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Santa's Grotto Guide 2022

With Christmas around the corner, Santa is in demand.

We all know Santa's Grottos get booked up very quickly, but no need to stress as we have put together a variety of fabulous and festive Grottos in Merseyside that will bring the magic of Christmas alive. Even better, each Grotto is a short walk from one of our stations, so travel is sorted too. 

You can plan your journey using our journey planner here.

1. Otterspool Adventure Christmas Experience

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Otterspool Adventure will be transformed into a magical family Christmas experience from 19 November to 24 December.

Visit Santa in his Grotto and receive a gift as well as enjoy up to three hours of festive activities, such as watching the festive show, gingerbread decorating with Mrs Claus, and a visit to the Elves 'Make a Bear' workshop. If that wasn't enough, you also have unlimited play on the ice rink and attractions! 

Tickets are selling fast, so click here to book.

Address: 37 Otterspool Dr, Liverpool, L17 5AL

Nearest Station: Aigburth (8 minute walk)

2. Breakfast with Santa - Liverpool

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For £25 for kids and £15 for adults, Breakfast with Santa includes full English buffet breakfast and Santa's Grotto. Children will also receive a small gift to celebrate the Christmas season.

Santa will arrive at the Bentley Liverpool on 4, 11, and 18 December from 10am - 12pm. 

Book your tickets via the link here.

Address: The Bentley, 50 Brunswick St, Liverpool

Nearest Station: James Street (3 minute walk) for Wirral Lines, Liverpool Central (11 minute walk) for Northern Lines.

3. Lunch with Santa - New Brighton


Enjoy a lovely lunch with Santa from 19 November to 18 December, which consists of a hot festive panini, warm tortilla melts and winter salad with your choice of cold or drink, then a hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream and a delicious warm gingerbread or mince pie. 

After lunch, the children can meet Santa and listen to a Christmas story as well as receive an early Christmas present.

You can purchase official photograph souvenir prints for a small additional cost if you wish, or alternatively you are able to take your own photographs with Santa.

Tickets price start at £12.

Click here to secure your booking.

Address: Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton 

Nearest Station: New Brighton (12 minute walk)

4. Santa's Enchanted Forest - Formby 

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Throughout November and December, experience Santa's Enchanted Forest in Formby. A ticket for 2 people (under 12 months go free) is £35, and includes of reindeer food, Santa hats, the full 60 min tour and admission to the giant snow globe. Food/drink, rides and prize attractions are not included in the ticket price.

Address: Shorrocks Hill, Lifeboat Road, Formby, Liverpool, L37 2EB

Nearest Station: Formby (16 minute walk)

5. Story Time with Santa - New Brighton

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The spirit of Christmas comes to the Floral Pavilion Theatre from 11 to 24 December. For its 11th year, children will be captivated by traditional and modern stories as well as festive songs to sing. 

Every child will have the opportunity to talk to Santa, and receive a festive gift.

For more information and to book your place, visit their website via the link here.

Address: Floral Pavilion Theatre, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wallasey CH45 2JS

Nearest Station: New Brighton (10 minute walk)

6. Santa's Enchanted Grotto - ChesterEnchanted Forest 900 X 370

The former H&M unit in Chester’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre will be transformed once again into a Narnia-inspired experience for Christmas 2022.

Manned by snow elves and other enchanted characters, families are promised an immersive wintery experience, which will lead children around uniquely decorated areas before meeting Santa himself and receiving a gift.

You can visit Santa’s Enchanted Grotto from Friday, November 25th, from 10am, until Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th, at 3pm. There are also multiple SEN's and autism sessions available.

Click here for more information and to book your slot.

Address: Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Pepper Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1EA

Nearest Station: Chester (16 minute walk)

7. Breakfast with Santa - Southport

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Join Santa for a special breakfast at the Old Bank Southport, which occurs every Saturday morning in December, for just £12 per child. This includes a choice of mini full English breakfast or buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and banana, as well as a small gift. 

Click here to book.

Address: The Old Bank Southport

Nearest Station: Southport (6 minute walk)

8. John Lewis Liverpool

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Feel the Christmas spirit and meet Santa at John Lewis! For £15 per child, you can have a magical moment with Santa and receive a LEGO or LEGO DUPLO gift! You can also cherish the moment forever by having a photo taken with Santa. 

Each booking includes up to 4 children maximum, and dogs are welcome to come along!

For those who prefer a quieter setting, there will be a quiet hour every Sunday and Tuesday in November.

To book your slot, visit their website via the link here.

Address: 70 S John St, Liverpool L1 8BJ

Nearest Station: James Street (8 minute walk) for Wirral Lines, Liverpool Central (6 minute walk) for Northern Lines

9. Santa's Grotto - Southport

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Hop on the train and visit Santa in his Grotto in Wayfarers Shopping Arcade. This will be a special experience all will enjoy, especially because it includes a small present for you to take home! The Grotto is priced at £10 per child. 

Slots are available every Saturday from 19 November to 17 December.

Find out more here.

Address: 311-317 Lord St, Southport PR8 1NY

Nearest Station: Southport (6 minute walk)

10. Frozen Grotto - Southport

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Whether its your first time in forever, or you went here last year, spend time with Elsa, Anna and friends at the Frozen Grotto. This is also located in the Wayfarers Shopping Arcade, but only from 21- 24 December, so book quick!

Tickets are £10 per child, including a small Christmas gift.

You can learn more and book your place here.

Address: 311-317 Lord St, Southport PR8 1NY

Nearest Station: Southport (6 minute walk)

Get there with Merseyrail

No matter which Grotto you decide to visit, get there by train! Remember, a Family Ticket for a family of up to 5 can be used for just £13! This covers 1 or 2 adults travelling with children aged 5-15 and is valid for unlimited travel, only excluding peak hours 06:31 - 09:29 Monday - Friday. Find out more about the Family Ticket and other Child Ticket options here.

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A Family of 5 travel for just £13!*

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*A Merseyrail Family Ticket covers up to a family of 5 for unlimited travel after 9.30am weekdays and all day on weekends and bank holidays. The ticket covers children aged 5 - 15 travelling with 1 or 2 adults.

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