Bodium Castle

5 best places to visit Santa in East Sussex 2021 – 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, we have put together our list of the best places to see Santa in East Sussex.  

For more up-to-date information please visit the events listed main websites.

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Battle Abbey 

Where? Butter Cross, High St, Battle TN33 0AE

When? Sun 27 Nov – Sun 2 Jan 

Come along and enjoy family friendly festivities in the most stunning of locations, Battle Abbey.

“Explore Battle Abbey with our family-friendly Christmas adventure quest. Follow the trail to find clues dotted around the grounds, and discover fun facts and festive folklore along the way.”

Please not, it as yet has not been confirmed if Santa will be in attendence at this years event – visit the Battle Abbey website for up to date information. 

Battle Abbey
Battle Abbey at Christmas

Drusillas Park

Where?Alfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS

When? 20th November – 23rd December

A day out at Drusillas is a family favorite at any time of year, but it is evn more magical during the festive period.

“Watch little eyes twinkle with wonder as they experience the glistening magic of Drusillas Christmas! Come and meet Santa among the shimmering lights, get nose-to-nose with our cuddly huskies in the Ice Cave, stroll through the twinkling Tunnel of Lights, and marvel at our spectacular 24ft Christmas treewhilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a marvellous mince pie! ”

Be sure to check the official website for details and don’t forget you’ll need to book your Santa tickets online in advance! 

See Santa at Drusillas
See Santa at Drusillas


Blackberry Farm

Where?Blackberry Farm Park, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD

When?Every weekend in December and during the holidays in the lead up to Christmas

All the fun of the farm, but at Christmas time! And, it is confirmed that Santa WILL be visiting!

“Solve the Christmas Word Trail and receive a small treat.”

Be sure to visit the Blackberry Farm website for up to date event information.

Blackberry Farm at Christmas

Bodium Castle Sleigh Event

Where?Bodiam, Robertsbridge TN32 5UA

When?1 December – 3 January (except 24-25 December)

Sadly, due to ongoing covid restruction there won’t be an opportunity to meet Santa at Bodium Castle this year. However, they are offering the next best thing – a festive photo chance inhis sleigh!

“You’ll find a festive Christmas sleigh parked up in the courtyard of the castle where you can jump on and take a family photo.”

For more information check the website here 

Bodium Castle
Bodium Castle

Kent and East Sussex Railway 

Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, TN30 6HE

The Santa Special at the Kent and East Sussex Railway has been making Christmas magical for families for 46 years! I remember being taken as a small child and it being the most incredible start to our festivities.

” There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a steam train ride knowing your child will meet Santa and receive a gift, all from the comfort of your allocated seats.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!

The experience for 2021 includes:

  • Steam Train Ride for 70 minute return journey
  • A complimentary refreshment pack for each family to enjoy during the journey
  • Age-appropriate presents for all children 11 and under
  • Children aged 12-15 will receive chocolates from Santa
  • Babes under 18 months of age are free of charge and receive a gift
  • Magician providing on-board entertainment
  • Free rides on the vintage gallopers on-site at Tenterden
  • Free photograph of your family group
  • Visit to the station’s Christmas model village

The main attraction, Santa himself, will be travelling on the train giving presents to your children – have your camera ready to capture that all-important moment!”

Be sure to check the official website for up to date information.

Meet Santa on the Santa Special
Santa Special

We hope you enjoyed 5 Best Places to visit Santa in East Sussex 2021


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