Where is can you meet Santa this Christmas? - Derby Days Out Blog
15th October 2019

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Santa Claus is coming to town! We have been busy little elves searching for the best grottos around so you and your family will be able to meet him during this festive period!

BETTY'S FARM AND SHOP - The Castle Way, Willington, DE65 6BW Derby

Time: 10am - 3pm

Dates: 7th, 14th, and 21st December

Age suitability: Age 12 months and over although younger babies are welcome.

Info: Come and visit Santa’s Grotto at Betty’s Farm Shop. Abi’s Entertainments will be providing lots of festive fun in our Grotto! Come along and write a letter to Santa, make some reindeer food and then visit Santa in his Grotto and receive a gift. There will also be chance to take your own photos in our festive sleigh! Complimentary refreshments for one accompanying adult available (additional can be purchased).

Cost: £12.50

Advanced booking is required.


Bluebell Dairy - Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR

Time: 5pm - 8pm

Dates: 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of December

Visit Santa under the night sky this year, lit only by the Stars and fairy lights....this exclusive experience is for those looking for something that extra special!
Go through Elf Security to check into our Candycane Express departure lounge.
Enjoy complementary Sweets for both Children and grown ups too, adults can also enjoy a complementary Mulled Wine! Whilst you wait for your Candycane Express ride, enjoy Christmas Board Games, Santa Letter Writing, Christmas Wish Trees and a LIVE SHOW! from our North Pole Elves!
Take a journey to the Woods on our Candycane Express trailer ride where Mrs Claus will greet you and show you to Santa's Woodland Cabin!
After you've met the man in red, Children can head to Bluebell Frostcrackers' Toy Shop to choose their own Toy! Reindeer Food Making, The Elf Trail and Nativity Animals will all be available too!
Cost:  Prices range from £7.95-£17.95 depending on ticket type and date chosen

Book online


Chesterfield Market Hall, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1AR

Time: Vary

Dates: 17th, 23rd, 30th November and 7th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd 24th December

Come and meet Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas - upstairs in the Market Hall.

Cost: £5 per ticket (cash only)


Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ

Time: Vary

Dates: Check the calendar

As the Festive Season is getting into full swing why not give the whole family an exciting treat by taking a trip on a Santa Special Train. The children get to see Santa, there’s a treat for the adults, entertainment for the whole family and all without queues. Car Parking is free too.

This special festive treat features:
• Santa’s Grotto on your train.
• A quality gift for every child.
• A miniature bottle of spirits and a mince pie for every adult, delivered to your seat.
• Pinxton Puppets Pantomime in a heated and decorated marquee after your train journey.
• Animatronics tableau.

Tickets are very popular and strictly limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment - 01773 570140


Castle Street, Bolsover, S44 6PR

Time: 10.30am - 4pm

Date: Sat 30 Nov - Sun 22 Dec 2019 (Weekends only)

Join in the festive fun with the man himself at Bolsover Castle this Christmas. Meet Father Christmas as he tells tales of Christmas past among the yuletide decorations.

Cost: £5 - this includes a small present.

Booking is essential

Purchase your ticket on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30, Sat 9am – 5pm).


Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand,  Derby DE1 1BS

Time: 12pm - 4pm

Date: 1st December 

Join Derby Museums for a family-friendly Christmas carvery!

Enjoy a two-course meal and a visit from Santa, then put on your dancing shoes for a fun family disco.

Vegetarian/vegan options available.

Cost: £20pp (over 12 yrs), £10 pp (under 12yrs), under 2yrs free

To book, please contact Christine on 01332 641901


Nottingham Road Fire Station, Derby

Time: 4pm - 6.30pm

Date: 5th December

Age suitability: Age limit of 10 years and under for Santa's Grotto

A FREE Santa’s Grotto, with a visit from Santa Claus (obviously!). We'll also be joined by a Guest Singer, plus there's face painting and a selection of children’s activities and games.
Organised and funded by Derby Homes, Derby City Council, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Derbyshire Constabulary, Asda, Sporting Communities and Age UK. Parents must be present for their child or children to use the Grotto.

Cost: FREE

For all queries, contact Jamie Robinson at jamie.robinson@derbyhomes.org or on 07812 301829


The White Hart Inn, 5 Derby Road, Stanley DE7 6EX

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Date: 19th, 20th and 21st December

Santa himself is coming to the White Hart Stanley. Each child will receive a present and get to have a chat With Santa himself.

Cost: £5

Book online


Time and Dates:

22-24 Nov 10am – 4pm 

27 Nov – 1 Dec 10am – 4pm

4-8 Dec 10am – 4pm

11-15 Dec 10am – 6pm

18-23 Dec 10am – 6pm

24 Dec 10am – 4pm

The festive forest is a magical forest, full of fun and interactive games for children. From 22 November kids can jump into the snow ball pool, zoom down the glacier slides and show off at the ice-cool climbing area. You can also meet Santa at selected dates throughout the festive season.

Cost: £3.00 for a 30-minute play and £6 for 30 minutes play, Santa meet and greet and gift

More information here


Mercia Marina, Findern Lane, Willington, Derby, DE65 6DW

Time: 11am - 4pm


Saturday 30th November/ Sunday 1st December
Saturday 7th December/Sunday 8th December
Saturday 14th December/Sunday 15th December
Saturday 21st December/Sunday 22nd December

Price includes a present and a short trip around the marina (subject to weather conditions)

Cost: Children £7, Parents and Guardians £1

No pre-booking required


The Pip Tree Cafe at Collyers Nursery, Nottingham Road, Derby DE72 3FR

Time and date:

Sat 30th Nov - 10am - 4pm

Sun 1st Dec - 11am - 3pm

Sat 7th Dec - 10am - 4pm

Sun 8th Dec - 11am - 3pm

Meet Santa at Collyer's Nursery! All donations received will go to local good causes.

Cost: FREE or a donation


Fairways Garden Centre, Clifton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2GN

Time: 9.30am - 10.30am

Date: 20th, 21st, 23rd and 24th December

Includes a kiddies breakfast, drink a gift and story with Santa.

All children must be accompanied by an adult who will receive a drink on arrival.

Cost: £9.99

Booking is essential- call 01335 347 900


Swarkestone Nursery, Lowes Lane, Swarkestone, Derbyshire DE73 7GQ

Time: 2pm


Santa will be here on the following Saturdays and Sundays on the run up to Christmas. He magically appears down the chimney in the Christmas Castle at 2pm with a present for all the girls and boys.

Cost: FREE

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