Best places to visit Santa in Kent

Christmas is just around the corner, there's no time to wait! Santa is loading his sleigh and he shan't be late! To celebrate our friends over at Kent Attractions have compiled top places in Kent to catch Santa on his travels!

With some of the best places to visit Santa in Kent having already sold out and many others selling fast, you need to book your visit fast to avoid disappointment.

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like taking your children to see Father Christmas in his twinkling Santa’s grotto.

You don’t have to visit Lapland to visit Father Christmas, there are plenty of magical experiences much nearer home.

With traditional festivities at Eastgate House, Christmas with the animals at Howletts and Wildwood , Santa specials on board the Kent & Sussex Railway, seasonal surprises on the farm at Kent Life and the Hop Farm and magnificent castles like Hever Castle , there’s a Santa experience for everyone.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Santa’s grottos in Kent that (at the time of writing) still have availability.

Eastgate House - Rochester

Experience a Victorian Christmas at Eastgate House on historic Rochester’s High Street with storytelling by the big man himself dressed in his traditional green costume. Nearby in the grounds of Rochester Castle is of course the renowned Christmas Market with its plethora of stalls, Bavarian food village and live performers.
Venture to a Victorian Christmas...

Hever Castle, Edenbridge

Whilst the ever popular pre-booked grotto experience has sold out, Children visiting Hever Castle may get the chance to meet him in the Toy Workshop. This year, Christmas at Hever Castle is all about Traditional Christmas Tales with beautifully decorated Castle rooms and a Christmas trail in the glorious grounds.

Christmas in a castle...

Hop Farm Family Park, Tonbridge

There’s lots of festive fun to be had in the Big Red Grotto at the Hop Farm. This magical experience combined with the Animal Farm and a host of attractions for the kids provides a fun day out for the whole family.

Set the scene with a stable this Christmas...

Howletts, Canterbury

Treat your little ones to a sprinkling of Christmas magic as Father Christmas and his merry elves take time out of their busy schedule to bring some festive joy at Howletts, the award winning wild animal park.

Santa doesn't forget the animals...

Kent & East Sussex Railway

Meet Santa this Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway! On board the festively decorated steam trains every child will receive a gift given to them by Santa and his elves. Children will be able to write a letter to Santa and each group will receive one free printed photo to take home and there will also be a top-secret festive attraction for all the family to enjoy.

Take a train straight to Christmas...

Kent Life, Maidstone

Take a ride on the Jingle Express to Santa’s grotto, hear the Christmas tales, meet his elves, create a gingerbread masterpiece and see the big man himself. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the many farmyard friends at Kent Life and explore the fun activities for children of all ages at this heritage farm park.

Jingle on your journey through Kent...


The ever popular Christmas Grotto at Wildwood, where you can come nose-to-nose with British Wildlife past and present, includes a visit with Santa and his elves, a luxury soft toy and a mounted photo of the special occasion.

The Elves are waiting for you ...

If you already have your visit to Father Christmas booked and are looking for a few more festive days out then here are a few more ideas!

Enjoy the great outdoors with an illuminated woodland walk at Bedgebury. Shop, eat and be merry at Brogdale, Biddenden, Hush Heath and Penshurst Place. Peruse the stalls at the Christmas Fair at Goodnestone Park Gardens and Chiddingstone Castle or the Christmas Market at Leeds Castle.

Sing along at one of the Christmas Carol Concerts at Hall Place & Gardens or experience wartime Christmas at Dover Castle or the Royal Engineers Museum.