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Santa's Grottos

A visit to see Father Christmas is always a magical annual tradition for many families filled with surprise, wonder and dreams. We’ve heard the exciting news from Santa’s special elves that the main man himself is returning to the seaside to sprinkle some seasonal spirit during selected dates throughout December.

From decadently decorated grottos to Santa sightings from afar, venues in Blackpool are pulling out all the stops to deliver an unforgettable experience. It’s almost time to find out if your little ones have been naughty or nice. Find out where you can see Santa in Blackpool below.

Grotto at Houndshill Shopping CentreSanta Flying to Houndshill Shopping Centre

Visit Houndshill Shopping Centre’s Magical Grotto where Santa's busy elves are ready to send your little one on a story-telling journey to the North Pole.  Mrs Claus will excitedly greet your child and ask them to place their special letter in Santa's North Pole mailbox before talking to the jolly man.

Conveniently located in the heart of Blackpool, the grotto is ideal for those who want to do a spot of Christmas shopping in a range of well-known retailers and independent shops in the town centre before heading to the Grotto.

The Santa’s Grotto will officially open every weekend from 3 December between 10.30 - 4pm. The price for the grotto will stay the same as last year, £5 per child (including a gift) and all proceeds will be donated to Blackpool Food Bank.

Breakfast with Santa at Blackpool Resort

Make the festive season all that more special for the little ones and have breakfast with Santa Claus himself in Blackpool Resort's magical coffee shop! 

The magical breakfast with Santa packages include a choice of breakfast item from their onsite coffee shop, including pancakes with syrup, selected cereals, toast with preserve or bacon barm and a special meet and greet with Santa Claus himself! Plus, all children receive a small gift to round off their enchanting experience.

From 3 - 24 December | Children: £10  | Adults: Free

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Mother and Daughter stood by Christmas Tree at the Imperial HotelSanta Sunday Lunch at The Imperial Hotel 

The man in red is back in town! The Imperial Hotel are delighted to welcome Santa Claus once again for an afternoon of family fun and a fantastic 3-course meal.

The afternoon includes a festive lunch, entertainment that everyone from the little ones to the grandparents will enjoy, and a visit and small gift from St. Nick himself! The historic hotel can offer the opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit in lovely surroundings, where it doesn't really matter what the weather does!

To book, call 01253 754601 between 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday, or e-mail

4 & 18 December | 12:30 - 16:00 
Adults £18.50 | Children 6 - 12 £9.25 | Under 5s: free

Christmas Grotto Wonderland - Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach always make Santa feel at home. Set in a picturesque winter wonderland with twinkling lights and dazzling displays, the Pleasure Beach Grotto offers an enchanting experience for your children to enjoy.  
Santas Grotto at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Not only will your little one meet Father Christmas in a memorable one-on-one encounter, but they will also receive a special gift from the main man himself, a complimentary hot drink to escape the chills outside, and a ‘Do It Yourself’ bauble making kit. Your child will also be given a packet of ‘magic reindeer food’ and a ‘magic key’ with special instructions on what to do with both of them on Christmas Eve.

Exit through the Bubble Waffle Café where you can treat yourself to some festive goodies and a delicious Christmas bubble waffle. The experience concludes with a charming trip in your very own Cheshire Cat carriage on the Alice In Wonderland ride. It’s the closest experience to a real life wonderland.

The grotto will open on selected dates from 26 November to 24 December and the week in the run-up to Christmas Eve. Tickets are £16.99, allowing up to two accompanying adults per child to enter the Grotto.

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Meet Santa in his Grotto at Coral IslandCoral Island Grotto

Travel through Santa's wonderland until you arrive at Santa's Grotto.

Your ticket includes a meeting with Santa, a goody bag of Coral Island small gifts and sweets, prize tickets and passes for the camel derby and rides. You will also get to choose a special gift from Santa's Workshop. 

There is plenty of festive fun to be had all day at Coral Island - why not stay for a festive lunch or dinner in the Buccaneer restaurant where children under 10 can eat for free with a paying adult?

The Grotto will be open from 25 November to 18 December 2022 every Friday 3pm - 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am - 6pm

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Breakfast with santa at VIVABreakfast With Santa

This Christmas 2022 season, Santa’s coming back to Viva Vegas Diner and he’s inviting your little ones to share a magical moment or two during your Morning visit!

Come and join Holly Snowflake and the elves as they take the children on a journey to help find Santa and save Christmas. There will be singing, dancing and even a story from the big guy himself.

Each child ticket includes, ticket entry, festive pancakes and a drink.

Plus a pre CHRISTMAS festive gift from Santa!

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Santa's Grotto at Ribby HallSanta's Grotto at Ribby Hall Village

With fairy lights in the trees, real reindeer, and the return of the magical tree house for Santa and his elves, Christmas at Ribby Hall Village is like something from a children’s picture book. The whole village is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, making it the perfect destination for families looking to enjoy a festive day out.

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. It's a must-do enchanting experience! 

Children will receive a special gift from Santa as well as a picture to remember their visit. 

From 12 November - 24 December 2022 | Price: £23 per child.

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