Whether he is Father Christmas, Santa Claus or good old Saint Nick in your home, chances are, your little ones are dying to see him and are hoping they made it onto his nice list this year!
The man in red is in residence at several places on the Island this Christmas, so why not pay a visit and make some memories…
A trip to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is like stepping back into a perfectly preserved piece of time. Add in a visit to Santa and you have an Enid Blyton good old-days experience on your hands. Take a trip on the steam train through beautiful winter countryside, enjoy roasted chestnuts, mince pies and mulled wine and finally, take a visit to see Santa himself. Set up in his enchanted grotto, you can experience a magical visit to Santa and if you are very lucky, you will even see the presents arriving by train.
Visit iwsteamrailway.co.uk to find out more.
In the heart of the Arreton Valley, you will find Arreton Barns, the Island’s largest centre for arts and crafts. Father Christmas is setting up home each weekend in December as well as everyday in the week leading up to the big day. Children can take part in the Christmas trail to try and find all the stamps that the cheeky elves have hidden, then meet Father Christmas where all good boys and girls will receive a special gift. Find out more at
Over in the most western tip pf the Island, visitors to Santa can enjoy free parking, free rides and free Elf Workshops at The Needles Landmark Attraction. The Donkey Sanctuary will be present on selected grotto dates, as well as ‘Jara Amusements’ who will be offering exciting family entertainment and games. Santa will be in his grotto on the 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 23rd December 2017. Visit theneedles.co.uk for more information.
Christmas World at Busy Bee wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Santa Claus. Santa will be in his grotto at the garden centre during weekends in November and December. All profits from the grotto go to Naomi House Children’s Hospice. Find out more details at busybeegardencentre.co.uk
This is a small selection of festive events happening around the Island this holiday season, make sure to check our events listings for full details.