Meet Father Christmas Experiences

Experience the enchanting world of Father Christmas right here in Essex! Whether you’re seeking to create cherished memories or immerse yourself in the magic of the holiday season, there are numerous fantastic places and events where you and your little ones can meet the cheerful man himself. From festive train rides to delightful banquets, there’s an array of options to suit every family. Explore the list below to discover the ideal Santa experience and make this Christmas truly unforgettable!

1. Audley End Miniature Railway, Christmas Special 2023, Uttlesford

18th November to 24th December 2023

Adults – £18.00 – £30.00

Children over 92cm – £18.00-£30.00

Child Under 92cm – £9.00-£15.00

Child under 1 Year – Free

Carer of disabled – Free

With a Nutcrackers help, this winter you will board the Polar Express and journey deep into the Enchanted woods of Audley End to visit Santa’s winter workshop! Together, with her very helpful elves, Mother Christmas is ensuring all the toys are ready for Christmas eve while Santa comes to visit you in your carriage with a gift for every child.

2. Santa’s Banquet Bash, Orsett Hall

16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 December 2023 11:30 am Arrival | Finish by 2:30 pm

Price from: £39.50

A fun Christmas Family Event for a whole family with food and children’s entertainment.

3. Barleylands Father Christmas Experience, Basildon

Selected dates from 25th Nocvember – 24th December 2023

Christmas – Child £29.95

Christmas – Adult £15.50

Christmas – Carer Entry (Proof to be presented on arrival) £3.00

Christmas – Babe in Arms (Spectator) – £0.00

Your experience will include…

A friendly elf to greet the whole family, who will see if you are on our naughty or nice list!

Once you have been checked into our Magical Christmas Barn, the elf will take you through to see Mother Christmas. Whilst with Mother Christmas, you will be able to make a Christmas Decoration, that you can take home.

Afterwards, you can stroll through our Winter Walkway, which makes for some great photo opportunities. Waiting for you will be Father Christmas himself, in his cosy grotto, ready to find out what your heart truly desires this year. His helpful elves can then take your photo with your own phone or camera.

Before you leave, Father Christmas will decide if you have been good enough to receive a special token! If you have been a good girl or boy, you will be taken to our Toy Factory, where you can trade your token for a present of your choice. Lastly, you can make your own way to our Christmas Kitchen for Gingerbread Man decorating. Every paying child can ice and decorate their very own yummy creation to take home or enjoy at the farm.

4. Santa’s Grotto 2023, Little Monsters House of Fun, Great Dunmow

Play session times on the Grotto days are: Wednesday-Sunday: 9:30-11:30, 12:00-14:00, 14:30-16:30* *Except Wednesday 20th Dec

£16.95 per child; adults are charged at £2

Our garden area will be magically transformed into a Winter Wonderland. You will be escorted by one of Santa’s little helpers to our log cabin, which has been specially chosen by Santa himself to create the perfect festive grotto experience.

5. Santa Special 2023, Colne Valley Railway, Colchester

Weekends in December

Adult £20.00

Child age 3 to 15 £20.00

Under 3 £10.00

Dog £3.00

We are pleased to say that Santa is visiting us again this year. You will meet Santa in his grotto before travelling on our diesel train to collect your present from Santa’s workshop.

6. The Santa Experience, Colchester Zoo

18th, 19th, 20th December 2023

Additional cost (of £15.00 per Santa Experience ticket (on top of admission cost)

Journey through our magical Santa Experience filled with festive scenery and cheeky elves, where you will also have the chance to meet Santa himself and take home Spirit, the White Tiger cuddly toy!

7. Special Sunday Lunch with Santa, Stoke by Nayland Resort, Colchester

3, 10, 17 December 2023 Arrive for 12:30pm, with lunch served at 12:45pm

£30.00 per adult, £17.00 per child aged 7-12yrs and £12.00 per child aged 2-6yrs.

Join us for a special two-course Santa Sunday lunch as Santa comes to town with a surprise gift for every child!

Enjoy a whole host of festive activities, keeping both you and the little ones entertained.

8. The Father Christmas Experience, Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers

18th November to 24th December 2023

Adult: from £30.00 to £75.00

Child: from £30.00 to £75.00

Under 1 Observer: Free

WHAT’S INCLUDED WITH YOUR BOOKING Your Magical Tour Here is a breakdown of what is included in the Father Christmas Experience booking.

* A Truly Magical Christmas Tour ** Loads of Elf Fun ** Magical Shows ** Meet Santa & his Elves **Decorate a Gingerbread Person ** Get your very own Make a Bear Teddy ** Festive Photo Ops ** Choose your special toy from the Toy Shop ** Free Parking for the day

Plus all the fun of the farm including; Real Ice Skating Rink, Children’s Rides, Spectacular Train Ride, Adventure Play, Crazy Golf, Indoor Soft Play, Playbarn Restaurant, Bouncy Pillows, Adorable Animals

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