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Top 11 Places to Meet Father Christmas in Hampshire

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Here are 11 places to meet Father Christmas in Hampshire. These are all great for families of all ages and run throughout Winter by Laura at Things To Do In Hampshire With Kids #FatherChristmas #Hampshire #Thingstodo

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If you fancy getting organised in time for Christmas and you want to watch your little one’s faces light up, then you are going to need to know the top 11 places to meet Father Christmas this year. We have prepared the ultimate list of for you.

Please make sure you check the websites first as due to the current climate, some of these events may have been altered. 


Funland’s Winter Wonderland, Hayling Island

If you are looking for an amazing Christmas experience, I have heard parents rave about the Winter Wonderland at Funland Fair in Hayling.

Here you can meet the elves, board the Funland Express indoor train, view an Elf village and meet Rudolph! Father Christmas will be waiting for you at the end of the wonderland to greet your child and give them a special Christmas gift.


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Paulton’s Park, Near Romsey

Paulton’s Park and Peppa Pig world put on a large winter wonderland with a Father Christmas Grotto every year. The festive staff dress up as Elves and they direct you into their wonderland of toys, music, moving scenery, snow and fun. At the end, you will get to meet Father Christmas and receive a very special gift from him.


The Four Kingdoms, Headley

The Four Kingdoms is taken over entirely by Santa and all his Christmas joy. Enjoy a winter wonderland, a sleigh ride, Christmas carols, moving props, a Frozen castle and so much more! Santa will be in his Grotto to bring his Christmas cheer and to hand out presents.


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Finkley Down Farm, Andover

Finkley Down Farm is a popular destination for a Santa experience at Christmas. On arrival, your children will be given a ‘Santa passport’ and be invited to take part in activities during the day in order to get them stamped. Then at the end of the adventure, they will have the chance to visit Father Christmas in his Grotto and receive their Christmas present.


Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, Southampton

Father Christmas will be visiting the Gardens and Steam Railway on certain dates this December for a very exciting Christmassy experience. The Postal Express will be waiting to take you and your family on a fun train ride which will take you through their wonderful Christmas wonderland.


The Hawk Conservancy, Andover

Father Christmas will be visiting this December in the Feathers Restaurant at The Hawk Conservancy Trust. You can join him for his hearty breakfast that will set him up for his big journey. After which the children will have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto.


Marwell Zoo, Near Winchester

We have heard so many great reviews about this Christmas experience and this year doesn’t look like it will disappoint either. For the price of your ticket (book online in advance), you will be offered refreshments, meet Mother Christmas, listen to stories from Neverland, create your own Christmas present bag with the Elves and then meet the man himself who will provide your child with their special gift before taking a photo as a keepsake. The experience also includes entry to the zoo.


The Watercress Line, Alresford

The Watercress Line hosts a fantastic Christmas steam train for the whole family every Christmas period where Father Christmas makes his way around to greeting everyone. He not only brings his Elves but also gifts too!


Different colour lights going downwards

Steam Railway, Isle of Wight

This popular winter wonderland is open for bookings already due to its success in previous years, so if you are on the Isle of Wight don’t miss out! For the cost of your ticket, you will get a brilliant ride on the steam train, watch the Christmas gifts arrive, enjoy onboard entertainment, visit a Christmas market and of course, meet Father Christmas in his Grotto.


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Santa Rescue, Romsey

If you fancy meeting Father Christmas after he’s been rescued by the fire brigade then Romsey is the place to be!! Apparently, every year poor old Santa gets himself into a bit of mischief and gets himself a bit stuck. Luckily, the firemen are pretty good at their job (Mums you may like this event!) and once they bring him back safely he will be waiting to greet you and your family in his Grotto.


Festival Place, Basingstoke

Festival place shopping mall puts on a fab Christmas train, huge tree, Elves and a Father Christmas each year right in the heart of the shops. For a small fee, you can ride the train, meet Father Christmas and receive a present and also have your photo taken!

We hope you have a fabulous Christmas and your children love all of their meeting with the big man wherever you choose to visit him.


Laura x

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