If you’ve got kids, the run-up to Christmas isn’t complete without a visit to the Big Man himself. This guide is for you if you’re looking for the most magical Santa experiences in Sussex. Just don’t forget to book tickets in plenty of time and practice those cheesy grins for the classic family album snap.
Tulley’s Drive-In Christmas Show
When? Saturday 28th November – Thursday 24th December
Undoubtedly one of the most well set-up family friendly venues in Sussex. Tulley’s Farm have created a superb Christmas experience for all ages to enjoy. With COVID meaning that one on one contact with Santa Claus himself is no longer safe, at Tulley’s you can give your children that special Christmas experience whilst staying socially distant at all times. What can you expect in your ticket price? “The Father Christmas Story”, Gingerbread decorating kits, Make a Bear, Posthouse letter to Santa Claus, The Wheel of Christmas Car Game Show, A Snowflake Christmas Singalong and plenty of festive roaming characters to keep all the family entertained!
Hever Castle are giving visitors the opportunity to become Peter Pan and chase your shadow through Neverland to experience the wonders of never growing old. Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a visit to Father Christmas at Hever. Their website has detailed info with availability dates.
Drusillas park – contact Tuesday 27th
Standen House & Gardens – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden?awc=3795_1603732025_fa1584538812861082836b198c393d5d&campid=Affiliates_Central_Mem_AWIN_Standard&aff=79128
Weekends 30 Nov – 22 Dec and 23 Dec 2019
For an authentic and very magical Father Christmas visit, head to Bodiam Castle. Walk around the wintery grounds before heading to one of the castle towers where children will be read a Christmas story by Father Christmas. After the story, children will be given a festive biscuit and small present.
Selected dates from 30th November to 24th December
For the ultimate Christmas experience head to Tulley’s Farm. Climb aboard Santa’s super fun Sleigh Ride before meeting the Main Man in his grotto.
There’s a whole host of Christmas activities going on at Tulley’s including ice skating, gingerbread decorating with Mother Christmas, reindeer food making, an elf hunt, a live puppet show, reindeer flying school and a post house to make sure your letter gets to Lapland in the nick of time.
For parents who get a kick out of festive multi-tasking, grab a Christmas tree before you leave and decorate when you get home.
4pm and 5pm on Fridays after school and 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday 30th November to Tuesday 24th December 2019.
Jump on the i360 to have a jolly holly time. Children can join in with games and get a chance to have their photo taken with Santa in his giant armchair above Brighton. There’s a reindeer hunt to keep kids occupied as the i360 goes up. And everyone will get a turn to tell Santa what they’d like under their tree this year. Santa’s elves will hand out gifts to all the children before the end of the ride.
Selected dates and times from 30th November – 24th December 2019
A must for any train and Santa enthusiast. Hop aboard and enjoy a leisurely ride through glorious Sussex countryside. Santa and his elves will make their way through the carriages during the journey with gifts and chocolate treats for the little ones and mince pies for the grown-ups.
And the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s the famous Victorian Fairground to enjoy at the Station and a festive food kiosk in case you need to snack up.
Every weekend from 7th – 22nd December 2019 – subject to weather conditions
For another train based Santa experience, head over to the Volks Railway. What could be nicer than spending time together on the oldest Electric Railway a.k.a. The Santa Express at Christmas time? Take a trip along the coast on the Volks Railway before meeting Santa in his Grotto at the Visitors Centre. Children will receive a little pre-Christmas prezzie and can make a craft to take home.
Selected dates from 30th November
Enjoy a walk through Standen’s gorgeous wintery gardens before heading to the Woodland Grotto for story time. Once settled, Santa will read a lovely Christmas story. Children will be given a cup of hot chocolate and a small gift.
Selected dates from 30th November to 24th December 2019
Grab an early morning Saturday breakfast and make a craft before heading into Santa’s Enchanted Forest. Discover a magical Christmas forest with elves, a story telling owl, enchanting music and a waterfall inside before finally meeting Santa in his woodland retreat and receiving a gift.
All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to charity.