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When is Santa coming to Solihull and Warwickshire?


9d04147b4f9f1c85779af6609c13d84b.jpgIt's that time of year again! Get your wish lists written and decide where you are going to see Santa in the run up to the big day! Fingers crossed that you are on the good list this year! Don't forget to check online for even more dates and locations from Santa's schedule.

16 November – 24 December

Touchwood Shopping Centre

Santa will be flying into centre on Saturday 16th November to take up residence in his enchanting grotto until Christmas Eve. Guests will be also be able to pre-book their tickets in advance.  

Selected dates 16 November – 29 December

West Midland Safari Park – Santa Safari

A magical festive day out for all the family combining a 4 mile self-drive Safari and a visit to Santa to make a truly memorable experience.

30 November - 1 December

Thinktank, Birmingham - Mini Christmas

MiniBrum needs decorating for the festive season and for a city designed and created by children, it only seems right to ask the children to help sort out the decorations! MiniChristmas is a time for all young people to come together and share their own traditions as we get the gallery looking its best at this special time of the year. Activities will include, tree decorating, paper chain making, snowflake cutting and lots more festive activities. We will also be inviting a special guest to visit for the weekend to give us a hand and make sure everyone is being good!

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All Things Wild - Elf HQ & Santa’s Grotto

Go behind the scenes at Elf HQ. Join in the festive fun and complete fun activities to see what life is like as one of Santa’s Elves! Visit Santa in his grotto and take home a present!

30 November – 24 December

Hatton Adventure World – Enchanted Christmas Kingdom

Come along and visit Father Christmas in his Enchanted Christmas Kingdom and receive a golden key to unlock his magical toyshop where each child can choose their very own present!

1 December

Brueton Park – Christmas in the Park

Come and visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a small gift!  Also includes a festive treasure trail around the park and a Christmas craft activity at the Parkridge Centre. £3 per child.

1 & 8 December

Compton Verney – Meet Santa and his Reindeer

Father Christmas and his reindeer will be taking time out of their busy schedule to enjoy a couple of days at Compton Verney.

1 – 24 December

Hogarths – Festive Lunch with Santa

Enjoy a fabulously festive lunch every Sunday in December and meet Santa too! On Christmas Eve, join us for lunch and the last chance to see Santa before his busy night. Live music and fireworks at 6pm.

7 December

Avoncroft Museum – Candlelit Christmas

Entertainment for all the family including a special reindeer trail and the rides on the miniature a107b448fd1364d1f5047ed5dbcd3f2d.jpgSanta Express. Father Christmas will be on site too! £8 for adults and £5.50 for children over 3. Pre-booking is essential.

7, 8, 14 & 15 December

Blists Hill Victorian Town – Victorian Christmas

Take the mine train on the new wonderful winter woodland experience to seek out Father Christmas in his coal mine. Can you spot the elves wrapping presents? Enjoy the surprises on our first-ever secret, spooky, magical mystery train ride.

7, 8, 14 & 15 December

Hall’s Croft – Meet Father Christmas

Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas will be meeting with little boys and girls and hear about their Christmas wishes. Each child will receive a gift with their name on it and can decorate their very own Christmas biscuits. A BSL interpreter will accompany Father Christmas on 14th from 11 - 2. £10 per child (timed entry, advance booking advisable)

7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 December 

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Santa’s Grotto

Our glittering grotto with everything from twinkling lights, piles of snow and of course...Santa! Every child will receive a gift and a special photograph. Tickets are timed and pre-booking is essential. £6.50 per child.

14 - 15 December

Blakesley Hall - Meet Father Christmas

Come along and meet Father Christmas in the Great Hall and see Blakesley dressed for Christmas! Make a Christmas card to take home with you and write a letter to Father Christmas. All children receive a small present when meeting be8cad20d122a5ee86bbd51bce51cb25.jpgFather Christmas!

21 December

The Chocolate Shed – Chocolate making workshop

Why not kick start the Christmas holidays from school (and work) with a chocolate making workshop for all the family on 21st December.  There will be 3 sessions: two for parents and children (11 am and 3 pm) and one for children only (1pm).  As well as the chocolate making activity, there will be a visit from Santa and a gift for every child to take home! Bookings now being taken online

Nicola Maile

Nicola Maile

Local Mum of two boys and editor of Raring2go! in Solihull and South Warwickshire.

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If you are looking for ideas to keep the children busy throughout the Christmas holidays, or the kids want some ideas and inspiration for cards and gifts them take a look at our Winter KidsZone. Jam packed full of fun ideas that everyone can get involved in! Activities for indoors and out - some are messy, some are not! What are you waiting for?!?!

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Now that we are in winter everyone is looking for things to do with the kids to enjoy the festive season. Here we have some great ideas, and they don't all involve being cooped up indoors! Get out and enjoy the world around you - you can always return home afterwards for a hot chocolate and a snuggle!