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Where to meet Santa in Preston for Christmas 2022

Published: 4 November 2022

Child with Father Christmas in background

Meet Father Christmas at one of his grottos in and around Preston.

Add some festive fun this season with a visit to see Father Christmas across a number of venues in and around Preston. From your more traditional grotto set ups, through to Santa steam train rides and a magical virtual reality  sleigh ride experiences, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a meet Santa experience for your little ones to enjoy. 

Santa's Grotto - Preston Markets

Dates: Saturday 10 and 17 December 

Times: 12 until 4pm

Price: Free

Bring your little ones down to Preston Markets this December to meet Santa, along with his elves, and receive a small gift.

For more detail visit Preston Markets - Santa's Grotto.

Santa's Grotto - Ribby Hall Village

Dates: Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Tuesday 22 November (all other dates are sold out)

Price: £23 per child (adults free)

Climb the staircase high into the Magical Tree House, where Santa's team of hard working elves will greet you and introduce you to the big man himself. A must-do enchanting experience!

For more details and how to book visit Ribby Hall Village - activities.

Barton Grange - Santa's Christmas Journey

Dates: Saturday 19 November to Saturday 24 December 2022

Prices: £23 per child, £10 per adult

An enchanted interactive walk-through experience with professional entertainers. Includes a virtual reality sleigh ride. One digital photograph with Santa per group. Includes treats provided by Santa and collected along the journey. 20 minutes long. No present included.

For more details and how to book visit Barton Grange - Christmas events.

Barton Grange - Children's Christmas Parties

Dates: Saturday 3 December to Saturday 24 December 2022

Price: £31 per child, £15 per adult

A choice of meal, 90 minutes of professional entertainment provided by Pop Up Entertainment, an age-appropriate gift for each child and a meet and greet with Santa.

Taking place at The Ocean Fish and Chip Restaurant, there are four different party options to choose from including Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and, new for 2022, a Fish Supper! Each party includes a delicious meal, professional entertainment provided by the award-winning Pop Up Entertainment, plus a festive gift and special visit from Father Christmas!

For more details and how to book visit Barton Grange - Christmas events.

Barton Grange - Magical virtual reality (VR) Sleigh Ride

Dates: Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 24 December 2022

Prices: £6 per person

Take off on a journey of a lifetime! It's not every day you get to test drive Santa's new magical sleigh. Hop on and hold on tight as you take off on a fantastic Christmas flight through Lapland and around the world. In this 4D virtual reality experience, you'll fly through London, over New York City, and even into space. Be prepared, it could be a bumpy ride!

For more details and how to book visit Barton Grange - Christmas events.

Brockholes - Santa By the Lake

Dates: Friday 25 November, Saturday 26 November, Saturday 3 December, Sunday 4 December, Friday 9 December, Saturday 10 December, Sunday 11 December, Saturday 17 December, Sunday 18 December

Times: Varying times from 10am until 3pm

Price: £11.95 per child

Each child will have five minutes to talk with Santa and choose their very own toy from his workshop, there will also be ample opportunities to take photographs. To end this magical experience, they will each receive a hot chocolate voucher to redeem from the cafe!

For details and how to book visit Brockholes - Santa by the lake.

Ribble Steam Railway - Santa Specials 2022

Dates: Each weekend from Saturday 3 December to Sunday 18 December

Times: Departing from 10:30am until 3:30pm

Prices: All ages £15, children under 35 months free

Snuggle up with your loved ones in your warm, steam-heated carriage. Watch eyes light up as Father Christmas visits you in your seat to hand each child their very own Christmas gift. Light seasonal refreshments on the train are included and Mrs Ribble's Tea Room will be open for extra drinks and goodies. Last approximately 40 minutes.

For details and how to book visit Ribble Steam Railway - Santa specials 2022.

Dobbies Garden Centre Preston - Santa's Breakfast

Dates: Saturday 26 November, Sunday 27 November, Saturday 10 December, Saturday 17 December - Friday 23 December

Prices: Children's menu - £13.99, Adults Menu - from £7.30 (most dates now sold out)

Head down to Dobbies for a fun festive event where you will enjoy breakfast for the whole family and fun activities, plus a special visit from Santa with a gift for every child.

For details and how to book visit Dobbies - Santa's breakfast.

Dobbies Garden Centre - Santa's Grotto

Dates: Available everyday throughout December (selling out fast)

Prices: £7 pre-book, £8 on the day

Let your little ones experience their Santa's Grotto, including a special gift from Santa himself.

For details and how to book visit Dobbies - Santa's Grotto.

Dobbies Garden Centre - Santa's Quiet Grotto

Dates: Friday 9 December from 2:30pm until 5:30pm

Prices: £7 (pre-bookings only)

For children with additional needs. No music, twinkling lights removed or switched off and choose gift wrapping or not. Before visiting, an email will be sent showing the Grotto to prepare children.

For details and how to book visit Dobbies - Santa's quiet Grotto.

WanderWoods Preston - Santa Experience

Dates: Saturday 26 November, Saturday 3 December, Sunday 4 December, Saturday 10 December, Sunday 11 December, Wednesday 14 December, Saturday 17 December until Saturday 24 December

Prices: From £19 in November, and from £23 up to £35 in December

For children with additional needs, Wednesday 14 December is specifically for them, with a reduced sensory experience. 

For more details and how to book visit WanderWoods Preston.

No. 10 Preston - Santa Visits No. 10

Dates: Saturday 10 December from 12:00pm until 16:00pm

Prices: 1 Child - £22, 2 Children - £39.50, 3 Children - £59.40

Santa returns to Preston, Spend 10 minutes with Santa and learn everything there is to know about the magic of Christmas and receive a special gift.

For details and how to book visit No.10 Preston.

More Christmas events in Preston

To find out what other festive events are taking place in and around Preston this season see Christmas events in Preston 2022.

For free parking in the city centre over December, take a look at free Christmas parking in Preston City Centre.

Map address for places to meet Santa

  • Preston Markets, 28 Market Street, Preston, PR1 2AR
  • Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Road, Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2PR
  • Barton Grange Garden Centre, Garstang Road, Brock, Preston, PR3 0BT
  • Brockholes, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0AG
  • Ribble Steam Railway and Museum, Chain Caul Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, PR2 2PD
  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Blackpool Road Near Preston, Lancs, PR4 0XL
  • WanderWoods, 69 Roman Way, Ribbleton, Preston, PR2 5BE

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