It seems you can see the Father Christmas just about anywhere in the Midlands this Christmas!
From shopping malls, garden centres, visitor attractions and fayres, everywhere has a Santa’s Grotto. However, when I price up how much a family of four costs to see Santa we are talking nearly £100 at some places and certainly over £30.
So, here is my list of where to see Santa in the Midlands this Christmas, and how much it will cost for a family of four. I have mainly highlighted the attractions that we have previously visited and the ones that I am considering.
Winter Wonderland at The SnowDome, Tamworth
The SnowDome put on a great show for all the family. We enjoyed the Winter Wonderland at the SnowDome last year and it was great fun playing in the real snow, watching the fun show and seeing the reindeer. Read my full blog about Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome here.
At £17.95 per person (yes adults pay full price too) a family of 4 comes to £71.80.
Wonderland in Telford
Another great attraction to visit at Christmas Wonderland in Telford as there is a Christmas village with elves to see! Plus, small rides, fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters and a dinosaur park. Read my full blog about Wonderland in Telford here.
Adults at £8.50 and Children are £10.95 so a family of 4 comes to £38.90
Santa Safari at West Midlands Safari Park
We haven’t visited the West Midlands Safari Park at Christmas, but we have at other times of the year and it is really amazing and I have heard good things about the Santa Safari. So it is on our wish list.
Adults are £21 and Children are £17 so a family of 4 comes to £76
The National Trust properties are great to visit at Christmas as most are dressed for a traditional Christmas and they have great activities on for the kids. One of our favourites is Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. They have Christmas crafts such as making reindeer food with oats and glitter, making Christmas cards and bags, which all ages of children enjoy. Then there is a candlelit walk around the grounds, so it is really lovely to visit about 3 or 4pm when it is getting darker (but take torches!). You can walk up to the church and to the grotto which are really pretty.
It is £11 for a family to visit or if you are a National Trust member it is free.
And then £4.50 for Father Christmas’s Grotto. So a family of 4 non members would be £20.
Santa Steam Specials at Severn Valley Railway
We have visited Santa on the Severn Valley Railway a few times and it is really a great day out. Going on the trains is a great experience for all the family and the day is very well organised. You travel from Kidderminster to Arley, where you depart to queue up to see Santa (of which there are several in the carriages). Then there is free time in Bewdley where there are pubs and cafes to have lunch in before catching the train back to Kidderminster.
The cheapest price now is £14 per person so a family of 4 would be £56.
Drayton’s Magical Christmas
A visit to Drayton Manor at Christmas looks truly magical! There are selected rides open, 4D Polar Express experience, crafts, real snow and firework display. A must-do for any Thomas the Tank Engine fan!
There are various prices available depending on if you pre-book. A family of 4 pre-booked with just the kids visiting Santa would cost £66.
So that’s my list so far. It would be great to know what attractions you think are a must-do and which ones are worth avoiding. Any guest bloggers very welcome.