Don’t you want to meet Santa this winter season? Sure, you do. But where can we find him? We want our kids to have the best time around the holidays. If there’s no snow, we go hunt for the best ice rinks. If there’s no Santa in town, we chase him down. We’ve heard the West Midlands pack many places where you can meet with the big guy, so why don’t you give it a try? In a few days, that merry ambience we’ve been waiting for the whole year will brighten our hearts and houses. The kids are on holiday, and busy parents will be glad to know that this year, Christmas events in the Midlands are taking place earlier than ever. Stretching out the Christmas fun for even longer. What are you waiting for? Pack your backpack and visit Santa West Midlands
National Trust, West Midlands
The National Trust is well known for holding amazing family events throughout the whole year and Christmas is absolutely no different. With many venues across the whole of the West Midlands you’re sure to find one local to you with something special for the festive season. Midlands attractions will be holding everything from Christmas markets to festive craft days and exciting Santa visits. The Birmingham Back to Backs are holding Christmas in their courtyard on the 12th December with carols, mince pies and a visit from Santa himself. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £4 for kids.
The Polar Express, Birmingham
In my opinion, this is the best Santa Train experience in the area. The Polar Express experience is an interactive and immersive experience based on the popular movie. Departing from Moor Street Train station between the 22nd November and the 22nd December, your ticket price includes refreshments on the train, live entertainment from all your favourite characters and a visit from a jolly Santa Claus delivering a gift for every good boy and girl. So pull on your PJs and jump on board!
This holiday season Santa will be coming back to Tamworth’s SnowDome. The annual Winter Wonderland event promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before. Get the kids ready for some serious holiday fun and don’t worry about the weather (the event will be indoors). The entertainment centre has prepared lots of activities for both kids and grownups: lots of real snow, real animals, workshops, games, and other surprises. The best part of your visit is that toddlers can meet Santa backstage; they can help with the gift wrapping, sort out mail, and have a lot of fun with the elves. For more information, check out the Winter Wonderland at SnowDome website
Alton Towers Theme Park
Throughout the holiday season, Alton Towers is holding Santa Sleepovers for its special guests. This means you have a unique opportunity to spend Christmas with your loved ones in a location where the festive fun is guaranteed. Holiday packages include accommodation, a day at the waterpark, breakfast buffet, a Christmas carvery, lots of entertainment in the evening such as the amazing panto, and obviously, a meeting with Santa at his magical grotto. Packages are booking fast, so you might want to hurry up and secure your stay.
For an exciting Santa visit whilst you finish your all important shopping, why not book yourself breakfast with Santa at it’s beautifully decorated store in the Bullring. Breakfast with Santa at Sefridges takes place in Fumo restaurant between 9 and 11am. You’ll receive a personalised gift for your family and enjoy a delicious festive breakfast. Tickets are £20 for kids and £25 for adults. They also have Santa story times every Sunday from the 8th December at 12.30–1pm, 1.30pm–2pm and 2.30–3pm.
Local Garden Centres
Garden Centres around the Midlands sure know how to wow their visitors around the holiday season. The festive ambience, the activities, ice rinks and Santa’s grotto are just a few of the things families with kids can try out upon arrival.
The Holybush Garden centre in Wolverhampton has an amazing Christmas Grotto with Santa waiting to delight children with his Christmas cheer. You’ll even recieve a gift from one of his friendly helpers. Visits are £7.95 per child and the Grotto is open Weekends from Saturday 16th November until Sunday 22nd December. The Grotto is also open on Friday 20th December, Monday 23rd December & Tuesday 24th December 2019, various times are available.
Or you could try Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold which has gone all out this year with an ice rink, gorgeous Christmas grotto and real life reindeer to meet. Santa visits are just £10.50 and include a free gift, Christmas crafting and a visit to the elf workshop. It’s open from now until Christmas Eve.
National Sea Life Centre
For sea creature fans this Christmas, we thought about another amazing place to visit Santa West Midlands. He can also be spotted at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. What we love most about this place is the underwater Christmas tree. The 360-degree ocean tunnel is brought to life around the holidays. The decorations, festive ambience, and 4D cinema will give your kids that merry Christmas they’ve always wanted. Santa is sitting comfortably in his Antarctic grotto. Safeguarded by penguins, he cannot wait to meet with the kids, tell them stories, and offer them the best gifts for good behaviour. The best bit? Your Santa visit is included in your ticket price so no unexpected extras!
Hawkstone Park Follies has something special planned for its guests – a Santa safari. Yes, that’s right. Upon arrival, all guests check in and receive a warm festive welcome and a drink at the café. After that, get on a Land Rover and let the adventure begin! Families are taken to see the park and explore the hills. Kids are entertained by Santa’s elves, and the fairy-lit tunnels and caverns will make the safari experience even merrier. Meet with Santa’s loyal reindeer and enjoy surrounding woodland fantasy.
We love Christmas, don’t we? However, we can’t really feel the merry atmosphere without Santa’s presence. In the West Midlands, Father Christmas cannot wait to meet with the kids. It’s that time of the year when families spend quality time together, sing carols, play in the snow, and enjoy delicious meals.
Make the most of your winter holiday, and take the whole family to visit Santa West Midlands!
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