Top 10 Places to Visit Father Christmas in The West Midlands in 2021.
National Sea Life Centre
No dates as yet for 2021
A visit to the Sea Life Centre has always been a popular choice for our children, particularly when they were small. Little ones especially like the fact that so much of it is at their level and they can literally get ‘eye to eye’ with the colourful and quick creatures of the deep. The Sea Life is home to a family of Gentoo penguins all year round however, at Christmas they usually provide hospitality for Father Christmas who is right at home in their icy cave. Meet Santa is included FREE with your entry ticket.
Discover our chocolatey zones and whole host of seasonal activities for all the family, weekends from 20th November – 19th December + 20th – 23rd December 2021! Tickets include entry to see Santa in his exclusive stage show!
What would Christmas be without chocolate! Living in the West Midlands, we are all well aware our proximity to Bournville and the home of chocolate itself. However, a visit at Christmas offers something a little different. Tickets include entry to Father Christmas as well as a Pantomime Performance and a gift for the children. You also, of course, get the chance to see how chocolate is made and taste lots of treats along the way. Good luck resisting the shop at the end (although a great place to do a spot of Christmas shopping!).
The Snowdome, Staffordshire
13th November – 31st December 2021 (excluding Christmas Day)
Santa’s back at the SnowDome for Christmas 2021 with a family festive extravaganza! From 13th November, his magical winter wonderland in the snow returns and this year he’s all set to spread extra special magic along the way, including a new larger theatre experience. With real snow, real animals and the ALL NEW winter wonderland show, it’s the ultimate Christmas adventure for all the family!
The Snowdome offers a great day out and with all that snow, is an obvious choice for visiting Father Christmas! With real snow, real animals and an all new Winter Wonderland Show, this is a fantastic experience of all the family. Children get the chance to slide and play in real snow and walk through an enchanted forest, hitch a ride on a sledge and experience all real snow has to offer before they visit Father Christmas. There is also the option to watch from the promenade for little ones or those not too confident on the snow! After meeting the reindeer and watching the show, they finally get to visit Father Christmas in an exciting conclusion to their snowy adventure.
Exotic Zoo, Telford
*NO DATES SET FOR 2021 YET
This one is a real local for us in Telford. Around 2 years ago, our local ‘Animal Man’ set up camp in an independent garden centre. Following acquisition of their Zoo License, the small Zoo has grown in size and stature over the past year and is now an excellent little day out. Father Christmas takes up residence in their Igloo and children encounter several real animals before meeting the man himself. With a chance to see some old favourites such as Little the Donkey and Dodger the horse along with some more exotic creatures such as Elsa and Rosie the snakes, the children get a fabulous experience and lots of opportunity for hands on too! There is a small café in the garden centre that serves excellent tea and cake and the children have a gift included in their Father Christmas visit too.
Santa Safari at Hawkstone Park and Follies
3rd December 2021 ‐ 23rdDecember 2021
A magical adventure by Land Rover through the illuminated woodland to see Santa in his real hillside Grotto. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
This is something we have yet to do but something that is on our list to try! After arriving, checking in and warming up with a festive hot rink, you are whisked away in a 4×4 through an illuminated enchanted forest and under the ‘wishing arch’ to visit Father Christmas and his reindeer in a real, hillside grotto. The elves will then keep everyone entertained as you wind your way through beautifully decorated caverns and tunnels until you arrive at the magical grotto itself. A gift is included and there is also a restaurant on site if you fancy turning it into a longer adventure.
Santa Hunt at Black Country Living Museum
11,12,18 & 19th December 2021
Visit this December for an Enchanted Christmas…
With 5 years between my children, I always try to find something that will appeal to both…This year, we are trying out the Santa Hunt at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. The museum in itself is a great day out so we have high hopes for an exciting experience! Families are encouraged to search for Father Christmas amongst the costumed guides, meeting some Christmassy Characters along the way. The challenge is to solve some enchanted clues, sprinkle some magic dust on reindeer shoes and send some letters up the chimney before encountering the man himself who will reward the travellers with a gift.
Santa and his elves are getting ready for the big day. The presents are being mined, the Christmas trees are being planted and the Sugarplum Fairies are busy making delicious treats. But mischief is afoot – the Rat King and his army are trying to ruin Christmas! Santa has called in the Nutcracker General and his friends to keep the Rat King and his pesky partners at bay. Will you step into this magical world to help them save Christmas?
Please note that entry to this event is via a special event ticket, which you can book below. UnChained Passes and Memberships cannot be used for entry to this event.
Meet Father Christmas at the Shakespeare Family Homes
No dates for 2021 yet
Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon
September 2021 – update
We are currently planning to open the Mansion for Christmas (ground floor and basement) with themed festive decorations for a Christmas Hosted By Attingham.
There wil be festive decorations outdoors at Attingham, and a fun family trail.
Father Christmas visits will take place at Sunnycroft again this year.
We’re still finalising the opening, admission arrangements and details for Christmas this year and will update this webpage and share details on our social media accounts as soon as we are able to.
When our children were very small, this was our ‘go to’ place to visit Father Christmas. As National Trust members, we are regular visitors to Attingham and know the site well (check out our recent review of Attingham Park). The café is wonderful: their selection of homemade food (including cake) never fails to please, and they do a decent coffee! The house itself is decorated for Christmas in a traditional Victorian style and if you time it right, you can listen to carol singers too! The experience itself begins by doing some Christmas Craft to keep the little ones busy until you are called to knock on the wardrobe door and walk through the fur coats into a magical winter wonderland! You have a period of time with just your party and Father Christmas and this is often in a spacious room which makes it ideal for nervous little ones who are experiencing this for the first time. There is also a wonderful big playing field if you fancy braving the cold and letting the little ones let off steam! Another one that gets booked up quite quickly but if you are happy with weekday evening dates you may just get lucky!
You can read all about where to visit
Breakfast or Tea with Santa at Dobbies, Shrewsbury
from 4th December 2021
There is nothing like breakfast or Tea with Santa to get you in the mood for Christmas. We have tried out a few local places and have come to the conclusion that for quality of breakfast, experience and the gift itself, our preferred venue is Dobbies in Shrewsbury (we have not yet tried out Tea with Santa). Dobbies operate nationally and booking is via their website so it is super easy to organise (I also found out this weekend that altering the date is a doddle as I booked the wrong date and need to change it, this was an instantaneous process which was very welcome!). These popular family events includes a hot or cold meal, fun activities and a gift from Santa himself. These events are recommended for families with children aged 12 and under and families are seated and served at their own table. Always a great way to start our Christmas Holidays each year and something we really look forward to.
This festive event includes breakfast for the whole family followed by fun games and a visit from Santa with a special gift for every child.
This event is suited to families with children aged 10 years and under. To relax and fully enjoy the experience, families will be seated and served at their own table.
In select stores you can also choose from a breakfast or brunch event.
Once you have selected your preferred store and date you will be able to choose from the following meal options, subject to availability:
Children’s Menu (£13.99):
- Children’s Breakfast – Sausage, hash brown or potato scone, scrambled egg and baked beans, served with Capri Sun, orange juice or water.
- Children’s Vegetarian Breakfast – Quorn sausage, hash brown or potato scone, scrambled egg and baked beans, served with Capri Sun, orange juice or water.
- Children’s Lighter Choice – Porridge served with strawberries, honey, banana and Frube Yoghurt Squeeze served with apple juice, orange juice or water
Child ticket includes food, games and a gift from Santa.
Adult’s Menu (from £6.99):
- Adult Traditional Breakfast – Sausage, bacon, black pudding, egg, hash brown or potato scone, baked beans and grilled tomato, served with toast and pot of tea or regular filter coffee
- Adult Traditional Vegetarian Breakfast – 2 Quorn sausages, flat mushroom, egg, hash brown or potato scone, baked beans and grilled tomato, served with toast and pot of tea or regular filter coffee
- 3 Item Breakfast Roll, served with a pot of tea or small coffee.
- Adult Lighter Breakfast – Scrambled egg on toast, served with a pot of tea or regular filter coffee
Please note that adult options do not include a gift from Santa
To give you peace of mind when booking, we have Book with Confidence. Find out more here
The Polar Express
Our experience took place at Telford Steam Railway and without a doubt, this has to be the BEST Father Christmas experience we have had over the last few years! Booking tends to get filled up around 6 months before hand at The Telford Steam Railway but I did notice that other stations are coming on board (for example Moor Street in Birmingham who at the time of writing this, still had tickets available!). It all begins with the obligatory dressing in pyjamas and dressing gowns (with extra layers if it is cold!) and arrival at the station where you see part of the story played out by actors…As in the story, the train arrives with the Conductor who calls for anyone who wants to get aboard. If you have your ticket, you can get on the train! With hot chocolate and cookies served by dancing waiters and waitresses, the journey is exciting and festive and with a visit from Father Christmas who presents that all important bell, it was an experience that I think will stay with us forever!
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