Christmas time is on the way! We’ve put together a guide of where to see Santa in Suffolk this Christmas.
Soon the little ones will be off for their Christmas holidays. It’s the perfect time to do something festive to get you and your family in the Christmas spirit. Here is a list of where to see Santa in Suffolk this Christmas:
Easton Farm Park
Sat 7th December to Christmas Eve (10:30am til 3:30pm)
Easton Farm Park transforms into a beautfil festive setting and the perfect place for Santa’s grotto. There is so much on offer for the kids! Enjoy a story-time with Mother Christmas, help at the elves workshop, there are indoor and outdoor play areas, Christmas cookie decorating and so many lovely animals to see.
Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds
14th to 15th December
Head to the beautiful Moyse’s Hall Museum for a chance to meet Santa in a traditional grotto. Visit Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas and then you will be able to have your photo taken with him by one of his elves. Don’t forget to look around the ‘May The Toys Be With You’ Exhibition while you’re there!
Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
With plenty of Christmas activities available in Christchurch Mansion, there is something for everyone. Join in this wonderful group activity and spread some Christmas joy. Accompanied by happy Christmas music, meet Santa in his grotto and receive a special gift from the man himself.
Africa Alive!, Lowestoft
30th November to 1st December, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 19th to 24th December
Meet some of your favourite animals at Africa Alive! and then take part in some festive fun arts and crafts. There is even a chance to handle some small animals in the discovery centre. After all the fun, head down to Santa’s grotto and enjoy meeting Santa and then receive a special gift.
Red House Christmas Barn, nr Saxmundham
Weekends until Christmas
The Red House Christmas Barn is where See Suffolk’s founder Georgia picks up her tree every year! The Barn also has a beautiful selection of decorations and baubles. You can visit Santa in his grotto every weekend too.
7th & 8th December (11am to 2pm)
In the Coastguard Cottages tearoom will be Santa’s Grotto. A little gift and a small hot chocolate drink will be also included. After meeting Santa, take a walk along the heath on the reindeer trail and see if you can find all of the Santa’s reindeer that are hiding there.
Santa’s grotto at Suffolk Punch Trust
13th, 14th & 15th December
Watch Santa arrive on his beautiful sleigh accompanied by some of the Suffolk Punch before you head to the grotto to meet him. The café and shop will be open for refreshments and you could go and visit the Christmas craft fair for some unique and handmade goodies to make perfect gifts for your loved ones.
Santa Specials on the Mid Suffolk Light Railway
Every Saturday and Sunday from December 7th to 22nd
This unique festive experience must be pre-booked to avoid disappointment. Passengers will climb aboard the festive train from Brockford Station, Stowmarket to meet Santa at the North Pole Halt. Each child will receive a special ticket and a present from Santa. This event is a great way to educate the younger generation about the museum and the railways.
Santa Tram – East Anglian Transport Museum
14th, 15th, 20th-23rd December
Jump aboard the Santa tram and take a trip through East Anglian Transport Museums glorious winter wonderland to meet Santa and his elves. Meet Santa in his grotto and receive a special gift from him. Admission is by pre-booked ticket only, so make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Santa’s Grotto, Notcutts Garden Centre, Woodbridge
17th November – 24th December
Enter Santa’s magical grotto at Notcutts garden centre in Woodbridge for a chance to meet Father Christmas and receive a gift, personally given to your little ones by Santa himself. Save yourself from disappointment and book in advance, it is recommended due to the high demand.
Tea with Santa, Notcutts Garden Centre Woodbridge
14th – 23rd December
Enjoy a very special and yummy tea session with Santa himself at Notcutts. Have a fun filled mealtime with some delicious food then take part in an activity. After all that fun, meet Santa in his grotto for a special present. This is the perfect activity to take part in, in the run up to Christmas.
Marlows Garden Centre, Bury St Edmunds
Every Saturday and Sunday from 24th November to 16th December
Head to the beautiful Marlows Garden Centre grotto and winter wonderland and meet Santa. The kids will be so excited to meet Santa and find out more about his life and reindeers. There will also be a gift for the child given to them by Santa. This event must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment as it can get rather busy, especially nearer Christmas.
Family Christmas Sparkle, Ickworth House
With the last ever Family Christmas Sparkle before a new family activity and separate house is coming in 2020, this is the last chance to feel and see the Ickworth Sparkle. There’s plenty to do for the little ones including making Christmas decorations and crafts. Sit next to the Christmas tree to hear some wonderful stories from Santa and then receive an extra special Christmas present from Santa. You can also visit the kitchen so little ones can decorate their own Christmas biscuit. This is the perfect day out for the family so make sure to pre-book.
Santa’s Grotto, Dobbies Garden Centre, Woodbridge (was Wyevale Garden Centre)
1st -24th December
Santa’s Grotto is returning to Dobbie’s garden centre in Woodbridge. Enter the magical Winter wonderland where you can find Santa’s secret grotto. The kids will be so excited to meet Santa! Children will all receive a special gift from Santa himself. There is even an opportunity to have breakfast or tea with Santa!
Dickensian Christmas, Kentwell Hall
7th, 8th, 14th, 15th December
There will be plenty to see and do at the Dickensian Christmas extravaganza at Kentwell Hall this year. Visit Father Christmas, listen to Mr Dickens reading A Christmas Carol, train to be an elf, meet the Victorian villages and get involved with all the festive activities.
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