Santa's Grottos and meetings with Father Christmas are big business in London these days — a far cry from being ushered behind a curtain in the school hall when we were kids. If you want your children to meet Santa, his elves and his reindeer in London for Christmas 2019, get booking as tickets will sell out fast.
Santa Land at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2019
Winter Wonderland doesn't just have a grotto — it dedicates a whole corner of the event to Father Christmas. Santa Land has family-friendly rides, attractions and activities, as well as the Grotto itself.
The good news for parents is that this one's completely free, and all kids get a small gift. The bad news is there's no booking, you just turn up and take your chances. Be warned: the queue has been several hours long in past years.
Santa Land at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Free, no booking. Grotto open from 21 November 2019, 10am-6pm. The queue may close earlier than this to make sure everyone is seen.
Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys 2019
Where better to meet Father Christmas than at a world-famous toy store? Hamleys' Santa's Grotto is returning for 2019. Tickets go on sale mid-September, with further details to be announced then.
Santa's Grotto at Christmas in Leicester Square
The Christmas festival is back in Leicester Square from November, but we're still waiting to see whether Father Christmas is making a return flight. Watch this space...
Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
Father Christmas's 'top-secret London headquarters' turned out to be none other than the Royal Albert Hall for Christmas 2019. Details for 2019 have not yet been confirmed.
Santa's Victorian Grotto at Museum of London
Christmas usually gets a Victorian makeover at Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands. Part of the museum is transformed into a Victorian walk, with Santa waiting at the end. We're still waiting to hear whether he'll be taking up residence this Christmas.
Meet Father Christmas at Fulham Palace
Father Christmas pitched up in the luxurious surrounds of Fulham Palace for a selection of meet and greet sessions in Christmas 2018. Watch this space to find out if he's returning this year.
Storytelling with Father Christmas at Fortnum & Mason
For a more traditional Christmas event, head to Fortnum & Mason. Father Christmas is a regular shopper at Fortnum's, apparently), and usually holds festive storytelling events. Keep an eye on the website for this year's details.
The Harrods Christmas Grotto 2019