Where to Meet Father Christmas in Cornwall

November 16th, 2018

From exciting winter wonderland’s to cosy Christmas grottos, here’s where you can find Santa this Christmas.


Father Christmas Experience at the Eden Project

Meet Father Christmas and his Elves while they stay at the Eden Project and catch a glimpse of what life is like for Santa behind the scenes! You’ll be able to take a peep at where the elves sleep each night, as well as where all the letters that children from around the world send get stored! Settle down in front of the open fire and enjoy a magical tale read by Santa himself! The experience runs several times a day from Saturday 24th November, and will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from this date until 17th December, when the experience takes place daily until Christmas Eve! Booking is recommended and tickets cost £10 for 1 adult and 1 child, with additional children at £5. To access the grotto, you will also need an admission ticket or pass to the Eden Project.


Father Christmas in Cornwall

Bedruthan’s Sugar and Spice Grotto

Bedruthan Hotel are known for going all out on their grottos and this year is certainly no exception! Walk into a winter wonderland as snow falls around you, settling on the twinkling Christmas trees. A magical grotto awaits, but first, you must journey through the labyrinth of ice caves, where you can make snow angels and throw a snowball or two! The helpful elves along the way also like getting creative, giving you the chance to create some lovely decorations or gifts. Once you’ve finally reached the Sugar and Spice Grotto, you can help Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas gather up the gifts for the sleigh – there may even be one in there for you! Finally, make a magical Christmas wish to Mawgan the magic wishing tree!


Open every day from the 1st December to the 23rd December, this is one of the most popular Grottos in Cornwall, with some dates already sold out, meaning that booking is essential. Tickets cost £15 for 1 adult and 1 child, and £5 for an additional adult.


Santa By Steam

A popular Christmas activity run by Bodmin & Wenford Railway; Santa climbs onboard this magical steam train and embarks on an incredible journey for an hour. Bringing his elves along for the journey too, his helpers will lead little ones to the magical grotto where you will meet the man in red himself! As well as getting an early Christmas present, and a photo with Santa, you can also enjoy a tasty mince pie while you wait! Booking is essential and the train will be running on Saturday’s and Sunday’s in December from the 1st to 23rd, as well as Friday 21st and Monday 24th December.


Present from Santa

Father Christmas at Trebah

Building their magical factory in the gardens, Father Christmas and his elves have created a wonderful place to create amazing gifts. Watch the elves handcraft unique presents before collecting your own gift from Santa himself! You can also try out some Christmas crafts for yourself or have your face painted. Father Christmas has a very busy schedule this year, so will only be visiting Trebah Garden on the 15th and 16th December 2018. Tickets cost £7.50 for children and £5 per adult and booking is essential.


Redruth Public Library Christmas Grotto

Father Christmas will be making an appearance at his special Christmas Grotto at the Redruth Public Library on Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December. Santa and his elves can be found at the cosy reading corner from 10am until 2pm for this free event.


Letter to Santa

Father Christmas Visits Lost Gardens of Heligan

Father Christmas and his elves are warmly welcomed back to the Lost Gardens of Heligan this year. From the 15th to 24th December, visitors to the Gardens will be able to follow the magic Christmas Trail and discover Father Christmas’ cosy home, where good children will receive a small gift. To be sure he brings the present you want on Christmas Day, you can also write a letter to Santa and pop it into the magical post box underneath the twinkly Christmas lights. Tickets cost £7 per child and £2 per adult on top of the admission fee for Heligan and advanced booking is recommended.


Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park

After spotting the delightful collection of creatures that find their home at Paradise Park and playing in the Jungle Barn indoor play area, get into the Christmas spirit by paying a visit to Santa at his grotto. From the 1st December, Father Christmas will be visiting his grotto from 12pm to 2pm on weekends and then everyday from the 15th to 24th December! Tickets cost £5.45 per child in addition to entry to the park and can be bought on the day.


Our luxury family Christmas holidays in Cornwall are perfect for children and adults alike who cannot wait to experience the excitement and magic of this festive time of year.