It’s that wonderful time of the year, the time that turns Oxford Street into an expedition for only the bravest of festive shoppers, where people stampede over one another in the fight for the best yuletide gifts – which you can end up spending eye watering amounts on if you are not careful! So, whether you live or work in London, or just fancy a visit to the capital, take a bit of time out, sit back, relax, and remember the spirit of Christmas – Because Santa Claus is coming to town. Here are some of the best places to go and visit the big man himself!
London Zoo – Combine visiting the good old Saint Nick with a trip to the zoo – perfect if you want to make a day out of it, and have animal loving children who are fed up with being dragged around the shops! Not only is Santa himself there, but he has also brought his reindeer along with him. For an extra special visit, you can book a breakfast with Santa before the zoo opens, and have the opportunity to spend time with the reindeer, before spending the day exploring the zoo.
Boat Trip with Santa – If you want to combine sightseeing with Santa-seeing this is for you. The boat cruises down the river Thames taking in London’s iconic landmarks along the way. Santa will be on the boat, bearing gifts for the kids, and parents will get a mince pie and glass of mulled wine!
Museum of London – If it is history that the kids are into, this is the perfect place. You will find Santa in his Victorian themed grotto, set in a magical Victorian street. This one is really popular so you definitely need to book it. The museum itself is a great place to take the kids for the day and will offer you refuge from the bust pandemonium on the streets outside!
Royal Albert Hall – There is an exclusive children’s’ tour of this amazing building on in December. This is good for little ones – from the ages of 2 years old. It lasts one hour, which is enough to keep them entertained, but not too long that they will get tired or bored. Children, helped by a knowledgeable Victorian doorkeeper, follow clues along the journey to discover Santa in his grotto!
WWT London Wetland Centre – Enjoy the great outdoors within the city and meet Santa and some special guests. Santa has come to the wetland centre with a team of adorable huskies, and is offering rides to all the good boys and girls who visit! London SEO agency, Elevate UK in nearby Putney, might see you streak by on the festive sleigh! Afterwards, enjoy a magical wintry walk along the lakes and meadows, and put the Christmas shopping far behind you!