Fancy meeting Father Christmas this year? Here are some of the top Santa Grottos in Essex – remember to check back for regular updates! To add a grotto contact us here.

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North Essex 2016

Santas Grotto at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8LE
Dates: 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th December
Come and visit Santa in his grotto and get a christmas present to take home. Craft activities also available. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.
Price: £5.00 per child for a gift 
Tel: 01206 571212

Meet Father Christmas at Williams and Griffin
152 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PN
Dates: 26th & 27th Nov, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th to 24th December 2016
Visit the big man at Williams and Griffin and see the Magical Christmas Animated Window Display. Father Christmas is located on floor 2. Tickets on sale now so call to book.
Times: Various
Price: £7.50 per child for a gift and photo
Tel: 01206 571212

Winter Wonderland at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Abberton Reservoir, Colchester, CO2 0EU
Date: 17th, 18th Dec 2016
Festive fun for all the family. Santa will be in his magical grotto as well a Christmas trail and craft for the children. Lots of stalls to browse and get those extra special Christmas gifts with a difference. All ages welcome as long they are accompanied by an adult. Booking essential for Santa and Activities.
Price: Entry to the fair is free. To take part in activities £6 requested donation per child plus £4 per child to see Santa.
Times: 10.30am-3.00pm

Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo
Maldon Road, Colchester
Dates: 26/27 Nov, 3/4, 10/11, 17-23 Dec 2016
Add a spark of magic to your festivities this Christmas! Meet Santa himself in his Enchanted Christmas Grotto, meet Santa’s real, live reindeer at his stables, enjoy the staff mini-pantomime of ‘The Gingerbread Man’, rock with Rudolph to some favourite Christmas tunes and lots of other additional festive events! Indulge in tasty festive treats from the Elves’ Kitchen and make Christmas crafts with the Elves in their busy workshop!
Times: 9.30am-4.30pm
Price: See website for details
Tel: 01206 331292

Breakfast with Santa at Colchester Zoo SELLING FAST!
Maldon Road, Colchester
Dates:  27 Nov, 3/4, 10/11, 20 Dec 2016
Join Colchester Zoo this Christmas for a truly magical experience with ‘Breakfast with Santa’.
Times: 8.00-9.00am
Price: £12.50 – £39.99
Tel: 01206 331292

Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden CentresSELLING FAST!
342 London Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 8LT
Dates: 26th & 27th November and 3rd, 6th, 7th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 20th, 21st December 2016
Enjoy a meal with Father Christmas! Plus a special present, biscuit decorating, and fun festive activities.
Times: Various
Price: Meals cost between £3.99 and £14.95

Festive Family Fun at Barnplants Garden Centre
Turkey Cock Lane, Stanway, Colchester
Dates: 26 Nov – 23 Dec 2016
Visit Barnplants Garden Centre this Christmas and take a trip on ‘Barnie the Train’ through their Magical Christmas Tree Forest. Look out for polar bears and penguins before meeting Santa in his Grotto. Suitable for children under 14 years.
Times: 10am-4pm (please call to book)
Price: £10 child; £5.95 accompanying adult
Tel: 01206 213380

Santa’s Grotto at Poplar Nurseries
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester
Dates: 19/20 & 26/27 Nov, 3/4 Dec, 10-24th Dec 2016
Our elves will be on hand to guide you through our magical winter wonderland. 
Times: Various. See website for details.
Price: £8 per child
Tel: 01206 210374

Day Out With Thomas and Santa at East Anglian Railway Museum
Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, CO6 2DS
Dates: 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th December 2016
Thomas the Tank Engine and his Friends will be here in the run-up to Christmas offering unlimited rides on at least four character trains. Thomas of course, with Daisy, Toad, Toby and Henrietta will all be here.
Times: Trains run 10.30am to 4.00pm
Price: £12.50 adult; £8.50 child (2-15); Under 2’s free; Gifts from Santa for additional charge of £5 per child
Tel: 01206 242524

Steam with Santa at Colne Valley Railway
Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DZ
Dates: 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th & 22nd Dec 2016
Santa travels on board our luxurious Pullman train, with a present for every child! Complimentary hot drink voucher for every adult.
Times: Various (see website for deatils)
Prices: £10.00 adult; £9.00 child; £3.50 under 3 years
Tel: 01787 461174

Reindeer Experience at Hearts Delight Garden Centre
Long Road, Lawford, Manningtree, CO11 2EF
Dates: 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, 23 & 24 Dec 2016
Experience the magic at Hearts Delight as soon as you walk through the door. Take a journey through their Frozen-themed ice tunnel and visit with 3 beautiful reindeer in Santa’s Barn. See them, stroke them, and even feed them – be sure to bring your camera! Then say hello to the Hearts Delight Labradors Martha & Prudence, before meeting the man himself. Includes gift pack worth up to £12.99, with alternative for younger visitors.
Times: Various
Price: From £16.99 for one child & two adults
Tel: 01206 392539

Grotto at the Christmas Market at Jimmy’s Farm – Nearly Sold Out
Ipswich, Suffolk
Dates: 3rd & 4th Dec 2016
See Father Christmas at Jimmy’s Farm Christmas Market. Each child will get approx 4-5 minutes with Santa and every child with a ticket will receive a gift! Reindeer, chestnuts and mulled wine/cider.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: £5.50 per child
Tel: 01473 604206

Mid Essex 2016

Santa in the Woods at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Date: 11th, 17th & 18th Dec 2016
Festive fun for all the family. Santa will be in his magical grotto as well a Christmas trail and craft for the children. Lots of stalls to browse and get those extra special Christmas gifts with a difference. All ages welcome as long they are accompanied by a maximum of 2 adults. Booking essential for Santa and Activities.
Price:£8 per child
Times: 10.30am-3.30pm

Museum of Power Santa Special
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, CM9 6QA
Dates: 11 December 2016
Jion in the seasonal activities with gift stalls, live music, entertainment and skating rink. Each Santa ticket includes a ride on the miniature railway. This fantastic event can only be pre-booked from Maldon Tourist Office (telephone 01621 856503). It is recommended that you book early.
Times: Various (see website for details)
Price: £8.00 per child including gift and refreshments; £6.00 skating rink only (30 mins); £13.00 for Santa visit and skating rink

Visit Santa at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Near Maldon, Essex , CM3 6RN
Dates: 4th,10th, 11th, 17th and 18th December 2016
Santa will be in his grotto each weekend throughout December before Christmas, starting on Sunday 4 December. Make decorations and watch him arrive by air or vintage vehicle then join him for refreshments. Santa will meet the children with their parents or guardians and children will be given a present. Visit for tickets.
Times: 10.30am-1.00pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm
Price: £12 per child including gift
Tel: 01245 329358

Riverside Winter Wonderland
Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1FG
Dates: Thursday 1 December to 24 December 2016 on Thursdays and Weekends
Visit the magical Riverside Winter Wonderland, open every weekend throughout December. The ice rink will be adorned with Christmas decorations and a special snow machine will create a wintry feel. Elves will greet skaters and there will be Christmas carols. Surrounding the rink will be Christmas market stalls with local producers selling seasonal produce, plus a Christmas area and special Santa’s Grotto. Tickets from £5.
Times: 10.00am – 12.00pm and 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Pop-up Grotto Experience at Lathcoats Farm
Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8LX
Dates: Selected dates between Sat 3rd December and Sat 24th December 2016
Frost Christmas is the second Pop-up Grotto to be based in Chelmsford and easily accessible on the high street. Featuring elves and fairies and of course Father Christmas in a magical experience for children of all ages. Journey through the unknown and into a place where Father Christmas will be waiting. Online booking highly recommended. Please allow 30 minutes to complete this experience.
Time: Various times
Price: From £10.00 per child
Contact: Online form

Father Christmas at Cressing Temple
Witham Rd, Braintree, CM77 8PD
Dates: 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd December
A magical Christmas grotto for all the family to enjoy. Meet Father Christmas and his reindeer friends and see the elves at work as they magically prepare for Christmas. Choose your own gift from the toy shop. Booking essential – this can be done on the website.
Times: 10am-6pm (timeslots must be pre booked)
Price: £12.50 per child including a prize and one adult ticket. £3 per additional adults

Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden CentresSELLING FAST!
Cressing Road, Braintree, CM77 8DH
Dates: Various dates in November and December 2016
Enjoy a meal with Father Christmas! Plus a special present, biscuit decorating, and fun festive activities.
Times: Various
Price: Meals cost between £3.99 and £14.95

Meet Santa at The Archer Community Centre
East Street, Braintree, CM7 3JJ
Dates: TBC
Meet Father Christmas in his cosy grotto and his friend OLAF.
Time: 11am – 3pm (2015 times)
Price: £2 per child (entrance to fayre £1 adults/50p children) (2015 prices)

Father Christmas Experience at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park
Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, CM3 5WP
Dates: 19/20, 26/27 Nov, 3/4, 10/11, 16-24 Dec 2016
Visit Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland at Marsh Farm this Nov/Dec 2016. Create lifelong memories as elves, reindeer, toy-makers and of course the Big Man himself invite you for an unforgettably magic experience, the whole family is sure to love. Visitors are welcome to stay all day and explore the farm outside of their scheduled experience times. Christmas Experience tickets also include FREE entry to Marsh Farm. Each Christmas Experience lasts approx. 2.5 hours.
Times: Various
Price: £19.95-£37.95 per child, including one adult entry (discount of £10 for card holders except from Christmas Eve); £10.00-£12.00 per additional adult (free for pass holders except on 23rd and Christmas Eve); Under 1’s (observers) free.

Santa at Hyde Hall Christmas Shopping Evening
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon
Date: 17 November 2016
An exclusive shopping evening with 20% off all purchases*. There’s also a festive market, local choir and the chance to meet Santa. *conditions apply
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm

Children’s Magic of Christmas at Hyde Hall
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon
Date: 25-27 November & 2-4 December 2016
Hyde Hall are celebrating the Magic of Christmas with a special visit from Santa Claus and his cheeky elves. There will be a story time session before you meet Santa, and please remember to bring your letter with you! As well as meeting Santa you can join in the Christmas craft activities and take your decorations home with you. To meet Santa you will need a book a timed session, spaces are limited. Please note that it is strictly 1 child per 2 adults. Alternatively you can just join in the Christmas crafts.
Time: 10.15am – 5.00pm (crafts 10.30am – 2.30pm)

Santa Specials at Epping Ongar Railway
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, CM5 9BN
Dates: 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, 21-24 Dec 2016
Santa is coming to the line to hear Christmas wishes on the trains and to give all the good girls and boys a present. Good Mums and Dads get a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine too. Special fares apply and advance booking is strongly recommended.
Times: Various (see website for details)
Price: From £14.00 adult, £11.00 child

Mince Pie Specials at Epping Ongar Railway
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, CM5 9BN
Dates: 27/28 Dec 2016
What better way to escape the extra servings of left-overs than to take a ride on our Mince Pie specials travelling through the wintry countryside?
Times: Various (see website for details)
Price: TBC

West Essex / South Essex 2016

Santa at The Haven at Langdon Visitor Centre
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EJ
Date: 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th Dec 2016
Meet Santa as he takes a break from his busy Christmas preparations.
Times: 12-3pm
Price: £5.00 per child

Father Christmas at The Essex Christmas Craft and Gift Show
Unit 7, Festival leisure park, Basildon, Essex SS14 3WB
Date: Sunday 20 November 2016
One of the Largest Christmas shopping events in Essex. Unique, high quality gifts, not found on the high street, brought to you by local independant companies. Everything you need to make your Christmas perfect. Father Christmas will be with us all day!
Times: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Santas Grotto at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0RN
Date: 3rd , 4th Dec 2016
Come and visit Santa in his grotto and get a Christmas present to take home. Craft activities also available. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
Times: 1-4pm
Price: £5.00 per child

Winter Wonderland at Chafford Gorges Nature Park
Grays, RM16 6RG
Date: 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th,  18th, 20th & 22nd Dec 2016
Come along to meet Father Christmas and receive your gift. Take your own photos in his Sleigh. Craft activities on the day £2.00, subject to availability . BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Times: 10.00am-3.00pm
Price: £6.00 per child

The Elves’ Grotto at Chicken and Frog Bookshop
7 Ongar Road, Brentwood, CM15 9AT
Date 28th November 2016
Visit the Helpers’ Grotto for a free gift! The elves and fairies will be waiting to meet you and find out what your Christmas wishes are. All welcome!
Times: 2-4pm
Price: FREE

Santa’s Grotto at Weald Country ParkEarly Booking Advised!
South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS
Dates: 26th & 27th Nov, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th 18th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd December 2016
Enjoy the Christmas magic of Weald’s famous festive Grotto with fantastic new additions for 2016. Families can walk through Santa’s Christmas cottage garden where he grows candy canes and winter vegetables. A friendly elf will welcome families into the elf workshop where they can hear about the toy making process and see some last-minute toys being made.  You can also visit visitors Mrs. Claus’s knitting station and feed the tame deer.
Times: Various
Price: £10.00 per child. Each Ticket includes one free accompanying adult, an additional adult ticket can be purchased on the day for £2.00.

Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centres SELLING FAST!
Langford Bridge, Ongar Road, Brentwood, CM15 0LB
Dates: Various dates in November and December 2016
Enjoy a meal with Father Christmas! Plus a special present, biscuit decorating, and fun festive activities.
Times: Various
Price: Meals cost between £3.99 and £14.95

Santa Express at Barnards Miniature RailwayFULLY BOOKED!
Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon, CM13 3LX
Dates: 3/4 & 10/11 Dec 2016
Father Christmas will again be visiting the BMR and handing out presents to good girls and boys. Good Mums and Dads get a free drink in the barn. Advanced booking is required.
Times: Various (see website for details)
Price: £12.50 per person

Father Christmas at Barleylands Farm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, CM11 2UD
Dates: Every weekend 3rd – 18th December and 19th-24th December 2016
Spend a day exploring the Farm Park and joining in extra Christmas activities including our brand new GIANT CHRISTMAS SNOW GLOBE that you and your family can actually get inside and you’ll be able to take home a photo memento too! The guest of honour, Father Christmas, will of course be there, and this year he’ll be making hourly appearances twice daily when he’ll be meeting and greeting all the families in our Festive Barn (rather than being in his grotto) and it’s included in entry. Please note we’ll be open until 1pm on Christmas Eve.
Price: From £14.95 for children (over 2 years); additional adults £6.50 adults; 20% discount for annual pass holders
Times: Various (see website for details)
01268 290218

Santa at Billericay Christmas Market 2016
High Street, Billericay, CM12 9AS
Date: Sunday 4 December 2016
Entry to the event is free as are Santa’s Grotto and Punch n Judy. Santa’s Parade led by a pipe and drum band to his Grotto starts at 11am so don’t be late. The car park also has donkey rides and small funfair rides for the youngsters and for all the family. With live entertainment on two stages, carols in the church and lots of traditional Christmas fayre, Hog roasts and mulled wine a great atmosphere is generated on the day.
Times: 11.00am – 5.00pm

Breakfast with Santa at View Garden Centre
Old Chelmsford Road, Rawreth, Rayleigh, Wickford, SS11 8SJ
Dates From 3 Dec 2016
The whole family will be welcomed into a wonderfully decorated café that’s filled with Christmas joy and song. Here the kids can enjoy decorating their own piece of Christmas Art to go on our very creative wall of decoration. Limited Spaces – Book early to avoid disappointment.
Times: Call for details
Price: £8.50 per person – 2015 prices, contact for more details
Tel: 01268 761119

Santa at Alton Garden Centre
Arterial Road (A127), Wickford, SS12 9JG
Dates: 12th November to 24th December 2016
Visit Santa’s enchanted winter wonderland. Once you enter the winter wonderland you will walk into a snowy land, you will see our Santa band playing and singing where Father Christmas awaits to see you in his magical grotto. Father Christmas will present each child with a lovely gift plus a seedling Christmas
Times: See website
Price: £6.00 on Nov dates (£8.00 Nov weekends); £8.00 Mon to Fri on Dec dates; £10.00 Dec weekends and 19th to 24 Dec

Christmas Party Weekend at Fun Factory
Purdleys Industrial Estate, Purdeys Way, Rochford, SS4 1ND
Dates/Times: 17th & 18th December 2016
Celebrate Christmas in style with an extra special Fun Factory weekend. For festive fun and season’s cheer, the only place to be is here! With extra special appearances from Santa. With extra special appearances from Santa. Includes sweets, face painting and balloon modeling.
Price: Usual admission applies

Peppa Pig Christmas Party at Fun Factory
Purdleys Industrial Estate, Purdeys Way, Rochford, SS4 1ND
Date:Thursday 15th December 2016
Come dressed in a costume to win prizes. Christmas music, free sweets, free face painting, free balloon modelling. With extra special appearances from Peppa and Santa.
Times: 9.30am-3.30pm
Price: Usual admission applies

Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden CentresSELLING FAST!
Nags Head Lane, Upminster Common, RM14 1TS
Dates: Various dates in November and December 2016
Enjoy a meal with Father Christmas! Plus a special present, biscuit decorating, and fun festive activities.
Times: Various
Price: Meals cost between £3.99 and £14.95

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Ingrebourne
New Windmill Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster
Dates: 1th & 18th December 2016
Join Father Christmas for breakfast (selection of cereals, porridge, toast with jam and fruit) in our café overlooking the marshes. Make a Christmas craft in the toy workshop then follow a trail through the woods to visit Father Christmas in his woodland grotto.
Time: 8.30am-10.30pm
Price: £10 per child includes breakfast, craft and gift.

Santa Train at Southminster Railway Station FULLY BOOKED!
Southminster, CM0 7EN
Step aboard the Santa train for lots of festive fun travelling from Southminster on the Crouch Valley line to Wickford. Father Christmas will be joining us for the twelfth year running leaving his sleigh behind. There will be lots of festive fun on board including carol singing, a Christmas wish tree, a name the fairy competition, plus face painting and craft activities. All children receive a gift from Santa and an activity pack. This event is suitable for families.
Times: 11.06am until 1.06pm
Price: £5.00 per adult; £1.00 per child
Tel: 01621 784962

Santa Specials at Mangapps Railway Museum
Southminster Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8DQ
Dates: 3/4, 10/11, 17/18 & 24 Dec 2016
We are now taking bookings for our ever-popular “Santa Special” days. Trains leave Mangapps Station for Old Heath (for the North Pole!). Tickets MUST be pre-booked.
Times: 1.30pm-5.30pm
Price: £12 Adults & Children over 3; £8 Children & babies under 3
Tel: 01621 784898

Santa on the Pier – Southend
Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE
Dates: 19 Nov – 24 Dec 2016
Come and visit Santa on the Pier in his winter wonderland. All children will receive a free gift and entry includes a free ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult.
Prices: £10 per child
Times: 10am- 4pm

See Santa at Sea-Life
Sea-Life Adventure, Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2ER
Dates: 3rd to 24th December 2016
See Santa for FREE at SeaLife Adventure! After you have seen Santa why not make the trip extra special and visit the aquarium for half price!! The Aquarium will be half price to all customers from 3rd December until 24th December.
Times: 11am to 5pm weekends; 10pm to 5pm weekdays
Price: FREE

Santa at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
Dates: 17th to 21st Dec 2016
Come and meet Santa at Belfairs Woodland Centre. A Gap has arisen in Santa’s busy Christmas schedule and he’s kindly agreed to visit Belfairs for five days in December! Good little children will join us for an hour of Christmas crafts and get to meet Santa himself, who will give out presents to all the boys and girls. There are several sessions throughout the day – ring the Centre for availablity. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Times: Various
Price: £8 per child
Tel: 01702 477467

Christmas Wonderland at Leisure Island Fun Park
Canvey Seafront, Eastern Esplanade, Canvey Island, SS8 7DL
Dates: 3rd, 4th, 10th-24th Dec 2016
Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and friends return to Adventure Island for our Christmas Grotto – Adventure Wonderland, and they want to see you!
Times: 12pm-7pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm-8pm Fri, 10am-8pm Sat, 10am-7pm Sun
Price: From £12.60-£19.60
Tel: 01702 443400

Santa at Loughton Club Charity Christmas Fayre
Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton IG10 4NX
Date: Saturday 26 November 2016
A charity christmas fayre to help raise money for the british heart foundation. Entrance fee: adult £1.00 and child 50p. There will be various stalls including stocking fillers, Avon, Glitter glasses, homemade jams and spreads, pet stall, personalised plates including santa plates, and much more.
Times: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Santa’s Grotto at Lakeside Shopping Centre
West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP
Dates: 12th November to 24th December 2016
The man himself lands at our Christmas Village on 14 November, so be sure to have all your wants and wishes ready by then. When you visit, you’ll be met by our talking gingerbread man and will leave with your choice of gifts from master-toymaker, Playmobil. Tickets are priced at £6 per child.
Times: Various (see website for details)
Price: £6.00
Tel: 01708 869 933

Santa at Rainham Village Christmas Fayre
Rainham Village
Date: Saturday 3 December
Join us for a day of festive fun including: Santa’s Grotto at The Royals; Live Entertainment; Princess Singalong; Farmers Market; Craft and Charity Stalls.
Times: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Elm Park Christmas Event
Elm Park, Havering
Date: Friday 25 November 2016
Come and join in the fun! The Salvation Army will be opening this wonderful event, and there will be balloon modelling, stilt walkers and magic while you wait your turn to see Santa in his grotto.Why not ride on the carousel, listen to the choirs sing and enjoy the Christmas sweet stall or a hog roast as you take in the atmosphere. Walk up to see the crib and farm animals at St Nicholas Church where carols will be sung and refreshments served. Have your face painted and visit the Youth Bus and Bedrock Radio which will be in the centre outside our varied independent shops.
Times: 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Father Christmas’ Grotto at The Harvey Centre
Harlow, CM20 1XR
Dates: 9th November to 24th December 2016
The Harvey Centre will be getting in the festive spirit from November – with the opening of a very special Grotto. Shoppers of all ages will be able to step inside a mini-winter wonderland to meet Father Christmas. Choose from your child’s photo to keep forever or a very special gift with the man himself. Families will also have the opportunity to purchase key rings, fridge magnets, or snow themed picture frames.
Times: Mon – Sat 10am to 5pm (Lunch 1-2pm),  Sunday 11am – 4pm (Lunch 1-2pm)
Price: £4.50 with a gift, £4.50 with a photo or £6.00 for both, or £25 for the Package Deal with photo extras
Tel: 01279 442 981

Santa’s Grotto at Romford Shopping Hall
43 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB
Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday from 19 November, then daily from 19 to 24 December 2016 (closing at 1pm on Christmas Eve)
This fabulous grotto includes a present from the Big Man himself. You may take as many FREE photos on your phone as you like! Santa looks fantastic – simply magical!
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Price: £5 per child and £1 will go to 1st Harold Hill scouts for their new trailer

Romford Market Christmas Post Office
Market Place, Romford RM1 3ER
Dates: Wednesday 7 December to 14 December 2016
Come with the kids to write their letters to Santa on Romford Market and make some Magic Reindeer Food or craft-y messages of love for the big guy, when he comes to your house on Christmas Eve.
Times: 11am to 4pm (daily)

Collier Row Victorian Christmas Event
Collier Row Town Centre
Date: Friday 2 December 2016
Meet Santa and his Reindeer in his Magical Grotto at Chigwell Window Centre and enjoy Live Music , Christmas Craft Stall, Face Painting, Kids Rdes and More!
Time: 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Santa’s Grotto at Parndon Wood Nature Reserve
Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, CM19 4SF
Dates: 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th December 2016
Come to see Santa as he pops along to the reserve at his busiest time of year! Christmas fun to be had by all with our Elf Trail, Christmas arts and crafts and lots more!
Times: 11.00am-4.00pm
Price: £3.00 per child

Santa Specials at Audley End Miniature Railway
Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JB
Dates: 26/27 Nov, 3/4, 10/11, 17-24th Dec 2016
Enjoy a magical family day out at the Audley End Miniature Railway this Christmas! Take the Santa Express into the woods to visit Father Christmas and his Elves at his woodland Grotto. Make sure you look out for the naughty elves along your journey, they can be so cheeky sometimes! Price also includes a complimentary hot drink of coffee, tea or mulled wine along with a sample of roasted chestnuts for the adults
Times: Trains run from 11.00am – 4.40pm
Price: £10.00 per person during Dec; under 2’s travel free
Tel: 01799 542134