12 Best Santa’s Grottos in the Peak District and Derbyshire 2017

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Everybody’s dying to meet the beardy man with the bag – here’s some of the best places you’ll find him this Christmas in the Peak District and Derbyshire, from magical fairy lit caves and Santa on a floating grotto to horse drawn carriages and stately homes…there’s a big selection of fantastic events across the local area…ho ho ho!

Santa's grotto Peak District

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern

See Santa in a real grotto! Enjoy the magical fairy lit cavern… advanced booking only, book now to avoid disappointment, as this event is very popular every year.

Poole’s Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton | 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December 2017

Entry includes a gift from Santa, the cavern is beautifully illuminated for the festive season to wander through, and warm drinks are included for all in the visitor centre cafe.
Call on 01298 26978 to reserve your date and time.

Entry / Cost: Tickets are £6.50 for all ages entering the cave (under 1s are free)

Santa's grotto Peak District

Photo credit: Mercia Marina

Enjoy a Christmas cruise on the ‘Mercia Swan’ trip boat, meet Father Christmas himself in his floating grotto, each child receives a Christmas Gift as you take a short trip around the marina (subject to weather conditions).

Mercia Marina, Aboard the Mercia Swan, Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire, DE65 6DW | 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th December 2017, 11am – 4pm 

Entry / Cost: Children £7, Mums and Dads £1

Santa's grotto Peak District

Photo credit: Calke Abbey

Father Christmas will be spending some time in his magical stable grotto this year. Pay him a visit – if you’ve been good this year, he might even have an early Christmas present for you!

Father Christmas is a very busy man at this time of year, so booking online in advance is essential. Follow the link below to book your visit – there are plenty of dates and times to choose from.

Entry / Cost: Tickets to see Father Christmas are £5 per child, which includes a present (a customer booking fee of 5% applies)

Breakfast with Father Christmas Calke Abbey

Start your day with a hearty breakfast and enjoy a visit from Father Christmas, who will be stopping by with gifts for all good boys and girls!

Breakfast with Father Christmas will be on Mon 18th, Tues 19th, Weds 20th, Thurs 21st and Fri 22nd Dec, from 9.15am. Booking is essential, call now on 01332 863822 to book your place. Tickets are £8 per adult and £12.50 per child, which includes a Christmas gift.

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE | December 2017

Santa's grotto Peak DistrictCome and see Santa and receive your gift!* Write your letter to Santa, Elf craft workshop with elves, balloon modelling, face painting. Visit Santa in his North Pole home! *subject to a charge.

Springs Shopping Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6DF | 16th & 23rd December 2017, centre opening times: Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm, Saturday 8am – 5.30pm  (Waitrose open until 7pm Monday to Saturday), Sunday 10am – 4pm

Entry / Cost: Please ask in the centre

Santa's grotto Peak District

Photo credit: Lyme Hall

To keep the magic of Christmas alive at Lyme they will once again be hosting their popular ‘An Audience with Father Christmas’. Come and meet Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and their helpers in the Chapel at Lyme this festive season. Hear a story and receive a special present too! This year the Chapel will be made warm and magical, complete with tree, decorations, music and rugs to sit on. After listening to an enchanting Christmas story read by Mother Christmas children will then be invited to receive a gift directly from Father Christmas himself. Book in early to avoid disappointment!

Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NR | Various dates in November and December 2017

Entry / Cost: £9 per child

Santa's grotto Peak District

Photo credit: Visit Castleton

His grotto is situated behind the ‘1530 The Restaurant’. Enjoy a magical wander through the Enchanted Garden to Santa’s House & Workshop. Castleton looks spectacular at Christmas and is well known for its many Christmas trees which lines the streets, so its very much well worth the visit and one of the Peak District’s prettiest villages.

Castleton, Derbyshire | From 18th November and up until Christmas 2017

Entry / Cost: Please refer to website

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Photo credit: Conkers

Arrive at Waterside Winter Wonderland, where Santa’s Chief Elf and his team of elves will lead you through the Enchanted Forest and the Valley of Christmas lights to Santa’s Woodland Grotto. Meet the reindeer* and adults get to sample some mulled wine and mince pies. During your visit you can take a trip on the Santa Special train through the tunnel of discovery, meet the balloon modeller (from 1:00pm – 5:00pm) and watch our Christmas show. It’s sure to raise your Christmas spirits

*The reindeer are on site from 12 noon to 5.30pm (peak time – last peak slot 5.30pm, except Christmas Eve until 4:00pm). Please note the Waterside Winter Wonderland tariff excludes entry to CONKERS Discovery Centre. But you can upgrade for £2.50 per person on the day. There will be a new Christmas themed film in the 4D Cinema in the Discovery Centre with new snow and wind effects….

Conkers, Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Derbyshire DE12 6GA | 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th & 16th 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2017.

Entry / Cost:

Pricing Peak Time (12noon to 5.30pm – the reindeer are on site.  Last slot with reindeer is 5.30pm)

  • £10.95 Adult including a mulled wine and mince pie courtesy of CONKERS (£7.95 Member)
  • £11.95 Child including a personal present from Santa Clause himself (£8.95 Member)
  • £42.00 Family (2 Adults and 2 children)

Pricing Off Peak (11.00am, 11.30am, 6.00pm, 6.30pm, 7.00pm and 7.30pm – the reindeer are not onsite)

  • £9.95 Adult including a mulled wine and mince pie courtesy of CONKERS (£6.95 Member)
  • £9.95 Child including a personal present from Santa Clause himself (£7.95 Member)
  • £37.80 Family (2 Adults and 2 children)

Santa's grotto Peak District

Photo credit: Mason Mills

Treat the little ones to somthing special this Christmas at Masson Mills. Santa’s little helpers have been busy making room in his Grotto so that all the ‘good’ girls and boys can join him for a very special ‘Story Time’. 
**Spaces are limited and tickets must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment** £5 per child

Mason Mills, Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PY | 20th – 22nd December 2017

Entry / Cost: Santa’s Grotto £5 per child

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Photo credit: Matlock Victorian Christmas Weekend Market

Now ranking as one of the top four East Midlands biggest and most popular Christmas events Victorian Matlock’s Christmas weekend is to be held on Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Historic Hall Leys Park in Central Matlock. 200+ stalls. Santa will be there to visit during the weekend (Saturday & Sunday). Truly a great weekend for everyone and not to be missed.

Hall Leys Park, Matlock town centre, Derbyshire | 1st – 3rd December 2017 (Santa will be there 2nd & 3rd)

Entry / Cost: Check website for further details

Santa's grotto Peak District

Photo credit: The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

Santa will be in his grotto at the Old Original Pudding Shop, Bridge Street at Bakewell Christmas Market weekend which will be held throughout the town with over 100+ stalls and lots of activities for all the family.

Bakewell Show Ground, Bakewell, DE45 1AQ  | 18th & 20th November and 9th & 10th December 2016

Entry / Cost: Free admission

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Visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto at Chesterfield Market Hall from the 19th November. There is no need to book  just turn up on the day for your child to have a chat with Santa and receive a gift. The grotto will be located upstairs in the Market Hall (on the Mezzanine). The grotto has been organised by Chesterfield Borough Council and the Healthy High Streets Initiative.

Entry / Cost: £4.00 per child

Santa’s Grotto, Chesterfield Market Hall, Chesterfield, Derbyshire | November and December 2016

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Christmas activities for all the family all weekend with over 50+ stalls here including Buxton Lions’ Santa’s Grotto.

Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton | 9th & 10th December 2017, 10am – 5pm each day

Entry / Cost: