Christmas is a very busy time for Santa Claus, but every year, he makes sure to take time out of his schedule to meet some very lucky boys and girls. Here are some of the best places to meet Santa and hand over your Christmas list in person this year.
The Santa Claus Village near the area of Rovaniemi.
Go in search of Santa’s log cabin home by snowmobile for your private family meeting with the big man himself. Inside his grotto, he’ll introduce you and your family to his Elves and reindeers – the Elves present children with their personally written letters to Santa along with a special gift. Then, you can all enjoy a reindeer or husky sleigh ride, there are lots of snow & ice activities to enjoy throughout your visit. Lunch and refreshments are available, and a gala dinner is included with a half-board option in hotels, and a festive dinner in Santa’s Christmas Cabins.
Make sure you’re wrapped up warm as temperatures can drop well below freezing in the winter. Thermal outer suits/boots are provided, but the days are often sunny and you’re guaranteed plenty of snow. The scenery is amazing, and, if you’re lucky, you may even be able to see the spectacular northern lights. There are plenty of different packages to choose from whether it is a day trip or short break in a cosy woodland lodge. Flight times to Finland are around 3.5 hours and transfers vary depending on where Santa’s sleigh has landed.
2. Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park
The Winter Wonderland fair.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland returns to London on November 20th for six weeks of winter festivities. Admission is free and you only pay for the attractions you want to visit – though advance booking is available online and definitely recommended. Of course, you can find Father Christmas at Santa Land, where he hands out gifts with his elves, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Also on offer is the sub-zero Magical Ice Kingdom with real snow and ice sculptures, an ice rink, fair rides including a big wheel, Zippos Christmas Circus, a Christmas Market selling gifts and toys and the Bavarian Village, where you can buy warming food and drinks.
3. Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World
Visit Santa’s Christmas Winter Wonderland at Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World this festive season for a magical family experience.
Inside the Christmas Wonderland, children will step into a festive dream world – adorable animated characters greet you at your every turn as you make your way through the enchanted winter snow scene. Don’t miss Rudolph and Donner the singing reindeer from the North Pole. Plus, see the elves working hard to finish all the gifts and presents in time for Christmas Eve in the Santa Claus Toy Factory!
At the end of the journey, children meet Father Christmas and receive an exciting present.
At Christmas, Peppa Pig World is transformed with twinkling illuminations, seasonal music and giant Christmas trees. Santa in his sleigh with the reindeer from the beloved series can also be seen, and meet Peppa Pig and George in their winter scarves, hats and coats. At the 4D cinema, join some of your favourite Christmas characters as they help Santa save Christmas!
4. Drayton’s Magical Christmas
Recapture your inner child as you take the little ones to meet Father Christmas in the Castle of Dreams. Experience the Polar Express in 4D and don’t forget to stop and say hello to Rudolf, Dasher and the rest of the reindeers in the 15 acre zoo before they set off on their long trip delivering presents on Christmas Eve.
As if that wasn’t enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, visit Thomas Land for guaranteed snowfall. There are a number of special experiences to enjoy – one not to be missed is the giant Christmas tree light show at certain times throughout the day – and on weekends, the dazzling fireworks show will complete your festive day out.
At a small extra cost, you can make your Magical Christmas day dreams come true in VIP style and have your very own suite overlooking Thomas Land with a private balcony, refreshments and free car parking.
5. Polar Express Experience
All aboard the Polar Express.
The Polar Express departs from Stanhope Station in Durham, and Okehampton Station in Devon up to five times a day on the weekends leading up to Christmas and during the school holidays. You’ll see characters from the Polar Express movie come to life to welcome the passengers on their one hour trip. Just like the children in the movie, everyone is served hot chocolate and a cookie by the Dancing Chefs and the Polar Express story book is read aloud for all to enjoy. Once you arrive at the North Pole, Santa Claus is waiting to board the train and he will meet every child during the return journey and present them with a silver bell from his sleigh. Booking is essential.
Published 30th October 2015