The festive season is a time for our little ones, with children loving the magic far and wide however, with most schools not breaking up till Friday 22nd December (a week or so later than usual!), a lot of families with school age children may be restricted to weekends only for a visit to the big man. Take a look at some of these recommendations - 

Coventry Transport Museum – Visit Santa! Vintage Sleigh Ride

Friday 24 November – Saturday 23 December
10.00am – 4.30pm

This Christmas make family memories to cherish! Join us for a magical ride on an enchanting vintage sleigh… Journey to Lapland on this magical moving ride, pulled by two trusty reindeer.  Meet Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift.

After 60 years at the Co-op department store, Santa’s Sleigh ride moved to Coventry Transport Museum and families can once again enjoy the magic and tradition of a visit to Santa on this extraordinary vintage ride. An experience like no other, the sleigh is uniquely nostalgic. Its original mechanics and fixtures have been maintained but unchanged since the 60s – they don’t make them like this anymore!

This year we’ve introduced a timed ticketing system, which will reduce the amount of time you’ll need to queue! While you’re waiting to see Santa enjoy a drop in activity in our Christmas craft zone on selected dates. Just £2 per child with activities including card-making, snowflakes and ornaments. Find out more about the craft activitiesstorytelling and our Christmas trail.


Children £5 / accompanying adult (up to two adults per child) £1.50. Entry fee includes a gift per child.
Adult (without gift) £4
Adult (with gift) £5

Please note:
Tickets cannot be bought over the phone or online. 

Early Bird sessions: 9.00am – 10.00am for people with learning disability such as autism. During these sessions the space will be adapted with a low sensory offer. Please call 024 7623 7521 to book or for further enquiries (weekdays only). Available on the following dates in December:

Thursday 7, Saturday 9, Sunday 10, Thursday 14, Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Thursday 21, Saturday 23

Late night opening: last admission 5:30pm, on the following dates in December:

Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6, Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20

Groups: we are very happy to welcome groups to the Sleigh on weekdays up to Friday 15 December and weekends up to Friday 3 December. Please call 024 7623 7548 to let us know you are coming.

Entry fee includes a gift per child.
Queues are expected particularly in the last week before Christmas and at weekends, please visit midweek and early weeks to enjoy a quieter experience. We reserve the right to close the ride at any time during busy periods.
Visitors in a wheelchair can be assisted to the sleigh and with the help of a carer transfer into the sleigh.

Information here

Enchanted Christmas Kingdom

Every weekend from 25th November - 24th December 2017
PLUS Friday 8th December Evening and Weekdays 18th- 22nd Decemeber 2017

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto and receive a magic key to unlock his workshop where children can chose from a huge variety of toys.

You can book online for a time slot and to save some dosh, or you can turn up on the day and pay on the door, discounts available to members to see the big man himself.

Prices start at £18.95 per child non-members and £9.45 per child for members. Adult members are free and non members £10.95+

Hatton Adventure World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 8XA

For more information please see Hatton’s Website here

Christmas on a steam train! Severn Valley Railway

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 17th, 23rd & 24th

Get Christmas off to a magical start by joining one of our Santa Steam Specials to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto! 

Travel by steam train from Kidderminster to Arley where the children, and the grown-ups, will have the thrill of meeting Father Christmas in his grotto.

A present for fare-paying children completes the experience, before your steam train arrives to take you back to Kidderminster.

Prices start at Adult – £14.50 Child £14.50 Babies – £7.00 + £1.75 booking fee. Prices increase throughout December.

Santa Heralds

Get Christmas off to a magical start as you travel in the company of Father Christmas on our Santa Herald steam train to Highley. 

Join the steam train at Kidderminster Station for your journey with Father Christmas to Highley. Father Christmas will visit every child on the train, handing out gifts to each fare-paying child and posing for photographs. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

You have guaranteed seats on your journey to and from Highley. Please note, you do not get off the train at any intermediate stations on the journey.

Santa Heralds operate on: December 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd. 

Prices: Adult & Child- £17.00, Babies – £7.00 + £1.75 booking fee.

Visit the Severn Valley Railway Website here for more information and to book


Warwick Castle – Santa Sleepover & Breakfast with Santa

Dates: 25th & 26th Nov, 2nd Dec & 3rd Dec, 9th Dec & 10th Dec, 16th Dec VERY LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE, 17th Dec SOLD OUT, 20th Dec, 21st Dec & 22nd Dec, 23rd & 24th Dec SOLD OUT


Santa is returning to Warwick Castle and is inviting families to enjoy a one-of-a-kind feast at Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ very own private dining table set in the Castle’s decadent State Dining Room.

Experience the festive magic of Warwick Castle an hour before other guests as Santa’s elves escort you through the impressive Central Courtyard and towards the Great Hall, where Mrs. Claus waits to greet you. Once inside, tuck into delicious continental pastries as you take your seats in the resplendent dining room. Our special guest will arrive in time for the team of personal waiters to appear with your full English breakfast fresh from the Castle kitchen.

After breakfast, children can enjoy stories and entertainment with Mrs. Claus and the elves while Santa presents a hand picked gift to each child.

Tickets for this event are extremely limited and priced at £55 per person.

Santa’s Stately Breakfast includes:

  • Personalised invite to Santa’s Stately Breakfast
  • Full day admission to Warwick Castle and Grounds (excluding The Castle Dungeon)
  • Greeting by Mrs. Claus and Santa’s Elves
  • Continental pastries on arrival
  • Full English breakfast served in the State Dining Room
  • Fresh tea, coffee, fruit juice and squash available throughout breakfast
  • Stories and entertainment with Santa and his Elves
  • Choice of hand picked gift from Santa for each child
  • Car parking in the Stratford Road Car Park

To book, please call 01926 406 660.

More Information here

Santa Sleepover with Warwick Castle Breaks!

Available this year on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 15th —23rd December.

From £49.50 per person, you can enjoy a fabulous festive getaway which includes a host of treats for you and your family! Your Santa Sleepover package comprises of a delightful overnight stay in either a Knight’s Lodge, a Woodland Lodge or a luxurious Tower Suite, as well as storytime with Santa in the Castle Library and an Elf-tastic wake up call, plus a gift for your little ones.

More information can be found here

Lapland UK

From Web: “LaplandUK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story and the secret world of the elves brought to life through a 4-hour immersive experience of unprecedented scale and quality.”

Prices start at £65, and vary in price depending on which day you visit LaplandUK. For more popular days such as 9th and 10th December you’re looking at £109 pp so do book soon to get the cheaper slots.

Our specially designed Superstar Days tickets are £55 and, new to 2017 is Magic Monday (27th November) priced at £49.

Address: Whitmoor Forest, Swinley Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8BD ( approx 1 hour 30 mins from Leamington Spa).

Visit the Lapland UK Website for more information here


 Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas 

Thomas Land and selected family rides only will be open during Magical Christmas plus our 15-acre Zoo and our 4D cinema showing a BRAND NEW addition to Magical Christmas, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.

emember to visit the Castle of Dreams to see Father Christmas* where all children receive a FREE GIFT and also check out our Slide & Glide rink in the park as well. We have so much fun planned in Thomas Land, with over 25 rides and attractions, make sure you make the most of your trip and enjoy a ride on Thomas, a flight in Jeremy and so many other Thomas & Friends favourite rides.

For the first time in our 10 year Magical Christmas history, we are opening the park on Christmas Eve. Join us on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th December for an extra special Christmas experience, with more magic, treats and lots more family fun to be had on these two days, why not choose to join us on the final weekend before Christmas?

Under Twos – Free – Age 2 – 3 – £12.00 Age 4 – 11 £20.00 Age 12 – 59 £24.00

Visit Drayton Manor’s Website here for more information.


Winter Wonderland at The Snow Dome

Santa will be returning to the SnowDome this Christmas with his magical Winter Wonderland in the snow! As well as his reindeer he’ll be bringing all of his friends for some serious festive fun the weather cannot spoil. With all the real snow, real animals and all new Winter Wonderland show. 

Approximatley 90 minutes duration, including 30 minutes playing in the snow and allowing 30 minutes to meet all the animals.

£13.95 per person on saver days

£17.95 per person on standard days

Children under 2 years go FREE
Available on all sessions, when accompanied by a paying adult. 

Extended Family Deal – bring the gang on a saver day and receive 1 free ticket for every 7 tickets purchased, i.e. get the 8th FREE. Only available by phoning 03448 000011.

Click Here to visit The Snow Dome website and to book 


West Midlands Safari Park – Santa Safari 

Open weekends from 11th November and every day from 25th November to 24th December 2017.

Park Open: 10am (or 9am on weekends in December and from 16th – 24th December.)
Safari Open: 10am
Park Close: 4pm
Last Entry: 3pm


Adults (16+yrs) – £22
Children (3-15yrs) – £18
Under 3’s – £6.50
Concessions – £20

Plus, entrance includes a Return Voucher or Safari Gift! (valid until  February 2018)

Visit West Midlands Safari Park Website for more details here


Santa Sleepovers at Alton Towers

Each and every fantastical festive stay includes:

– An overnight stay in our fantastical accommodation.

– A unique visit to Santa (experience dependent on accommodation)

– Our fun-packed Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk

– A festive evening meal

– A delicious buffet breakfast

– One day Waterpark tickets

– One day Theme Park tickets with selected rides and attractions including CBeebies Land!

– Evening entertainment including character meet & greets, shows, a Christmas cinema and a farewell from Santa Claus!

Classic Santa Stay – Standard & Moon Voyager Rooms

Meet Santa in the heart of CBeebies Land with Santa’s elves and follow them through Mistletoe Lane to Santa’s Woodland grotto. Inside you will get to spend some quality time with the Big Man himself and have a photo with a perfect photo of Santa and the family.

Enchanted Santa Breaks – Woodland Lodge

Visit Santa in a magical teepee, on arrival children will be greeted with a hot chocolate, and grown-ups with mulled wine. Sing carols with Mrs Claus, make Christmas decorations with the elves and enjoy story-time with Santa in this fabulous group adventure.

Explorer’s Santa Escape – Arctic Explorer Rooms & Themed Suites

Enjoy a morning feast prepared by Mrs Claus herself, there will be stories of Sir Algenon’s adventures to the North Pole and songs from Santa’s elves; culminating with an extra special visit from Father Christmas.

Click here to see more information on the Alton Towers Website as prices vary dependent on dates.


Hogarths, Solihull

Santa will try to see as many children as possible in his grotto. No presents are provided but gifts are available for you to purchase from the market stalls which can be presented to Santa’s elves to give to your child. No booking required.

Please bring your own phones or cameras to capture the moment.There is a £2 charge to visit Santa which will be donated to local cancer charity, Help Harry Help Others.

More information on dates and times of the Christmas markets etc here


Twin Lakes Winter Wonderland

Opens 25th November 2017! Winter Wonderland opening times: 10am – 5pm daily. – All park tickets include visit to see Santa!

All standard child/toddler tickets include a grotto ticket to see Santa, you only need to purchase a grotto ticket with a complimentary ticket, annual pass or under 95cm (who enter the park for free). Only children need a grotto ticket, but the whole family enter the Santa grotto experience. Each ticket includes a toy from Santa, if all children in your family would like a toy from Santa then please purchase a grotto ticket.

This Christmas Twinlakes transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland with the best family Christmas Grotto in the UK. Join in the festive fun with tobogganing, gingerbread decorating, festive workshops, Christmas hunts, reindeer feeding, candy cane maze fun and games,snowball masterclass, sleigh school, letters to Santa, Father Christmas’s office and post box, real log fires and mulled wine. A visit to see Father Christmas in his Christmas experience grotto includes golden ticket to choose your own special gift from Santa’s Toy Workshop! Santa and his special friends will help make memories this Christmas. Lots of festive characters to meet and greet including Rudy the Reindeer!

See More information on Twin Lakes Website here


Wyevale Garden Centre, Stratford Upon Avon

Bring your Little Diggers along and enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea from the 18th Nov- 24th Dec.

Our event gives children and adults alike the opportunity to meet Father Christmas, decorate your own festive cookie and chose your very own present to take home. The perfect event to get you in the festive spirit!

The recommended age for this event is 3-8 years old, and all children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Children’s tickets start at £10.00 (dependent on food option) and adult’s tickets start at £4.50 (dependent on food option).

All information and booking details can be found on the website here and here  Stratford Upon Avon .


Want to meet real reindeer? 


The Lodge, WIilows Farm, Orton Rd, Warton, Tamworth, B79 0HS

Aschreindeer provide the opportunity for young and old to meet with and learn about well as visit Father Christmas!

A new family business with a vast amount of experience managing and training a variety of animals, they are genuinely passionate about animal welfare and are located near North Warwickshire close to the town of Atherstone.

They offer the opportunity to visit Santa with his reindeer in a unique Christmas setting... for full details and to book your slot please click on the link.

Reindeer Park

Kingsbury Road, Curdworth, Sutton Coldfield, B76 0DE

A family run business conveniently located in the West Midlands.

Their campsite is very unique thanks to their herd of reindeer who are available to hire.

Over the years, the Reindeer Park Lodge has entertained some very special VIP guests.

Hollywood stars who have previously enjoyed our hospitality include Albert the Red Deer (the real star of Braveheart) and a troupe of Old English Long Horns (narrowly overlooked for Best Supporting Actors after their performances alongside Kevin Costner in Robin Hood).

Whatsmore, they’ve played host to some of the home grown talent used in the filming of TV series such as The Secret Garden.

Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

Blithbury Reindeer Lodge, New House Farm, Rugeley

When: Weekends and Friday evenings from November 11 and from December 20 to 23

Blithbury Reindeer Lodge is said to home the largest working reindeer herd in England.

Their Christmas experience features a wonderland of reindeer sleigh rides and feeding.

You can go to Elf School where you’ll learn how they train their reindeer for Christmas Eve adventures and join in with the singing and dancing before going to see Santa then choosing a gift from the toy workshop.

It’s then time for stories by the fire and edible snowman building.

Tickets cost £9.95 for adults, £14.95 for children and £5.95 for under twos. A family ticket costs £60.95. Sleigh rides cost extra.

Find out more here