Bristol Father Christmas guide to Santa's grottos in and around the city

13 December 2011



Father Christmas, or Santa as some call him, is a very busy man in the lead-up to Christmas but he’s managing to find time to get out and about in Bristol over the next two weeks allowing the city’s children to say hello and discuss their lists with him.


Santa will be in his grotto at Horseworld at Whitchurch on 17 and 18 December; between 10.30AM and 12.30PM and from 1.30PM until 3.30PM. Children will be able to meet Santa and receive a gift. Tickets cost £5.


Visitors to Cattle Country at Berkeley in Gloucester will board a train to visit Santa’s Grotto, passing his reindeer on their journey. Santa will be at the adventure park from Saturday 17 December until Thursday 22 December and the grotto will be open each day from 10.00AM until 4.00PM; there is no need to pre-book and train times will be allocated on arrival.


On Saturday 17 and 18 December and from 21 to 24 December Santa will be taking a number of festive cruises around Bristol aboard the Bristol Ferry Company boats; the trips will depart from Cascade Steps at 1.00PM, 2.00PM and 3.00PM and there will be fun gifts, mince pies and sherry for the mums and dads.


Father Christmas and his reindeer will be visiting Bristol Zoo on 19 and 20 December for the Fantabulous Christmas evening events. As well as meeting the big man visitors will be able to watch ice-sculpting demonstrations, listen to carol singing and a brass band and enjoy festive refreshments.


Santa will be in residence at his magical grotto in Yate Shopping Centre until 24 December, for just £3 per child visitors get to meet the man himself, take as many photos as they like and take him a gift wrapped Christmas present.


The Christmas Village at Old Down Country Park will also be playing host to Father Christmas who will be welcoming visitors to his grotto until 23 December. Visitors will also enjoy the Nativity Experience, Carol singing, mulled wine, entertainment and seasonal food and drink and will be able to buy a Christmas tree to take home.


Visitors to the National Trust’s Tyntesfield estate and gardens at Wraxall will also be able to meet Father Christmas and enjoy a Christmas food market, concerts and wreath making activities. He will be there daily until 23 December.


At the Avon Valley Railway Father Christmas will be talking to children riding on the steam train. The train departs at various times throughout each day, taking a six-mile return trip that lasts around one hour. Father Christmas will make his way along the train, stopping to talk and hand out gifts to the children, providing they’ve been good of course, and mince pies or festive biscuits to parents and grandparents.


Cribbs Causeway is home to a Winter Wonderland this December and Father Christmas has a castle there where he will be welcoming young visitors every day. There is also an ice-rink and traditional Christmas stalls.


The Fry’s Club at Keynsham will be hosting family fun days until Saturday 18 December; there will be arts and crafts, a family show and entertainment and a visit to Santa in his Winter Wonderland grotto. Tickets are priced at £7.50 for children and just £1 for adults and the whole experience lasts around 90 minutes.


As you can see Father Christmas is very, very busy this month, wherever you choose to visit him have a very lovely time and don’t forget, he’s been making a list, and checking it twice, he’s going to find out who’s been naughty or nice...


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