29 magical places to meet Santa Claus in Gloucestershire

Christmas will be a little different in 2020, but there are still some magical ways for children to meet Santa Claus across Gloucestershire and beyond.

Like most things in 2020, Christmas will be quite different this year, but SoGlos’s elves have worked hard to discover exactly where Santa Claus will be in Gloucestershire for those magical family moments, that we will all treasure a little bit more this December.

While we haven’t been able to quite find 29 magical places to meet Santa in Gloucestershire, we are continuously updating this hot list with as many places for children to deliver their Christmas lists and meet the jolly man himself. Ho, ho, ho!


About the sponsor – Stagecoach West


Stagecoach West is one of the leading bus companies operating in Gloucestershire. With fantastic facilities like onboard WiFi on most buses and contactless payment available, Stagecoach West offers a great way to explore Gloucestershire.

Perfect for the festive season, Stagecoach West will be running two park and ride services this Christmas, as well as the 94 service between Gloucester and Cheltenham, which runs all night, six days a week.

For more information about Stagecoach West this Christmas, visit stagecoachbus.com


1. Meet Santa at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Enjoy some festive magic at Slimbridge Wetland Centre when Santa makes personal visits to good boys and girls’ tables, while their family tuck into breakfast or festive afternoon tea included in the package price.


2. Meet Santa at Cattle Country

Father Christmas is coming to Cattle Country Adventure Park from Saturday 5 to Wednesday 23 December 2020, when families can snap the perfect ‘elfie aboard Santa’s magic sleigh, while excited children will get to meet the man himself – following current social distancing and safety guidelines, of course.


3. Meet Santa at Westonbirt Arboretum

This December 2020, Westonbirt Arboretum’s Green Santa will be wandering around at its signature Enchanted Christmas event – with plenty of pretty illuminations and festive food to enjoy too.


4. Meet Santa at Stonehouse Court Hotel

Visit Santa’s grotto at Stonehouse Court Hotel on selected dates in December 2020, when little ones will also get to enjoy hot chocolate and biscuits; write a letter to put in Santa’s magical post box, which he’ll reply to in the post; and maybe even meet some real-life reindeer!


5. Meet Santa at Perrygrove Railway

Treating families to a magical experience every year, Perrygrove Railway’s Christmas trains are back, with full social distancing in December 2020.


6. Meet Santa at Dean Heritage Centre

Little ones can meet Father Christmas at Dean Heritage Centre in the most modern way in 2020 – live via a TV link, from the Forester’s Cottage – with plenty of presents to hand out.


7. Meet Santa at Dobbie's in Cirencester

Santa will be flying into Dobbie’s Garden Centre in Cirencester throughout the festive season, giving kids the chance to join him for a hearty breakfast or tea on selected dates or a chance to meet him in his magical grotto.


8. Meet Santa on board the Santa Specials at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Santa will be taking a different mode of transport, when he hops on board GWR’s Santa Steam Special train to spread festive cheer across the county on selected dates – travelling from Cheltenham Racecourse Station to Winchcombe.


9. Meet Santa at Clearwell Caves

For a chance to meet Santa somewhere completely different, families can visit Clearwell Caves this December 2020. Check out the magically festive displays through the caves and meet Santa and his elves – with a lovely mug as a gift


10. Meet Santa at Toby Carvery Highnam

Tuck into a scrumptious breakfast with Santa at Toby Carvery in Over, near Gloucester. Taking place on various dates in December 2020, kiddies can enjoy a cooked breakfast, a drink and a chance to meet Father Christmas.


For more information about Stagecoach West this Christmas, visit stagecoachbus.com.

© SoGlos
Friday 18 December 2020

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