Where to see Santa

Some of us call the big guy Santa, some Father Christmas. Whatever you call him, let us help you discover the festive joy that awaits you as we help you find the best places to visit Santa Claus in the UK.

From charming grottos to festive theme parks, we will help you locate and secure the best tickets for planning Santa visits near you as you get the whole family into the festive spirit, creating an unforgettable experience for all ages.

Unwrap the magic and immerse yourself in the warmth and wonder of the season as we guide you through the destinations where Santa Claus spreads joy and cheer across the UK.

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A Little About Father Christmas

The tradition of visiting Santa Claus has deep historical roots and has evolved over the centuries.

Saint Nicholas

The tradition traces back to Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Christian bishop from Myra (in modern-day Turkey). He was known for his generosity and love for children. Over time, stories of his kindness spread, contributing to the creation of the figure we now know as Santa Claus.

Sinterklaas in Europe

Dutch settlers brought the tradition of Sinterklaas to America in the 18th century. Sinterklaas, based on Saint Nicholas, was celebrated on December 5th/6th in the Netherlands. Over time, the American version evolved, and the date shifted to December 25th.

Thomas Nast’s Illustrations

In the 19th century, the American illustrator Thomas Nast played a significant role in shaping the modern image of Santa Claus. His illustrations for Harper’s Weekly depicted Santa as a plump, jolly man with a white beard, a red suit, and a sack of toys.

Coca-Cola’s Influence

In the 1930s, Coca-Cola’s advertising campaigns featuring a happy and plump Santa Claus enjoying a Coke further popularized the modern image of Santa. This portrayal solidified the red suit and white beard as iconic elements of Santa’s appearance.

Department Store Santas

The practice of children visiting Santa in department stores became widespread in the early 20th century. It was a successful marketing strategy to attract families during the holiday season.

Today, visiting Santa remains a beloved holiday tradition, with various cultural and regional variations. It’s a festive experience that brings joy, wonder, and a sense of magic to the holiday season for people of all ages.

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