Santa has a very busy schedule at this time of year, but we have managed to track down some key dates in his diary when you can find him in our area. Don’t forget to book in a time to see him - fingers crossed everyone is on the good list!
15 November – 24 December
Touchwood – Santa’s Grotto and Mail Train
Bring your family to Santa’s mail train in Theatre Square (Thurs evenings and Weekends from 18 Nov then daily from 20 – 24 Dec) where you can climb aboard and write your letter to Santa all under the supervision of his friendly elves. Christmas Grotto in The Atrium from 15 Nov. Pre-book online. Christmas gift for every child.
26 November – 24 December
West Midland Safari Park – Santa Safari
Helpful Elves will show you to a sleigh where you will be magically transported to the North Pole and Santa’s Grotto, a wonderfully decorated log cabin with its own Christmas tree, festive fireplace and of course Santa himself. Make your way to the Elves’ Workshop where children can pick their own present. Head to Mrs Claus’ Kitchen to pick your complimentary refreshments and don’t forget to pop along to the Sea Lion Theatre to watch a show.
27 – 28 November
Thinktank – 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! Activities will include festive crafts, tree decorating, decoration making and our reindeer trail. We will also be inviting a special guest to visit for the weekend to give us a hand getting ready for the festive season. Places to meet our special visitor are very limited. Collect a timed ticket from box office on arrival.
27 November - 24 December
Severn Valley Railway - Santa Train
With up to seven departures a day from Kidderminster, the ever-popular Santa services will run on selected dates from 27th November through till Christmas Eve. The journey starts at a spectacularly-lit Kidderminster Town station, with a complimentary hot or cold drink and a bespoke SVR souvenir travel cup for each adult. On board the train, delicious mince pies and gingerbread will be waiting, and family groups will be allocated their own private compartment or table, with plenty of photo opportunities to take advantage of. The excitement builds, as passengers are transported on a steam-hauled trip along the Severn Valley, passing through a magically-decorated Bewdley station to arrive at Arley. Here, they disembark for the thrills, spills and laughs of an all-new Christmas show, Jingle, Jangle and the North Pole Lake. When they re-board the train, children will discover that the elves have left them each a high-quality special gift, then it’s full steam ahead for a journey back to Kidderminster in reserved seats. The festive excursion lasts around two-and-a-half hours.
27 November – 23 December
Coalbrookdale – Winter Wonderland
A magical Winter Wonderland Grotto experience with the Elves. Follow the path through the twinkling lights & trees, before taking a seat around Santa's big chair. Along the way you'll encounter a cheeky Elf who will make sure you don't miss seeing Father Christmas and that you leave with a gift, and probably some chocolate (if Elf hasn't polished them all off first!)
27 November – 24 December
Hatton Adventure World – Enchanted Christmas Kingdom
Treat your family to a unforgettable magical adventure, including Hatton’s first ever Christmas Panto starring Father Christmas and the North Pole Elves and Mr. Holly and his hilarious Festive Friends Puppet & Yuletide Trickery Magic Shows. Each child will receive a personalised letter from Father Christmas and have access to the Secret Toy Shop. Enjoy gingerbread decorating and make your own reindeer food. Walk through the Enchanted Forest and be amazed by King of the Orient Indoor Falconry Display. Includes a festive funfair, animal feeding, guinea pig village, slide mania & soft play. Early booking is advised.
4 - 5 & 11 -12 December
Blists Hill Victorian Town - Visit Santa at the Christmas Weekends
This year there are three grottos to choose from at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Make sure you book early as they're very popular and will sell-out. Choose from FINDING SANTA GROTTO (Take a journey into a fairytale grotto - an experience to remember for years to come! Hop aboard our mine train and take the short ride into our hillside wonderland where Santa's Elves will greet you. Be immersed in the festive atmosphere with music, lights & trees... and of course, Father Christmas! Tickets are £20 per carriage (max 4 people per carriage).), SANTA & THE ELVES GROTTO (Santa's elves are busily preparing gifts for children across the world in their sawmill workshop. Drop in to meet them and find out how they're getting ready for the biggest day in their calendar. Father Christmas can't resist meeting all of the excited children so he'll be there too, handing out gifts and finding out what's on everyone's Christmas list this year. Tickets are £7 per child (max of 3 adults can visit with each paying child).) and ELF SCHOOL GROTTO (Brand new for 2021! The Victorian School has been taken over by the Elves this winter, have you got what it takes to graduate from Elf School and to take the Elf Pledge? Before you are dismissed from School everyone will get chance to meet Father Christmas and take home a small gift. Tickets are £7 per child (max of 3 adults can visit with each paying child).)
Selected dates 3 – 23 December
Compton Verney – Santa’s Magical Woodland Grotto
You’ll find Santa in his grotto by taking in the magical woodland trail, lit with firefly fairy lights and surprises around every corner. Listen to the cracking of fire, smell the gingerbread baking along the way. Children can post their letters to Santa and take away a special gift to open on the big day.
4 - 23 December
Coventry Transport Museum - Vintage Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland
The Vintage Sleigh Ride experience returns to Coventry Transport Museum this year! Wander through a magical winter wonderland of festive activities and snowy scenes before taking a ride on an enchanting vintage sleigh, pulled by two trusty reindeer. Your next stop? Lapland. Meet Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes and collect a special gift.
Local Mum of two boys and editor of Raring2go! in Solihull and South Warwickshire.