Meet Father Christmas (SOLD OUT)

02/12/2023 - 23/12/2023

Colchester Castle

From £9.95

Suitable for Families

Storytelling, Special

About this Event

Slots available between 10am – 4.40pm on:

Saturday 2nd – SOLD OUT
Sunday 3rd – SOLD OUT
Saturday 9thSOLD OUT
Sunday 10thSOLD OUT
Saturday 16thSOLD OUT

Sunday 17thSOLD OUT

Wednesday 20thSOLD OUT

Thursday 21st  – SOLD OUT
Friday 22nd – SOLD OUT
Saturday 23rd – SOLD OUT

Colchester Castle’s magical grotto is back for 2023! Together with his helpers, Father Christmas will be spreading plenty of Christmas cheer this December by meeting the children of Colchester and giving out plenty of festive gifts.

Each slot lasts approximately 10 minutes.

Our grotto is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

For useful information, such as how to find us and what facilities Colchester Castle has, we recommend reading our Access information: Access at Colchester Castle

We like to keep our magical grotto a surprise, but we appreciate some visitors need to know exactly what to expect for an enjoyable time on the day. The grotto will be created at the start of December. If a member of your party has a sensory impairment and would benefit from familiarising themselves with the space before visiting, please email after booking, and we can share photographs. 


Tickets cost £9.95 per child

For further information, please see our Refund Policy

How to Book

Booking in advance is required. Simply call Father Christmas’s helpers at Colchester Castle on 01206 282939. Our lines are open from 10am – 4.30pm.

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