11 Festive Santa’s Grottos In Edinburgh 2023

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Wondering which locations are hosting Santa’s Grotto in Edinburgh this year? We’ve had an email from the big man’s elves who have kindly pinpointed his route for December however, you must book a time slot to meet Santa in Edinburgh or you’ll be on the naughty list!

You may also like our guides to Edinburgh in December, best places to see decor and lights, festive menus and Christmas dinner and Christmas hotels in Edinburgh.

*** This guide will be updated when schedules are released this winter.

Where To See Santa In Edinburgh This Year

1. Edinburgh’s Christmas Santa Grotto

Listen to a story read by Santa at the biggest attraction in Edinburgh, the Christmas Market.

Group visits will take place every 30 minutes but tickets must be purchased before arriving.

Santa will be meeting with kids from 25th November – 3rd January at West Princess Street Gardens.

Edinburgh's Christmas Market at night with Christmas lights

2. Dobbies Edinburgh

The city welcomes the return of this old faithful Santa meet and spaces are booking out fast so don’t delay making a reservation.

The event includes a walk through Santa’s toyshop and a gift from Santa.

Professional photography is available for an additional fee.

3. Little Dobbies, Stockbridge

Double celebrations for Dobbies as they christen their new Stockbridge store with a potential Santa parade at the Raeburn Place location.

See the local store for up-to-date information.

Little Dobbies Stockbridge Christmas trees

4. Ocean Terminal, Leith

Santa is making a stop down by the docks!

Santa’s elves are working overtime to get Santa’s Grotto at Ocean Terminal in Leith set up on the first floor just in time for Rudolph touching down.

Book your ticket here.

While you are there why not pop into Leith Creative and shop local?

Ocean Terminals Christmas Light Leith_

5. Cold Town House

Santa loves to brunch as much as any big kid so he’s stopping off at the scenic Cold Town House to enjoy some breakfast in the Old Town and your family can join him.

Wonder if he prefers red or brown?

So while you can’t get gassed on the Grassmarket, you can have a gas with Mr Claus on the 5th, 12th or 19th December. Book online.

This is a sell out event.

6. Brewhemia

Party and event central, Brewhemia, is putting on a number of festive events for wee and big kids including Sleighbell Sundays.

In December, the Beer Palace is dedicated to family time, delicious festive food, entertainment, and Santa Claus.

Dine with Santa over brunch or Sunday roast.

7. Royal Botanic Garden

Previously Santa has been waiting for wee ones as they work their way through the light installations and projections in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Arboretum Place.

You can reserve your tickets here.

Santa’s Grotto Near Edinburgh City Centre

8. Craigies Farm, Queensferry

Learn about the magic of Christmas with Mr Claus at the Craigies Farm Santa Experience in South Queensferry.

Listen to the story of how an elf helped saved Craigie’s Farm as your work your way through the three thematic rooms.

Book online.

9. Carberry Tower, Musselburgh

This is Santa’s sixth visit to Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate and each year he has been met with full house so make sure you reserve a place early.

Children will receive a gift from Santa at his famous grotto.

Enjoy a hot chocolate and muffin or a meal by the log fire in the bistro with discount for grotto ticket holders.

Get your kid’s ticket here, no need to purchase for adults.

10. Conifox Adventure Park, Kirkliston

Another popular stop just outside of the city is Conifox Adventure Park.

Collect stamps on your Christmas Passport as you walk around Winter Wonderland, visit Santa in his living room and his elves at the Toy Workshop.

Tickets can be bought here.

11. Archfield Walled Garden

This wee green haven in North Berwick is kid-friendly all year round and calls for all good one to join Santa at the Walled Garden premises in December.

Santa will tell a story to the group then invite families to collect their gift at his sorting office.

Non-refundable tickets for kids can be purchased here.

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