Christmas is so nearly upon you, this year has passed in the blink of an eye and now its a mad rush to get everything planned…the most pressing question is ‘Where can you take the kids to see Santa in Northamptonshire or Leicestershire?’  Well we have it covered for you with our top 5 recommendations for something a little different!  Make some fun memories and treat the children…and yourselves!  A trip to the farm, a luxury afternoon tea, a train ride, a photoshoot or a local theme park…the choice is yours! 

1. West Lodge Farm

Beginning on the weekend of the 27th of November, a Christmas Experience at West Lodge farm is a magical Christmas journey for the whole family to enjoy. As normal, there is access to the animals and free play areas to explore, alongside all the additional festivities too. On arrival, a Christmas passport is allocated to you to begin the magic, followed by the option to explore the Christmas Wood, visiting the elves village and entering the elf school. As if that wasn’t already enough Christmas magic to enjoy, the live nativity play (with live farm animals!) An opportunity to write your letter to father Christmas at the Elves post office, and then of course a visit to Father Christmas himself! All of this, and more, is priced at only £26 per child, £7 per baby and £10.50 per adult. Discounts apply to annual pass holders too.

West Lodge farm is located on the Back Lane in Desborough, Northamptonshire.

2. Wicksteed Park

From the weekend of the 27th of November, The Magical Wicksteed 2021 guests will follow their cheeky elf host through our festive journey, stopping off to see Mrs Clause and Santa’s reindeer on the way, with a final destination to our Magical Wicksteed grotto where Santa will meet every family individually and give each child a wonderful toy from his workshop. This year, Magical Wicksteed guests can enjoy ALL of our rides and attractions in the adventure zone and of course our wonderful festive train as they are included in the price, allowing you to enjoy a whole day of fun! Prices begin at £19.50 per child and £17.50 per adult.

Wicksteed Park is located in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

3. Daisy Dots Photography


On the weekend of the 4th and 5th of December, Daisy Dots are offering a full Winter Wonderland experience. A walk through the different Christmas scenes, with the opportunity to have magical photos taken in each set, experiencing all the different festive cheer that Christmas brings. Scenes including a Christmas kitchen, a gingerbread house, a nutcracker filled, vintage Christmas shop and more! There are plenty of midweek dates available on request, to ensure the whole family get to experience the magic. The winter wonderland experience is finished by meeting Father Christmas in his Grotto, where the children will be given a present, this will of course be photographed to ensure that the experience is captured and not just a memory. Adults are not forgotten about either, receiving a present throughout the winter wonderland experience too; beautiful photographs to cherish forever. An all inclusive price of £199 for the whole family.

Daisy Dots photography is located in Middleton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

Christmas Winter Wonderland Photoshoot & Santa’s Grotto – £199


4. Barton Hall

Barton Hall Hotel & Vines Brasserie is located in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

On Sunday the 12th December for a limited time only, from 2pm – 4pm, Father Christmas is at Barton Hall for a visit. A magical afternoon filled with afternoon tea, writing a letter to Santa, face painting and more. Christmas fun for all ages in the family to enjoy. Booking is available via phone on 01536 515505. Pricing at £17.50 per child and £30 per adult.

5. Great Central Railway

Great Central Railway is located in Loughborough, Leicestershire

Beginning on December the 1st, right up until Christmas Eve, Santa swaps his sleigh for a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train. Ride aboard The Santa Express and experience Santa Clause surprise your children with an exciting present, a drink and a festive snack for the children, and refreshments available for adults to enjoy too. The train journey takes you through the picturesque Charnwood countryside lasting around 1 hour. Group visits and schools bookings available too. For the Santa deluxe experience, the price is £21 per person.


Hope you all have a fab time meeting Santa and making lots of fun memories!