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Five of the best Father Christmas Experiences in Surrey 2018

by Jo on October 22, 2017

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Five of the best Father Christmas Experiences in Surrey 2018 and some extras a little further afield!


We all know that Christmas is looming (even if we are in denial), and your starting to think about the magical trip to see the big man himself! I first created this blog back in 2017 and it was so well received I’ve updated it for 2018!

My first piece of advice… if you haven’t already booked your Father Christmas experience, do it now! All the very best experiences sell out very quickly.

Squire’s – Christmas Circus: The Greatest Snowman

Father Christmas experience Surrey

Come and join Frosty as he causes mayhem in his quest to become ‘The Greatest Snowman’.

This year Squire’s garden centres are hosting a circus with a chance of the children to meet Father Christmas after exciting acts like;

  • Aerial Silks
  • Aerial straps
  • Chair balancing
  • Rolling globe
  • Tennis racket juggling
  • Wheel of death

Bocketts farm – highly recommended in social mums groups

Father Christmas Bocketts Farm

Visit Father in his traditional haybarn workshop. There are lots of fun activities including a festive craft corner, fun elf trail, giant snowglobe and over 20 new born baby lambs!

Chessington World of Adventures – Santa’s sleepovers

Why not make it an overnight occasion! Chessington World of Adventures are offering Santa’s Sleepover specials. Celebrate with the Gruffalo and the magical Winter’s trail.

There are a range of packages which include:

  • 2 day access to the Winter’s Tail Park event, including selected rides and attractions
  • Access to the Chessington Zoo and SEA LIFE centre
  • Animal Meet and Greets
  • An overnight stay at one of our Resort’s wonderful hotels, plus breakfast
  • Opportunity to meet Father Christmas in his Christmas-tastic grotto

For all the finer details check out:

Perfect for: families that are looking to spend some quality fun time together.

Painshill Park – bookings go live 1st October 2018

If you are looking for an outdoorsy, uncommercialised Father Christmas experience then Painshill Park is the one for you but you have to be quick, it sells out every year and very quickly!

Father Christmas will be waiting for children inside a natural Crystal Grotto. If you haven’t been to Painshill before, it is quite a long walk from the entrance of Painshill to the Grotto so make sure you wrap up warm!

Perfect for: families who like to adventure outdoors in nature!

Crockford Bridge Farm – highly recommended in social mums groups

Bookings open Early November

Visit Santa in his cosy cabin nestled in the heart of a real Christmas Tree forest. Crockford Bridge Farm hold a unique walking performance through a real Christmas Tree forest.  After being entertained by a cast of characters along the way, you will meet Father Christmas in his Log Cabin. There is a gift for every child and a chance to share your Christmas wishes.

Perfect for: families who love to wander through enchanted forests!

Looking for something EXTRA special a little further afield?

Father Christmas at the Hall

Father Christmas at the Hall is an hour long interactive experience, little helpers will journey through spaces within the historic Royal Albert Hall and meet a range of enchanting characters from the North Pole, including toy soldiers, fairies, workshop elves, toymakers, and of course, the real Father Christmas.

Perfect for: families who love exploring history.

Lapland UK

Lapland UK offers the cremé de la cremé of Father Christmas experiences but does have a price tag to match!

Located in Great Windsor Park, Lapland UK is a fully immersive experience that includes personalised letters before and after the experience, shows, ice skating and much much more.

‘A truly unique and enchanting experience, and one that children will never forget. LaplandUK is an award-winning immersive and theatrical Christmas experience for children, offering a tailor-made three and a half hour journey through the magical Arctic homeland of Father Christmas and his elves.’ – Lapland UK

Perfect for: families looking for the extra special experience.

Watercress Line

Jump on board a traditional steam train for a magical Father Christmas experience on the Watercress line. With trains leaving from Alresford, about an hour and a half drive, you’ll have a wonderful experience when Father Christmas and his elves join the train and visit each child in their seats! There is an activity pack to keep them entertained on this enchanting one hour journey and drinks and nibbles for everyone!

Perfect for: families with train mad children!

Story telling with Father Christmas at Fortnums

Suitable for children aged 8-11, during December Father Christmas will be sharing special story-telling sessions at Fortnum and Mason. There’ll be an opportunity for last minute present requests and festive goodie bags to take home.

Perfect for: families looking for something a bit luxurious.

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Best Father Christmas Experiences in Surrey