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MUM'S THE WORD Desperately Seeking Santa

10.11.2017 / words: The Guide 2 Surrey

"Oh Santa, where art thou? We’re desperately seeking you and we need to know now!"
Check out where to find Big St. Nic this Yuletide with this handy guide to his goings ons in Surrey.


Christmas at Bocketts Farm

23rd November – 24th December / Bocketts Farm

Enjoy a magically festive family day out and meet Santa Claus in his hay barn at Bocketts Farm in Fetcham. Hop on board the Santa Express with an elf to make the short journey to Santa’s workshop and grotto where little one’s will receive a gift. In addition, families can enjoy Christmas trails around the farm, Christmas badge making workshops (weekends only) as well as picking up a Christmas tree for the home.

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Santa’s Secret Forest

25th November - 22nd December / Crockford Bridge Farm

Come one, come all to Santa’s Secret Forest found at Crockford Bridge Farm. Be transported to a magical land and wander through enchanting woods with woodland elves where you will arrive to meet Santa Claus and his little helpers. Booking is only available online and is essential.

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Magic of Christmas

29th November – 23rd December / RHS Gardens Wisely

Enjoy a sing along and story told by Santa Claus himself at RHS Garden Wisley’s Magic of Christmas event. Meet the great man and listen on as he recounts classic Christmas tales to set the seasonal senses alight. In addition there will be a gingerbread decorating workshops on selected sates so that you can leave with some festive treats.

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Green Father Christmas

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 21st & 22nd December / Weald & Downland Museum

Experience a truly magical Christmas this December at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. Green Father Christmas (Old Winter) will be the honoured guest at the museum this month as children are invited to his chamber to meet the man himself, as well as receiving a traditional toy plucked from Green Father Christmas’s wooden chest.

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Father Christmas in the Grotto

2nd – 24th December / Painshill Park

Jump into the festive spirit and make your way to Father Christmas’s magical crystal grotto at Painshill Park this December. Meet Father Christmas and his band of trusty elves in Painshill’s famed crystal grotto and leave with a gift to remember the occasion by. Annually a sell-out event - booking is essential.

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Santa on the VC10

2nd – 3rd December / Brooklands Museum

Once again Santa will be giving Rudolph et al a much needed rest before they embark on their marathon mission this Christmas Eve. Catch Father Christmas as he borrows Brooklands Museum’s VC10 aircraft for the weekend in order to meet his adoring fans form the local area. Booking is essential in order for your little ones to meet Santa and receive a small gift.

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Christmas in the Woods

9th December / Nower Wood, Leatherhead

Find Father Christmas in his secret Grotto amongst a woodland wonderland this December and join Surrey Wildlife Trust in Nower Wood, Leatherhead. Take part in festive games on your walk through the woods, whilst also looking out for some winter wildlife. Once you’ve made your way to the grotto, warm up with toasted marshmallows and depending on whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, receive a small gift from Father Christmas himself.

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Santa Specials

9th, 10th, 16th & 17th December / Rural Life Centre, Tilford

Gather the troops and head on over to the Rural Life Centre in Tilford for a ‘Santa Special’. Ride through the woods on the Old Kiln Light Railway, pay a visit to the elves’ workshop and of course meet Father and Mother Christmas in their enchanting grotto. Seasonal refreshments and the sound of Christmas carols complete the festive atmosphere.

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Santa Run

10th December / Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Santa works off some of last year’s mince pies in this 5km dash around Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. But wait – he’s also invited all his mates, who incidentally are so inspired by the great man that they all look like him! Watch on as hundreds of Santa’s enjoy a fun run against a backdrop of festive tunes and entertainment. Fancy taking part? Entry is £25 which will also get you your own Santa suit.

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Santa Cruise

10th, 17th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December / Wey & Arun Canal, Loxwood

All aboard the Santa Cruise! Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer gang have had to go for some last minute training, so Santa has decided to take a little cruise. Meet jolly Father Christmas on the Way & Arun canal and receive an early Christmas present, whilst grown-ups can sit back with a mulled wine and a mince.

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Santas Victorian Parlour

21st – 23rd December / Haslemere Museum

For a fabulous family event in the lead up to Christmas Day, head on over to Haslemere Museum and meet Santa Claus in his Victorian Parlour. As Santa takes a few days to relax before his annual escapades, children have the opportunity for a meet, greet and a gift!

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Christmas at Marwell

18th November – 21st December / Marwell Zoo, Winchester

Make your Christmas magical and head for Marwell Zoo. Santa and his crew have stopped off to pay their regards to the animals (because they also celebrate Christmas) and have decided to stay a while! Enjoy a magical winter forest, listen to Mother Christmas as she reads The Nutcracker, create your own Christmas Eve plate in the elves workshop and of course meet Father Christmas himself.

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