Fancy meeting Father Christmas this year? Here are some of the top Santa Grottos in Hertfordshire 2018 – remember to check back for regular updates! To add a grotto contact us here.

We also have listings for Christmas markets, Christmas light switch ons, and pantos in Herts.

We do our best to provide accurate details, but please check with the organisers before travelling.

Santa at Knebworth Winter Festival
Knebworth House
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
Dates: 9th to 11th Nov 2018
Give your family an early Christmas treat at Knebworth. A truly memorable 30 minute journey with interactive storytelling and magical pathways. Find Father Christmas and leave with a special gift.
Times: Various
Price: From £16.50 for one adult and one child
www.knebworthhouse.com

The Magic of Christmas
The Old Rectory Farm
Walkern, Nr Stevenage, SG2 7PD
Dates: Weekends in November and December 2018
Your excited little ones have the chance to visit Santa’s Grotto and meet Father Christmas, who is waiting to hear about the gifts they would love for Christmas. Along with receiving a sticker and special gift, every child gets a personalised letter from Santa via email, which is exclusive to The Magic of Christmas.
Times: Various
Price: £7.50
www.themagicofchristmas.net

Aldenham Christmas Frost Fair 2018
Aldenham Country Park
Aldenham Rd, Elstree, Radlett, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6
Dates: Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 November 2018
Relocated from Hatfield House, Aldenham Country Park provides all the space for this exciting established Christmas Fair. Over 150 exhibitors. Free parking close to the fair. Father Christmas, festive music and entertainment including choirs. Great choice of street foods. Undercover seating area.
Times: 10.00am-5.00pm
Price: Entry to event – £6 advanced adults, £5 Conc
www.battenburgevents.co.uk/page/frost-fairs

Santa’s Grotto
Paradise Wildlife Park
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA
Dates: Various dates from Sat 17 Nov 2018
Santa will then officially open the Christmas Market on Sat 17 and light the Christmas Tree before taking pride of place in his grotto from 12noon. When booking to see Santa in his Grotto, this also includes Ginger bread and bauble decorating – the bauble is yours to keep! There is Christmas arts and crafts and the opportunity to write your letters to Santa – so make sure you bring your Christmas lists with you! All children receive a sticker or badge and a gift from the toy factory.
Times: Various
Price: From £5.50
www.pwpark.com

Santa’s Grotto at Tyndall’s
Tyndall’s Garden Centre
Sedge Green, Nazeing, EN9 2PA
Dates: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018
Tyndall’s Garden Centre is excited to announce that it’s renowned Winter Wonderland & Santa’s Grotto WILL RETURN on the 17th-18th November. We believe that meeting Santa is the most magical experience that a child can have at Christmas Time! So, our elves have been extremely busy to plan, make & design the best Winter Wonderland you could ever imagine.
Times: Various
Price: £8.99 per child. Adults £2.49
www.facebook.com/events/167529104180919

Santa at Much Hadham Christmas Market
The Forge Museum
High St, Much Hadham SG10 6BS
Dates: Sun 18 Nov 2018
Christmas Market and Craft Fair, including a visit from Father Christmas at Forge Museum
Times: Event open 6.30pm-9.30pm
Price: £5 per child
www.facebook.com/muchhadhamchristmasmarket

Winter Wonderland
Springtime Nurseries
Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9EE
Dates: Sat 17 Nov – 24th Dec 2018
Meet Father Christmas in one of Europe’s largest Santa’s GrottosTake an enchanted train journey through magical lands on the Santa Express to the elves workshop to meet Santa. Departing from North Pole Station you’ll journey deep into Christmas wonderland with much to see along your travels. A child ticket includes train ride through our Grotto, visit with Santa and a present. Pre-booking is not essential. Santa’s has a number of exciting toys that you can choose from. He has toys suitable from birth.
Times: Various
Price: Child £10.00 on the day or £12.50 in advance, £2 per accompanying adult
www.christmas-wonderland.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto
Van Hage
Great Amwell, Pepper Hill, Hertfordshire, SG12 9RP
Dates: Weekends from Sat 17 Nov and the week before Christmas 2018
Great Grotto’s cheeky elves will greet you with a smile upon arrival and when ready, invite you to walk through into Santa’s chamber. Once here you can say Hello to Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas. There will be sacks full of presents and if you are on his good list there will be a special gift waiting for you along with a free exclusive, Van Hage Christmas Badge 2017. Please note only families with a pre-booked ticket may visit Santa during weekends and the week before Christmas.
Times: Various
Price: £11.50 plus £1 booking fee
www.vanhage.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto at Wyevale Garden Centres
Wyevale Garden Centres
Enfield – Stevenage – Hitchin – Royston – Tring
Dates: Weekends from Sat 17 Nov and the week before Christmas 2018
Bring the kids along to the most magical Santa’s grotto this side of the North Pole!Every child will meet Santa in his special grotto and receive a special present from the man himself. Come and join us for some festive fun at a Santa’s grotto near you!
Times: Various
Price: £6.00
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

Breakfast or Tea with Santa – SELLING FAST!
Wyevale Garden Centres
Enfield – Stevenage – Hitchin – Royston – Tring
Dates: Various dates and times in Nov/Dec 2018
This Christmas 2018, come along to Breakfast or Tea with Santa for lots of festive fun! Enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared meal, decorate your own biscuit, receive a present – and meet Santa himself!
Times: Various
Price: £10.95 per Child, Adults from £5
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto
St Albans Notcutts Garden Centre
Smallford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HN
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 18th Nov, Thurdays in Dec and Christmas Eve 2018
Enjoy a truly special Christmas experience this year at Santa’s Grotto where a magical Winter Wonderland awaits! As well as meeting Santa, your child will receive a Christmas gift, personally given by Santa. Please note that Santa’s Grotto gets extremely busy with so many little girls and boys to see. There are a limited number of short individual visits within each half hour booking slot so there may be a short wait.
Times: Various
Price: £8.50 to £9.50 per child
www.notcutts.co.uk

Santa Spectacular
Willows Activity Farm
St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF
Dates: Weds 21 Nov – 24 Dec 2018
There is so much to do at Santa Spectacular with a full day out of indoor and outdoor fun including meeting Santa in his glorious grotto and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop, attending Elf Academy, saying hello to Santa’s reindeer and so much more.
Times: Various
Price: From £14.00 for adults, £30.00 for children and £19.50 for under 2s (discounts for disabilities and seniors).
willowsactivityfarm.com

Santa’s Grotto at Westgate, Stevenage
Westgate Shopping Centre
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1QR
Dates: 22nd Nov – 24th Dec 2018
Santa’s Grotto will be open every day from Thursday 22nd November through to Christmas Eve.
Times: Various
Price: £5 per child, plus £1.50 online booking fee
www.westgateshopping.co.uk

Santa at Hertford Christmas Gala
Hertford Town Centre
Date: Fri 23 Nov 2018
The annual Christmas Gala event will take place on Friday with Christmas markets, street entertainment, performance stage, petting reindeer and stalls, Christmas grotto and Christmas tree light switch on.
Time: 3.30pm-8.00pm
www.hertford.gov.uk

Santa’s Grotto, Watford
intu Watford
Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2UB
Dates: Friday 23rd Nov to Monday 24th Dec 2018
Find our magical trail in our gallery space above Next. Simply take the escalator from the upper mall up to the grotto entrance where you’ll be greeted by a friendly elf before embarking on your magical journey to meet Santa. Once you’ve told Santa exactly what’s on your Christmas list this year, he’ll present you with a small gift to get you in to the festive spirit. The grotto will be open from Friday 23 November right up until Christmas Eve.
Times: Various
Price: £4 per child. Adults go free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Extra products available.
intu.co.uk/watford

Santa at Letchworth Christmas Market and Light Switch On
Town Centre
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3DL
Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
Celebrate the official opening of Christmas by joining us on Saturday 24th November for the ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ and enjoy a whole host of fun activities including: Santa’s Grotto; Live Music; Cabaret; Christmas Market; Street Food Court; Children’s Theatre; Funfair; Santa Parade; Fireworks Display.
Times: 12pm-7pm
loveletchworth.com

Santa at Harpenden Christmas Carnival
Harpenden High Street
Harpenden, Herts AL5 2RS
Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018
A spectacular event in Harpenden High Street, encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town’s Christmas lights, and festive shopping. Father Christmas and his Elves will be stopping by again to visit the children of Harpenden.
Times: Grotto from 12.00pm-5.30pm, lights switched on at 5.00pm.
www.harpenden.gov.uk/christmas

Forest Father Christmas & Festive Fun – SELLING FAST
Hatfield Forest
Takeley, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 6NE
Dates: 26th, 27th Nov, 3th, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th Dec 2018
Come and meet Father Christmas, receive a gift and make a Christmas craft to take home. Enjoy hot chocolate and toast marshmallows around the campfire under the stars. Visit the website to book or call 0344 249 1895.
Times: From 4.00pm – 7.00pm (three time slots)
Price: £8 per child (3-15 years). Adults go free.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Tring Christmas Festival
Victoria Hall & Tring High Street
Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5AH
Dates: Fri 30 Nov 2018
The last Friday in November Tring traditionally celebrates the start of the Festive Season with an enchanted evening for the whole family. Father and Mrs Christmas are in residence in the Victoria Hall along with festive themed stalls selling all manner of toys, gifts, decorations and more.
Times: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
www.tringtogether.org.uk

Father Christmas Experiance at the Meraki Festival
Herts Showground
Dunstable Rd, St Albans AL3 7PT
Dates: Fri 30 Nov – Sun 2 Dec 2018
This experience will run as part of a group for roughly 40 minutes and will include; LETTER POSTING CEREMONY (please bring a pre-written letter to Father Christmas – we’ll provide envelopes to be designed on arrival); STORYTELLING SESSION with Father Christmas and his Elves. This includes a personal signed Polaroid photo with Father Christmas and a personal choice of a present from the Grotto; CRAFT MAKING SESSION in the Elves Workshop, OR for ages 5+, a chance to explore our CHRISTMAS VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE.
Pre-Booked Ticket Price: £20.00
merakichristmas.com/father-christmas

Santa at Stevenage Vintage Christmas
Stevenage Indoor Market and Town Centre
Town Square, Stevenage, SG1
Dates: Saturday 8th Dec 2018
Did you think Christmas was over after the switch on? You’d be wrong! Saturday 8th December is another wonderful Christmas wrap up! Come along & meet the Snowman & Snowdog, watch a special Stevenage new town film, and celebrate 45 years of Stevenage Indoor Market. Then meet Santa for FREE and get a free gift (subject to availability). Free parking at St. George’s multistory.
Time: 11.00am-4.00pm
Price: FREE
stevenageindoormarket.co.uk

Father Christmas Experiance at the Meraki Festival
Verulamium Park
St Albans, AL3 4SL
Dates: 8 & 9, 14-16 and 21 & 22 Dec 2018
This experience will run as part of a group for roughly 40 minutes and will include; LETTER POSTING CEREMONY (please bring a pre-written letter to Father Christmas – we’ll provide envelopes to be designed on arrival); STORYTELLING SESSION with Father Christmas and his Elves. This includes a personal signed Polaroid photo with Father Christmas and a personal choice of a present from the Grotto; CRAFT MAKING SESSION in the Elves Workshop, OR for ages 5+, a chance to explore our CHRISTMAS VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE.
Pre-Booked Ticket Price: £20.00
merakichristmas.com/father-christmas

Santa’s Woodland Express at Vanstone Park
Vanstone Garden Centre
Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT
Dates: Weekends in Dec until Sunday 23rd,  plus Christmas Eve 2018
Small presents and refreshment for children are included in the price. Please be aware that this is an outdoor event so wrap up warm and ring before arriving to confirm that the railway is operating if inclement weather conditions prevail.
Times: Open 10.30am – Last Train 4.00pm. Last train 1.00pm on Christmas Eve
Price: £5 per person.
www.vanstoneparkgardencentre.co.uk

Santa Steam Specials
Leighton Buzzard Steam Railway
Pages Park Station, Billington Road, LU7 4TN
Dates: Weekends and Wednesdays from 1st – 19th Dec and every day from 20th – 24th Dec 2018 (Santa After Dark 16th and 23rd ONLY)
Take a 25-minute steam-train ride over a historic narrow-gauge railway that’s almost 100 years old, and run by enthusiastic volunteers. Meet Santa in his grotto, where children up to 12 will receive an early present. For the grown-ups, free seasonal refreshments await. Plus enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the Buzzrail Café. For an even more special treat, take a ride on an after-dark steam train where Santa will give out children’s presents on the move, and our professional entertainers will come on board the train as well. To really get into the mood, come along in your pyjamas, and enjoy free hot chocolate.
Times: Various
Price: Daytime – Child £9.50 (2 – 12 years), child under 2 years £5.00, adult £9.00 / Santa After Dark – Child £14.50 (2 – 12 years), child under 2 years £7.00, adult £14.00
www.buzzrail.co.uk

Children’s Christmas Trail
Ashridge Estate
Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT
Dates: Weekends in December and 26th, 27th and 28th of December 2018
Come to the visitor centre to start your Christmas adventure here at Ashridge. Santa needs your help to work out how many presents to bring to the animals on the estate by counting them in their decorated dens.
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Price: £3 per trail including your own special Christmas gift at the end.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Santa at Lee Valley White Water
Lee Valley White Water
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Herts EN9 1AB
Dates: Weekends Saturday 1st Dec to Sunday 23rd Dec plus Monday 24th Dec 2018
Deliver your Christmas wishes directly to the big man himself! Take a visit to jolly old Saint Nick and watch the children’s faces light up as they receive a special gift from Santa.
Times: 10.30am-6.00pm (10.30am-4.00pm Christmas Eve).
Price:  £8.50 per child. Accompanying adults go free.
www.gowhitewater.co.uk

Redbourn Christmas Market
Redbourn High Street
St Albans, Herts AL3 4ED
Date: Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn as we come together to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. Santa will be available in his Grotto on the High Street at the times below.
Time: 11.00am-1.30pm & 2.00pm-16.30pm
redbournchristmasmarket.com

Sunday Lunch with Santa
Knebworth House
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
Dates: 2nd, 9th and 16th Dec 2018
Give your family an early Christmas treat with a fantastic lunch at Knebworth Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. It’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas, tickets are expected to sell out early!
Times: Starts 12noon
Price: Adult £25.00, Child up to 13 years £12.00
www.knebworthhouse.com

Christmas Grotto
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Shepreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6PZ
Dates: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Dec 2018
Experience includes a personal greeting from Santa, Christmas gift and entrance into the wildlife park.Proceeds in aid of the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital.
Times: Various
Price: £6 per child, when accompanied by a full paying adult £12
sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk

Father Christmas at Lowewood
Lowewood Museum
High St, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8BH
Dates: Saturday 15th December 2018
Come along to our annual event. Have a go at our craft, visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift. No need to book, just drop in.
Times: 11.00am-4.00pm
Price: £6 per child
www.facebook.com/events/258699674780890

Santa Cruises
Lee Valley Boats Centre
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 6LX
Dates: Fri 21, Sat 22 & Sun 23 Dec 2018
Meet Santa on this 1 hours cruise. Includes mulled wine and mince pie for adults and a visit with present from Santa for children. Presents not suitable for children under 2 years of age.
Times: 11.00am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm
Price: £10.00 per person
www.leevalleyboats.co.uk

Christmas Grotto Experience
Secret Garden Hitchin
10 Sun Street, SG5 1AE
Date: Saturday 22nd Dec 2018
Visit the Secret Garden this December for:- Story time with Santa; Singing and Dancing Elves; Christmas Craft Activities; Meet Santa – Free Gift. Tickets can be purchased online or from the Secret Garden.
Time: 1.00pm-3.00pm
Price: £12 under 3’s, £15 over 3’s
www.facebook.com/events/705433713165617