It’s now officially time to panic!!!!! Not really, but if you’re anything like we are you’ll have a fair few gaps on your present buying list and desperately need to fill them fast. What do you do if the kids don’t want to be dragged round ANOTHER soulless shopping centre just to find the perfect pink slippers for Auntie Beatrice? How about you throw in a hot chocolate, maybe a mince pie or two and the chance to meet the big guy in red himself? Doesn’t that sound much more fun?! I predict Garden Centres are going to be big draws this year so I’ve focussed the list on them. Including the fabulous Hollybush Santa. Our favourite!
If you’re looking for an up to date list of our favourite spots to visit Santa in the West Midlands then check out my West Midands Santa Visit post updated for 2019
We love garden centres at this time of year, most will be packed to the rafters with pretty Christmas decorations to help you feel festive, they often have some lovely and unique gift ideas and most of them will have a Santas grotto to visit. Here’s our top five picks of Garden Centres to visit Santa in the West Midlands.
Our top pick if fancy a full day out. Webbs of Wychbold is not just a garden centre with a grotto, you can buy your perfect tree (natural or artificial) and everything to festive up your home from food to decorations to crackers. They have an ice rink, a beautiful Grotto where you can visit Santa Claus himself (you can book online here), they will even be screening showings of festive family classics on several Fridays in December PLUS you will be able to meet some real life reindeer every Saturday and Sunday up until Christmas Eve (although they have to leave at 2pm to get ready for their busy evening!).
Hollybush Garden Centre and Aquaria
Offering everything you need to make your house as Christmassy as possible, all incorporating this years “sparkle theme”. The Hollybush Garden Centre’s Santa grotto in Wolverhampton is open every weekend in the run up to xmas and if you’re struggling for time, he will also be there during their late night shopping evenings. The Hollybush Santa is a firm favourite for West Midlands families.
Hilltop Garden Centre
This lovely independent garden centre in Shilton, near Coventry offers everything you need to create a perfect Christmas with a fantastic range of trees, decorations and gifts for all ages. Santas Grotto will be open for a visit every weekend until Christmas.
Earlswood Garden & Landscape Centre
A Christmas treat awaits young and old at Earlswood Garden Centre in Solihull. Their Christmas Market and Grotto is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit, they also have Donkey Rides, a Children’s Teacup Ride, Real Christmas Trees, Wreaths, all perfect to keep the kids entertained. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
Planters Garden Centre, Tamworth
Reindeers, gifts, decorations and a delightful grotto await you at Planters in Tamworth. This year they have a whole Christmas Village where you can make some reindeer food with Mrs Claus before heading to meet Santa and his elves in a magical cabin. You can even take your pet to meet Santa and to receive a xmas treat.
Here’s hoping you have a lovely visit with Santa in the West Midlands and be sure to tell us about it in the comments.
Good luck with the shopping!