfZUS
One of our favourites! There's a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes which will wind its way through the landscape to Santa's Grotto. A truly magical experience, it's one not to miss.
Open 26 November - 3 January
More info and tickets here http://bit.ly/ZReMNo
Children receive a personalised invite from Santa, and a warm welcome from his elves, before being ushered into the grotto where they'll meet the manin person and receive a gift.
Open 15 November - 24 December
Visit the website for more info here http://bit.ly/1yHzhsa
A very popular choice in the heart of the city, this one needs to be booked. Meet Father Christmas, hear Christmassy stories, greet the elves, play games and children can write their wish list for the big day.
Open 22 November - 24 December
Read more here http://bit.ly/1sEfBQk
London Wetland Centre
Huskies are ready and waiting to take younger children (aged eight and under) for a magical spin. Head to the northern pine forest to Santa's Grotto. You can also meet the family of reindeer, including a six month old baby, and discover more about these delightful animals from the North. Cute!
Open 6 - 7 December ONLY.
More info here http://bit.ly/1rSwAzp
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