FATHER CHRISTMAS GROTTO'S AND EXPERIENCES

Father Christmas is going to be very busy in Dorset this year as he will be giving gifts to all the good children in traditional grotto's, farms, department stores, museums, garden centres, trains, country parks and even on a boat!

To see where he'll be in the run up to Christmas, please have a look below.

SOUTH EAST DORSET

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There’s plenty to do at Adventure Wonderland over Christmas with unlimited play in the festive ‘Wild Thing’ soft play, nativity cuddles corner and festive pantomime.  Book the full Christmas experience and you can visit Father Christmas in his log cabin and receive a gift.
Dates - Various dates from 23 November to 23 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit Adventure Wonderland.

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Visit 'Farmer Christmas' in his traditional Winter cabin in the Little Farmer's Fun Barn.  The clever Elves use a time-slot system so there’s no long queues for you.  The Farm Park gets a full festive makeover and there'll be a cracking Christmas atmosphere all around!  No pre booking required.
Dates – Various dates in December 2019

For more information, please visit Farmer Palmers.

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Take a visit to The Ark and write a letter to Santa, make reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve, get crafty and paint your own Christmas tree decoration in the new pottery studio then finish your magical visit by meeting Santa himself and receive a gift.
Dates – Various dates from 25 November to 24 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit The Ark.

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Hop on board a City Cruises boat and head around Poole Harbour for a Santa experience with a difference.  There's going to be plenty of fun for all the family with children's entertainment, mulled wine and a mince pie for the grown ups and a soft drink and biscuit for the kids.  Father Christmas always makes a great entrance and will ensure each child receives a gift.
To read our review from a previous year, please visit the Dorsetmums blog.
Dates - Various dates and sail times from 30 November to 24 December 2019 

For more information, please visit City Cruises Poole.

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Santa will be taking up residence in Beales and children can visit him to receive a special gift.  Make sure you visit the Christmas Tree Wonderland while you are in Bournemouth for a truly unforgettable experience.
Dates – 18 November to 24 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit the Christmas Tree Wonderland Santa’s Grotto.

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Father Christmas will be back at the Life Centre in Bournemouth with his Winter Wonderland and a gift for each child.
Dates – 9 to 23 December 2019

For more information, please see the Life Centre Facebook event.

Father Christmas will be making a special appearance in the beautifully decorated Dining Room at the Bournemouth Russell Cotes Museum for one weekend only and children will receive a small gift. 
Dates - 7 and 8 December 2019

For more information please visit the Russell Cotes Museum.

Children can walk through the magical snowy walkway to visit Santa in his Grotto and receive their gift and activity pack.
Dates - 23 November to 24 December 2019

For more information please visit Stewarts Garden Centre.

This year Santa is joined in his Woodland Grotto by some new friendly elves, owls and donkeys.  There’s a brand new covered light tunnel to walk through and enjoy plus children can meet Santa in his natural wood cabin and receive a quality wrapped Christmas present and printed photograph to take home.
Dates – Various dates in December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit Upton Country Park.

Farmer Christmas will be visiting the Cliffhanger Café which is a family friendly restaurant with beautiful panoramic views.  You will receive a full cooked breakfast plus a special visit from Father Christmas and a gift for each child!
Dates – 1, 8, 15, 22 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit the Cliffhanger Restaurant or call 01425 278058.

Santa returns to Compton Acres in Poole for some festive fun.  Children will receive a special gift from Santa himself whilst the whole family enjoy a delicious Full English Breakfast.
Dates - 14, 21, 23 and 24 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit Compton Acres.

NORTH AND RURAL DORSET

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CURRENT DATES ALL SOLD OUT
Climb aboard an authentic steam train in miniature and take a ride to see Father Christmas in his magnificent station grotto on one of the Santa Specials.

For more information, please visit Moors Valley Country Park.

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Your Christmas ticket gives you one day's admission with full use of all the play equipment and 83 acres of open space. Board the Festive Tractor Sleigh Ride, meet and greet the animals and when you are ready you can make your way to the Festive Grotto. The elves will give children a fun filled activity book and escort you to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto. Children will also receive an age appropriate goody bag and gift plus a photograph to treasure.
Dates - 23 November to 24 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit Honeybrook Adventure Farm.

You will enter a grotto full of decorations, real trees, Christmas music and snow before the children meet Santa, have a photo taken with him and receive a gift.
Dates - 6 to 8 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit Avon Heath Country Park.

CURRENT DATES ALL SOLD OUT
Add a little magic to your Kingston Lacy visit with a trip to see Santa Claus in the Laundry.

For more information, please visit the National Trust Kingston Lacy.

Children can walk through the magical snowy walkway to visit Santa in his Grotto and receive their gift and activity pack.
Dates - 23 November to 24 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit Stewarts Garden Centre.

PURBECK DORSET

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Santa has a gift waiting for every child who visits and you can have your picture taken with him as a reminder of your visit.  There’s also Christmas crafts sessions with Santa's Elves, and a Frozen themed garden trail.
Dates – 30 November and 7, 14 and 21 December 2019

For more information and booking, please see the Walled Garden Moreton Facebook event or call 01929 462243.

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During your one hour return journey there will be balloon modelling and each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit.  Adults will receive a mince pie and seasonal drink.  Santa Special trains start and finish in Swanage.
Dates – Various dates from 30 November to 24 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit the Swanage Railway.

Take a fairy-lit buggy ride deep into the park and visit Santa in his Grotto.  There will be mulled wine and mince pies for the grown ups and the children will receive a gift.
Dates - 16 to 20 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit Monkey World.

WEST DORSET

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Be guided through the festive forest by a jolly Elf to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas Cabin and receive a gift.  The Christmas Craft Zone will have lots to keep excited children occupied during your visit and grown ups will have a chance to rest.
To read a review from a previous visit, please visit the Dorsetmums Blog.
Dates – Various dates from 1 to 24 December 2019 (SEN visits on 30 November)

For more information and booking, please visit Weymouth SEA LIFE.

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CHRISTMAS GROTTO
Bring your little ones along to explore the magical setting, be welcomed by Santa himself and receive a special gift.
BREAKFAST OR TEA WITH SANTA
Make it a Christmas to remember and see your little ones eyes light up as they tuck into breakfast or tea with Santa.

For more information, dates and booking, please visit Dobbies Garden Centre.

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Set in the Grand Entrance Hall and Old Library, Father Christmas will be waiting to welcome children.
Dates – 5, 6 and 7 December 2019

For more information and booking, please visit the Kingston Maurward Facebook page or call 01305 215003.

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CHRISTMAS EVENTS

For lots of upcoming festive events, please join the Dorsetmums Family Friendly Events group.