9 Festive Santa’s Grottos In Edinburgh 2021

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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!

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 20th November – 24th December 2021 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 seated breakfast, games and a gift from Santa.

Prices starts at £13.99 for children.

This Santa meet and greet is aimed at kids 10 years and under.

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 set up outside 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. Craigies Farm, Queensferry

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

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.

7. Royal Botanic Garden

There is not confirmed but 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

8. Carberry Tower, Musselburgh

This is Santa’s fifth 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.

9. 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 livingroom and his elves at the Toy Workshop.

Dates – Friday 26th November 2021 until Sunday 28th November 2021

Tickets can be bought here.


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