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Where to find Santa in Medway!

Mary Sewell
16th November 2022

Christmas is just around the corner, there's no time to wait!

Santa is loading his sleigh, and he won't be late! To celebrate this Christmas in style, we've compiled the top places in Medway to catch Santa on his travels!

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like taking your children to see Father Christmas in his twinkling Santa’s grotto. You don't have to travel too far to see the great man himself, as there are plenty of magical experiences available nearer home. 

Make sure you book your visit in advance to avoid disappointment! 

Image © Simon Kelsey/Praxis 

Storytelling at Eastgate House

It just wouldn't be Christmas without a few traditions.  

On selected days in December, come along to Eastgate House and listen to stories about the mice that live in the house with Father Christmas dressed in his green robes.  You may even discover why he is dressed in Green!

No pre-booking is required. 

For dates, prices and times, click here

Mission Christmas!

Discover the heavily guarded secret at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Christmas.

On selected dates between Saturday, 26 November until Saturday, 24 December visitors can join a magical, interactive journey into Santa's substation, hidden deep in The Historic Dockyard and uncover the secrets of how every child is found on Christmas Eve. 

Mission Christmas is brand new Christmas experience unique to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The family friendly experience, created within the historic Mast House and Mold Loft, takes children into the secret location used by Father Christmas, his raindeer and elves as a navigation centre to plot the locations of any child not at home on Christmas Eve.  

Discover the secret by booking your slot online.

Santa Safari Christmas Event

Climb aboard our Santa Safari, we will whisk you away through the zoo and down to our magical winter wonderland where you can meet the main man himself, Father Christmas.

Have you been good this year? If so, he may just have a present for you.

Your Santa Safari ticket includes admission to the Fenn Bell Zoo!

For bookings visit the Fenn Bell website.

Christmas meet Santa & his Alpacadeers

Christmas on the farm is a magical time.

Our Christmas experience lasts around 30 minutes during which you can meet, feed and pet our wonderful, friendly alpacas before heading into the grotto to meet Santa where your child will receive a special gift.

There’s mulled wine and mince pies for the adults too!

For bookings and more details, click here.

Meet Santa at Hempstead Valley

On Friday, 18 November, Santa will take up residence in his traditional grotto outside M&S at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre.

The grotto will be open every day until Christmas Eve.

Entrance to the grotto to visit Santa costs £5 per child and includes a wrapped gift.  

To book your slot, click here.

Come and Meet Santa on his Porch

Santa will be in residence from this Saturday, 19 November for the Elf Yourself event.

Then every weekend till Christmas.  Bookings available from Sunday, 20th November until Christmas Eve. 

Santa's log cabin has been magically transported to the Pentagon Shopping Centre, 

If you wish to come and see Santa, please click here and book a slot.

Meet Sapper Santa at Wartime Christmas Weekend

26 - 27 November 2022

Discover how Christmas was celebrated during the Second World War.

Immerse yourself in the festivities and get a vintage makeover, watch live demonstrations or browse the market for festive handicrafts and last minute treats.

You could even learn to Lindy Hop before a trip to meet Sapper Santa in his grotto and workshop.

For details click here.

The Rotary Club of Gillingham Christmas Float 2022

Santa's sleigh will be making its way around the streets of Medway before children are tucked up in their beds this Christmas Eve.

The annual fundraising event by the Rotary Club of Gillingham will be visiting soon. Every year Father Christmas tours the streets of Gillingham and Rainham on his brightly lit up float, bringing delight to youngsters.

Rotary members will be rattling their collection buckets as they go, to raise money for local good causes.

For full details on the route and dates, click here.

Winter Wonderland

Something magical has happened at Riverside Country Park this Christmas...

Enter the winter wonderland and look out for all the woodland creatures, before visiting Father Christmas and his elves.

Booking recommended.

More details, click here.

Santa Fun Run 2022

Fancy helping to raise money for local charities this Christmas?

This year the Rotary Club of Medway is pleased to invite participation in the 5km / 10km / Santa Fun Run around the ancient Chatham Historic Dockyard.

The backdrop to all these events combines the River Medway and the ships and buildings that did so much to make Britain great.

The event will take place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Sunday, 18 December.

To book your place for the Santa Fun Run, click here.

Christmas in Medway

Once you've discovered where to see Santa, why not visit our Christmas in Medway section to find out more things to see and do during this festive period.


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