Where can I meet Santa near Preston in 2020? Best grottos and drive-thru experiences near me for seeing Father Christmas

The festive season would not be the same without a visit from Santa Claus

By Matt Brooks
Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 10:25 am
Updated Monday, 14th December 2020, 5:06 pm

This year has been like no other.

Yet Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa Claus.

The big man in red is still set to stop off at a handful of attractions near Preston on his world tour to raise festive spirits and maybe pose for a photo with kids dreaming of Christmas Day.

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Santa Claus pictured in his grotto. (Pic: Getty Images)

Youngsters will be able to meet jolly old St Nick, tell him what they would like for Christmas this year and in return they may even get a special gift to take home and place under the tree.

All while adhering to the government’s guidelines around social distancing, hand washing and face covering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s where you can meet Santa.

Breakfast with Santa

Dobbies, Blackpool Road, Clifton, Preston, PR4 0XL

Get the festive feels this December at this popular family event at Dobbies Garden Centre.

Each child will have a choice of breakfast, access to fun activities and a gift from Santa.

The event is suited for families with children aged 12 and under.

Adults will also have a choice of breakfast, though the ticket doesn't include a gift from Santa.

Event runs from 18-24 December, £13.99 per child and £6.99 per adult. Book here.

A Winckley Christmas Cracker


The Friends of Winckley Square’s Christmas concert is coming to you virtually for 2020.

Sit back, relax and enjoy carols from the Midge Hall Singers with help from Preston Methodist Voices in your own home. There will also be a visit from Santa.

Event to go live at 4pm on Sunday 6 December. Free of charge. Link to event here.

Santa's Post Box

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0AG

Write your letter to Santa at home before heading off on a winter walk to Santa’s Post Box at Brockholes following our self-led trail.

Dates run to Sunday 13 December (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays). £5.50 entry. Book ahead here.

Meet Santa at Brockholes on Saturday 18 December. Book tickets here.

Coffee and Carols

Bamber Bridge Methodist Church, Station Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6ED

There's still a chance to enjoy some carols this Christmas with this drive-in circuit Coffee and Carols service at Bamber Bridge MC. The choir will sing, boosted by a PA system, while families sing a long in their cars with their own refreshments and disposable hymn sheets (handed out).

Event is on Saturday 12 December. Free entry. Book your slot by emailing [email protected]

The Santa Specials at Ribble Steam Railway and Museum has been cancelled this year due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, its website states.

The See Father Christmas event at Barton Grange has sold out.

There is currently no availability for Santa's Showtime Spectacular at Ribby Hall Village.