Making a trip to see Santa is one of the most magical parts of Christmas for children; Santa’s Grottos are wonderful places filled with sparkle, dreams and wonder. To celebrate the festive season, we’ve rounded up the best Santa’s Grottos across the world, so if you fancy travelling a little further afield to visit the big man then keep reading…
The ultimate destination to see Santa Claus has to be the real life wonderland that is Lapland! With activities for kids and adults, such as sleigh rides, skiing, reindeer rides and of course the most amazing grotto. Rovaniemi is where Santa himself lives, so children are bound to be in awe of such a magical place.
When: Throughout November and December
Christmas in New York is an experience like no other, especially if you can visit the grotto in Macy’s. The department store goes all out for Christmas and it’s one of the biggest grottos in New York which means it can get a little busy. You can reserve your queue spot online, but there will still be a wait in line when you get there, though on the plus side it is completely free to visit!
When: 23rd November – 24th December
The UK’s ultimate Christmas destination has to be Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. The park turns into a magical place filled with wonder, an ice skating rink, fairground rides and plenty of stalls packed with gifts and food. Alongside all that there’s a grotto where littles ones can meet the big man himself and talk all things gifts…
When: 22nd November – 6th January
Many Norweigans believe that Santa lives in Norway – don’t tell the people of Finland this though. In Drobak you will find Christmas House, a cute little establishment filled with Christmas décor available to buy and a Xmas market not too far away. The town is also home to a Santa’s Post Office and they have their very own stamp, so when sending your letter to Santa they can have something extra special affixed.
When: Year round!
With a log cabin all the way from Lapland itself, they have really tried to make Santa at home for his Yorkshire visit. With everything from a 1.2km long light show, ice skating, a Nordic ski woodland trail and the grotto itself there is plenty to keep the whole family amused.
When: 1st November – 7th January
Based in Whitmoor Forest in Berkshire, Lapland UK is a recreation of the actual Lapland. Upon arrival, children are given an elf passport which allows them to travel to Lapland UK – they really have thought of everything to make it magical. From there you can go ice skating, help out in the toy factory, check out the reindeers and most importantly visit Santa!
When: 17th November – 24th December
Despite the fact Disney World is located in Orlando, where it’s definitely not snowy, they manage to make the parks come alive with the spirit of a snow-filled Christmas! During November the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 1500 Christmas trees, icy lights glittering on the castle, Mickey’s Very Merry Parade and the Very Merry Christmas Party. Oh, and did we mention they have snow fall across Main Street?
Where will you be visiting Santa this year? Let us know by tweeting us at @icelollyholiday!