It’s that time of year again; time to visit Santa!

You’ll see him at supermarkets, shopping centres, play groups, garden centres and just passing by your house sometimes.

You can even have breakfast or tea with the big man if you fancy.

Whatever your kids would like, and whatever your budget, there are a lot of chances to see the Santa before Christmas.

Please check the individual events as they tend to run on selected dates, and you may need to book ahead.

Where to find Santa in Warwickshire

FREE or cheap

Rugby Rokeby Lions Santa sleigh (Rugby)
The sleigh, elves and Santa visit major shopping locations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays right through the month, and tour residential areas of Rugby in the evenings. Selected dates – follow the Facebook page for updates and routes.

IKEA (Coventry)
This festive season IKEA is inviting IKEA Family members to have breakfast with Santa. Bring the little ones to our very special breakfast, where they can enjoy fun arts and crafts activities, have a visit from Santa and his elves where you can grab a ‘Santa Selfie’ to capture your visit, and receive a free Christmas gift to take home. FREE EVENT.

Coventry StoreFree


1st North Pole Scout Group (Rugby)
Set up and run by 3 Scout groups, this experience is beyond amazing! There are rooms to go into that have crafting activities, more trees that you can imagine, and of course Santa himself. Only 50% of tickets are bookable so there are always slot available for walk-up visitors.

Smith’s Garden Centre and Nursery (Coventry)
There is a Baby’s First Christmas / Under 3’s walkthrough and photo opportunity. Friday 6th December only – 10am-1pm. For older kids, there is a snowy forest walk, sing-a-long with Santa, grotto and magic show.

Whilton Locks (Daventry)
This family-run garden centre has loads of Christmas activities running, from ice skating to grotto experiences, crafts and more.

Kenilworth Fire Station (Kenilworth)
Meet Santa in his Grotto at Kenilworth Fire Station, with games and competitions, tours of the fire engine, and tea and coffee for the grown ups. 15th December only.

The Langton Greenhouse and Garden Centre (Market Harborough)
Santa and Mrs Claus are in residence every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1st December until Christmas, in the purpose built grotto.

Coventry Transport Museum (Coventry)
Wander through a magical winter wonderland of festive activities and snowy scenes before taking a ride on an enchanting vintage sleigh, pulled by two trusty reindeer. Your next stop? Lapland. Meet Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes, receive a magic key and collect your gift from our elf’s toy shop.

Magic Alley (Stratford-upon-Avon)
From the moment that you enter Magic Alley, you are plunged straight into a magical wonderland of storytelling and childhood memories.

Jacksons of Old Arley (Coventry)
Magical Santa`s Grotto and Christmas Wonderland offers a huge display of Christmas decorations, lights, trees, gifts and is open 7 days a week. Website says no need to pre book, no charge for adults, and no charge for taking photos.

Friezeland Farm (Nuneaton)
Reindeer, gingerbread family and other surprises will accompany you and your family along the winter path whilst you make you way to meet Father Christmas himself. Don’t forget your camera as there will be lots of opportunities for some memorable festive family photos along the way.

West Lodge Farm (Kettering)
Pop on your magical glasses and walk through the twinkly wood, make some magical reindeer food and decorate a card for someone special. Go to the Elf School where one of Santa’s Elves will give you a lesson on how to be the perfect Christmas Elf. Visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

Dobbies Garden Centres (Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Northampton)
Santa’s Grotto is one of the most exciting festive experiences at Dobbies. Bring your little ones along to explore the enchanted setting, be welcomed by Santa himself and receive a toy of your choice.

Bosworth’s Garden Centre (Bourton Latimer)
Join Santa as he reads some of his favourite stories to you and join in a singalong with him too. All children receive a gift from Santa at the end of the session.​

Catthorpe Manor Estate (Rugby)
Festive market, grotto and afternoon tea. With exquisite, handcrafted goods, all lovingly made by artists and craftspeople from across the Midlands. 1st December only.

Chedhams Yard (Warwick)
Christmas special with carols and songs by the wood stove, Christmas cheer, cakes and mince pies plus Father Christmas in his grotto. 14th December only.

Christmas events in Warwickshire

Breakfast or tea with Santa

If you want to enjoy a longer experience of either breakfast or tea with Santa, check out these options. Please check the individual details for each event, but usually these include a meal, activities and interaction with Santa.

Whilton Locks (Daventry)

1st North Pole Scout Group (RUGBY)

Bermuda Soft Play (Nuneaton) – 22nd Dec only

Berkswell and District Royal British Legion (Coventry) – 18th-22nd Dec only

Coombe Abbey (Coventry)

Warwick Castle (Warwick)

Dobbies Garden Centres (Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Northampton)

Bosworth’s Garden Centre (Bourton Latimer and Elton)

Charlecote Park (Warwick)

Catthorpe Manor Estate (Rugby) – 1st December only.

Ice skating

Whilton Locks (Daventry)

Warwick Castle (Warwick)

Other Christmas experiences

Compton Verney (Warwick)
Meet Santa and his Reindeer – 1st & 8th December only.

Ryton Pools (Coventry)
Fairy Merry Christmas event – 15th December only.

Kineton Christmas Tree trail (Kenilworth)
Christmas tree festival – 29th November only.

Tamworth SnowDome (Tamworth)
Winter Wonderland family fun sessions.

Eathorpe Christmas light (Leamington Spa)
Annual village decorated with lights.

Family Fun Day (Warwick)
FREE arts and craft workshops, sport activities and delicious food and drink – 1st December only.

IKEA (Coventry)
Pop in-store to write your Christmas letter to Santa. FREE EVENT.

Carol services

Warwick Marketplace – 8th December

Hinckley Marketplace – 13th December

Warwick Castle – 21st December

St Peter and John Church, Rugby – 22nd December

New Life Church, Rugby – 22nd December

The Saxon Mill – 23rd December

Coombe Abbey (afternoon tea and carols) – 1-24th December

Plays and shows

A Christmas Carol (Warwick)
Award winning puppetry and visual theatre company Smoking Apples team up with the Bridge House Theatre this Christmas to bring you a reinvention of a classic story. Come face to face with the magical spirits, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, as the Bridge House Theatre is transformed into the enchanting setting of the past, present and future of Mr Scrooge. Join him as he travels through time to learn the true meaning of Christmas and ignite your festive spirit. Bah Humbug! This is the perfect opportunity to dive into the heart of a timeless Christmas tale.

Santa and the Christmas Dragon (Rugby)
Join Santa, Tricksy Pixie and Scary Fairy for a riotous, interactive show bursting with songs, magic and a very lively dragon. And remember, a pet isn’t just for Christmas. Book tickets via TicketSource. 9th-13th December 2019

Santa’s Dizzy Day (Coventry)
Santa, Ellie and Rudolph are back at the Belgrade Theatre this Christmas with Santa’s Dizzy Day, a fun packed festive show for children aged 2-6 which invites them to join in with an array of interactive songs and to get involved in the action. With a gift from Santa at the end. 12th-24th December 2019.

The Snowman (Coventry)
Immerse yourself in the irresistible animated film of The Snowman this Christmas, accompanied by a live orchestra. A heart-warming experience that brings more than a snowman to life – and featuring the much-loved classic ‘Walking in the Air’ – it’s a festive favourite for the whole family. 7th December only.

Raymond Briggs Father Christmas (Warwick)
This heart-warming adaptation is full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry. It’s a perfect introduction to theatre for young children who won’t be able to look away as secret doors and hidden hatches are revealed in this beautifully visual show. 27th November – 29th December 2019.