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Where to see Santa this Christmas

With Santa gearing up for his busiest day of the year, here's where you can catch him across South Wales before the big day.

Until 24 Dec

Santa's Grotto

Queen Street, Cardiff

Visit the man himself this Christmas at Cardiff’s official Santa’s Grotto. On Queen Street, outside Queen’s Arcade, you’ll find a magical log cabin with a singing Rudolph. No need to pre-book, just arrive and every child will be seen. Open daily from 10.30am until Christmas Eve, it’s £8.50 per child that includes a gift to take away. You can also have a photo taken and put into a snow globe or Christmas frame for a special festive keepsake.


26 Nov - 24 Dec

The Royal Mint Christmas Experience


Take a tour of The Royal Mint with an extra sprinkling of festive spirit. You’ll discover some intriguing tales of Christmas traditions, step into Santa’s workshop and meet Santa Claus himself. Children will also be able to write their Christmas letters and drop them into a special post box that ensures they land straight on his desk.


26 Nov - 17 Dec

Santa’s Grotto

Carnegie House, Bridgend

Take the little ones to see Santa in Bridgend Town Centre, they’ll get a great gift and you can take your own photos. All proceeds go to local charities and there’s free parking in The Rhiw car park.


3 - 18 Dec

Elf Academy

WWT Llanelli

The chief elves are waiting to escort new recruits to the workshop for a wholesome afternoon of Christmas nature crafts, storytelling, wildlife spotting, singing and wrapping gifts for local people who need them - stopping along the way to meet the friendly birds that live at the wetlands centre. Elf Academy will be running every weekend in December, 1pm - 3pm.


17 Dec

Family Festive Fun Day

Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare

Visit the Cynon Valley Museum for a festive fun day that’s filled with Christmas treats. The little ones can see Santa from 11am with gifts galore. There’s arts and crafts on offer with plenty for the kids to get stuck into and you can also exlpore the museum with the Christmas trail to discover how people celebrated Christmas in years gone by.


4 - 18 Dec

Jingle Jungle Jumble

Plantasia, Swansea

Help Santa on his quest to find the mischievous elf who’s causing Christmas CHAOS throughout Plantasia Tropical Zoo! Follow the elf’s trail of destruction through the jungle as you discover the jolly jumble he’s created. How many good green elves will he have roped-in to his merry monkey business? Meet Santa in his mini sleigh as you pose for a magic memories Christmas photo with a gift included for every child.


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