Suffolk: 7 places to visit Santa this Christmas


7:00 p.m. October 22, 2022

There are only two months left until the big day and for those who like to anticipate, now might be the time to start booking your child’s visit to see Santa Claus.

Here we round up seven places where you can see Santa Claus in Suffolk this year.

Central Suffolk Railway

The magical Christmas treat for children up to 10 years old is not to be missed.

Visit the Christmas Market at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway
– Credit: Archant

Steam trains run from Brockford Station to ‘North Pole Halt’, for a one-on-one visit to Santa Claus in his Christmas Guards van.

There will be a steam locomotive and a Dutch street organ on site to give an extra festive touch.

Where: Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW

When: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18

Meet Santa and his sleigh

Historic Kentwell Hall will host Santa Claus and his sleigh this year.

Spend time with family while meeting Santa Claus.

Carol singing around the Christmas tree will end the day.

Where: High Street, Long Melford, Sudbury CO10 9BA

When: December 10, 11, 17 and 18

Stonham Barns

Enter Santa’s Grotto at Stonham Barns and receive a gift from Santa himself.

You may also meet the Snow Queen during your visit and her sister Princess Snow as you enter the Enchanted Theater to find elves, snowballs and sparkles.

Rides for small children, train rides, face painting and live music will also be offered.

Where: Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, IP14 6AT

When: Saturday November 26 and Sunday November 27

Lackford Lakes Christmas Grotto

Enjoy a magical visit to Santa’s Woodland Grotto at Lackford Lakes near Bury St Edmunds.

Santa Claus arrives in his winter wonderland grotto at Denny Bros in Bury.

Meet Santa at Lackford Lakes near Bury St Edmunds
– Credit: Archant

Children will have the chance to talk to Farther Christmas, take a picture and receive a gift.

The event is for children up to 11, older siblings are welcome to meet Santa, but organizers said they won’t be getting a gift.

Where: Lackford Lakes, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HX

When: Sunday, December 11

Meet Farmer Christmas at Baylham House Farm

Christmas ‘Farmer’ meets young visitors in his grotto and slots can be booked on the Baylham House Farm website.

Kate with Dylan and Charlie from Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, near Needham Market

Meet Farmer Christmas at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

Those looking to meet Farmer Christmas will need to book in advance.

Kids can also explore their creative side in the den building area.

Where: Baylham, Ipswich IP6 8LG

When: Saturday, December 3

Meet Santa at the Zoo

Make a trip to the zoo a little more magical by stopping to see Santa Claus.

The Christmas Grotto experience lasts 25 minutes and each booking must include at least one paying adult.

Each Christmas Grotto ticket includes entry to the zoo.

Where: Whites Ln, Kessingland, Lowestoft NR33 7TF

When: The cave starts at the zoo on November 19

Talk to Santa Claus and stroll through the Christmas Market

Santa Claus will once again visit downtown Sudbury this year.

The Sudbury Christmas Market will be back this year

The Sudbury Christmas Market will be back this year
– Credit: Sudbury City Council

People will also be able to stroll around the Christmas stalls on Market Hill.
Where: Downtown Sudbury

When: Friday, November 25


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