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Where to see Father Christmas in Devon 2018
Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LZ
Visit Santa’s magical kingdom at Otter Nurseries for a special Christmas experience. Take a journey through Santa’s Winter Wonderland and meet his friendly elves. Tickets can only be bought in advance and are £14.99 per child, including a gift and magical reindeer food. Sign up to their newsletter to hear first when tickets are released.
Jack’s Patch, Newton Rd, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9PN.
Wyevale Garden Centre's do a traditional Santa's Grotto or breakfast / afternoon tea with Santa. The grotto is £6 per child.
House of Marbles, Pottery Rd, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS.
Santa’s Grotto at the House of Marbles is an excellent choice if you don’t want to book in advance. The Grotto is open 10am – 3pm on the dates above and has a tbc theme. Child entry costs £6.99 and includes a gift, a balloon and a badge.
Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT
Treat your children to a nativity play at Pennywell followed by a visit to Santa’s Grotto where they will receive a special Christmas gift. They can also meet Santa’s reindeer and enjoy homemade Christmas biscuits and squash in the café (there will be mulled wine, tea, coffee and mince pies for the adults!) On selected dates, visitors can enjoy breakfast with Father Christmas followed by the nativity play.
Morwellham Quay, Nr Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JL.
At Morwellham Quay visitors can take a special mine train journey to visit Santa in his underground Grotto, then warm up in front of the fire with some mince pies and a warm drink.
Drakes Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2AA.
2018 details tbs. Last years details: Santa’s Grotto will be open daily from 17 November 2017, but times vary, so check www.drakecircus.com for details and to book. The grotto costs £5 per child and includes a gift to take home.
Bygones, Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR.
Bygones are offering visitors the chance to have breakfast or lunch with Santa. Both options include entrance into Bygones, visiting Santa in his workshop and a traditional present for children. Booking is essential.
Kents Cavern, Ilsham Rd, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF.
Meet Santa in his underground grotto at Kents Cavern. Guests can enjoy an hour-long show, a personal visit with Santa, a Christmas present, mulled wine and mince pies!
Seaton Tramway, Harbour Rd, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ.
Join Seaton Tramway for a special Polar Express Tram Ride! Based on the book and Christmas movie, this trip to the ‘North Pole’ invites you to take part in the Polar Express experience by tram. Listen to and sing along with all the songs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by dancing chefs and meet Santa and his elves. Each child receives a gift from Santa and you are welcome to wear your pyjamas onboard, just like in the film!
Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ.
23rd to 25th November 2018.
The Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint boasts 3 days of festive shopping, all under one roof. Admission costs £4 for adults (16 and under are free) and includes the free Santa’s grotto.
Endsleigh Garden Centre, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9JL.
Meet Santa, receive a present, tuck into a delicious meal, decorate your own Gingerbread and enjoy festive fun activities.
South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ.
Join South Devon Railway for Santa by Steam! Father Christmas will be back on his decorated grotto train during December. Trains leave Buckfastleigh Station and the journey takes about one and a half hours. Booking is essential.
Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LU.
2018 tbc, here's last years details: Father Christmas will be at Escot in his Christmas Grotto with presents for visiting children. There will be activity stalls with things for children to make and decorate. In the park you can see the otters receive their Christmas presents and enjoy traditional Yuletide fare in the outdoor Christmas Kitchen and Coach House Restaurant.
Crealy Adventure Park, Sidmouth Rd, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR.
Crealy has loads going on during thier Christmas spectacular event: Christmas On Ice, Mary Christmas' Bakery, Santa's Magical Toy Store, The Elf Academy, Rudy's Reindeer Food Making Station, Santa's Post Office, The Singing Snowmen, Buddy & Blossom's 'Jingle Bell Rock' and Christmas Craft Creators. Children can meet Santa and receive a gift to take home.
Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP.
Visit the festive grotto in the stables at the carriage museum and meet the traditional green Father Christmas. Tickets cost £5 per child and include a present. Booking is essential and provides you with a 30 minute time slot.
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Barnstaple, EX31 4RA.
Enjoy an exciting two-mile return journey from Woody Bay Station to Killington Lane and back by steam train. Children can experience the magic of Christmas by meeting Santa and receiving an individually named present. Booking essential.
Paignton Zoo, Totnes Rd, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU.
Go on a festive adventure at Paignton Zoo. Meet Santa in his grotto and receive a present, then ride the jungle polar express! Follow the gingerbread trail and pick up a special gift from the elves as you leave.
Living Coasts, Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG.
2018 tbc, here's last years details: Meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen and watch Santa’s elves feed the penguins at Living coasts Christmas weekend on 9 and 10 December 17.