Christmas is on its way, which means Santa is Coming to Town! If you would like to know where you can meet him in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, read on…
Where to find Santa in Northamptonshire
Northampton & Lamport Railway: Santa Specials
Sunday 27th Nov. Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th, Sat 17th, Sun 18th & Sat 24th Dec.
Visit Santa in his Magical Grotto, take a train ride along the Northampton & Lamport Railway. Every child will receive a present, soft drink & biscuit.
Pitsford & Brampton Station, Pitsford Rd, Chapel Brampton, NN6 8BA. 01604 820327. www.nlr.org.uk
Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th, Sat 17th, Sun 18th, Mon 19th, Tues 20th, Weds 21st, Thurs 22nd, Fri 23rd & Sat 24th Dec.
A 1 1/2hr hour cruise through the Blisworth tunnel. Santa meets each child and gives them a present. Party games and music will be played during the cruise.
The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne, Nr. Towcester, NN12 7SB. 01604 862428. www.boatinn.co.uk
Welford Christmas Tree Farm
Sat 26th, Sun 27th Nov. Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec.
Visit Santa in his Magical NEW Grotto for 2016 – all profits are given to charity (extra dates added on website!). Say hello to the friendly farm animals, enjoy free children’s Art & Crafts area, plus from 26th Nov you can meet Santa’s Reindeer and feed them some ‘Magic Moss’.
Jct 1 of A14, Northampton Road, Welford, NN6 6JF. 01858 657008. www.welfordchristmastreefarm.co.uk
Northampton Christmas Charity Fun Day
Sun 20th Nov, 11am – 4pm.
There will be a Santa’s Grotto, face-painting, activity section, Disney Princesses, reptiles, dance performances & over 30 stall holders. Raising funds for Parkinson’s UK & local charity the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal & Cransley Hospice.
Franklin’s Gardens, Weedon Road, Northampton, NN5 5BG. [email protected] Northampton Christmas Charity Fun Day Facebook Page
Xscape for Christmas!
Sat 17th – Sat 24th Dec.
Children can visit Santa and get an early Christmas gift, for FREE!
Children can also join in the free Elf Art & Craft workshops daily from 18th November.
Booking is recommended to see Santa.
Xscape, 602 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3XS. www.xscape.co.uk
Where to find Santa in Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire
A Victorian Christmas
Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Fri 9th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th, Fri 16th, Sat 17th & Sun 18th Dec.
Carols by candlelight in the parlour. Enjoy the roaring fire & milled wine. Kinds can have fun making Christmas crafts. Visit Father Christmas & his elves in the grotto. A gift for each child.
Milton Keynes Museum, McConnell Drive, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5EL. 01908 316222. www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk
Christmas Kingdom at Mead Open Farm
Sat 26th Nov – Sat 24th Dec.
Meet Santa and his elves! All under cover and heated, there’s over 7,000 square feet of festive and magical fun for the whole family to discover. Meet Santa in his grotto and choose a toy from his Toy Shop.
Stanbridge Road, Billington, Near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH. 01525 952954. www.meadopenfarm.co.uk
Claydon Christmas Tree Farm
Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec. Fri 9th Dec, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Come along to the Farm & browse the Christmas Barn full of delightful traditional decorations & gifts. Children can visit the nativity corner and meet Santa in his grotto & his team of reindeer.
Stone Court Barn, West Street, Steeple Clayton, MK18 2LJ. 01296 733646. www.claydonchristmastreefarm.co.uk
Festive Day Out with Thomas
Sat 26th & Sun 27th Nov. Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec
Ride in the steam train behind Thomas the Tank Engine and meet Father Christmas on the train, a present child. Face painting, colouring and badge making & children’s show.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, HP22 4BY. 01296 655720. www.bucksrailcentre.org
Where to find Santa in Warwickshire
Christmas At The Castle
Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec
Immerse yourself in all things festive with our weekend of Christmas fun for all the family. Enjoy crafts and storytelling and for all those who have been good this year, share an audience with our very special guest in his grotto.
Kenilworth Castle, Castle Green, Kenilworth, CV8 1NG. 01926 852078. www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenilworth
Enchanted Christmas Kingdom
Sat 17th – Sat 24th Dec
Come and meet Father Christmas in the magical grotto and receive a golden key to unlock the Toy Shop! There will be lots of festive entertainment; Christmas Show, Art & Crafts, Story Telling, Puppets and meet the Reindeer.
Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, CV35 8XA. 01926 843411. www.hattonworld.com
Miracle on Magic Alley
Thurs 24th Nov – Sat 24th Dec
Children of all ages will be enchanted as the real Father Christmas returns to the most traditional grotto. Every child will receive a specially commissioned book to read on Christmas Eve. Grown-ups receive a gift too!
STMO Media, Magic Alley, 21 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW. 01789 290969. www.stratfordchristmasfestival.co.uk
Weekends, Sat 3rd – Sun 18th Dec and Daily Mon 19th – Sat 24th Dec
Enjoy a Christmas Fairytale at this magical event: children can meet Santa in his indoor fairytale grotto and receive a present, join in with various festive activities, enjoy all the usual Fairytale Farm attractions and see the enchanting Christmas lights.
Fairytale Farm, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, OX7 5QH. 01608 238014. www.fairytalefarm.co.uk
Where to find Santa in Oxfordshire
Day Out With Thomas to Meet Father Christmas
Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th, Sat 17th, Sun 18th, Weds 21st & Thurs 22nd Dec
Ride in a steam train behind Thomas the Tank Engine. Meet the Fat Controller. Children’s entertainment. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Present for each child.
Didcot Parkway Rail Station, Didcot, OX11 7NJ. 01235 817200. www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Santa Bus Grotto
Sun 11th & Sun 18th Dec. 12.15pm & 2.45pm
Come aboard the Santa Bus Grotto. Take a 20 minute vintage bus ride with Santa. A present for every child. Price includes free entry into the museum – children can climb aboard the buses and become a driver!
Oxford Bus Museum & Morris Motors Museum, Hanborough Railway Station, Long Hanborough, OX29 8LA. www.oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk
Some events must be pre-booked and event details are correct at time of the printing of our magazine but may change, please check before attending.