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Grottos and places to see Santa in Brighton and Sussex

Father Christmas will be available to meet at various points in and around Brighton this year <i>(Image: Canva)</i>
Father Christmas will be available to meet at various points in and around Brighton this year (Image: Canva)

Christmas is less than a month away now, and if you want something to do for your kids in and around Brighton then there are various places for them to meet Santa Claus.

There are various places you can visit in Brighton as well as a few that are within an hour's drive of the city if you want to give them a try.

Here are five spots where you can find Father Christmas in the build-up to Christmas Day in and around Brighton.

Where can you meet Santa Claus within an hour's drive of Brighton?

Santa's Grotto at Drusillas Park

Address: Zoo Park Ltd, Drusillas, Berwick, Polegate BN26 5QS

Located around a 30-minute drive away from Brighton, Drusillas Park in Polegate is offering a Santa experience at the zoo.

Saint Nick will be waiting in his cosy Christmas grotto, and the experience includes a one-to-one meeting with him, a photo opportunity and a gift.

You can book the experience at the Drusillas Park website here, which will be running until December 23.

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Santa in the Sky at i360

Address: Lower Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2LN

A Santa in the Sky experience will be running at the Brighton i360 between December 2 and 24.

This includes a 25-minute festive pod journey, a meet and greet with Santa and his elves and a gift.

Tickets can be bought at the website here.

Santa Grotto Experience at Borde Hill Gardens

Address: Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP

Borde Hill Gardens will be running a Santa' Grotto Experience on several days in December, and is around a 40-minute drive from Brighton.

Children will be able to craft their own Christmas tree decorations in the workshop before getting to meet Santa.

Each 30-minute session is for a group of 15 children. The festive craft activities will take place as a group, with each child and their accompanying adult(s) seeing Santa individually to receive their present.

The experience will be running on December 9,10,16,17,18 and 19 which can be booked at the website here

Father Christmas at the Royal Pavilion

Address: North St, New Rd, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1

Father Christmas will be returning to the Royal Pavilion estate this year on December 8,9,10 and 15-24.

Royal Pavilion says: "Little ones can tell Father Christmas what they’re most looking forward to this Christmas and receive a present. 

"Forget the queues and long waits, this year you can book a private time slot and enjoy an exclusive experience."

You can book a slot at the website here.

Brighton Palace Pier Santa Afternoon Tea

Address: Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1TW

Santa will be hosting an afternoon tea party each day between December 21 and 23 at the Brighton Palace Pier.

This will include a meal from the kid's menu and a festive cake or ice cream for the children (afternoon tea and festive a la carte is available for adults).

Additionally, the children will get a meeting with Santa as well as a small gift.

Book your space by emailing info@brightonpalacepier.co.uk.



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