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From the start of the Christmas countdown to the big day itself, everyone is always excited by the arrival of St Nicholas. There are plenty of places to catch Santa Claus in Notts over the festive season. Head over to attractions and shopping centres during November and December to notify Father Christmas of what you would like in your Christmas stocking. We hope you've been good...
See Santa in Nottingham
Santa has taken time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole to welcome little visitors at both of Nottingham’s shopping centres, so make sure to stop by Santa's Grotto at Victoria Shopping Centre between 11 November - 24 December.
Or make sure to stop by the 4D grotto at The Broadmarsh Centre for lots of surprises and treats from the 18 November - 24 December 2013, 10am-5pm. Experience a grotto like never before as you watch the film, 'Twas the night before Christmas' complete with 4D effects including wind and bubbles, and after you'll get to meet Father Christmas and tell him what you want for Christmas as well as an opportunity to have a photo with him.
Father Christmas at Attractions
One of the best places to see Santa in Nottinghamshire is at Rufford Abbey. He'll be around from 30 November to 24 December. Price is £5 per child and includes a small gift.
To make the trip that little bit more memorable, Santa will have facilities to produce personalised memorabilia of your visit, including a photograph with Father Christmas, available to purchase on site.
In conjunction with the Yuletide events, you can also find St Nicholas at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve on 24 November from 11am. Rumours abound that the Sheriff of Nottingham will be in Sherwood Forest on the day to try to put a stop to any Yuletide celebrations – let’s hope Robin Hood is around to save the day! Come along to cheer for St Nicholas as he arrives at his medieval grotto.
Another place to visit Santa, from 1 December is at the notorious Nottingham Castle. The grounds of Nottingham Castle will be a picturesque setting with the sparkle of Christmas lights. Why not visit the festive shop and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine in the café during your trip?
Make your way through Floralands' magical winter wonderland to find Santa. Their Grotto will be open on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November and then will be open every following Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday until Christmas, including Christmas Eve!
Other St. Nicholas highlights include...
- Creswell Crags: 7, 8, 14 & 15 December 2013
- Clumber Park: 7 - 23 December 2013
- White Post Farm: - 23 November - 24 December 2013
- Wheelgate Theme Park: 24 November, 1, 7, 15, 21, 24 December 2013
- Tropical Butterfly House: Saturdays and Sundays in December and Christmas Eve 2013
- Twinlakes Park: 16 & 30 November, 8, 14, 22 & 24 December 2013