Where is Father Christmas This Year?

Written by MiriamSpall on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:53

Meeting Father Christmas is such a magical experience for young children. But where to take our kids locally? We have put together a list of our favourite places in Suffolk. For more places to visit Santa and events this christmas check our calendar of events!

Santa's Teddy Bear Workshop

The Bear Garden, Ipswich, IP1 3BB

  • 01473 558994
  • Dec 04 - 10:30
  • Tickets: The cost is £19.99 per child , £14.99 in store without an exclusive seat with the big man himself.
  • Come and help Santa himself make teddy bears in his teddy bear workshop. Each child will get an opportunity to speak to Santa. To book call the shop for availability
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Blackthorpe Barn

  • Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9HZ
  • Dec 19 - 12:15 to Dec 20 - 15:15
  • Ticket Price: Children - £6.00  Adults - £1.00 Up to 4 Children and 4 Adults at one time.
  • Few tickets left! We have created a perfect miniature Grotto, offering a superb Santa experience.
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Christmas Fayre & Father christmas

Red Rose Chain, Ipswich, IP2 9AF

  • 01473 603388
  • Nov 27 - 12:00 to 16:00
  • Tickets: Santa’s grotto, £5.00
  • Step inside our magical Avenue Theatre for a Christmas fayre with a difference!
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Santa's Ride around town with Rudolf

Felixstowe, IP11 2AG

  • Dec 01 - 18:00 to 20:30
  • The Santa and Rudolph trailer will be making its usual tour of Felixstowe's streets and homes every weekday evening between the 1-22 December (1800-2030).
  • In addition, they will be seen in Hamilton Road on Saturday 10 December (1000-1600) and at Morrison's on Saturday 17 December (1000-1600).
  • Click here to download the complete Santa's Ride around town with Rudolf route

Farmer Christmas at Baylham House Farm ( Weekends)

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, Baylham, IP6 8

  • 01473 830264
  • 2nd, 3rd & 4th December, 9th, 10th & 11th December, 16th, 17th & 18th December, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December

  • Tickets: There is no additional charge for children to see Farmer Christmas and, for the dates stated below, the entry price for everyone visiting the farm is just £3. Under 4’s go free as normal.
  • Call to book your slot

Christmas Magic at the Mansion

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, IP4 2

  • 01473 433551
  • Dec 03 - 10:00 to 16:30
  • Tickets: £6.05 per child - one free Adult per booking!
  • ( A booking fee of 55p is included in this price)
  • Have you ever wondered how Father Christmas manages to deliver presents across the World in one night?
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Santa Clause is coming to Jimmy’s Farm!

Jimmy’s Farm , Ipswich, IP9 2AR

  • Dec 03 - 10:00 to Dec 04 - 16:00
  • 0844 493 8088
  • Tickets: Due to the high demand to see Santa, entrance to his grotto is by online pre-booking only and tickets are available for £5 per child.
  • On the 3rd & 4th December, Father Christmas will be in his grotto on the farm and is looking forward to meeting all the children!
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The Christmas Cracker

  • Ipswich Transport Museum, Ipswich, IP3 9JD
  • Dec 03 - 11:00 to 16:00
  • The final opening day of our season is a family day with a Christmas theme

Christmas Visits at Bressingham (several dates and slots)

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Bressingham, IP22 2AA

  • Dec 03 to Dec 24
  • 01379 686900
  • Tickets:  Adult (advance) tickets are £11.55, Children (advance) 3-12 £14.85#, under 3's (advance) requiring a present are £7.15
  • Father Christmas is coming to Bressingham on selected days in December - see main text. Booking is advisable, especially for the weekends as ticket numbers are limited.
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Santa's Workshop 2016 Kersey Mill

Kersey Mill, Ipswich, IP7 6DP

  • Dec 03 to Dec 22
  • 01473 823380
  • Tickets: £16 per child including 1 Adult . Additional adults £5.
  • Santa's Workshop is truly a magical and unique experience for children primarily aged 2 and up to 12 years. This year with extra space within the mill we have added activities and an even longer fun packed experience awaits. The event is arranged and sponsored by The Friends of Kersey Mill; a FUNDRAISING project in aid of the Mills restoration.
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East Anglia Transport Museum, NR33 8BL, Lowestoft

  • 0775 969 8437
  • Tickets: Adults £9.00, child £11.00 Children under 1 FREE
  • Dec 04 to Dec 23
  • All aboard for an unforgettable trip into our woodland winter wonderland to visit Santa Claus and his helpers. Unlimited Trolleybus & Railway Rides. A present from Santa for each child.
  • This is a Pre-Book Only Event

Middy’s Santa

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum, Stowmarket IP14 5PW

  • Trains will run on December 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm and 3.45pm.
  • 01449 766899
  • Tickets:  £12 per person
  • You will travel from Brockford Station to meet the railway Santa at North Pole Halt. Each child will receive a special ticket and be given a present by Santa in his brake van grotto. All visitors will be given a mince pie or cookie and a drink. The trains, which must be pre-booked, sold out but operating a waiting list system.
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Santa and Rudolph in Ipswich Christmas 2016

  • Ipswich, IP2 0QX
  • Dec 05 to Dec 23
  • Father Christmas and his friends from the Ipswich Round Table are preparing for the 2016 Rudolph Run but what route will they take this year and when will they visit your street?
  • Rudolph 2016 routes

Family Christmas sparkle 2016

Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5QE

  • Dec 09 to Dec 11
  • 0344 249 1895
  • Tickets: Child £12.00
  • A magical experience for all the family. Put the 'ho ho ho' back into your family Christmas and join us for a special bit of 'Ickworth Sparkle'. Create some magical memories at our traditional, celebratory family Christmas events - make Christmas decorations, crafts and crackers, sit next to the Christmas tree with stories and gifts from Father Christmas, follow the Christmas trail and discover what the 30s cooks are stirring up in the basement kitchen. A very special, festive day out for the family.
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Kentwell's Magical Christmas

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA

  • Dec 10 to Dec 11 & Sat 17 Dec - Sun 18
  • 01787 310 207
  • Tickets: Online Adult £22.50, children from £9.95
  • A magical, festive day for the whole family.  Visitors may visit our genuine Finnish Father Christmas in his atmospheric ancient Cottage to tell him their wishes and for young children to receive a present.
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Christmas at Landguard Fort

Felixstowe, IP11 3TW

  • Dec 11 - 12:00 to 18:00
  • 01394 675900
  • Tickets: Adults £5.00 Kids with Santa Grotto £6.00 Without Santa Grotto £3.00
  • Felixstowe's BIG festive family treat! Come and enjoy Christmas at Landguard Fort. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto
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Christmas at Africa Alive!

Africa Alive, Kessingland, NR33 7TF

  • Dec 17 to Dec 24
  • 01502 740291
  • Tickets: Adult £12.90, Child £9.45 Under 3 Free
  • Come and enjoy some festive fun and see Santa Claus here at Africa Alive! Children can enjoy the thrill of meeting Santa in his grotto whilst also receiving a fantastic gift* and join us in the Discovery Centre for Christmas Crafts* and Festive Face Painting*!
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Father Christmas sails into Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings, nr Aldeburgh, IP17 1SR

  • Dec 17 - 15:15 to 17:00
  • Bring the whole family to Snape for this wonderful festive spectacle as Father Christmas will arrive at Snape Maltings by an historic Thames sailing barge.
  • FREE

Meet Father Christmas (Call for available slots)

Easton Farm Park Woodbridge, IP13 0EQ

  • Dec 19 to Dec 23
  • 01728 746475
  • Tickets: £12 per child, £5 per adult
  • This year you will be able to meet Father Christmas, have a (tractor) “sleigh” ride, meet the animals and make a Christmas decoration in our Elf Workshop, with the children having a
  • Christmas meal before meeting the man himself.
  • Call to Book

Santa's Grotto at Milo's

Felixstowe Ip112dr

  • Dec 17 - 10:30 to Dec 18 - 18:30
  • Ticket Price: £6 per child
  • Signing Santa available
  • Come along to Milo's and meet the man in red for a Magical Experience..
  • The experience will consist of:
  • - the Elves workshop: including an arts & crafts table, Christmas sweet making table and writing a letter to Santa.
  • - meeting santa in his Grotto
  • - receiving a present
  • - posting Santas letter
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