We can’t wait to meet you all!

The journey starts in the Christmas Café where children can collect a fun quiz sheet before families decend the twisted slope down to the grounds below and get their first glance of the Winter Lights.
The fairy-lit path takes families to the Naughty Elf garden, Sleigh store, Reindeer stables – complete with singing reindeer, and Gingerbread village. 

As you pass through the light tunnel you’ll meet the elves, who will exchange quiz sheets for gold coins. The elves will escort you to the Grotto where Santa will be waiting to meet you and hear your Christmas wishlist! The entire family are welcome to say hello and our photographer will be taking professional pictures that are available for you to view on our Facebook page. 

After you meet Santa you’ll enter the toy store where each child will be able to choose from a vast array of gifts; there really is something for everyone. 

We were astounded with the amazing response to our Santa’s Grotto and would like to thank everyone who has booked our 9 dates! We are thrilled to say that we are fully booked and we are really excited to meet you all. By booking a ticket, you have directly supported us to deliver essential patient care this Christmas.

If you missed out due to the incredible demand, rest assured that we have plenty of other fun family festive events for you this year. Click below to find out more.

The Christmas Café is open from 4.15pm.  

There is ample free parking at St Michael’s Hospice and all of our routes are accessible and wheelchair friendly. Please park in the main car park (follow the fluorescent car park signage).

The event is mainly outdoors however social distancing is recommended, as is wearing a face covering.
When you arrive at the Hospice, before entering the building, everyone over 12 is required to wear a face mask when indoors at our Hospice. These will be provided for you. Please keep them on until outside of the building. When returning into the building at any point, please put your face mask on.
Although not compulsory, we would ask you to complete a Lateral Flow Test prior to attendance and please do not attend if the test is positive or you or any members of your party have symptoms of COVID.

When you arrive, please put a face mask on (provided at entrance) and santise yours, and your children’s hands. Register with the staff in the Christmas Café at least 5 minutes prior to your booking slot. Your child/children will receive a quiz sheet, which is not compulsory but adds a sense of fun during your walk to Santa and the children can exchange it for a gold coin when they meet the Christmas Elves.

You are more than welcome to take your own photos around the garden but please be considerate of others. 

The latest time you can arrive is 7.00pm as Santa will be heading back to the North Pole for the night at 7.30pm. 

The Christmas Café will have a trade table with lots of festive items to buy. 

If you have any questions, please email us.
Our office hours are 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • Winter Light trail 
  • Quiz sheet and gold coins 
  • Visit to the Naughty Elf garden & Sleigh Store 
  • Visit to the Reindeer stables 
  • Meeting Santa 
  • Christmas Gift for each child 

Café prices: 

Hot drink (tea/coffee/hot choc) £1.50 
Cakes £1.00 
Mulled wine: £1.50 
Kids drinks: 50p 

Children will receive a free decoration to create with any purchase. 

  • Parking is free of charge on-site at the Hospice. 
  • The trail is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.  
  • The trail is largely outdoors so we would advise that you wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes and to wrap up warm. 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs however, guide dogs are permitted. 
  • We ask everyone over the age of 12 to wear a face mask when inside the Hospice building. This is to keep our patients, nurses and doctors safe as well you you and your family.
  • There are hand-sanitiser points on-site.

💙 All proceeds from the Grotto go directly to providing essential care for those who need it most, at any time they might need it. By booking tickets to events like this one, you are helping us to care for patients and families this Christmas – thank you, from all of us at St Michael’s.

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