Where to meet Father Christmas on the Isle of Wight 2021
Father Christmas, or Santa as he is often known, is making quite a few visits to the Island this December. So, make sure to take your little ones to meet him, and in some cases Mother Christmas too, at these following locations.
Santa will be at Tapnell Farm for their magical Christmas at Tapnell adventure, and everyone gets one on one time with him as part of that experience. This adventure is open to groups from three to six people and takes around 45 minutes, with lots of exciting stories for children to participate in on the search for Smudge the naughty elf. Then Santa will reward each child for their help at the end. Strangely Santa will know quite a bit about each child, as you are asked questions about your children at the online checkout, which makes everything much more magical. For more information click here.
Havenstreet Steam Railway have their ever-popular Santa Specials running throughout December, with a traditional Victorian theme and a visit to Santa included. Take a steam train ride and return to Havenstreet station to follow the pathway to Santa’s North Pole station. Here you are warmly welcomed by the seasonal Station Master and his helpers, and entertained while you wait to meet Santa himself, who is on board a traditionally decorated festive Victoria carriage. For dates, times and bookings click here.
You can catch Father Christmas Islandwide on these dates – be sure not to miss him and donate if you can towards good causes
Wildheart Animal Sanctuary at Sandown will be hosting Father Christmas in his Wonderland Grotto every weekend throughout December. There’s festive food, mulled wine and shopping, especially on November 28th and 29th when they have a Christmas Market with a beautiful bespoke collection of stalls selling perfect gifts and decorations from local designer-makers and artists. Festive treats will be on sale in the café throughout the season, and on Friday 17th December there will be carols on the green, which is just across the path from Caspar and Frosty’s enclosure within the sanctuary. For more information click here.
The Folly Inn on the river at Whippingham, near East Cowes, are hosting ‘Breakfast With Santa’ for kids on December 18th and 19th between 9am and 11am. Breakfast per child is only £8 and includes a gift from Santa. Register your interest asap at their facebook page.
Mother and Father Christmas will be at their secret weekend hideaway in Yarmouth Town Hall on the 18th and 22nd of December, and if you visit on December 18th you can join in the Carols in the Square, plus there is a skating rink in the square from December 11th to 22nd, with ‘push along penguins’ for those who aren’t too confident on the ice. For more information click here.
And if your kids love ponies, then why not take them to the Island Riding Centre where under 12s can have a pony ride to meet Santa and will receive their gifts whilst sat on their ponies. Island Riding Centre’s Christmas pony rides are on the 12th and 19th December from 10am-1pm and all of the money raised will be going toward their charity ‘Wight Horse CIC’, which provides subsidised and, where possible, free riding and stable management opportunities to disadvantaged children on the Isle of Wight. For more information click here.