It’s nearly December, which can only mean one thing - Santa is coming.

Despite being a very busy man he's going to be putting in appearances at various places in our area over the next few weeks.

Here is when Santa is coming to a town near you.

Due to the high demands at this time of the year, you will need to book to see Santa, so double check before you go.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park - November 23 to December 25

At Winter Wonderland it is free to see the big man, once you're in. There is so much to do in the Christmas grotto, from an Ice Slide to an Ice Trike Trail. Enjoy these before you meet Santa and then why not visit Santa’s Toy Factory fun house where the elves make all the gifts.

Bluewater - November 15 to December 24

When visiting Santa at Bluewater you will first be treated to a Christmas story presented in 4D. Then you can join Mrs Claus for crafts and then finally meet the man himself and receive a lovely toy to take home. You are advised to book your slot.

Greenwich and Bexley Hospice Grotto - Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath

Why not pop into see Santa if you are shopping in Bexleyheath between December 17 to 24? For just £5 your child can see if they are on the naughty or nice list and double check if he will definitely be bringing the right presents. Double check the website before you go as timings change throughout the month.


ADVENTure Land - The Glades, Bromley - December 1 to 24

This is a very special grotto because every year the Glades don’t skimp on even the smallest of details. Even thought ADVENTure Land sleeps for most of the year, the elves are now working very hard with Santa to ensure that all 24 doors in ADVENTure Land reveals a magical Christmas moment.

Your adventure will start with a meeting with the man himself, Santa Claus, where you can take your own pictures and receive a professional photo too. After your meeting, you’ll be free to explore ADVENTure Land at your leisure.

Tickets start at £12 for children under-16.


Beckenham Market - December 16

Held at The Mansion at Beckenham Park Place, you will be greeted by Santa's special fairy and be welcomed by Santa's elves who will take you into their interactive and creative workshop.

You will then be invited to meet Santa, where every child will receive a gift and have their photo taken with him in front of the magic mirror.

Tickets are £15.00 per child (Adults free) - only 2 adults allowed per group of children. You will need to book your slot.

Magic of Foresters, Bromley - November 24 to December 24

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the woodlands, you will be greeted by Santa’s elves. In the 30 minute visit, you children will meet Santa, listen to a festive story and also receive a gift. Naughty or nice, you are promised an experience that you and the children will enjoy and cherish.

Tickets start at £10.

Ruxley Manor - Open until December 24

Take a special journey through Ruxley Manor's Christmas Grotto, where you will be greeted by Elves and Mother Christmas.

Then decorate your own elf hat and meet Father Christmas himself. Tickets start at £5 and you will need to book.

Lewisham - Central Square - 17 to 23 December

Bring the kids to see Santa during a festive shopping trip. But the question is…have you been good enough this year to receive a gift?

Holwood Farm - December 8 to 9

This Kent grotto is especially for children with autism. The whole experience is designed to be calming and includes making reindeer food, decorating a cookie and story time with Mr and Mrs Christmas. Santa and his helpers are autism-trained and the families receive a lot of support.

Croftmas - Crofton Park - December 1

Croftmas is a community even for the whole family. There will be Christmas market stalls, lovely hot food, bouncy castles and a Santa’s Grotto. Many businesses along Brockley Road and Ewhurst Road will be taking part from gingerbread decorating to, discounts and samples.

Greenwich Market - Every weekend until December 24

All of the proceeds from Santa’s Grotto go to Greenwich and Bexley Hospice, which does amazing work across the boroughs. Santa will be around to greet you every weekend from now until Christmas and if you are really lucky he might let you know if you’ve been good this year.

Have we missed any? We would love to get as many on the list as possible so let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.