He's making a list, he's checking it twice; he's gonna find out who's naughty or nice, Santa Claus is coming to Bristol. Here are all the places you can meet the jolly old man in red…#MerryBristmas!

Victorian Christmas Weekends at Brunel's SS Great Britain (4 – 19 December) 

Step into a very festive Victorian Christmas at Brunel’s SS Great Britain where you can meet a cast of historic characters, including ‘Old Father Christmas’ in Victorian green robes. Stop him for a story about the era’s Christmas traditions or ask why he’s green!

There are plenty more Victorian-inspired festivities to experience aboard the ship too – find out more here.  

Father Christmas in green robes with Brunel and other Victorian characters

Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain, credit Adam Gasson

Visit Father Christmas at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park (4 – 24 December)

Avon Valley’s Visit Father Christmas event has now sold out. Check out their other magical experiences on offer this festive season.   

Enter Avon Valley’s Reindeer Rocket Check-In and journey to the North Pole for a meeting with Mrs Claus, a talking reindeer and Father Christmas.

Avon Valley Christmas - where to see Santa in Bristol this Christmas

Image - Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

Cribbs' Christmas with Paddington™ at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway (13 November – 24 December) 

This year, Santa is joined by a special guest at the Cribbs’ Christmas grotto. Go on a magical journey through the world of Paddington™, featuring enchanting interactive scenes and a chance to meet both the much-loved bear and Santa. Sessions specially designed for families with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are available. 

Santa Specials at the Avon Valley Railway (Selected dates 27 November to 24 December)

Nibble mince pies or festive biscuits from Santa’s helpers as you pass through beautiful Avon Valley countryside during an hour-long journey in a vintage train carriage. Santa will be waiting with presents upon your return to Bitton station!

Train with Santa sign on the front surrounded by snow

Image - Avon Valley Railway

The Father Christmas Experience at Ashton Court Mansion (1 – 31 December)

Professional actors will lead you on an interactive experience through the Victorian manor house at Ashton Court Estate, starting in the Great Hall and ending with a meet and greet with Father Christmas.

Sail with Santa with Bristol Ferry Boats (Selected dates 4 to 24 December)

Search for Father Christmas with the Ferry Elves on their cosy boat (complete with Christmas tree!). Once found, Bristol Ferry Boats’ charming Father Christmas will entertain, dole out individual gifts for the kiddywinks, mince pies and sherry for the adults while you cruise around the harbour.

Santa’s Grotto at the Grand Pier (Selected dates 4 to 24 December)

Enjoy a socially distanced meeting with jolly old man in red in his grotto on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier, a quarter of a mile out to sea.

Meeting Santa at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare

Image - Meeting Santa at The Grand Pier 

Christmas at Longleat (6 November – 3 January)

Hop aboard the Santa Train to visit Father Christmas in his grotto at Longleat. Journey past the beautiful Half-Mile Lake before disembarking at North Pole Halt to meet Santa and his elves. There’ll be hot chocolate and mince pies for grown-ups, while kids will receive a special gift.

Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole (20 November – 2 January)

Experience the magnificent caves of Wookey Hole illuminated with Christmas characters. Santa will be waiting with a gift in a magnificent grotto. Other festivities include a Christmas circus show, Christmas lunches in Captain Jack’s Restaurant and snowy flick Happy Feet in the 4D cinema.

Santa's Coming to Slimbridge at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (11 & 12 December; 18 & 19 December)

Join Santa and his elves for an all-day breakfast at wildlife haven Slimbridge Wetland Centre, with the unique backdrop of a flock of colourful flamingos. Once you’ve received your gift from Santa, spend the day making memories among the wonderful winter wetlands.

Santa's coming to Slimbridge - Where to see Santa in Bristol

Image - WWT Slimbridge

Santas on the Run Bristol (5 December)

Not a meet and greet as such, but thousands of Santas will take to Ashton Court Estate in this 2k festive fun run for local children’s hospice Charlton Farm. It’s quite a sight to behold!

Oh, and the day before, keep your eyes peeled for a fleet of motorcycling Santas riding through Bristol too. Starting from Winterbourne Academy, all bikes, trikes and scooters are welcome to join in, with festive fancy dress heartily encouraged.

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