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Sleighed it! Where to see Santa this Xmas

Yes that’s right, he’s leaving the North Pole and heading to Suffolk & Cambs, so it’s time for the kids to write their wish lists and for you to make an appointment with Mr Claus this Christmas.

Not one of those organised parents who booked a Santa experience for their little ones way back in September? Fear not, I haven’t got tickets yet either – which I think is reasonable seeing as how it’s only just turned November – and I’m going to share with you all the best places I’ve found locally that still have meet and greet Santa experiences available. Simply click and book then celebrate with a mulled wine. 

Kentwell Hall,  (4-12 Dec)

Not only do you get to meet the main man at this heart-warming festive event, but kids also get to hang out with Mother Christmas (loving the equality), write and post Xmas letters, sit in Santa’s sleigh, enjoy a Christmas trail through the gardens and step back in time in a Victorian-style Christmas in the main house

Kersey Mill, Hadleigh (Dec 4) 

It’s booking up fast, but there are still some tickets left to visit Santa’s Workshop 2021. Ride the Santa Express, make a wish at the magical snow Queen’s wishing well and don’t even get us started on the Christmas scroll story, sweets, ringing handbells and elves. 

Easton Farm Park, Easton (4-24 Dec)

Go for total Christmas immersion at Easton, which has everything from craft and gingerbread decorating to an elf workshop, reindeer food making and, of course, meeting Father Christmas himself! More fun than you can shake a cracker at.

Dobbies Woodbridge, Woodbridge (4-24 Dec)

Not only will your sprogs meet Santa in his grotto, where they’ll be able to tell him their wish for Christmas and depart with a gift, but they’ll also get to experience a walk through a magical woodland, complete with Christmas characters, along the way. 

Elveden Courtyard, Thetford (27-19 Dec) 

Loving this grotto for its magical forest setting. Kids won’t fail to be impressed by the log house, proper Santa (chubby, red and white cloak, long white beard, no fakes here) and group of hard-working elves not to mention the pressie swag of course. 

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Christmas at Skylark, Wimblington (21 Nov – 24 Dec) 

It’s grotto time! As well as meeting Father Christmas, this year there’s also the chance to sit in Santa’s sleigh, make some reindeer food to take home (always useful for luring Rudolph out on Xmas eve), make a bear and, perhaps best of all, a sing a long with the elves. Extra points for giving adults a free hot drink from the festive cabin while we wait. 

Christmas at Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh (11-24 Dec)

A feel-good Christmas experience, Sacrewell sure gives good Santa. As well as meeting the famous man and sharing their wish list, kids can also follow a present trail of clues to discover where naughty elves have hidden Santa’s present room – and they can choose a gift to take home when they reach it! 

Father Christmas at the Fen, Wicken (16 Dec)

QUICK! This event at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve is nearly sold out but there are still, randomly, plenty of tickets available on 16 Dec, so get online pronto because this is a classy affair of Christmas craft, roaring log fires and cosy Fen Cottage where kids can meet Father and Mother Christmas. 

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