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Five of the Greatest Grottos to See Santa With Your Kids Across the North East

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November 2022
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There are few better ways to get into the festive spirit than a trip to Santa’s Grotto

Here we’ve picked out the top five places where your kids can meet the man himself.

Bamburgh Castle 
The magic of Christmas is well and truly coming to Bamburgh this year with Father Christmas himself coming to visit the medieval castle. Bringing with him his magical grotto, each child will get to sit with the man in red for a personalised experience before receiving a special gift exclusive to Bamburgh Castle.
19th November–23rd December

Adventure Valley
There is so much going on at Adventure Valley’s winter wonderland, from riding the Winter Valley Express railway to watching the magical elves’ festive show, as well as making a bag of reindeer food for Rudolph and his gang. Kids can meet Santa at his toy shop where they can choose a gift to take home, before decorating a festive gingerbread man with Mrs Claus too.
26th November–17th December

St James’ Park
While robins, or even turkeys, might be the birds you usually associate with Christmas, with breakfast with Santa on the St James’ Park calendar this year head to the home of the magpies to get you in the spirit! Enjoy a breakfast buffet before a visit from Santa himself, as well as a photograph capturing the magic as each child is given their very own gift.
22nd–23rd December

Read More: 11 Festive Activities to Get You into the Christmas Spirit

Alnwick Garden and Treehouse
Receive a magical warm welcome from Santa and his mischievous elves as you visit him in his Treehouse Grotto at Alnwick Garden. Share your wishlist and collect an early Christmas treat – only if you’ve made his good list – before exploring their popular light trail or tucking into a delicious festive afternoon tea in the pavilion.
26th November–8th January

Darlington Railway Museum
For something a bit different, why not meet Santa at the station this year? While we’re not sure he’ll be swapping the sleigh for a train anytime soon, he can be found in his magical grotto where each child will get to meet him and receive a gift. Other activities taking place include festive music, face painting, arts and crafts and a mini train ride.
3rd–4th, 10th–11th and 17th–18th December

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