Meet Santa in Preston this Christmas 2019 • Visit Preston
Skip to content Accessibility Options Page Home Page Skip to Main navigation Site Map Search Skip to Base of page Contact us

Preston Guild City

Boy meeting Father Christmas.

Take a peek at Santa's schedule for Christmas 2019...

Looking for places to meet Santa this Christmas? Then you're in the right place. We've got our hands on Santa's diary and we know all the places he'll be dropping by in Preston.

As you can imagine, Santa is a popular fellow! With many of his Preston locations being booked up already, make sure to get your tickets early.

Check out these events where you can meet Santa as well as enjoy some fantastic festive fun, with many events including Christmas stalls, activities, games, and food.

Santa holding a gift box which is glowing from inside.Santa's Grotto - Barton Grange

  • Dates: Saturday 23 November - Tuesday 24 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Price: £17.95 (children 0-4 years) and £19.95 (children 4 years and over)

Meet Santa in his Christmas Grotto and receive a gift, a book, and some reindeer food for Christmas eve. You will also get the chance to have your photograph taken with the man himself.

To book a slot to meet Santa visit Barton Grange - See Father Christmas at Barton Grange.

Afternoon Tea with Santa - Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland

  • Dates: Every Sunday, 24 November - 22 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Price: £15 (adult), £10 (children aged 3-12 years) and £5 (children aged 2 and under)

Enjoy a festive afternoon tea experience as a family, alongside Christmas crafts and games. Of course, this will be followed by a special meet and greet with Santa to round off the perfect Christmassy afternoon.

For more details and to book tickets visit Hallmark Preston Leyland - Afternoon Tea with Santa.

Meet Santa - Preston Markets

  • Dates: Every Saturday, 30 November - 21 December
  • Booking required: No
  • Price: Free

Don't miss visiting Santa for free at Preston Markets between 11am-3pm. He will be waiting to greet boys and girls inside the Market Hall, with a special Christmas gift for each child.

Christmas Festival - St Catherine's Hospice

  • Dates: Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December
  • Booking required: No
  • Price: Free entry

St Catherine's Hospice are hosting their annual Christmas Festival, complete with Father Christmas in his Grotto. The festival takes place over the weekend 11am-3pm and features stalls, games, rides, food, drink, and much more.

Santa's Family Fun Day - Guy's Thatched Hamlet

  • Dates: Sunday 1 December
  • Booking required: No
  • Prices: Free

Father Christmas will be arriving by barge to this day of festive fun. He will be available to meet in his canalside teepee 1.30pm-5.30pm, along with his elves and a gift for all the children. As well as meeting Santa, there will also be Papa Elf Martin to entertain the little ones, alongside face painting, fairground rides, a Christmas post box, and much more. Adults aren't left out either, with Christmas crafts, market stalls, street food, and mulled wine to enjoy.

Galloway's Santa's Grotto - St George's Shopping Centre

  • Dates: Saturday 30 November - Sunday 1 December, Wednesday 4 December - Thursday 5 December, every day from Wednesday 11 December until Christmas Eve
  • Booking required: No
  • Prices: Donations

Santa will be waiting in his Grotto to meet little boys and girls this Christmas. You can even have your photograph taken with him at the price of £2 or £10, depending on your chosen frame. Donations are taken for meeting Santa, with profits going to the Galloways sight loss charity. Santa's Grotto will be open 11am - 5pm weekdays and Saturdays, and 11am - 4pm Sundays.

Santa Special Cruises - Barton Grange Marina

  • Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday, 7 - 23 December, and Monday 23 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Prices: £20 per adult/child

Take the on-board pixie's challenge and see if you can spot Santa along the Canal whilst taking this very special cruise. Once Santa is spotted, he'll climb on board and make sure all the good boys and girls receive a present, even the grown ups! Cruises take place on the day at 9.30am, 11am, and 1pm.

For more details and to book tickets visit Kingfisher Cruises - All Cruises.

Santa Twilight Cruise - Barton Grange Marina

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 7 - 15 December and Monday 23 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Prices: £23 per adult/child

This special Christmas cruise takes place from 3pm and sees you spotting Santa along the canalside. Once Santa is spotted, he'll climb on board and make sure all the good boys and girls receive a present, even the grown ups!

For more details and to book tickets visit Kingfisher Cruises - All Cruises.

Child meeting Father Christmas.Breakfast with Santa - Brockholes Nature Reserve

  • Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday, 7 - 22 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Prices: £8.95 (adult), £10.95 (children under 3), £12.95 (children over 3)

Both children and adults can enjoy a tasty cooked breakfast before a special visit from Santa Claus. Santa will, of course, also have a gift for every child.

For more details and to book tickets visit Brockholes - Events.

Santa's Grotto - Brockholes Nature Reserve

  • Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday, 7 - 22 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Prices: £7.50 per child

Santa will be waiting to greet children in his Grotto between 11.30am-3pm. Each child will receive a present and there will be the chance to have your photo taken with Santa so you can cherish the memories.

For more details and to book tickets online visit Brockholes - Events.

Breakfast with Santa - Guy's Thatched Hamlet

  • Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday, 7 - 22 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Price: £16 per child and £8 per adult

Breakfast with Santa starts at 10am and includes a gift, reindeer food, a soft toy, breakfast, and entertainment. Adult tickets also include a breakfast and entertainment.

For more details and to book tickets online visit Guy's Thatched Hamlet - Join Santa for Breakfast or Tea.

Tea with Santa - Guy's Thatched Hamlet

  • Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday, 7 - 22 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Price: £16 per child and £8 per adult

Tea with Santa starts at 4pm and includes a gift, reindeer food, a soft toy, a meal, and entertainment. Adult tickets also include a meal and entertainment.

For more details and to book tickets online visit Guy's Thatched Hamlet - Join Santa for Breakfast or Tea.

A Magical Meeting with Father Christmas - Hoghton Tower

  • Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday from Sunday 8 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Price: £7.50 per child

Meet Father Christmas in Hoghton Tower's majestic banqueting hall. Here he will be waiting to greet each child with a gift by the roaring fire and he will be available for family photos. Bookings can be taken to see Father Christmas between 10am - 2pm on your chosen day.

For more details and to book tickets online visit Hoghton Tower - A Magical Meeting with Father Christmas.

Tea with Father Christmas - The Mill, St Catherine's

  • Dates: Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 - 18 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Price: £10 per child, £12.50 per adult

Father Christmas will meet and greet children with a gift at this fun-filled festive evening. As well as Father Christmas, there will also be food, arts and crafts, songs, dancing, and games.

For more details and to book tickets online visit The Mill - Tea with Father Christmas.

Meet Father Christmas at the Belvedere - Avenham and Miller Parks

  • Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday, 14 - 22 December
  • Booking required: No
  • Price: £10 per child, £3 per adult

Father Christmas will be waiting to greet children with a gift in Avenham Park's Belvedere. This will also include a festive tractor ride taking place from the park's South Meadow Lane entrance to the Belvedere. This event takes place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm on the above dates.

Booking not essential but if you'd like to guarantee a place please call 01772 906471 (Monday - Friday office hours). For more details visit Christmas at the Belvedere.

Santa Magical Cruise with Elsa - Barton Grange Marina

  • Dates: Saturday 21 December and Sunday 22 December
  • Booking required: Yes
  • Price: £25 per adult/child

Santa will be joined by Elsa on this magical cruise down the canal. As well as cake and a drink for children, Santa will also make sure both children and adults get a present, the perfect pre-Christmas treat! The cruise takes place on the Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

For more details and to book tickets online visit Kingfisher Cruises - All Cruises.

More Christmas events in Preston for 2019

Get into the festive spirit with a whole variety of Christmas events taking place in Preston.

To find something for everyone, big or small, see Christmas Events in Preston 2019.

Map addresses for where to meet Santa this Christmas 2019

  • Trinity Methodist Church, Gregson Lane, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0ED.
  • Barton Grange Garden Centre, Garstang Road, Brock, Preston, PR3 0BT.
  • Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland, Leyland Way, Leyland, Preston, PR25 4JX.
  • Preston Markets, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA.
  • St Catherine's Hospice, Lostock Lane, Lostock Hall, Preston, PR5 5XU.
  • Guy's Thatched Hamlet, St Michael's Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, PR3 0RS.
  • St George's Shopping Centre, 28 Friargate, Preston, PR1 2TU.
  • Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG.
  • Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0SH.
  • The Mill at St Catherines, Tudor Croft, Lostock Hall, Preston, PR5 5BF.
  • Avenham and Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.