Meet Father Christmas at These Iconic Santa Grottos in London


As festive decorations, Christmas trees and twinkling lights pop up across London, it is certainly one of the most magical times of the year in the capital city. Add to your Christmas adventures with a visit to some of the best Santa’s grottos in the city and have the best time celebrating with family and friends. Get greeted by friendly elves, vibrant Christmas decorations and the best part- exciting presents for kids! Here are some spots that you need to visit for a memorable holiday!

Santa’s Grotto at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Be a part of the iconic Hyde Park’s tribute to Christmas with the spectacular Winter Wonderland. Not only will you find a huge ice rink, the Real Ice Slide, Magical Ice Kingdom, and a German-style Bavarian village here, but also Santaland! It’s a real treat if you’re looking to get into the festive spirit, hear the Christmas songs and of course, meet Santa!

The Winter Wonderland Santa’s Grotto is an unmissable pit spot, running from 17th November to 1st January’24. So, book your stay with the opulent and enviably located The Montcalm Royal London House with luxurious amenities and easy access to the liveliest festive spots in the city. Winter Wonderland’s Santa Grotto is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm and there will certainly be exciting gifts for the kids if you’re travelling with family. All you need to do is buy a ticket to Winter Wonderland and enjoy an enchanting day out.

Santa’s Grotto at the London Transport Museum 

This year, celebrate Christmas at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden Piazza with charming drop-in Christmas crafts, and a wintery trail to follow through the museum and meet Santa Claus. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as Santa gives out festive toys and books at the London Transport Museum, near The Montcalm Hotel Chiswell Street.

From 24th November to 23rd December’23, children will love the Routemaster-inspired sleigh adventures as they flash the headlights, ring the bell, and enjoy the Christmassy vibes to the fullest at the popular museum. Also, hear Christmas stories in the den, test your creativity with the holiday crafts inspired by the museum’s wintery poster collection and explore its galleries, all for free!

Shrek’s Grotto at Shrek’s Adventure  

Are you a Shrek fan? This Christmas experience the Big Green Ogre takes the place of a beardy man in red attire! Relish a scrumptious meal at the Montcalm Restaurant and prepare yourself for the ultimate Shrek adventure this Christmas, as you trek through the slimy swamp and when you get to the grotto, Santa Shrek will be there to greet you! Pose for pictures for your Instagram feed and enjoy a good time celebrating the festive vibes with Shrek’s Grotto in December.

The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo

London Zoo is the only spot in the capital city, where you can meet Santa with a whole menagerie of penguins, otters, zebras, and tigers. If you’re travelling with kids, head off on the festive trail and enjoy the zoo’s seasonal attractions including marshmallow toasting, Christmas-themed animal talks, and animal crafts. London Zoo makes the top family day out destination this festive season, bringing ‘The Magic of Christmas’ theme to you!

P.S. London Zoo is also offering the opportunity for a VIP breakfast with Santa Claus from the end of November to the start of January.

Plan your Christmas holiday now and book your stay with one of the luxury hotels in London for the most fulfilling experience!