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27th Nov 2010-3rd Jan 20 - Magic of Christmas
Transformed into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights, take a spin on the  ice rink, visit Santa in his Grotto, feed Santa’s real reindeers and see the Nativity story. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and daily from 17th December.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton-in-Furness, LA15 8JR.  01229 466086

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Northern England 20th Nov-22nd Dec 2010  - Kielder Water Winter Wonderland
Kielder Winter Wonderland is an enchanting Santa experience which will amaze children who visit the festive forest and lakeside park. With a variety of activities throughout the day, action packed as well as magical, collect a Christmas tree, listen to carols in the courtyard. Suitable for children 4-10 years, Christmas Fair on 11th December, Saturdays and Sundays and daily from 20th December. Booking essential, tickets are not sold on site.
Kielder Water & Forest Park, Leaplish Waterside Park, NE48 1BT.  0845 155 1553
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Tees Valley
Northern England 16th Dec - Christmas Cracker
See Father Christmas as he strolls around the quayside, enjoy the entertainment, including magic shows, puppet shows, street theatre, circus skills, carol singing, storytelling and much more.
Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ, 01429 860077
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Northern England 26th Nov-19th Dec - Harewood Christmas Festival
Share your wishes with Santa in the Harewood Santa's Grotto, have fun on the fairground rides, listen to festive stories, brass bands and choirs, Christmas market stalls for Mums and Dads, walk or take a train ride through the magical grounds and gardens. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 12noon-10pm.
Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG, 0113 218 1010
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Central England
Southern England 28th Nov- 24th Dec 2010 – Christmas Experience
Visit Santa Claus* and make a Xmas card, perform in the Nativity play, visit the animals and enjoy seasonal treats by the fire in the restaurant
West Lodge Rural Centre, Pipewell Road, Desborough, 01536 760552
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Southern England 4th-5th Dec - A Magical Christmas
Enchanted Christmas with fairies and a wishing tree around the magical woodlands, children's activities, music, Christmas Gift Fair and festive food. Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto (12noon to 5pm). Follow the lantern-lit trail around the pleasure grounds from 4.30pm and delight at the Tree lighting ceremony at 5pm on Saturday 4th December.
Clumber Park, Worksop, S80 3AZ  01909 544917
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Southern England 11th-19th Dec - Victorian Christmas
Step back in time and experience the seasonal cheer as the preparations for a Victorian traditional Christmas unfold, see the decorations and mingle with the costumed characters, hear carol singers and visit Santa in his Grotto. Saturday and Sundays only.
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, TF7 5DU
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Southern England 4th-24th Dec - Santa & Steam
Join in with a traditional Victorian Christmas, share your wishes with Santa as he makes his way through the garland filled carriages, music and attractions at Cheddleton and Kingsley stations, Santa Specials run on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Christmas Eve.
Churnet Valley Railway, Cheddleton, ST13 7EE.  01538 360522
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Southern England
Southern England 11th-24th Dec - Sail with Santa Trips
Board the decorated riverboat and sail off in search of Santa, who is hiding around the harbourside. Bristol Ferry Boat Company from City Centre (Cascade Steps), Bristol, 0117 927 3416
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Southern England 11th-12th Dec 2010 – Meet Father Christmas at Newquay Zoo
Visit Santa in his Grotto, drink mulled wine and take a self-guided tour on the Victorian Christmas Trail, where you can learn about Christmas past and present whilst eating roast chestnuts and mince pies! Children will get the chance to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto at the Village Farm. £4 per child includes an early Christmas present, with all money raised going towards conservation projects. Wear a festive hat and receive £1 off the price of admission, plus the opportunity to win an animal adoption in our Christmas Prize Draw!
Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ  01637 873342
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Southern England 4th-24th Dec 2010 - Christmas at Pennywell
A magical manger setting with all the live animals, Christmas trees and lights. Hear the wonderful story of the Nativity and see it brought to life. Join in with the singing of carols. The Nativity Play is in the cosy barn so wear warm clothes. A visit to Santa and his reindeer and refreshments in Henny Penny's Cafe completes the experience.
Pennywell Farm, Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT, 01364 642916
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Southern England 27th Nov-2nd Jan 2011 - Christmas Fantasy
Discover the tale of 'Cora and the Bloobious Bright'. Visit before Christmas and you will find Father Christmas in his underground cavern.
Clearwell Caves, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8JR, 01594 832535
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Southern England 26th Nov-24th Dec 2010 – Christmas at Marwell: Be Enchanted…
On selected days between these dates (see website for details and timings), go on a magical journey through Marwell Hall this Christmas to meet Santa, Mrs Claus and their attentive elves. Step through the enchanted wardrobe into the letter writing room where you will receive help composing your letter to Santa. You’ll then be invited into Mrs Claus' library for storytelling and entertainment before your name is called to meet Santa.
Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, near Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH
01962 777407

4th-5th Dec 2010 – Father Christmas at the North Pole
Meet Father Christmas on a WW2 Submarine at the North Pole in Gosport, complete with snow! Today, in these days of satellite navigation and tracking systems, Father Christmas likes to remain secretive as he travels around the world delivering presents. He now uses a submarine packed with presents and his reindeer of course! Walk through the falling snow of the North Pole and come and meet him on his submarine as he prepares to set sail on Christmas Eve. 10am-5.30pm.
Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2AS 
023 9251 0354
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 Southern England

Meet Santa
On selected dates (see website below) Santa will be on-board the beautifully decorated steam train as it heads off on its journey. There is also a miniature train which travels to see the Snow Queen, as well as a Victorian carousel at Tenterden station. Booking is essential.
Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE.

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Southern England

1st – 24th Dec 2010 - Breakfast or Tea with Santa
Join us at Hamleys of London for our magical Breakfast with Santa and Tea with Santa. Santa's Elves will greet guests and make them feel so special, entertaining you throughout the entire experience!
Hamleys Toy Shop, London.

6th Nov-23rd Dec 2010 - The Christmas Grotto
Children and parents can meet Father Christmas and share their wish-list for the festive season. All children will leave with a gift and parents will have the opportunity to purchase a photo to remember the visit.
Harrods, London

Southern England

11th-12th Dec - Father Christmas at the Castle
Visit Father Christmas in his castle grotto.
Dunster Castle, Dunster, Somerset TA24 6SL, 01643 821314

 Southern England

11-24 Dec – Father Christmas at Painshill Park
A very popular event that must be pre-booked for timed tickets to visit the 18th Century, unique and magical Crystal Grotto. See the elves and the Christmas Wishing Tent, and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful landscaped gardens.
Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE   01932 868113

1-30 Dec – Birdworld’s Winter Wonderland and Visits to Santa
Meet some of the friendly farm animals before you enter a magical world full of animated characters in a variety of winter wonderland settings. As you walk through the different scenes, you can enjoy friendly banter with the impish elves before you meet Santa to receive your very own present. Booking is essential. Please visit the website below for dates.
Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD, 01420 22140

 Southern England

2 Dec – Countdown to Christmas
From 4pm Santa will be in Montague Place in Worthing, together with three of his reindeer and his beautiful sleigh. Bring your letters for him as well as your Christmas lists. An amazing fireworks display will be held on the Pier at 7pm. 
Montague Place and The Pier, Worthing, Sussex BN11 1EG. 

 Southern England

27th Nov-21st Dec - Santa Specials
Ride on a steam train and meet Santa in his grotto. Advance booking advisable.
Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Blunsdon Station, Swindon, Wiltshire SN25 2DA, 01793 771615 

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Eastern England
Eastern England

27 Nov – 23 Dec 2010 – Christmas ‘Fantastica’
Meet Santa in his Grotto, receive a special 'Golden Ticket' to exchange in Santa's Toy Shop for your chosen gift. There's a huge range to choose from. Follow the raindeer competition trail and walk through the illuminated winter wonderland.
Mead Open Farm, Stanbridge Road, Billington, Leighton Buzzard, 01525 852954

27th Nov-24th Dec 2010 – The Magic of Christmas
Come and enjoy the Magic of Christmas at Thurleigh Farm where you can take a tractor and ‘Sleigh’ ride through the decorated woods, travel on General Shirley a miniature train ride through Santa’ s Toyland Tunnel, cuddle a bunny in the Winter Wonderland, marvel at real live reindeer and visit Santa himself resident in his comfy log cabin home
Thurleigh Farm and Adventure Playground, Cross End, Thurleigh, 01234 771597

5th Dec 2010 – Christmas at Stockwood
Enjoy a day of Christmas fun at Stockwood. Santa will be calling in, along with one of his reindeer. As Santa is very busy please book in advance to ensure a visit. Join in our
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, 01582 548600

5th-19th Dec 2010 – Christmas at the Chilterns Gateway Centre
5 December, 12 December and 19 December. Children come and see Santa, Food Tastings, Arts and Craft Activities, Carol Singers, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies, Discount in the shop, and lots more.
Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, 01582 500920

Eastern England

28th Nov-24th Dec 2010 – Santa Specials
Start the Christmas festivities off to a steamy start with the Nene Valley Railway's Santa Specials. 
Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, next to the A1, Stibbington, 01780 784444

11th-12th Dec 2010 – Christmas in the Stable courtyard
Get into the festive spirit by listening to the brass band playing traditional Christmas carols in the Stable Courtyard amidst the scent of mulled wine and roast chestnuts, whilst Father Christmas hands out presents from his grotto. 
Wimpole Home Farm, Nr Royston, Arrington, 01223 206000

11th Dec 2010 – Denny Abbey Medieval Christmas
Join us for a Traditional Medieval Christmas with children's activities and carols by candlelight from 4pm-4.30pm (bring a torch and dress warmly!).
Denny Abbey Farmland Museum, Ely Road, Waterbeach, 01223 860988

 Eastern England

22nd Nov-23rd Dec 2010 – Barleylands Christmas Experience
Hand deliver your Christmas list to Father Christmas and receive a special present, make your own Christmas card and star in our nativity alongside the animals.
Barleylands Farm Centre, Barleylands Road, Billericay, 01268 290229

27th Nov-24th Dec 2010 – Magic of Christmas
27th, 28th Nov, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th Dec and daily 16th-24th Dec. Don’t miss a visit to all the amazing Magic of Christmas events taking place at Colchester Zoo this year. Santa’s Enchanted Christmas Grotto is one of the finest Christmas grottos in the south of England and every paying child will get the chance to meet Santa between 9.30 and 16.00 each day and receive a present from him. 
Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, 01206 331292

27th Nov-24th Decc 2010 – Santa’s Grotto
November 27th-28th, December 4th-5th and from December 13th to 24th. This Christmas you’ll have so much fun on the farm! Meet Santa for a chat and he will give you a present. Meet Santa’s reindeer waiting to take the sleigh. Ride on Rudolphs amusement reindeer ride. Sing along to Christmas Carols with the Chicken Show. Take a trip on Santa’s Express Train or ride our magical Christmas carousel. 
Old MacDonalds Farm, Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood.

12th Dec 2010 – Christmas at the Castle
Come and get into the Christmas spirit at Hedingham Castle. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas. Take the chance to get those final wish lists to Santa. Included in entrance fee is a glass of mulled wine for adults and a visit to Santa and crafts for children.
Hedingham Castle, off A1017, Castle Hedingham , 01787 460261

Eastern England 19th-21st Nov 2010 – Christmas Frost Fair
Find everything to make your Christmas really special this year. The Christmas Frost Fair will be held in the magical setting in front of the Old Palace, childhood home of Elizabeth I.
Hatfield House Park and Gardens, Hatfield, 01707 287010
Eastern England

2nd-23rd Dec 2010 – Father Christmas Arrives!
10.00am - 5.00pm every Thurs, Fri Sat & Sun as well as 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December Father Christmas will be in his wonderful woodland retreat.
Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Off A149, Stow Bardolph, 01366 382162

4th-23rd Dec 2010 – Christmas Visit at Bressingham
Father Christmas has come on his pre Christmas visit to make sure all is well for his visit to Bressingham this coming December. Rudolph is away on his holidays so Santa decided to use his old faithful Steam Car for the journey. He and his wife and elves, will be at Bressingham properly on the 4/5, 11/12, 18/19, 22,23rd December 2010. Entry from 2 - 5pm.
Bressingham Steam and Gardens, Diss, 01379 686900

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Eastern England

4th-5th Dec 2010 – Christmas Festival
Christmas arts & crafts workshop and Santa’s Grotto with the Owls.
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, 08456 807 897

18th-22nd Dec 2010 – Victorian Christmas Wonderland
Kentwell has an unrivalled reputation for the Quality of its costumed Re-Creations. This year for one long weekend only in December come to Kentwell and enjoy a taste of a Victorian Christmas.
Kentwell Hall and Gardens, Long Melford, 01787 310207

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28th Nov–19th Dec - Steam Santa Specials
Take a Christmas train ride. See website for timetable. Advance booking available.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, Blaenavon, Torfaen, NP4 9SF  
01495 792263

27th Nov - Santa And Reindeer Parade
Enjoy the parade and see the Christmas lights for the first time.
Town Centre, Bridgend, Bridgend,

27th Nov-24th Dec - Santa Specials At Llangollen Railway
Board the decorated steam train and travel to Lapland! Advance booking essential.
Llangollen Railway, Abbey Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8SN  
0844 443 9373

4th-19th Dec - Santa’s North Pole Retreat
Visit Father Christmas in his winter wonderland at weekends.
Cwmcarn Forest Drive & Visitor Centre
Cwmcarn, Crosskeys, Caerphilly NP11 7FA, 01495 272001

21st Nov-24th Dec - Santa’s Toy Mine
Accompany the Toy Miners on a thrilling underground adventure in search of Santa’s secret grotto. Advance booking essential.
Rhondda Heritage Park Mining Museum www.rhonddaheritagepark.com
Trehafod, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF37 7NP, 01443 682036

5th-19th Dec - Feed the birds with Santa
Help Santa feed the birds on Sundays at 2.45pm in the run-up to Christmas.
National Wetland Centre Wales, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA14 9SH, 01554 741087

6th Nov-19th Dec - Santa’s Grotto
Meet Santa, his elves and real reindeer. Grotto open weekends only.
Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0XA
01834 812731

18th-19th Dec - Santa’s Grotto
Wrap up and follow the self-guided walk all the way to Santa’s Grotto.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian
Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3AD, 0300 068 0300

11th-19th Dec - Sail into Santa’s Grotto
Board the underground boat and sail into Santa’s Magical Underground Grotto. Event runs weekends only. Advance booking recommended.
King Arthur’s Labyrinth Corris, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9RF
01654 761584

19th Dec - Farmhouse Christmas
Find Santa by the log fire, taste some traditional Christmas recipes in the Victorian kitchen and make a Christmas card.
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park Greenfield, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7GH,
01352 714172

11th-23rd Dec - Santa Trains
Trips along the line in the company of Santa, his elves and characters from pantomimes and fairy tales. Departures from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog - see website for timetable. Book in advance.
Ffestiniog Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9NF, 01766 516070

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27th Nov-19th Dec - SANTA STEAM TRAINS
Steam Trains with Santa on board mean Christmas fun with a difference! The Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway will be running four Santa Steam Specials each weekend - 55 minute return trips along the shores of the Firth of Forth and through the West Lothian countryside. Decorated carriages and seasonal songs create a festive atmosphere for a visit from Santa, who will present a gift to each child aboard. 
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society Bo'ness Station,
Union Street, Bo'ness, Edinburgh & Lothians, EH51 9AQ  
01506 825855

A present from Santa for children! A present from the train staff for adults! All trains are steam-heated! All available dates: Sunday 5 December Saturday 11 December Sunday 12 December Saturday 18 December Sunday 19 December
Caledonian Railway, 2 Park Road, Brechin, Angus & Dundee, DD9 7AF  
01356 622992

4th Dec-19th Dec - SANTA`S GROTTO
Bring the kids to Dean Castle Country Park’s hugely popular Grotto and meet Santa in his winter wonderland. £6 entry fee per child which includes a present from Santa and free entry to the cartoon show.  Voted the Evening Times Best Grotto and Best Santa.
Dean Castle Country Park, Dean Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA3 1XB  
01563 522702

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