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It's a moment we all remember from childhood - so make it a cracker, with fab local grottos, steam trains, magical winter wonderlands to breakfast with the man himself!

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The Santa Show, Y Theatre, Leics, 10 – 11 Dec

Dotty the Elf thinks Santa is planning a surprise Christmas party, Pompom the Penguin thinks Santa has been making Christmas crackers, and Dasher the Reindeer thinks Santa has got their biggest Christmas tree ever – do you think they’re right? Or do the other reindeer know? They all seem very excited in their stable…” Join Father Christmas and friends in this brand new, festive, musical, interactive adventure to make 2021 Santa’s Best Ever Christmas! It’s a family show most suitable for 2-7 year olds, with festive songs and every child will receive a specially wrapped present from Santa! Ho ho ho! Tickets from £9.50.

Visit Santa in his Woodland Wonderland, Manor Farm Park & Woodlands every weekend from 27 Nov and 20-24 Dec

Spend a full day on the farm, meeting all the animals and playing in the indoor and outdoor play area and then visit Santa in his grotto and choose a toy from his woodland toy shop. There will also be a festive scavenger hunt and kids can decorate a gingerbread biscuit in Mrs Claus’ house, write a letter to Santa and post it in our special postbox, make magical reindeer food to take home and more! Tickets from £17, adults £12.

Santa’s Grotto, The Engine Yard, 20 Nov – 23 Dec

Pop over to the Engine Yard (opp Belvoir Castle) and combine it with a visit to Santa’s grotto. There’s so much to see and do here plus lots of festive treats for everyone. Tickets from £15.

Santa in the Square, Leics, 4- 23 Dec

Santa is swapping Lapland for Leicester and heading over to the Christmas grotto in Green Dragon Square and create some magical memories. Children of all ages can visit Santa and his elf for free, to make this truly a memorable experience. And those on the nice list will also receive a wonderful free gift!

Afternoon Tea with Santa, Beaumanor Hall, 18, 23 and 24 Dec

Take some selfies by the gorgeous Christmas tree, tuck into seasonal treats and and his helpers will walk amongst tables and meet guests – children will also receive a small gift. £21.95 per person.

Rutland Water Santa’s Grotto, 5, 12 and 19 Dec

Father Christmas can’t wait to welcome you to his magical grotto complete with Christmas gifts, decorations and festive crafts. You can also enjoy a boat ride and try and spot Santa’s reindeer. £15 per child and an extra fiver for the boat ride. Booking essential.

Santa’s Grotto, Hinckley 18 – 22 Dec

Santa is flying in all the way from Lapland with his team of Elves to their amazing new magical Grotto, which will be found at a secret hideaway in the Britannia Centre, just off Castle St in Hinckley Town Centre. £2 per child, while children three and under go free. Each child to visit Santa will also be given a small gift. Queuing system in place.

Meet Santa, Eco Village, Market Harborough 2, 9, 16 and 23 Dec 5-6pm or

Straight from Lapland, Santa has found time to fly into Harbs where you can book a table for family and friends ready for his special, guest appearance. Every Thursday night in December, Santa will arrive to spend time with each table. Drinks and refreshments included in price. Events runs 5.00-6.00pm or 6.30-7.30pm. £45 large table, £30 small table.

Breakfast with Santa, Wycliffe Rooms, Lutterworth, 19 Dec

Tuck into a delicious full English breakfast and adults can enjoy a luxury hot drink whilst you wait for Santa to visit your table. He’ll be laden with gifts for the children and a little festive cheer. Under 2’s £7 or £12.

Santa’s Sleighboat 2021, Loughborough, 4 – 23 Dec

Meet Santa and his little elves on a canal boat and enjoy a festive ride along the Grand Union Canal. Christmas activity pack included, mince pie and drink and each child will get a present. £8 per person.

Santa’s Grotto, Stonehurst Farm, 18-19 Dec

Enjoy a visit to Santa’s magical grotto in this much-loved and super popular family attraction. It’s going to be really popular so get your tickets fast. £12.95 and includes a gift from Santa. Once you’re done, spend the rest of the day exploring the farm (extra cost).

Santa’s Grotto, Windmill Park Farm, from 27 Nov

Santa is coming to this Muddy award-winning family attraction. There will also be an elf village, a themed animal barn, snow machines, reindeer feeding and more. From £7.

Santa Steam Trains, GC Railway, 1 – 24 Dec

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun -filled journey on an enchanting steam train. Ride on board the Santa Specials and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present. The journey is from Quorn and Woodhouse station on a return trip to Leicester North Pole Station lasting around 1 hour. Tickets from £40 for four people.

Winter Wonderland, Conkers, Swadlincote, from 27 Nov

Santa’s Chief Elf and his team are ready to send you through the Enchanted Forest and the Valley of Christmas Lights to discover Santa’s Woodland Grotto. Mulled wine and gingerbread treat included. Enjoy a train through the tunnel of discovery, meet the Balloon Modeller, watch festive films before making your way to see Santa. Tickets from £7.

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