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Santa in London 2020: Where to find Father Christmas this year

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Santa in London 2020

Now that Xmas is just around the corner, we're really ramping up the festive feels: we've been making our own Chrimbo cards, and we're slowly being mad coming up with Elf on the Shelf ideas. All we need now is to know where Santa is at this year! Obviously with all the covid-shenanigans happening, Santa may end up having to stay in the North Pole until he makes his big delivery on Xmas eve, but at the mo there are a few places where you can spot Santa in London and around London in 2020. The list isn't big, and it may even shrink, but we live in hope that while covid has ruined many things this year, it won't get its ugly mitts on Xmas... * News just in that London is moving to tier 3 on 16th December, so do check ahead with any existing bookings and before making new ones.

Jingle Bell Blast with Thames Rocket

Santa in London 2020
Photography: Tracy Tristram for London for Kidz

Rev up for one of the most exciting sleigh-rides of the season as you carol sing your way along the River Thames with Santa himself! You and your small elves will sweep across the docklands, whizz past the London Eye, and float by Tower Bridge with the awesome Thames Rocket team on a Christmas experience sure to put the jingle in your bells: don't leave the booking too late though, spaces are limited and yule be sorry to miss out on this treat for sure! We recently tried it for ourselves and we've got to say it was one of our all-time fave adventures in London EVER! Our advice? Even if you don't make it to see Santa this year, book a trip on the Thames Rocket the next time you can get to London: ridiculously good fun!

When: Every Saturday in December up until Xmas

Where: Boarding Gate One, The London Eye Pier, SE1 7PB

Cost: From £39.95 per person


Santa Rocks at Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus

Santa in London 2020
Photography: Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus

Thought mince pies were Santa’s favourite food? Well, Hard Rock Cafe has it on good authority that he actually loves nothing better than a good burger and fries! Bring your little elves to Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus where they can listen out with excitement as Santa rings his bell on arrival, and enjoy table visits and magical photo opportunities in front of Hard Rock’s giant Christmas tree (socially distanced, of course).

When: 19-20 December, 1-3pm (dine-in only)

Where: Building 225, Criterion, 229 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HR


Dear Santa live show

Where to see Santa in London
Photography: Riverside Studios

Book a socially distanced ticket to see Santa delivering the most fantastic Christmas ever to Sarah in this live adaptation of Rod Campbell's Dear Santa. Recommended for kiddos aged two years and above, this is the perfect, musical theatre way to spread a little Christmas cheer in a festive season not like any other!

When: 3 - 24 December 2020

Where: Riverside Studios, 101 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London W6 9BN

Cost: £16 per person (tickets to be bought in two or four person bubbles)


Christmas with Santa AND alpacas

Where to see Santa in London
Photography: Mortimers Alpacas

Head out of town and over to Mortimer Alpacas in Berkshire for not only a storytelling session with Father Christmas himself, but also to hang out with a gang of off-the-scale cute alpacas! The 90-minute session includes a gift for every child, some cool yule crafts and a letter-to-Santa activity. Sounds like a fun al-paca-ed kinda event for sure!

When: various dates from 5 - 20 December 2020

Where: Little Park Farm, Beech Hill Road, RG7 2AN Mortimer

Cost: £25 per child and £15 per adult - email info@mortimer-alpacas.co.uk for more info and to make a booking.


Legoland Windsor

Santa in London 2020
Photography: Legoland Windsor via Facebook

Whilst Father Christmas won't be able to invite anyone into his grotto this year due to social distancing, you'll still have a cool yule at Legoland Windsor waving to the big man in red as he makes his way through the park on his sleigh. Get in a merry mood by booking a Santa Sleepover which includes an overnight stay, two days in the park, Xmas entertainment, delish brekkie for all and a fabulously festive gift. Everything really is awesome.

When: 4 December - 23 December 2020

Where: Winkfield Road, Windsor SL4 4AY

Cost: Day passes from £26 per person



Santa in London 2020
Photography: Hamleys via Facebook

Sleigh-ride over to Hamleys on Regent Street and visit Santa's Grotto (do check the rules about bubbles before you book). Be quick though, folks, there just aren't enough grottos to go around this year, and this is likely to fill up quicker than you can say ""white Christmas.

When: 3 December - 24 December 2020

Where: Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, Soho, London W1B 5BT

Cost: £45 for a bubble of 3 people, £15 per extra person


Greenwich Market

Santa in London 2020
Photography: Unsplash

Woohoo: the Greenwich Market grotto has been confirmed and it's kicking off on 3rd December. Santa and his Hospice helpers will be welcoming families - social distanced style - and spreading more than a little Xmas magic all through the festive season. Can't get to Greenwich? Then why not book one of its virtual grotto tickets instead? Santa will Zoom his way into your living room for a virtual meet-and-greet!

When: 30 November-23 December 2020 (various dates) Where: 5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9HZ

Cost: From £7.50 per child


Royal Albert Hall

santa in london 2020
Photography: Royal Albert Hall via Facebook

Little ones will adore spotting Santa at My Christmas Orchestral Adventure at the Royal Albert Hall. Okay, so it's not a grotto (they're a bit thin on the ground this year), but this is a family affair that will definitely leave you all with the warm and fuzzies. What's it about? Well, Father Christmas has lost his map on a practice run of his delivery route, and the trusty Royal Albert Hall ensemble have found it and need to get it back to him. Expect to zip around the world on an orchestral adventure that might not be a traditional visit with Santa, but is equally, if not more, memorable and magical.

When: 13 December, 3pm

Where: Royal Albert Hall

Cost: Call the box office for prices and availability: 020 7589 8212.


Fortnum and Mason

santa in london 2020
Photography: Fortnum and Mason

The ever-popular Storytelling with Father Christmas at Fortnum and Mason sessions look set to go ahead this year, but tickets and full deets are yet to be confirmed. Don't forget to pick up the best mince pies ever while you're there to leave out for the real Santa this Xmas eve! Unless he has a nut allergy, then, not so much.

When: TBC

Where: Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1A 1ER

Cost: TBC


Rainforest Cafe

Santa in London 2020
Photography: Rainforest Cafe London

Not only does Rainforest Cafe happen to be one of our favourite fam-friendly eating spots in London, but it's also dishing up a side order of Santa this Xmas! It's hosting Breakfast with Santa sessions (tables for up to 6 people from the same bubble only) for a festive feast the whole fam will go crackers for.

When: TBC

Where: Rainforest Cafe, 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EU

Cost: TBC


That's all we've got for now on the Santa score, folks, but we'll keep investigating and updating when more news comes in.

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