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Santa's Grottos in Belfast

Experience a magical Christmas with a visit to Santa's Grotto in Belfast, with special events, festive parades and entertainment.

A Magical Christmas Experience at Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast
22 November - 23 December, Child: £15, Adult: £4

Step through the Old Curiosity Shop to enter the Magical Workshop and watch the excitement unfold as Father Christmas and his elves count down to their favourite night of the year. Peek into the toy shop, join Mrs Claus to hear Christmas tales, and write and post your Christmas letter. Have your name checked off on the 'Naughty or Nice' list by the Chief Elf, then journey through the enchanted forest and meet Father Christmas. Read more >>

Santa's Grotto at Victoria Square

Victoria Square
10 November - 24 December, £6

Bring the kids to meet Santa in his Christmas Grotto amongst the magical twinkly lights of Victoria Square this Christmas season. Read more >>

Meet Santa at W5

W5 at Odyssey
25 November - 23 December, £5 (does not include W5 admission cost)

A meeting with Santa is always a magical moment for a child. This year, Santa's Grotto at W5 will give young children a memorable experience as little ones get the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in his icy Christmas cavern and receive a gift, with photo opportunities for the whole family. Read more >>

Santa's Grotto at Belfast Christmas Market

Belfast City Hall
18 November - 23 December, £10

Santa will be taking up residence in a magical gingerbread-themed winter wonderland grotto that will enchant and delight all young visitors. Children can meet Santa, receive a gift and have a professional photo taken to capture the moment. Finish your visit off by posting a letter via Santa's post box to receive a response from Father Christmas himself. Read more >>

Wildlife Wonderland at Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo
2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December, £12.50 - £17

Visit Santa in his grotto and enjoy the festive activities. Write a letter to Santa Claus, wrap and deliver presents to the cheeky chimpanzees and watch as they enjoy their surprises. Decorate Christmas trees for the Asian elephants and wish all of the animals a Merry Christmas at feeding time. Read more >>

Santa's Grotto at St George's Market

St George's Market
Fridays - Sundays from 17 November - 24 December, Packages from £10 - £22.50

See Santa in his Christmas grotto at St George's Market, where you can have a wonderful Christmas experience including a warm welcome from joyful elves, a professional digital photo with Santa in his magical grotto, a gift from Father Christmas and festive brunch in Georges of the Market restaurant. Read more >>

Santa and Gruffalo's Grotto at Colin Glen Forest Park

Colin Glen Forest Park
1 - 22 December, £9

Enjoy Gruffalo's Christmas Party this December and take part in story telling, arts and crafts and guided forest walks before visiting Santa at his Grotto, with a gift for every child and an 'I have met the gruffalo' certificate and sticker. Read more >>

Santa at Sea Cruise

Stena Line, Belfast Dock
25, 26 November, 2, 3, 10, 17 December, Adults: £12 Children and Infants: £25

Jump on board with the kids to meet Santa at sea on a nonlanding day cruise with Stena Line this festive season. Travelling from Belfast port to Cairnryan and back again, children can enjoy a day of festive activities and a magical visit from Santa, with a gift for every child. Read more >>

Santa Paws at The Dirty Onion

The Dirty Onion
3 December, £10

Christmas has gone to the dogs! Join The Dirty Onion for an evening of winter fun and meet the one and only Santa Paws. Has your doggy been naughty or nice? Let Santa Paws be the judge of that. Bring your furry friends along and get a personalised photo of them with Santa himself. Read more >>

Santa Sundays at Fratelli Belfast

Fratelli Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar
3, 10 and 17 December, Child: £10.95 Adult £20

Enjoy a festive Christmas lunch at this oozing rustic Italian restaurant and complete it with a visit to Santa's magical grotto for your bambinos between 1pm – 5pm on Sunday 3, 10 and 17 December 2017. Read more >>

Sunday Carverys with Santa at Crowne Plaza Belfast

Crowne Plaza Belfast
26 November, 3, 10, 17 December, Child: £15 Adult: £25

There's plenty for the whole family to enjoy at the Crowne Plaza Sunday Carvery with Santa, where you can indulge in a delicious festive five-course carvery in The Grand Ballroom. Bring the kids to the brand new Winter Wonderland to visit Santa and receive their gift, plus take part in lots of children's entertainment. Read more >>

Santa's Magical Kingdom at The Argory

The Argory
7 - 10 and 13 - 17 December, Child: £7 Adult: £15

Take a magical train journey around the estate at The Argory this festive season to see Santa in his grotto and meet his team of helpers from the North Pole. Read more >>

Weekends with Santa at Galgorm Resort and Spa

Bar + Grill at Gillies, Galgorm Resort and Spa
25 and 26 November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December, Child: £15, Adult: £23+

Enjoy a festive Christmas Lunch and visit Santa in his magical grotto at Galgorm Resort and Spa. Come along and hear one of his special Christmas tales and visit the Christmas Market. Read more >>

The Spirit of Christmas Past at Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park
9 - 17 December, £9

This festive season, take the family back in time to experience the magic of a traditional Christmas. Gather around the warmth of the turf fire and enjoy readings from The Night Before Christmas, sing along with the Christmas Mummers, taste seasonal treats and meet Santa and Mrs Claus in his workshop. Read more >>

Here Comes Santa! at Castle Espie

Castle Espie Wetland Centre
9 - 10, 16 - 17 & 21 - 22 December, Child: £16, Adult: £10

Relax and enjoy refreshments whilst the children create their own snowflakes, then meet your very own elf who will take you on a quest to find the golden snowflakes in the mystical gardens filled with winter wonderland surprises before visiting Santa himself in his gorgeous grotto hidden away in the gardens. Read more >>

Santa's House at Castle Ward

Castle Ward
6 - 21 December, Adults: £9, Child: £16

Make magical Christmas memories when you come to Castle Ward to visit Santa and Mrs Claus. Travel along the illuminated avenue of lights, enjoy the festive lights and sounds in the stableyard, and have a go at some Christmas crafts or write a letter to Santa before you head to the basement of the big house where Santa is waiting to say hello. Read more >>


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