20+ Awesome Places To See Santa In London 2023
Looking for places to see Santa in London this Christmas?
We have been to lots of Santa’s Grottos over the years and have found that some of the best are in London. London really is one of the best cities in the UK to visit at Christmas with kids as there are so many fabulous London attractions for kids.
We’ve never managed to get into the Santa’s Grotto at Harrods but we’ll put it on here anyway in case you happen to be a Gazillionaire (or as lucky as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)!
We haven’t been to all of these places to see Father Christmas in London. This post is just a way to let you know what is on this year and we’ll aim to update it when more dates are released.
For the London Santa’s Grottos that have been announced, tickets are selling out fast so book soon to secure your meeting with Father Christmas in London!
Looking for something a bit special this year? How about looking into one of the Santa Sleepovers in the UK or even booking a DIY Lapland trip (which works out much cheaper than the package holidays!)
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Visiting London for the first time? How about getting some London themed games and entertainment for the kids? Perfect for the hotel room or restaurants…
If you want to combine your London Santa visit with some of the top attractions in London at Christmas, we can recommend these ones for kids:
London attractions at Christmas
- London Eye (see what’s on at Christmas at the London Merlin attractions)
- Madame Tussauds (see our full review of Madame Tussauds here).
- Shrek’s Adventure (a bit alternative but if your little one is a Shrek fan, they can meet Shrek Santa in his Shrektacular Grotto on 3rd,4th,10th,11th and 17th – 24th December). See also things to do near Waterloo with kids.
- London Dungeon
- SEA LIFE
- Tower of London – bringing the 12 days of Christmas to life. See our review of the Tower of London.
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London Christmas shows
- The Snowman – an absolute must-see when in London at Christmas with kids.
- Elf – The Musical.
- Potted Panto – 7 classic pantos in 70 minutes.
- Jack and the Beanstalk – classic pantomime at the London Palladium.
- Santa Rocks – Santamime comes to London’s West End @ Wonderville.
Finally, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in London with kids, we have a few suggestions at the end of the post.
Places to see Santa in London in 2023
Visiting a Santa’s Grotto in London is just one of the many fabulously festive family Christmas events in London.
These 2023 London Grottos have not all released their dates yet so check back in as we will be updating this post.
ZSL London Zoo
They are also offering the opportunity for a VIP Breakfast with Mrs Claus on select dates.
If you live locally, the London Zoo annual membership is definitely worth getting. See also what is going on at Whipsnade Zoo at Christmas as your zoo membership can also get you into nearby Whipsnade.
Dates: 25th November to 1st January 2024.
Ticket Price: £Currently need to email to express interest.
Location: London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY.
Dates: Tickets are usually released mid-November. The caveat is that you need to have spent at least £2000.00 in their store or be one of the 160 lucky families to get a ticket when they are released. This is out of a total of 4,400 tickets so the chances are quite slim.
Ticket Price: £20.00 per child.
Location: Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL.
There is a brand new Santa’s Grotto in Hamleys for 2023.
Dates: 2023 dates coming soon.
Ticket Price: Up to 3 people – £50.00, 4 people – £65.00, 5 people – £80.00 and 6 people – £95.00.
Location: Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, London, W1B 5BT.
Dates: Weekends in December 2023.
Ticket Price: £12.50 per child.
Location: Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR.
There is also a fabulous light show here which is a lovely thing to do with kids at Christmas.
The National Gallery
Ticket Price: Ticket on sale from Mid October.
Location: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Dates: 17th November to 1st January 2024.
Ticket Price: Visiting Santa’s Grotto is free but you need to buy a ticket to Winter Wonderland. First come, first served.
Location: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH.
Ticket Price: From £60.00 per person.
Location: Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB.
Dates: Mid-November 2023.
Ticket Price: FREE.
Location: Duke of York Square, 80 Kings Road, London.
Dates: Mid-November to 23rd December 2023.
Ticket Price: £10.00 per child plus booking fee.
Location: Greenwich Market, Durnford Street, Greenwich, SE10 9HZ.
Museum of London Docklands
Ticket Price: £12.50 per child.
Location: Museum of London Docklands, No1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL.
London Transport Museum
Dates: 24th November to 4th January 2024.
Ticket Price: TBC.
Location: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB.
The Strand Palace
Ticket Price: £25.00 per child (including gift), £5.00 per adult and £8.00 for a photo.
Location: The Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ.
Also just a short stroll from here is the Somerset House ice skating rink, one of the best places to go ice skating in London.
Ticket Price: £14.50 per child.
Location: Alexandra Palace East Court, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY.
You might want to combine this visit with some ice skating too!
Royal Albert Hall
Ticket Price: £21.50 per child.
Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP.
Ticket Price: TBC.
Location: Exchange House, 12 Exchange Square, London, EC2A 2BQ.
Fortnum & Mason
Dates: Sold Out for 2023.
Ticket Price: On sale 8th September 2023 at 7.30am. Book through their events page.
Location: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London, W1A 1ER.
Pop along to see the fabulous Christmas light trail and say hello to Santa along the way.
Dates: 15th November 2023 to 7th January 2024.
Ticket Price: Adult – £21.50 to £28.50, Child (4-16) – £14.00 to £14.50, Under 4 – Free.
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE.
Chelsea Physic Garden
Dates: 2nd to 17th December 2023.
Ticket Price: £12.50 per child and £10.50 for an accompanying adult.
Location: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS.
The Jungle Cave (formerly Rainforest Café) is one of our recommendations for family-friendly restaurants in London and offers the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa in London.
The breakfast lasts 90 minutes and includes a meeting with Santa and a goody bag for children.
Ticket Price: From £15.00 per person.
Location: Jungle Cave, 20 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 7EU.
Hard Rock Cafe
Dates: Santa’s Grotto is taking place at weekends during December.
Ticket Price: TBC.
Location: Hard Rock Café, Criterion Building, 225-229 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HR.
Dates: 11th November to 24th December 2023.
Ticket Price: Children – £14.95, Adults – £3.95.
Location: Springtime Nurseries, Cattlegate Road, Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9EE.
The National Trust has a few lovely properties in London that usually offer a meet Father Christmas experience.
Ham House is a great example. This London Santa experience takes place mid-December.
Make sure to check out the NT website to see what else is going on this Christmas in London. Haven’t got your National Trust membership? You can buy an annual pass here.
These are the best places to see Santa in London in 2023.
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We also have a whole section on Christmas if you are looking for more festive days out this year, including details on the best Christmas markets in the UK and, if we can travel this year, the best Christmas markets in Europe!
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Accommodation in London
Looking for the perfect, family-friendly hotel in London to complete your visit to London at Christmas?
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences – Located in Mayfair, this is a 5 star luxury aparthotel with a difference.
The Ritz – Located on Piccadilly near Hyde Park Corner.
The Rubens at the Palace – Located near Buckingham Palace.
Park Plaza County Hall – Located near the London Eye.
Premier Inn Waterloo – Located by Westminster Bridge near the London Eye.