Christmas Grotto 2019, Best places to see Father Christmas

Oct 1, 2019 | Christmas 2019, newbornphotographeressex, newbornphotography

With only 84 days until Christmas Day, I thought it would be a good time to share some places I have been (or plan to go) to see the big man this Christmas 2019!

My Christmas mini sessions have been a huge success this year, selling out within 48 hours! Then an additional date within 1 hour… Thank you to everyone who has booked, I am looking forward to meeting you all. I already have a list for next year believe it or not, so please let me know if you would like to be added for next year –

So here are some suggestions of some great places you can take your little ones to see Father Christmas this year and the best Christmas Grotto 2019 – in no particular order as they are all amazing!

Epping Ongar Railway

Bring the family to see Santa on his special train with the fantastically festive Epping Ongar Railway Santa Specials!

The experience starts at North Weald Station where you will get the chance to get in the spirit with something from one of our festive food or sweet stalls whilst you listen to our live brass band!

All children will receive a present from Santa, and adults can enjoy a free drink and christmas treat.

Whilst the nice children wait for Santa to find them on the train and give them a present, our entertainers will be around to keep you busy. The children will find time to write a letter for Santa or enter our drawing competition. When you return to North Weald there should be time to get a quick picture of the train with the big man himself.

For dates and to book, please visit

I definitely recommend booking a carriage – I have taken my girls for the last 3 years!

Christmas Grotto 2019 at Ruxley Manor

Ruxley Manor 2019

There’s nothing better in winter than meeting Mother Christmas, Father Christmas and the elves at Ruxley Manor’s Christmas Grotto to really kickstart that festive feeling!

Join us this Christmas for a magical 45 minute experience in a winter wonderland where you and your children can enjoy the wonder of Father Christmas’ workshop and Grotto. Each session lasts for 45 minutes and includes two activities, one with Mother Christmas and one with elves, before meeting Father Christmas himself and receiving a gift and a photo opportunity.

To book, please visit:

The Father Christmas experience at Marsh farm

Marsh Farm Christmas

From passport control at the start of your journey, it’s time to learn your elf-abet and graduate through the Elf Academy.

Next stop is to meet Mother Christmas to decorate a gingerbread before entering the Snow Show for a flurry of surprises.

As the children enter Father Christmas’ Grotto they’ll have to be checked on the Naughty or Nice list before meeting the real Father Christmas all the way from the North Pole. But the excitement doesn’t end there! The children then enter the toy workshop to make a special furry friend to take home before more surprises in the Toy Shop in our own Elf-ville.

To book, please visit:

And saving the best til last…

Lapland UK

LaplandUK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story and the secret world of the elves brought to life through a 4-hour immersive experience of unprecedented scale and quality, as well as stories and interactive activities.

To book, or even just to watch the amazing videos, please visit:

I hope you found that useful and do comment and let me know if you visit any of these magical places this Christmas…

Christmas Minis

Another thing I love about Christmas, is seeing all the amazing new Christmas sets all my fellow photographers come up with for their clients. Lauren from New Fawn Photography in Caerelon in Newport, South Wales. Completely blew me away with this amazing image she is offering her clients this year – how amazing is it!

Christmas mini session 2019

Christmas mini session 2019

To find out more about her amazing work and if you are looking for a newborn photographer newport, have a look at her blog:



    My fave time of year. Wish my kids were still little! 

  2. Selina

    This is very helpful, thank you!

  3. Lauren Reynolds

    Ah thank you Jay, great blog, Lapland UK looks AMAZING!! 

  4. Carli

    Ooh yay christmas. What a magical time. Cannot wait to see your christmas images x 

  5. Kirsty

    Oh my goodness thank you so much for so many fantastic ideas!!!

  6. Clare Perry

    Ruxley is super close to me, it is always a massive hit!

  7. Lisa

    Thank you for the info, it was really helpful

  8. Nicole Whyte

    Oh xmas is coming, its getting so exciting x

  9. jill

    It’s the most wonderful time….of the year! Great info thanks Jay!

  10. Emma

    Ooh I’m feeling festive already after reading this! 

  11. Sarah

    Christmas time is definitely my favourite time of the year. I’m lucky enough that my youngest is still young enough to visit all of the grottos as I love taking her. 

  12. Andrea Bradley

    Oh so exciting x

  13. Sharon Nicholson

    Really useful information, thanks

  14. Hannah Willis

    Ooh this makes me feel all Christmassy. This is such a useful blog for things to do with the kids over the festive period. Love your photographs x

  15. Louise

    Oooh these are just awesome! Who wouldn’t want to have a christmas photoshoot with you??

  16. Amy

    Lapland Uk looks totally amazing!!

  17. Tianna Jarrett-Williams

    I love Christmas, even more now I have children! This was a helpful read! Thanks!

  18. Marie

    Great blog, thank you Jay

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  20. Joanne

    Such great recommendations – I’ve been meaning to try the epping – anger railway at Christmas

  21. Natalie Moss

    Love Christmas.  Some fantastic ideas.

  22. Brooke

    My kids would love the railway!



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