Fancy meeting Father Christmas this year? Here are some of the top Santa Grottos in Hertfordshire 2017 – 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.

The Magic of Christmas
The Old Rectory Farm
Walkern, Nr Stevenage, SG2 7PD
Dates: Weekends from 11 November and 18-23 December 2017
Excited little ones will have the chance to meet Father Christmas, who is waiting to hear what they would like for Christmas they will receive a special gift.
Times: Various
Price: £7.50
www.themagicofchristmas.net

Winter Wonderland
Springtime Nurseries
Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9EE
Dates: Sun 10th Nov – 24th Dec 2017
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 & a present. No booking required.
Times: Various
Price: Child £10.00 on the day or £12.00 in advance, £2 per accompanying adult
www.christmas-wonderland.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto
Van Hage
Great Amwell, Pepper Hill, Hertfordshire, SG12 9RP
Dates: From 18th Nov 2017
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: See website for details.
www.vanhage.co.uk

Santa Cruise – Limited Availability 
Lee Valley Boats Centre
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 6LX
Dates: Sat 16th & Sun 17th Dec 2017
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: 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm, 3.15pm
Price: £10.00 per person
www.leevalleyboats.co.uk

The Frost Fair
Hatfield House
Hatfield, Herts AL9 5NQ
Dates: Thurs 16th Nov to Sun 19th Nov 2017
Held in The Old Palace, the Riding School, Stable Yard and heated marquees on Palace Green, the Christmas Frost Fair will feature: up to 200 stands of exciting, unusual and original food and gift ideas for all. Father Christmas is there on all four days, courtesy of Hatfield Rotary Club.
Times: 10.00am-5.00pm
Price: Entry to the fair is £7.20 adults and free for accompanied children under 15 years.
www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Santa at All Saints’ Church Christmas Market
All Saints’ Church
The Green, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3HJ
Dates: Sat 18th Nov 2017
The annual market is now in its sixth year and is a fundraising event for the church. There will be various stalls including children’s activities and a Santa’s Grotto.
Times: 11.00am-4.00pm
Price: Entrance to the fair is free.
www.croxleygreenallsaints.org

Father Christmas
Buckland Barn
Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0PS
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 18th Nov 2017
Father Christmas has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit Christmas at Buckland Barn. See him in his workshop where at night the elves are busy selecting the toys. Each child will be able to select a gift worth the cost of the ticket and a sticker. Parents are welcome to take a photograph.
Times: Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm, Sun 10.30am – 3.30pm
Price: Contact Bucklands Barn for details.
www.christmasatbucklandbarn.co.uk

Tring Christmas Festival
Victoria Hall & Tring High Street
Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5AH
Dates: Fri 24th Nov 2017
Tring’s historic High St and Victoria Hall are transformed into a beautiful Christmas market featuring the best of our local stalls. In Victoria Hall Father Christmas awaits all children and live entertainment warms up cold feet on the big stage in Church Square and in cosier surrounding in Dolphin Square. More than 40 High St businesses open their doors for late night shopping and a fun fair entertains all age groups in upper High Street.
Times: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
www.tringtogether.org.uk

Santa at Hertford Christmas Gala
Hertford Town Centre
Date: Fri 24th Nov 2017
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 at Harpenden Christmas Carnival
Harpenden High Street
Harpenden, Herts AL5 2RS
Date: Sun 26th Nov 2017
A spectacular event in Harpenden High Street, encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town’s Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping. Father Christmas and his Elves will be stopping by again to visit the children of Harpenden.
Times: Carnival from 12.00pm-6.00pm, lights switched on at 5.00pm.
www.harpenden.gov.uk/christmas

Breakfast or Tea with Santa – SELLING FAST!
Wyevale Garden Centres
Enfield – Stevenage – Hitchin – Royston – Tring
Dates: 18th Nov – 24th Dec 2017
Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas, includes biscuit decorating and a special present from Father Christmas.
Times: Various
Price: From £4.50
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto
Paradise Wildlife Park
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA
Dates: Every weekendsfrom 18th Nov and every day from 16th – 24th Dec 2017
Join us exclusively on Saturday 18th November from 10am to wander our stalls and begin the festivities – Santa will arrive at Paradise at 10.30am sharp! You can then visit Santa in his grotto every weekend from the 18th November and every day from the 16th December till Christmas Eve (book online). 
Times: From 11.30am – 1pm and 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Price: Child £4.50
www.pwpark.com

Santa Spectacular
Willows Activity Farm
St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF
Dates: 22nd Nov – 24th Dec 2017
There is so much to do at Santa Spectacular with a full day out of indoor and outdoor fun including meeting Santa and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop, attending Elf Academy, saying hello to Santa’s reindeer and so much more.
Times: 10am-5.30pm (opens 9am on 9, 10, 16, 17, 21-24 Dec)
Price: From £12.00 for adults and £28.00 for children (discounts for disabilities and seniors)
willowsactivityfarm.com

Santa at Lee Valley White Water Christmas Market
Lee Valley White Water
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Herts EN9 1AB
Dates: Every weekend from Sat 25 Nov 2017 and every day from 21 – 24 Dec 2017
Soak up the lights, laughs and Löwenbräu at our Bavarian Christmas Market! Enjoy all the fun at the fair, a browse of the trinkets on offer on the stalls and a mulled wine or two. Feel the lights, sights and smells around you as you make your way through the stalls to find Santa’s Chalet, where you can have some quality time with the big man himself! No booking required.
Times: 12.00-17.00pm
Price:  Email [email protected].co.uk to find out more.
www.gowhitewater.co.uk

Santa at Much Hadham Christmas Market
Much Hadham Village Hall
49 High St, Much Hadham SG10 6BU
Dates: Sun 26th Nov 2017
Christmas Market and Craft Fair, including a visit from Father Christmas.
Times: Event open 6.30pm-9.30pm
Price: Contact the organiser for price details.
www.facebook.com/events/1504480842924138

Santa’s Grotto
St Albans Notcutts Garden Centre
Smallford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HN
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 19th Nov until 24th Dec 2017
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. Note 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 per child
www.notcutts.co.uk

Tea with Santa
St Albans Notcutts Garden Centre
Smallford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HN
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4th Dec until 22nd Dec, plus Saturday 23rd 2017.
Treat your children to a delicious tea in the company of Santa himself. A fun-filled mealtime including a lovely present, and perhaps even a story or game with the man himself.
Times: Various
Price: £11/12 per child, £6.95/8.95 per adult with tea or free without tea.
www.notcutts.co.uk

Breakfast with Santa
St Albans Notcutts Garden Centre
Smallford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HN
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 9th Dec until 24th Dec, plus Friday 22nd Dec 2017
Treat your children to a delicious breakfast in the company of Santa himself. A fun-filled mealtime including a lovely present, and perhaps even a story or game with the man himself. One ticket per child (max 2 accompanying adults per child).
Times: Various
Price: £12.50/13.50 per child, £4.25 adult ticket with breakfast or free without breakfast.
www.notcutts.co.uk

Santa at Ware Dickensian Evening
Ware Town Centre
High Street, Baldock Street, Tudor Square and the Drill Hall 
Dates: Fri 1st Dec 2017
Meet Father Christmas at the popular Dickensian Fair and receive a Christmas gift.
Times: Event open 6.30pm-9.30pm
Price: Contact [email protected] for more info.
www.dickensian.org.uk

Santa Steam Specials
Leighton Buzzard Steam Railway
Pages Park Station, Billington Road, LU7 4TN
Dates: Weekends and Wednesdays from 2nd – 17th Dec and every day from 19th – 24th Dec 2017 (Santa After Dark 16th and 23rd ONLY)
Take a 25-minute steam-train ride, and meet Santa in his grotto, where children up to 12 will receive an early present. And new this year – come and meet Santa after sunset. Children will receive their presents on the train.
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

Christmas Grotto
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Shepreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6PZ
Dates: Every weekend throughout December 2017
Book your place now to meet Father Christmas and receive a Christmas gift.
Times: Various
Price: TBC
sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk

Redbourn Christmas Market
Redbourn High Street
St Albans, Herts AL3 4ED
Date: Sun 3rd Dec 2017
Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn as we come together to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. Raffle tickets are now on sale at Ashtons – some amazing prizes this year to won! Santa will be available in his Grotto on the High Street.
Time: Market open 11.00am-5.00pm.
redbournchristmasmarket.com

Sunday Lunch with Santa
Knebworth House
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
Dates: 3rd & 10th Dec 2017 (17th sold out)
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.
Times: 12noon
Price: Adult £25.00, Child up to 13 years £12.00
www.knebworthhouse.com

Father Christmas & Festive Fun
Hatfield Forest
Takeley, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 6NE
Dates: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st Dec 2017
Come and meet Father Christmas and make a tree decoration to take home. Enjoy hot chocolate and toast marshmallows around the campfire while you sing along to carols under the stars. Visit the website to book or cal0344 249 1895.
Times: From 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Price: £7 per child (3-15 years). Adults go free.
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Santa Paws Walk
Ashridge Estate
Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT
Dates: Sun 10th Dec 2017
Bring your dog and join Father Christmas on a walk around the meadow. Wear a Christmas hat or hang a bauble from your pet’s lead – prizes for the best Christmas theme.
Times: From 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Price: £1 plus admission costs.
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Christmas Open Evening and Grotto
Grim’s Dyke Hotel
Old Redding, Harrow Weald, Middlesex, HA3 6SH
Date: Tuesday 12th Dec 2017
Bring along the whole family and experience the magic of Christmas at Grim’s Dyke Hotel. Enjoy live festive entertainment from ‘Oberon String Quartet’ who will be playing Christmas Classics. In the Grotto, each child will receive a gift, while the friendly serve mulled wine and mince pies to the adults. All proceeds go towards Watford Mencap Charity. Call 0208 385 3100 or email [email protected] to book.
Times: From 4.00pm – 9.00pm
Price: £6 per child and £4 per adult.
Website: grimsdyke.com