Santa’s Grotto


Please note that Santa’s Grotto is now fully booked for 2019.

Santa is thrilled to have so many families booked in to see him and looks forward to spending more time here at the Arboretum next year. Therefore we promise to look at providing additional slots for Christmas 2020.

Please note that this is a pre-booked, ticketed event and there will be no availability for walk-ins on the day. 


Follow the festive trail through the Arboretum to find Santa’s Grotto. Mrs Claus will welcome you and guide you through our winter wonderland, where you will meet the donkeys, take a sneaky peek into the elves bedroom and the bustling miniature ski village. Can you spot the woodland creatures on your way?

Draw a Christmas picture or write and post a letter to Santa at the craft tables. When it’s your turn Santa will invite you into his cosy living room for a chat and the chance to have a photo. There is a gift for every child too.

Don’t forget to collect some reindeer food from the elves, take it home ready to scatter outside on Christmas Eve!

Please choose a date from the links below, then select a suitable timeslot. Each slot can accommodate up to four children, please ensure that you add information for each child when prompted.

7th December  –  Sold Out
8th December –  Sold Out
14th December  –  Sold Out
15th December  –  Sold Out
19th December  –  Sold Out
20th December  –  Sold Out
21st December  –  Sold Out
22nd December –  Sold Out
23rd December  –  Sold Out
24th December  –  Sold Out

Please click here to download Santa’s questionnaire. Please complete the questionnaire and bring it with you on the day. The elves at the grotto will take it from you and make sure it get’s to Santa. Printed copies are available to collect from our tearoom and will also be available on the day.

The morning of Sunday 8th December is dedicated to our ‘autism-friendly’ slots. Please contact our office for further information. Telephone: 01677 425323 or email:

Santa’s Grotto costs £6.00 per child (standard entry charges apply, payable on arrival). As usual, there is no entry cost for Season Ticket holders (for the number of adults and children stated on your card), any additional visitors will be charged at the usual entry rates.

We look forward to welcoming you to Santa’s Grotto.


© 2020 Thorp Perrow