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Santa Claus is coming to town and we don't want anyone to miss him, so here's our guide to where the children can catch a glimpse of the man himself and tell him what they would like this year.

Most of the grottos need booking in advance, and the spaces do get filled very quickly, so it is worth organising your tickets early to avoid disappointment.


Open: Saturdays and Sundays in December and then December 21-24

Cost: Prices vary depending on package chosen

Meet Santa's reindeer and some friendly farm animals before you enter a magical world full of animated characters in winter wonderland settings.  As you walk through the different scenes, you can enjoy friendly banter with the impish elves before the children meet Santa to receive their present. For those who are too old for a present, a mince pie and hot fruit punch awaits.

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Gatton Park

Open: December 2-8

Cost: £5 per child.

Enjoy a golf buggy ride to Santa in his grotto, explore the grounds following a trail of clues and then return to Gatton Hall to make a Christmas decoration.

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Painshill Park (pictured)

Open December 1-24

Cost: £8.50 per child and £7 per adult

The festive fun begins with seasonal walk through the 18th century gardens to Grotto Island. Here you will enter the Christmas Wishing Tent where children will receive an activity pack and refreshments can be purchased. Elves will then guide you into the fairylike crystal Grotto where children share their wish with Father Christmas and receive a gift.

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Watercress Line

Open: Saturdays and Sundays in December and then December 21-24

Cost: £15 per person or £8 for under ones.

Enjoy a round trip through the scenic Hampshire countryside to meet Santa, who will give every child a gift in a special souvenir Santa sack. Children will also receive a soft drink whilst adults will be given a glass of wine and a mince pie.

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Hobbledown Farm And Adventure Park

Open: December 1-24

Cost: £4.50 per child in addition to normal admission rates, or if you are not planning to visit Hobbledown you can meet Santa for £7.50

Meet Santa in his grotto and receive a fabulous gift.

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Fishers Farm Park


Open: From December 1

Cost: £8.50 per person

Grotto experience includes 'pick your own' present in the Elves Toy Factory.

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Rural Life Centre

Open: December 8, 9, 15 and 16

Cost: £11 per child and £7 per adult

Ride on the light railway and meet Santa in his grotto with presents for the children. Visit will also include a chance to see live animals, the toy workshop and a model railway display.

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Hollycombe Working Steam Museum

Open: December 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23

Cost: £12 per child and £10 per adult

Visit should include (subject to weather) a ride on the Quarry Railway, miniature railway rides, children's rides, mulled wine for adults, mince pies and Christmas carols played on a fairground. Children will get a present from Santa.

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Mizens Railway

Open: Sundays 9th, 16 and 23rd December

Cost: £7 per person

Trains run round the decorated site to deliver children to Santa's Grotto where each child will receive a present. At the end of the journey, ticket-holding adults receive a hot drink (mulled wine or tea/coffee) and a mince pie.

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Haslemere Museum

Open: December 2, 20, 21, 22 & 24

Cost: £3 per child

Santa will be at the museum for the Christmas Market. Visit him and receive a gift: no need to book.

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The Medicine Garden

Open: December 15 & 16 and then 20-23

Cost: £7 per child

Vist Santa and his elves in the magical grotto and receive a little gift.

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Bocketts Farm

Open: November 29 to December 24

Cost: £5.95 per child in addition to farm entrance or £9.95 per child if just visiting the grotto

Children can hop on board the Santa Express trailer for a short trip to his magical haybarn workshop. Once inside, each child will meet Santa and receive a wrapped gift.

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Brooklands Museum

Open: December 1, 8 and 15

Cost: Normal museum admission price, plus £5 per child

Santa will be giving his reindeer a rest for a while and borrowing the museum's VC10 aircraft so that he can meet his young fans and give them a small present.

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Ashtead Park Garden Centre

Open: Every weekend in December

Cost: £4.95 per child

Santa and his helpers will be waiting to greet all children in his grotto and give them a small gift. There is no need to book, just turn up.

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Chessington Garden Centre

Open: November 17 to December 24

Cost: £8 per child and £2 per adult

Starting with a short festive animated film, you will then go on a magical trip to meet Santa. Along the way you will journey through a wonderland of fairytale inspired scenes. You will then see inside the Elves in their mystical workshop and travel through an Icy Winter Wonderland with ice skating penguins, a polar bears tea party before a personal meeting with Santa in his all new enchanting ice palace. Gifts will be given to each child.

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Notcutts Cranleigh

Open: Every weekend from November 24 and then December 21-23

Cost: £5.99 per child

Visit Father Christmas in his snowy winter wonderland and tell him what you would like in your stocking this year. Santa is also hosting breakfast and tea at the garden centre. For £10, children can join Santa for a festive meal, storytelling, colouring with crayons and receive a gift: check the website for more details.

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Priory Farm, Redhill (pictured)

Open: November 25 and every weekend in December

Cost: £6.50 per child and £1 per adult for the train

Visit the grotto and ride the magical train.

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Squires Garden Centres

Open: November 24 until December 24

Cost: FREE

Santa's grotto is free of charge in the Squires garden centres across Surrey. Children can visit and receive a small gift, with any donations going to charity. Check the website for various opening times and dates at the different centres in Surrey.

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The Semaphore Tower

Open: December 16

Cost: £10

Visit Father Christmas and his elves at the very top of the tower and receive a Christmas gift, then make some Christmas crafts, take part in a Christmas treasure trail and listen to some festive Christmas carols.

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Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm

Open: Until December 16

Cost: £2.50, with proceeds going to charity

Visit Santa in his Grotto at the Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm, see the reindeer and receive a present.

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We hope your children have a magical visit. There are also plenty of festive arts and crafts workshops taking place in many of Surrey's attractions, so check out our what's on diary for ideas.