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

We also have listings for pantos, Christmas markets, and Christmas lights switch on events in Hertfordshire.

Tring Christmas Festival
Victoria Hall & Tring High Street
Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5AH
Dates: 25th Nov 2016
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
Website: www.tringtogether.org.uk

Santa at Hertford Christmas Gala
Hertford Town Centre
Date: Friday 25 November 2016
Head to Hertford to meet Santa and his reindeer, browse the Christmas markets, have a spot of Christmas shopping, listen to live acts on stage and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the county town. The Mayor will switch on the Hertford Christmas tree lights and a variety of activities are on offer from funfair rides to face painting, nativity dressing up to meeting costumed characters.
Time: 3.30pm-8.00pm
www.hertford.gov.uk

Redbourn Christmas Market
Redbourn High Street
St Albans, Herts AL3 4ED
Date: Sunday 27 November 2016
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 at 11:00–13:30 & 14:00–16:30.
Time: Market open 11.00am-5.00pm.
redbournchristmasmarket.com

Harpenden Christmas Carnival
Harpenden High Street
Harpenden, Herts AL5 2RS
Date: 27th Nov 2016
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. Santa’s Grotto open, £2 entry from 12.30pm-5.30pm (closed between 2.45pm-3.30pm).
Times: Carnival from 12.00pm-6.00pm, lights switched on at 5.00pm; Grotto open from 12.30pm-5.30pm (closed between 2.45pm-3.30pm)
www.enjoystalbans.com

Santa’s Pudding Factory
The Marlowes Shopping Centre
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1DX
Dates: 27th Nov, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th – 24th Dec 2016
Bake up a treat with Santa every weekend in his magical Pudding Factory! Learn the secret Pudding dance, decorate your own Pudding decorations and then meet Santa in his Pudding Kitchen- all for FREE! Launching at 12pm-4pm on Sunday 27th November as part of the Christmas Live celebrations! 
Times: 11.00am – 4.00pm (expect 1.00pm-1.30pm)
Price: Free
Website: www.themarlowes.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto
St Albans Notcutts Garden Centre
Smallford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HN
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 20th Nov until 24th Dec 2016
A personal visit to Santa in his own winter wonderland, including a special gift. 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: £7.50 per child
Website: www.notcutts.co.uk

Breakfast with Santa – Booking Fast!
St Albans Notcutts Garden Centre
Smallford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HN
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 20th Nov until 24th Dec, and Friday 23rd Dec 2016.
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: £11 per child
Website: www.notcutts.co.uk

Tea with Santa
St Albans Notcutts Garden Centre
Smallford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HN
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5th Dec until 23rd Dec 2016.
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. One ticket per child (max 2 accompanying adults per child).
Times: Various
Price: £11 per child
Website: www.notcutts.co.uk

Father Christmas
Buckland Barn
Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0PS
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 12th Nov 2016
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.
Website: www.christmasatbucklandbarn.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto
Westgate Shopping Centre
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1QR
Dates: 24th Nov – 24th Dec 2016
Santa’s Grotto will be open every day from Thursday 24th November through to Christmas Eve.
Times: Mon-Fri 1pm – 5pm (12pm from 12th Dec), Sat 10:30am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 4pm, Christmas Eve 10am – 4pm
Price: £5 per child, plus £1.50 online booking fee
Website: www.westgateshopping.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto 2016
Sevenage Indoor Market and Town Centre
Market Place, St. George’s Way, Stevenage, SG1 1EP
Dates: 14th – 24th Dec 2016
Sevenage Indoor Market and Town Centre,
Santa’s coming to town! Visit Santa’s Grotto from 14th December 2016. Santa is also going to make a special visit to our Market on Saturday 3rd December 2016 from 11am to 4pm to celebrate Small Business. Parents can take photos of their child when visiting Santa’s Grotto. Free face painting 11am-3pm and free parking.
Time: 11.00am-5.00pm (until 4.00pm Sundays)
stevenageindoormarket.co.uk

Father Christmas & Festive Fun
Hatfield Forest
Takeley, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 6NE
Dates: 30th Nov & 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd Dec 2016
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
Times: From 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Price: £6 per child (3-15 years). Adults go free.
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Breakfast with Santa
Rye-Assic Adventure Park
Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0EH
Dates: 22nd & 23rd Dec 2016
Rye-Assic Adventure Park at Rye House Kart Raceway in Hoddesdon will be transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland on 22nd and 23rd December 2016 – with rides, games and a host of festive activities for children aged from one and upwards. The dinosaur themed park will also be playing host to a special guest, Santa Claus, who will be meeting young visitors, posing for photos with them and presenting them with an early Christmas present.
Times: From 9.30am – 12.00pm
Price: £10 per child. Adults go free.
Website: www.rye-house.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto
intu Watford
Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2UB
Dates: 14th Nov – 24th Dec 2016
Our grotto has moved! Find our magical discovery lodge in our gallery space above Next. Simply take the escalator from the upper mall up to the lodge where you’ll be greeted by a friendly elf to send you on your magical journey before meeting Santa. This year, all of Santa’s gifts are from Playmobil (with alternatives for children under 18 months).
Times: Various
Price: £3 per child. Adults go free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Extra products available.
Website: intu.co.uk/watford

Sunday Lunch with Santa
Knebworth House
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
Dates: 4th, 11th & 18th Dec 2016
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 £12.00
Website: www.knebworthhouse.com

Santa Spectacular
Willows Activity Farm
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
Dates: 23rd Nov – 24th Dec 2016
There’s no better place to bring your children to see Santa than Willows Activity Farm where the whole family can enjoy a fun packed day of wholesome entertainment, adventure play and festive fun!
Times: 12noon
Price: Adult £18.50 Child £19.50
Website: willowsactivityfarm.com

Breakfast  or Tea with Santa
Wyevale Garden Centres
Enfield – Stevenage – Hitchin – Royston – Tring
Dates: 12th Nov – 24th Dec
Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas, includes biscuit decorating and a special present from Father Christmas.
Times: Various
Price: Child £9.99
Website: www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto
Paradise Wildlife Park
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA
Dates: 26th Nov – 24th Dec 2016
Paradise Wildlife Park invites you and your family to meet Santa in his NEW magical grotto. Be greeted by Aurora our baby reindeer and then step inside Santa’s grotto, meet the man himself and take home a special gift.
Times: Various
Price: Child £4
Website: www.pwpark.com

Santa Specials
Leighton Buzzard Steam Railway
Pages Park Station, Billington Road, LU7 4TN
Dates: 30th Nov, 3rd – 23rd Dec 2016
Enjoy a 25-minute return journey in a festively decorated steam train.
Times: Various
Price: Child £9.00
Website: www.buzzrail.co.uk

The Magic of Christmas
The Old Rectory Farm
Walkern, Nr Stevenage, SG2 7PD
Dates: Opens early November
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 sticker and special gift also Exclusively to The Magic of Christmas every child receives a letter from Santa via Email.
Times: Various
Price: Child £7.00
Website: www.themagicofchristmas.net

Winter Wonderland
Springtime Nurseries
Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9EE
Dates: 10th Nov – 24th Dec 2016
Meet Father Christmas in one of Europe’s largest Santa’s Grottos.
Times: Various
Price: Child £8.00
Website: www.christmas-wonderland.co.uk

Santa at Lee Valley White Water Christmas Market
Lee Valley
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Herts EN9 1AB
Dates: Saturday 17 December and Sunday 18 December 2016
Looking for that special prezzie or last minute bauble? Discover all you want for Christmas at our Christmas Market. With quirky homemade gifts, seasonal entertainment, festive food and a visit from Santa Claus, even The Grinch will have a hard job stealing Christmas from Lee Valley White Water Centre. Children will have a chance to meet the main man himself and each will receive a special present. No booking required.
Times: 12.00-17.00pm
Price: £5 per child
www.gowhitewater.co.uk

Santa Cruise
Lee Valley Boats Centre
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 6LX
Dates: 17th & 18th Dec 2016
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, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Price: £9.50 per person
Website: www.leevalleyboats.co.uk

Santas Grotto
Van Hage
Great Amwell, Pepper Hill, Hertfordshire, SG12 9RP
Dates: Weekends from 5th Nov and weekdays from 18th Nov until 24th Dec 2016
Santa has a special gift waiting for every child who visits his grotto, and why not make it extra special with an instant photo to remember the occasion. Each child will also receive the exclusive Van Hage Christmas Badge 2016, designed by a pupil of one of our local schools. Please note only families with a pre-booked ticket may visit Santa during weekends and the week before Christmas. Outside of these times Santa will be waiting to see you in his grotto on a first come first served basis. We would advise booking tickets early to avoid disappointment. 
Times: Various
Price: £7.50
Website: www.vanhage.co.uk

Christmas Grotto
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Shepreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6PZ
Dates: 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th & 24th Dec 2016
Book your place now to meet Father Christmas and receive a Christmas gift. Raising funds for the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital.
Times: Various
Price: £6 per child
Website: sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk