As the Christmas spirit creeps up on us, see Santa in the south west without trekking to the North Pole. There’s no need for Rudolph or a sleigh, take advantage of heated seats to keep you warm and “Hey Mercedes” smart navigation to take you to see Father Christmas.
We’ve rounded up 8 of the best places to see Santa in the South West this festive season
Crealy Park, Exeter, Devon
Until Christmas Eve
Let the festivities begin and see Santa at Crealy Adventure Park on November the 30th! Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or want to show off your creative flare this is the grotto for you. Crealy boasts brand new festive attractions, the Christmas on Ice Show and little workshops for the tots. There is plenty of parking on-site but if you would like to make a weekend of it there are even options to stay overnight for a short break. From camping to glamping this park caters for all.
Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Devon
8th, 15th and 22nd of December
Start your Christmas on a relaxing Sunday at Boringdon Hall. The breath-taking views will kick-start the celebrations as you head down to see Santa’s grotto. Treat yourself with a divine afternoon tea and help your kids get creative with gingerbread decorating. Watch your child’s eyes light up as they get the chance to meet Santa himself and receive a gift.
Dunster Castle, Minehead, Somerset
Selected dates between the 8th and 23rd December
Tis’ the season to step into Medieval times and enjoy a day out or a short break at Dunster Castle. You, your children and even your four legged friends are all invited to meet Santa at this stunning venue. Feel like royalty, enjoy a guided tour around the grounds of the castle and take a look at a working windmill. Children who have been good this year even receive a special gift.
The Eden Project, Cornwall
Selected dates until Christmas eve
Go green this Christmas and meet Father Christmas and his elves at the eco-friendly Eden Project. Children can live in their wildest imaginations as they get to experience ‘behind the scenes’ of Father Christmas’ grotto. Inside the cosy tent children will get to witness just how busy Santa is from his pigeonholes full of letters and his stockings all laid out ready for delivery. Relax by the fire and enjoy a Christmas tale before each child can have their own special moment with the man in red. Grab a local’s pass for discounted entry if your postcode begins with TR, PL, TQ or EX.
Kents Cavern, Torquay, Devon
Until Christmas Eve
Have a spooktactular Christmas by starting it panto style in prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern. Revel in an hour-long pantomime adventure with Father Christmas, his elves and his fairies. As you explore the caves before letting your child sit down with the man himself and receive a wrapped present. For the adults they will also be serving mince pies and mulled wine so there is something for all the family in this experience.
South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon
Selected dates between the 8th December until Christmas Eve
It’s all steam ahead to visit Santa this Christmas at South Devon Railway. Feel at peace in a warm and cosy train carriage from Buckfastleigh to Santa’s grotto in Totnes. Lap up the festive refreshments served by Santa’s elves and enjoy the ride as you pass through Devon’s picturesque countryside. On arrival Santa will be ready to greet the children with a gift in hand.
Hestercombe House, Taunton, Somerset
Selected dates between the 7th December until Christmas Eve
Follow the elves through the enchanted gardens along an illuminated path all the way to Santa’s grotto at Hestercombe House. Once there you are greeted by a roaring log fire in Santa’s little house with a twinkling Christmas tree flooded with presents. Each child is entitled to one free gift!
Newquay Zoo, Newquay, Cornwall
The 14th and 15th of December
Make your Christmas wild by meeting Father Christmas at Newquay Zoo. Help the elves make all the presents in their workshop for the animals, and watch the animals receive their gifts! Complete the naughty elf Christmas trail for a special prize then finally visit the man himself for your very own gift.