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Father Christmas Kent & East Sussex Updated – Best places to visit Santa this year!

Father Christmas Kent & East Sussex

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Father Christmas Kent & East Sussex – We are all in need of a joyous end to 2020 and visiting Santa would be a lovely way to ‘wrap things up’. We have updated this blog post to reflect the latest Covid rules (this has been updated on 1st December 2020) and we really hope this will be helpful.

****NOTE – Obviously we need to stay within our own Tiers at the moment so please ignore the Tier 2 venues if you currently live in Tier 3****

Visiting Father Christmas in Kent and East Sussex is usually so lovely and we normally have so many different options but things are a little different for now. Watch this space though as things might change and more tickets to see Father Christmas may become available.

Please note there are a few ‘wild cards’ in here that aren’t in Kent and East Sussex but are close enough to Tunbridge Wells to be able to do a day trip there. However this will all depends on the latest Covid rules at the time…

We also have a blog post all about the Best Family Days Out this December in Kent and East Sussex so remember to check that out too!

Find out where to see Father Christmas Kent & East Sussex…

♥  Bluewater

Bluewater are offering a brand new immersive festive experience, Believe. Brimming with uplifting fun-filled festive twists that all the family will enjoy, tickets are on sale now.

December update: There seems to be decent weekday availability but nothing left on the weekends…

♥   Bocketts Farm

Bocketts Farm are pleased to announce that Father Christmas will be returning this year. They haven’t released any info yet but have advised people to sign up to their email newsletter to receive all the details and ticket release dates. Set against the backdrop of the amazing historic woodlands, your little ones can enjoy a truly special and authentic family visit.

December update: Visits to see Father Christmas at Bocketts Farm are now sold out…

♥  Reuthes – The Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks 

Reuthes in Sevenoaks still have some availability for the extra sessions they have just released for meeting Father Christmas in his Woodland Grotto on 11th, 12th and 13th December (Fri to Sun). Father Christmas and his crew will be welcoming visitors, set against the backdrop of the amazing historic woodlands. Your little ones can enjoy a truly special and authentic family visit.

Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink Father Christmas

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Father Christmas and his friendly elves will be welcoming families in his cosy Log cabin at the terrific Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink between now and Thursday 24th December 2020. This year Father Christmas is offering three other options for you to book; a home visit, a street visit or a Zoom call. Spaces are very limited now so you’ll need to be quick. Please see Father Christmas in Kent for booking details.

December update: This is currently sold out but we will let you know if any extra dates are being offered. Plus there may be a limited number of tickets available on the day – so ask when you arrive. The Ice Rink is going to be open from 11th September to 17th January. 

♥   Chessington Garden Centre

This was recommended by several readers last year. Chessington Garden Centre Wonderland Experience transports you to a magical land full of festive cheer. The visit will conclude with a personal visit with Santa and a very special sneak peek into his toy workshop where you will be able to choose your very own Christmas gift. Also on offer are SEND sessions. At these sessions, they will close to the general public and allow customers with special educational needs or disabilities to access the amazing Wonderland and have a great time.

December update: Chessington Garden Centre’s Wonderland Experience is sold out.

Father Christmas Kent & East Sussex

Where else can you see Father Christmas Kent & East Sussex?

Drusillas Park  

Drusillas invite you to visit Santa in his cosy Christmas Cottage, meet their lovable husky dogs in the husky ice cave, sample some festive food and marvel at their giant Christmas tree. We really enjoyed our visit there last year.

December update: Father Christmas visits at Drusillas are now sold out

♥  Hever Castle

Hever Castle are giving visitors the opportunity to become Peter Pan and chase your shadow through Neverland to experience the wonders of never growing old. Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a visit to Father Christmas at Hever. Their website has detailed info with availability dates.

December update: Father Christmas visits at Hever Castle are now sold out. However visiting Hever Castle at Christmas, whether you meet Santa or not, is absolutely magical. They still have availability for garden only visits. We have just booked ours and tend to do this every year…

♥  Kent and East Sussex Railway

Tickets for the Santa Specials on the Kent and East Sussex Railway have just gone on sale! The experience for 2020 includes a Steam Train Ride for 70 minute return journey, a complimentary refreshment pack for each family to enjoy during the journey, age-appropriate presents for all children 11 and under, a magician providing on-board entertainment, free rides on the vintage gallopers on-site at Tenterden a free photograph of your family group and a visit to the station’s Christmas model village. As well as meeting Father Christmas of course!

December update: Sadly the Santa Specials on the Kent and East Sussex Railway have been cancelled this year.

♥   Kent Life

Father Christmas will be taking time out of his busy schedule to stop off at Kent Life on selected dates between 29th November and 24th December. Meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto and take home a special gift. There’s also the opportunity to decorate some festive gingerbread. The farmyard friends love a visit during December too.

December update: Tickets for the Santa experience at Kent Life are currently unavailable. 

♥   Lapland UK

Lapland UK has rave reviews and a section on their website dedicated to reviews from famous visitors! Lapland UK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas Story brought to life through a 4 hour immersive experience and, of course, a visit to see Father Christmas. It does sound really magical but with December dates starting at a minimum of £89 per person it’s not going to be within everyone’s budget this year (including mine!).

December update: There is currently still availability for Lapland UK on selected dates. They have extended their dates to 10th January and have come up with a post-Christmas ‘Elfmas’ theme. However as we are currently in Tier 3 here in Kent, this isn’t currently an option at the moment…

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Somewhere a bit different to see Santa?

♥   Legoland

Legoland looks slightly different this year. Whilst Father Christmas won’t be able to invite anyone into his Grotto due to social distancing, visitors will be able to see him as he makes his way through the park on his very own magical sleigh. Don’t forget to wave to his elves.

December update: Tickets are still currently available on selected dates

♥  Ruxley Manor Garden Centre

Ruxley Manor is pleased to announce that tickets for their Grotto will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 14th October. In addition to meeting Father Christmas privately in his Grotto and receiving a special gift to take home, the ticket price also includes a printed photograph at the end of the experience. Don’t forget to join Mother Christmas in her kitchen to make her secret recipe of reindeer food.

December update: Tickets for seeing Father Christmas at Ruxley Manor have sold out

♥    Spa Valley Railway

The Spa Valley Railway are now taking bookings for their Santa Special. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Santa Claus himself from the comfort of your seat whilst on board this impressive steam train. Read our Santa Specials review here!

December update: Tickets are currently sold out for the Spa Valley Railway Santa Specials 

♥    The Hop Farm

The Hop Farm invite you to meet Father Christmas up close and in person in his magical grotto experience. There is lots of festive fun to be had in the Big Red Grotto.

December update: There is currently just one slot available to see Father Christmas at The Hop Farm on Tuesday 15th December

♥  The Reindeer Centre

The Reindeer Centre are hosting Father Christmas and his Elves to spread some much needed Christmas spirit. The reindeer will be in their usual spot in the barn and you can learn interesting facts about them and maybe feed them some food.

December update: Tickets have sold out for The Reindeer Centre.  


Father Christmas Kent & East Sussex

More info about these places to see Father Christmas Kent and East Sussex coming soon…

♥   Millbrook Garden Centre – Staplehurst

Millbrook Garden Centre are hoping to do a special story time with Santa. Keep an eye on their website over the next few weeks for further details.

December update: Sadly Millbrook won’t be hosting a Christmas Grotto this year

♥  Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place are expected to revisit last year’s Christmas interactive, panto-style storytelling performances to get all the family joining in and having fun. Details will be released soon.

December update: Sadly Penshurst Place won’t be hosting Christmas events this year

♥   Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures

Details for seeing Santa at Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures should be released very soon. Keep an eye on Social Media for the information as it’s released.

December update: Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures will be hosting a Christmas Variety Show with an appearance from Father Christmas. Tickets are still available.

♥  Royal Victoria Place

We don’t have information about Royal Victoria Place this Christmas as yet so can only assume that Father Christmas will not be visiting this year. However we will update this post if we do hear anything…

A couple of other Christmas options! 

♥  Bedgebury

Bedgebury Pinetum are putting the sparkle into Christmas. Back for a third year they will be lighting up the tree canopies with their spectacular after-dark illuminated trail. You might glimpse Father Christmas and his elf amongst the pines, spruce and first.

December update: At the time of updating this post, there was just one space available on 12th December but everything else had sold out

Chessington World of Adventures

Further afield, Chessington World of Adventures still have good availability for their ‘Winter’s Tail.’ Enjoy safe, festive fun with your nearest and deer-est on selected dates between now and 4th January 2021 with some of your favourite characters. Meet Father Christmas, team up with the cheeky Elves in the Magical Christmas Kitchen, and celebrate with The Gruffalo in a festive show. Plus enjoy a selection of rides and meet some of our amazing animals in the Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre.

♥   Tulleys Farm

Tulleys Farm are delighted to introduce their Drive in Interactive Christmas Show. See their website for further details. I’m not sure that it actually includes a visit with Father Christmas but it sounds like a great day out!

December update: There is still some availability for the Drive IN Interactive Christmas Show at Tulleys Farm


If you know of any other places to visit Father Christmas Kent and East Sussex which you think should be included in this blog post, please do let me know by emailing clare@mytunbridgewells.com or by commenting below!