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10 best places to visit Santa in Kent 2019

10 best places to visit Santa in Kent 2019 – There are so many places offering opportunities to meet Santa, how do you choose where your child will have the best experience? The last thing you want is to pay a steep fee, queue for what seems like hours, only to leave feeling grumpy and disappointed that your children have met with a dreadful Santa impersonator, with no personality and a piece of poorly wrapped plastic tat.

So, to help you avoid such horrors, myself and some wonderfully helpful elves (well, wonderfully helpful fellow bloggers) have put together our list of the top 10 places to see Santa in Kent.

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Santa at The Hop Farm Paddock Wood

1st-23rd December 2019

Father Christmas is back at The Hop Farm during selected dates, this December! Treat the kids and meet the big FC up close and in person in his magical grotto experience. Lots of festive fun to be had in the Big Red Grotto.

Your Christmas experience inside The Big Red Grotto includes:

  • Visit with Father Christmas in his cosy Grotto
  • Indoor Grotto experience (unlimited time)
  • Meet his jolly helpers
  • A Christmas gift
  • Storytelling with Mother Christmas
  • One free printed photograph per group
  • Write a letter to Father Christmas, post it in his North Pole postbox or give it to him in person
  • Balloon models
  • Craft and activity sheets
  • Christmas tunes, cartoons, plenty of photo opportunities and more!

Father Christmas at The Hop Farm in Kent is always very popular, and he only has limited time to meet children and their families before he sets off on his very busy night delivering presents on Christmas Eve, so don’t delay book today!

Ticket price includes FREE entry into the Family Park, animal farm and indoor soft play centre:

Child (includes up to 2 free adults per booking and gift) – £18

Extra adults – £2 per adult

Infant (under 1 yrs old, includes 2 free adults per booking if an infant only booking and gift) – £14 .

Santa at The Reindeer Centre Bethersden

10th November 2019 to the 24th December 2019

Best places to meet Santa in Kent

For the most authenticate and unique Santa experience it has to be the outstanding Reindeer Centre. Fellow blogger, Jennie, from Edspire writes “It is so magical and the staff bend over backwards to make the experience special. We have been every year since 2012. The grotto is large and magical, door after door leads you through different winter lands. Father Christmas always has lots of time and the presents are perfect every year. Quality gifts that are age appropriate. William has squeaked with delight the last two years as he has been given Star Wars gifts. The play barn is brilliant and we can easily lose a few hours there. The staff are attentive and friendly. This is such a special part of our countdown to Christmas”.


Santa at Royal Victoria Place Tunbridge Wells

Dates to be announced.

Best places to meet Santa in Kent
Royal Victoria Place Tunbridge Wells

Nestled in the warmth of Royal Victoria Place shopping centre, Tunbridge Wells, is a stunning Christmas grotto. Spacious , beautifully decorated and well thought out, it fills the children with excitement as they  approach. Our experience meeting Santa there was lovely. He was warm and kind and didn’t rush us at all. His beard was real, and he genuinely looked just like you imagine Santa should. Princess D left with a huge smile and a nicely wrapped “Frozen” themed lockable diary, which she was thrilled with.

You can book in advance here or pay on the day.

Santa at Quex Park, Thanet

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Quex Park are offering a variety of different experiences to meet and dine with Santa. Pete from Household Money Saving recommends breakfast with Santa at Quex Park. Pete says “You get served a full cooked breakfast (or lunch) by the elves. The kids also get to decorate a gingerbread man and get to play in Jungle Jims”.

All the meet and dine options at Quex Park can be found here

How much is it to have breakfast with Santa at Quex Park?

Children- £15.00 Each (All guests under 11 years of age)
Adults- £12.00 Each (All guests over 11 years of age)


Santa at Brookside Garden Centre Tonbridge

Brookside Garden Centres Santas grotto is multi award winning. Their grotto raises money for local charities as well as being as being a truly magical experience for those who visit. Naomi, from Not a Perfect Parent says “Brookside is just so magical and intimate as you only go round in your family. You aren’t rushed and really get time to take it all in. We spent about 10 minutes with Father Christmas last year and my daughter was just amazed by everything (she was 11 months)”.

How much is it to see Santa at Brookside Garden Centre?

Children’s tickets are £15 each and will receive a gift from Santa, accompanying adults are £3 each

When can I see Santa at Brookside Garden Centre?

Meeting Santa is strictly by pre purchase tickets only so contact Brookside Garden Centre to book your visit.

Santa at Ruxley Garden Centre Sidcup

Best places to meet Santa in Kent

Ruxley Manor Garden Centre transforms into a winter wonderland for Chrismas. As well as meeting Santa you can purchase all you Christmas decorations, enjoy a festive lunch and there are even two real life reindeer to meet. Vikki from Mum Times Two highly recommends meeting Santa at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre and Naomi from Not a Perfect Parent says “Ruxley is brilliant as it’s so interactive they make reindeer food, put together toys with the elves and then meet Father Christmas. They sing little songs on the way round and get a little booklet to stamp after each of the activities”.

How much is it to see Santa at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre?

Babies < 1 year: £10
Children 1 years – 15 years : £12
Adults (16+): £5 (There must be at least one adult ticket in each booking)

For more information on booking a Santas grotto visit contact Ruxley Manor Garden Centre

Santa at Polhill Garden Centre


Polhill Garden Centre offers an outstanding range of shopping experiences, and at Christmas time this becomes even more extensive. Allow yourselves plenty of time to browse and stock up on all things festive. There’s an opportunity to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner too. Grotto experiences include exploring the icy pathways of Polhill’s magical Chrismassy land, an event to surely get your festive juices flowing.

How much is it to see Santa at Polhill Garden Centre?


pay on day
if available

What you get…
Child / Infant
Guaranteed Place
Limited Availability
Grotto Experience + Present
Adult (max. 2 per Child or Infant)*
FREE (when accompanying
a ticket holder)

Grotto Experience (without present)

When can I see Santa at Polhill Garden Centre?

1st – 24th December – Early booking recommended 

For more information contact Polhil Garden Centre

Santa at Hever Castle

Hever Castle is a stunning setting for any event, rich with history and enchanting grounds to explore. Over Christmas, Hever castle are offering two ways for your little ones to meet Santa. Either by pre ordering your tickets online here which guarantees you a full grotto experience with the main man and his elves. If you have missed the online tickets there is still the opportunity to visit the grotto and meet Santa with a drop – in ticket. These are offered on a first come first served basis.

How much is to see Santa at Hever Castle?

Father Christmas’ Grotto: + £11.50 per child ( plus entry)

Father Christmas Drop-in: + £8 per child ( plus entry)

When can I see Santa at Hever Castle, Kent?

Pre booked  –

November 23 – December 8 (Wed-Sun)
December 9 – 24 (Daily)


Santa at Bewl Water

Bewl water put on a magical adventure for the children over Christmas. They hop aboard the Santa Express Train to join the elves on an exciting treasure to hunt to find all the missing Christmas items. Once they return from their exhilarating ride they can go and meet Santa in his grotto. Don’t forget to indulge in one of the Bewl Waters luxury hot chocolate for your efforts too.

How much is to see Santa at Bewl Water?

Grotto and Treasure Hunt:
£16 per child | £8 per adult

When can I see Santa at Bewl Water?

Dates to be confirmed

Santa at Bluewater

How about taking the little ones to visit Santa during a Christmas shopping spree at Bluewater? Sounds like fantastic bribery and corruption fodder ammunition to me! Santas grotto is located alongside the picturesque lakes in a beautiful log cabin.

The children will magically turn into elves and assist in making a gingerbread man, creating a tree decoration with Mrs Claus in her festive crafting room, and finally meet Santa and if they have been good they may even receive a cute cuddly toy to take home.

How much is it to meet Santa at Bluewater?

£12 per child

£0 per adult

£5 per additional adult

When can I meet Santa at Bluewater?

Open every day until Christmas Eve but tickets must be purchased in advance. 


So there we have it. The 10 best places to see Santa in Kent. Do you agree with our list? We would love to hear your Santa experiences, get in touch and let us know where is fabulous in your opinion.

If you enjoyed this post why not read on with our 5 Magical Christmas Trips post here 

If you fancy trying something a little different near London, why not read our review on the Go Ape tree top adventure at Alexandra Palace – fun for all the family!



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