It’s that time of year where we start to get busy planning our family Christmas days out. Festive experiences and trips to see Santa are popping up all around so where can you visit Santa in Liverpool in 2019.
Visit Father Christmas at Speke Hall
At Speke Hall this year get ready to celebrate a Victorian Christmas, and meet Father Christmas himself. This is bound to be popular, so book your slot plenty in advance. You can buy tickets to meet Santa at Speke Hall in 2019 here.
We visited Santa at Speke Hall in 2016 and you can read our review here.
Liverpool’s Famous Grotto
The world’s oldest grotto previously at the old Lewis’s store and now at St John’s Market.
All the fittings from the Lewis’s store, including the two huge polar bears and models of Liverpool landmarks will be moved across.
When: Dates for 2019 not yet released
Where: St John’s Market
Opening times: Times vary on different days, though the grotto is open from 9am everyday, with time slots every 20 minutes. Check the website for more details.
Price: £1 per adult, £10 per child
Bookings: The grotto is currently not yet accepting bookings for 2019
Breakfast with Santa at Dobbies
Enjoy breakfast as a family with Santa.
Dobbies popular family event includes breakfast for each child followed by fun activities and a gift from Santa himself. This event is suited to families with children aged 12 years and under. To relax and fully enjoy the experience families will be seated and served at their own table.
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 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.
Child ticket includes a gift from Santa from one of the following brands: Lego, Playmobil, Bigjigs, WOW Toys, Ravens Burger, Baker Taylor and GALT.
- Adult’s Breakfast – Sausage, bacon, baked beans, egg, tomato, hash brown or potato scone, mushrooms and toast, served with a pot of tea or small coffee.
- Adult’s Vegetarian Breakfast – Quorn sausages, baked beans, egg, hash brown or potato scone, mushrooms, tomato and toast, served with a pot of tea or small coffee.
- 3 Item breakfast roll, served with a pot of tea or small coffee.
Please note that adult options do not include a gift from Santa
Terms and Conditions:
- This is a ticket only family event, all adults and children who would like to attend require one ticket per person.
- Adult tickets start from £6.99.
- Advance booking is essential as key dates sell out quickly, book now to avoid disappointment.
- There will be no facility to purchase tickets for this event on the day.
- Please note that Dobbies reserves the right to refuse admission where no ticket has been purchased.
- Special dietary requirments can be added during the booking process.
- Please click on your preferred time slot to select and book your tickets.
When: 30th November – 24th December 2019
How much? £13.99 for children, adults start from £6.99
Santa at Knowsley Safari Park
Discover the magic of Enchanted at Knowsley Safari. This festive season you can enjoy the safari after dark at our fabulous Christmas time event, but don’t worry your path will be lit with magical lights guiding you through our enchanted trail, and that’s not all…
It’s time to get in the festive spirit with our amazing illuminated animals and the cosy Santa’s Grotto! Plus, a range of festive food, magical music, and even some extra special treats! Make those wonderful memories and fill the whole family with Christmas cheer.
Last year they opened our doors after dark for the first time and you can read our review of Enchanted in 2018 here. This year they’re back and bigger and brighter than before!
When: dates not yet released
Where: Knowsley Safari Park
Opening times: tbc
Bookings: Visits to Enchanted can be booked online soon.
Winter Wonderland at the Bombed Out Church
2019 – Details have not yet been released about whether this event is taking place in Liverpool in 2019.
The Bombed Out Church will be transformed this Christmas as the iconic Liverpool landmark hosts a festive grotto, Christmas market and more.
Kids can make their own bauble or Christmas card to take home, take art classes at Mrs Claus’s Art Studio, build and dress up a snow buddy in hats and scarves in the Snowland, listen to storytelling in Storyland with characters and show off dance moves in the Silent Disco.
Those visiting Santa’s Grotto will also receive a gift and framed photograph with Santa to take home, while adults are also treated to a hot drink and mince pie.
When: Saturday 1 December and Sunday 23 December 2018.
Where: Leece St, Liverpool L1 2TR
Price: Tickets start from £14.29 to £20.89 and are available via www.ticketquarter.co.uk
What that gets you: Ticket price includes Mrs Claus’s Art Studio, storytelling in Storyland with characters,Silent Disco, the Elf Workshop, play games in the Snow and a trip into Santa’s Grotto with a gift and framed digital photograph with Santa to take home.
Santa at TJ Hughes
Santa will arrive at TJ Hughes’ flagship London Road store on Saturday, November 17.
This year, Santa and his helpers will be set up in a sweet factory – with candy canes, animations and plenty of fun.
When: From November 17
Where: 105 London Rd, Liverpool L3 8JA
Price: £4 per child to meet Santa and receive a photograph or a present. £10 per child for a photograph, present and magic glasses
The Winter Forest at Calderstones
Kids can journey through an immersive winter forest and visit Father Christmas in his grotto at Calderstones Park this year.
The festive experience has been created by the team behind The Storybarn and the Treasure Island-themed pop up at Liverpool ONE.
After being checked off the ‘nice list’ by the Enchanted Elves, kids will discover a secret entrance to Father Christmas’s cosy grotto.
Inside, there will be plenty of time to take photographs and speak to Father Christmas.
When: Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 23
Where: Calderstones Park
Price: Tickets cost £10 per child, and each child visiting Father Christmas will receive a take-home gift from the Walker Books’ festive bookshelf worth at least £4.99.
Otterspool Santa Adventure
Christmas at Otterspool Adventure takes place every weekend from Saturday, November 30 – with extra sessions on December 20, 23 and Christmas Eve.
The ticket price includes all elements of the festive experience – including build-a-bear, gingerbread-making, ice rink and pantomime performance, plus free play in the attraction itself. There will be several sessions running throughout each day.
Alongside the Christmas experience and as part of the ticket price – kids can also enjoy the existing play activities in the park – meaning they can bounce, run, jump, and climb ‘til their hearts’ content!
Kids activities include:
- The Racing Ranger and Mini Quad Bike courses
- The 12-hole, themed, adventure golf course, which features a raft ride, woodland characters, hobbit house and rocky tunnel!
- Maze and timber playground
- Giant inflatable obstacle course
- Volvo Diggers and mini construction site
When: 30th November 2019 to December 24th 2019
Where: 37 Otterspool Dr, Liverpool L17 5AL
Price: from £22.50 for children
Father Christmas at The Strand Shopping Centre
2018 details below.
Christmas at The Strand launched on November 10 and will continue right through the festive season.
From December 1 in Mons Square, children can meet with Santa in his North Pole grotto, see the animatronic reindeer and post their Christmas letters through the dedicated letter box to Santa.
When: December 1 to December 23
Where: Stanley Road, Bootle L20 4SZ