Where's Santa in Dorset

Read on for more on Santa's grottos, Santa by Steam and Santa's workshops in Dorset in 2019...


At this time of year Father Christmas becomes an incredibly busy man, but as he’s so friendly and thoughtful he will always find time to listen to your wish lists.

There’s nothing that Father Christmas loves more than talking to children, so he uses his super magical powers to whizz all over the county and can be in many places often at the same time!

You’ll find him in cosy cabins, in sparkly grottos, on festive trains and on horse-drawn sleighs in town centres, shopping centres, garden centres and family attractions. As he gets exceedingly hungry on his travels he even turns up for breakfast and lunch at some places!

So, along with his many helpers, do look out for Santa at the following locations this festive season…

PS. Don’t forget to leave out a treat or two for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. The cheeky elves have told us he likes smelly socks, but we think he would rather tuck into a tasty mince pie!

Places to See Santa in Dorset in 2019

From 23 November

Also, 24 & 30 November and 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Father Christmas at Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland, Near Christchurch, BH23 6BA


Book online to visit the friendly Father Christmas with his faithful reindeer, Rudolph, and helpful elves in their cosy log cabin. Fantastic presents will be given to the visiting children. Booking essential. For more information call 01202 483444.


From 23 November

Every day until 24 December

Santa’s Christmas Farm and Grotto at Honeybrook Adventure Farm

Honeybrook Farm, Stanbridge, Wimborne, BH21 4JD


Board the festive tractor sleigh ride to the Festive Farm to see Santa in his special grotto. Includes a quality present, a free photo, a Christmas activity book, chocolate reindeer droppings, gingerbread men biscuits, a bottle of bubbles and much more. Booking isn’t required – just turn up.


From 29 November

Also, 30 November and 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa's Workshop

The Ark, Poole Park, Poole, BH15 2SF


Make Christmas magical by visiting the elves and meeting Santa Claus at The Ark in Poole. Meet Santa’s little helpers in his workshop - write a letter to Santa, make reindeer food, get crafty and paint a Christmas Tree decoration in the pottery studio.


From Saturday 30 November 2019

Also 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 to 23 and 24 December

Santa Claus at Crealy

Crealy Great Adventure Park, Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR


Santa will take centre stage in his own magical performance Santa’s Magical Show Time where he will delight audiences at intervals throughout the day and Mary Christmas is returning to the park to her festive bakery. Santa’s Toy Factory will be up-and-running at the theme park where his dedicated team of toy making elves will help children choose something from a vast array of toys. Tickets are now available - book now to get the best times and dates.


From 30 November 2019

Also, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December

Father Christmas Magic at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU


Meet Father Christmas in his traditional warm, winter cabin in the Little Farmer's Fun Barn. The clever Elves use a time-slot system so there are no long queues to see Santa. Purchase your Visit Santa tickets on the day from reception. The Farm Park gets a full festive makeover and there will be a cracking Christmas atmosphere all around. For details call 01202 622022.


From 30 November

Also, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Sail with Santa

City Cruises Poole, Poole, BH15 1HJ


Meet Santa on a cruise around Poole Harbour. Soak up the sights of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and Poole Harbour. On board, the children can enjoy a magic show and balloon modelling, and meet Santa before receiving a personal gift from him. Booking essential. Call 02077 400400


From 30 November

SEN-Only Meet Father Christmas at Sea Life

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth, DT4 7SX


An exclusive opportunity when guests with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) can explore the aquarium park without the worry of loud music. Plus, 'SEN-Only Meet Father Christmas' experiences, exclusively for children with Special Educational Needs and their families.


From 1 December

Also, 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Meet Father Christmas at Sea Life

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth, DT4 7SX


Be guided through the festive forest by a jolly Elf to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas Cabin. Every child meeting Father Christmas will receive a special Sea Life gift. Plus, there will be a Christmas Craft Zone where children can partake in festive activities.


6 December

Christmas Cracker Night

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UY


See Dorchester transformed into a late-night Christmas shopping hub, then pop into Shire Hall to visit Father Christmas in his grotto and the peruse a selection of Christmas gifts in the gift shop. For details call 01305 261849.


From Saturday 7 December

Also, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa’s Woodland Grotto at Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ


Santa is joined in his Woodland Grotto by some new friendly elves, owls and donkeys! His reindeer are staying home this year – but he’s very happy to let all children meet and have a photograph with his stunning Owls instead. Each child ticket includes a quality wrapped Christmas present. Pre-Booking is highly recommended. Call 01202 262753.


From 8 December

Also, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December

Santa Specials at Moors Valley Railway

Moors Valley Railway, Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET


Climb aboard an authentic steam train in miniature and take a ride to see Father Christmas in his magnificent station grotto on one of the Santa Specials. Advanced booking is essential – book early to avoid disappointment. For details call 01425 470721.


14 December

Christmas at Shire Hall

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UY


Immerse yourself in a Christmas extravaganza, with festive music, Christmas craft workshops and glistening Christmas slime-making, then pay a visit to see Father Christmas in his cosy grotto. For details call 01305 261849.





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