Where to Visit Santa Around Southampton 2017


I know some people are still in denial about the impending arrival of Christmas, but not me. I’ve been ready for festivities since basically October, but now that we are in December I feel like it’s acceptable to start mentioning the Christmas word on the blog without getting too much aggro from any Scrooges out there. As a parent it really helps to be organised for Christmas, but this is where I tend to fall short. I love Christmas and I get so excited in the run up but when it actually comes to getting organised for the big day, I like to just put it off and have the inevitable Christmas Eve breakdown instead. This year once thing I am determined to do is to take Darcie to see Santa, she met him briefly at a baby group last year but this year she is so much more aware so I want to start a tradition of taking her to a proper Grotto to see Saint Nick. Luckily I’m spoilt for choice and Santa seems to be popping up in numerous places around Southampton, what a clever man to be in more than one place at once hey? I’ve listed some of the places you can find Mr Claus in Southampton this year so that we can all be organised parents together!

Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley 08 Dec 2017 – 18 Dec 2017, Adults £5/Child £10
Dress up as an alien and join Zobble on his home planet of Blip as he tries to organise Blip’s first ever Christmas!Enjoy the retelling of this funny story, written by Amy Sparkes. If you’ve been a good alien this year Father Christmas might make an appearance with a present for you! Adults will receive a mince pie and a drink.
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Royal Victoria Railway, Netley 09 Dec 2017 – 17 Dec 2017, £12.50 per person
Climb aboard the Royal Victoria Railway steam train to see Santa in his heated grotto at the ‘North Pole’. Kids will receive a special present when they meet Santa as well as sweets and drinks while adults can enjoy a sherry or non-alcoholic fruit punch and a mince pie. Santa Specials run on the weekends of 9th-10th December and 16th-17th December with departures on the hour between 12noon and 4pm.
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Marwell, Winchester, 1 Dec 2017 – 23 Dec 2017, £7- £28 per person
Begin your enchanted experience in our magical winter forest and enjoy some festive refreshments. Be charmed by Mother Christmas as she reads The Nutcracker in the fairy glen. Create your own Christmas Eve plate in the elves workshop. Meet Father Christmas and receive a wonderful gift before posing for a family photo.
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Paultons Park, 18 Nov 2017 – 23 Dec 2017, £6 – £28.75 per person
Christmas is a special time of the year at Paultons, meet Santa in his magical Grotto, experience Peppa Pig World in a festive setting and enjoy selected rides and attractions, including Lost Kingdom and Critter Creek, across the Park. Santa’s Grotto is available to book 9:30 – 17:15 on select days throughout November and December. There is limited capacity so book early to avoid disappointment. Park entry is included with your booking, rides and attractions open from 10am.
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Tudor House, Southampton, 9 Dec 2017 – 10 Dec 2017 £7 per child
Get festive at Tudor House with costumed characters and craft activities. Meet Santa to receive a special Christmas gift and a souvenir photo for a truly magical experience. General admission is free for this weekend, small charges apply for craft activities.
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Oasis Down to Earth Farm, Millbrook, 9 Dec 2017, £7 advance/£10 on the day
Oasis Down to Earth Farm (soon to be Southampton City Farm) are holding a Christmas Fayre at the farm. There will be craft stalls and face painting, storytelling, refreshments, and of course a chance to meet the farm animals. Santa will be in his grotto and tickets to visit him include free farm entry and a gift. Booking is recommended.
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Winchester Science Centre, 1 Dec 2017 – 23 Dec 2017, £10 – £24.50 per person
A special portal has been discovered at the Science Centre which leads directly to the North Pole. Santa’s Elves invite children and their families to join them on a special tour of the Elf Invention Studio, meet Santa at his home and take part in a science-themed toy-making workshop. Santa’s Elves love the Science Centre almost as much as they love Christmas. A sprinkling of Christmas magic will run through the Science Centre exhibition and into the planetarium with a free Elf Trail and a new Christmas-themed live, Elf-led planetarium show. All-inclusive tickets include general entry to the Science Centre, the Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience and a planetarium show. Reindeer Round-up in Space planetarium show tickets can also be purchased separately.
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If I’ve missed any please comment them down below so that everyone can see!


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