Whether you have children or are just on babysitting duty, win some serious brownie points and keep the little ones entertained with a trip to see Father Christmas. Here are five places you can catch the big guy and keep the magic and their belief in him alive – after all you need someone to pass the blame onto if you don’t get the right presents.
Royal Albert Hall
Word on the street is that Father Christmas is stuck at the Royal Albert Hall and needs our help. Aim of the game is to gather as much Christmas spirit to fuel his broken-down sleigh. So, grab the kids and immerse the family in a one-hour festive adventure. Follow the Snow Queen and other magical characters on the quest for Christmas Spirit.
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
When: 5th – 24th December 2017
London Transport Museum
Hidden somewhere in the London Transport Museum is Santa’s Grotto. Hunt among the books and toys and explore the museums historic vehicles. There is storytelling, singing, and a festive origami activity for the young ones. If you find the grotto, but aren’t ready to go home you can jump on a vintage bus tour, and see all the dazzling Christmas lights around the West End.
Where: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
When: 1st December – 1st January 2018
For a truly magical experience head to the Wetland Centre. Visit the Northern pine forest and wander round the lakes and meadows of the nature reserve. When little legs get weary you can clamber onto a husky sleigh and canter off to find Father Christmas in his grotto. There are elves on hand to help with festive arts and crafts, and the Kingfisher Kitchen available to line your tummies with Christmas yumminess.
Where: London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT
When: 2nd -3rd December 2017
London’s oldest Toy Shop; of course, that’s where Father Christmas is hanging out. Visit his elves and write a letter to the North Pole. If it’s filled with pleases and thank yous there’s more than a faint hope of a gift bag.
Where: Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, W1B 5BT
When: 25th November – 24th December 2017
In the heart of Hyde Park, in the middle of a Winter Wonderland, you can find him. Visit Santa’s elves in the toy factory and watch them busying with present wrapping and toys as they get everything ready for the big day. There are plenty of rides and many stalls offering sweet and savoury delights to keep the festive spirit high.
Where: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, W2
When: Open now until 1st January 2017
Father Christmas In Residence
For an authentic adaptation of Father Christmas’s North Pole abode, head to his Belgravia residence. A wonderful immersive sensory experience for everyone to enjoy. Step into his front living room, and let the children enjoy his story telling, while you recline on an opulent sofa and demolish some Christmas treats. There will be opportunities for photos with Father Christmas as well, so your little ones will never forget the special day.
Where: 141 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9QW
When: 9-20 December 2017