Where to see Santa in Southampton 2023

Where to see Santa in Southampton 2023

The holiday season is upon us, and there's no better way to get into the festive spirit than by visiting the jolly old man himself – Santa Claus! If you're in Southampton and are wondering where to take the family to catch a glimpse of St. Nick, you're in luck. Below, you'll find all the enchanting locations in Southampton where Santa will be spreading cheer and joy. 

Whether you're looking for a traditional Santa's grotto experience, a chance to enjoy a delicious meal with the family, or the thrill of receiving a special gift, we've got you covered. Get ready to make cherished holiday memories with your loved ones as we explore the top places to see Santa in Southampton this Christmas.

Santa's Grotto at John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis Interactive Grotto 2023

25th November - 24th December

Meet Santa in John Lewis & Partners’ interactive grotto! Can you crack the code and unlock the door to meet Santa? Work your way through John Lewis’ interactive grotto with the help of some mischievous little helpers. Complete your mission and you'll meet Santa, have your photo taken and receive a very special gift. To purchase your tickets, click here.

Breakfast with Santa at IKEA Southampton

Breakfast with Santa at IKEA Southampton 2023

2nd, 9th, 16th, 18th, and 20th December

This holiday season, add a dash of magic to your morning by enjoying a delicious breakfast with the jolly man himself, Santa Claus, at IKEA Southampton. It's the perfect way to sprinkle some joy into your day. For more dates, activities, and booking information, click here.

Santa visits the Southampton Christmas Market

Southampton Christmas Market 2022 Above Bar Street

3rd, 10th & 17th December

To add to all the excitement of this year’s Christmas Market, Father Christmas will also be making some special Sunday visits to join in the fun. He will be roaming the market from 12pm - 2pm. For more details click here.

Christmas at Tudor House & Garden

Christmas at Tudor House and Garden 2023 1

9th, 10th, 16th - 18th December

Meet Father Christmas this December at Tudor House and Garden. With every visit, each ticket includes a crafty activity and admission to the grounds where you can follow their Christmas Tudor House Mouse Trail. Children will receive a surprise traditional gift. Suitable for children under the age of 16 years old. To book your visit, click here.

Sea Life Play Centre’s Christmas Grotto

Sea Life Play Centre Santas Grotto 2023 UGC 1

16th – 18th December

Come meet Santa and Mrs Elf at Sea Life Play Centre in the Marlands. All children will receive a hot chocolate, a gift from Santa, and one free digital photo taken by MB Photography. Each ticket includes full use of the play centre and a range of Christmas crafts including biscuit making. Click here to book.

Christmas at The Grand

Twas the Sunday Before Christmas at The Grand 17th December 2023

17th & 25th December

Santa will be making two very special visits this year to The Grand! Experience the magic of Christmas and take the pressure off whilst you get treated to culinary delights by expert chefs. Indulge in a delightful festive feast while Santa stops by to greet the children in this beautiful historic venue. Book your table here.

Afternoon Tea with Santa at Mayflower Theatre

Mayflower Theatre Santa Afternoon Tea Dec 2023 1

Mayflower Theatre is welcoming a very special guest this December! On 20th and 21st December, treat the whole family to a magical afternoon tea with Santa. Santa's elf will welcome you in their sparkling foyer and usher you up to their Ovation Suite where you will feast on sweet treats and dainty sandwiches. Every child will receive a special gift to take home from Santa every child to take home plus, snap as many photos as you wish to remember your visit. To book and to view their adult and child menus, click here.

Looking for more festive fun in the city?

For more family friendly activities and events in Southampton this Christmas, visit our main Christmas page here. Plus, for all the latest discounts and offers in the city centre, visit our SO card page here.

MAST Mayflower Studios at Christmas 2022

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