Father Christmas has swapped the North Pole for North Staffordshire – and who would blame him? So we’ve put together a list of the places you can visit the big man with the kids (and big kids) this year.
£6 Per Child
Visit Santa and Mrs Claus in their cosy Grotto by the River Trent in the Trentham Estate Shopping Village.
Children can experience the magic of meeting Santa, make a wish and take away a special gift.
Tickets for the popular grotto go on sale from 10am on Monday 7 November and they tend to book up fast so get yours early to avoid disappointment.
Don't miss the Christmas Launch on Wednesday 23 November, where there'll be a Superhero and Fairytale themed parade followed by Santa and Mrs Claus switching on the Christmas lights.
Santa will be in his riverside grotto on the following dates…
Wednesday, 30 November from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.
Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 December from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Wednesday, 7 December from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.
Saturday 10 and Sunday, 11 December from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Wednesday, 14 December from 3.30pm to 7.30pm
Saturday, 17 to Friday, 23 December from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
To book visit www.trentham.co.uk or call 01782 646646.
When: From Friday, 18 November until Saturday, 31 December.
Prices: From £13.95 - £17.95 per person. Children under 2 free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Santa's returning to the SnowDome this Christmas with his magical Winter Wonderland in the snow. Get up close and personal as you meet Santa's real reindeer and discover many more of his furry friends in the twinkling animal village. Step inside Santa's boots when you visit his house with its huge Christmas tree and don't forget to write Santa a letter to drop in his personal post box.
Play and slide around in real snow as you explore Santa's Christmas snow trail with its huge slide, take a walk through the enchanted forest, enjoy a fun game of snowballs, hitch a ride on a sledge and have fun sliding about in the snow tubes. You can also enjoy all the real snow action from the sure footing of the promenade walkway… ideal for grandparents.
You can then see Santa and his friends in this year's Winter Wonderland stage show. Time is running out and he's trying to make everyone's wishes come true with hundreds of letters to read and gifts to make. Will he be able to cook up the perfect Christmas for someone very special? The big man in red is sure to need your help to pull this one off.
Booking is essential. For more information visit www.snowdome.co.uk/santas-winter-wonderland/
When: Saturday, 19 November until Saturday, 31 December.
Prices: For pre-booking online, park entry and Santa visit costs: Aged 12+ £22, aged 4-11 & 60+ £17, aged 2-3 £12, under 2's free, disabled or carer £17. Expect to pay more on the gate.
Thomas Land is full of activity as the engines prepare for Christmas – even Thomas has been given a special festive make-over. With more than 21 rides and attractions to enjoy, Polar Express screened in the 4D cinema, spectacular decorations, festive music and guaranteed snow at least three times a day it's bound to be a Christmas experience like no other.
Father Christmas will be waiting to greet children in the Castle of Dreams (pre-booking essential and every child visiting will receive a free gift. Rounding each evening off will be a magical fireworks display for the whole family to enjoy.
Visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk/magical-christmas to book now.
When: The Christmas event is running at weekends and school holidays from Saturday, 26 November to Saturday, 24 December.
Prices: Adults £10.95, Child (2-15) £10.95, Concession £9.00.
There's plenty going on down on the farm this Christmas. Santa and his helpers will be in his grotto in the Winter Wonderland where Santa will be waiting to give all the good girls and boys a present from the Elves' Workshop.
The cheeky elves are back performing shows throughout the day, there's elf Training, sing-a-longs and Christmas show walks in the twinkling winter wonderland. You can also write your letter to Santa, make reindeer food, design a Christmas decoration and meet Mrs Claus in her kitchen to decorate a gingerbread man (£1.50 per biscuit).
The resident reindeer's will be in the animal barn and there will be daily talks on the farm cares for these lovely creatures.
Find out more and book tickets at www.adventurefarm.co.uk
When: Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 December, Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 December, Saturday, 17 and Saturday, 24 December.
Prices: Adult £9.95 includes a mulled wine and mince pie courtesy of Conkers, child £9.95 includes a personal present from Santa Claus, family (2 adults + 2 children) £37.80. Members: Adults: £6.95, Child: £7.95.
When you arrive at Waterside Winter Wonderland, Santa's chief elf and his team of elves will lead you through the Enchanted Forest and the Valley of Christmas lights to Santa's Woodland Grotto.
Meet the reindeer and sample some mulled wine and mince pies and take a trip on the Santa Special through the tunnel of discovery, meet the balloon modeller (from 13:00 – 17:00) and enjoy fabulous entertainment from the street performers you are sure to raise your Christmas spirit.
The snow will be artificial from snow machines – unless you're lucky!
Timeslots to visit Santa start from 11.30am through to 7.30pm with slots every half an hour throughout the day. Please note you should arrive at least fifteen minutes before your time slot.
Please book your ticket online at www.visitconkers.com/events/winterwonderland and a member of our staff will contact you to arrange the time of your visit or you can call 01283 216633.
When: Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 December from 9.30am to 10.30am, Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 December from 9.30am to 10.30am and Monday, 19 to Friday, 23 December from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Prices: Adults £8 and children £9.50.
Enjoy breakfast at Biddulph Grange and meet Father Christmas. He'll be there to sing a song, wish you a merry Christmas before his helper elves escort you over to the Garden Room to sit in front of the fire and have your own family magical moment telling Father Christmas your Christmas wish list. Each child will also take home a small gift.
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk to find out more.
When: Sunday, 27 November, Sunday, 4 December, Sunday, 11 December, Saturday, 17 to Friday, 23 December.
Prices: Check online for package prices.
For an unforgettable Christmas experience head to Alton Towers and enjoy a truly festive short break at the resort where you can meet Santa in his secret hideaway grotto. With an amazing combination of rides, including CBeebies Land, a magical Aladdin pantomime and a splashtastic waterpark, it's the perfect place to begin celebrating this festive season.
This Christmas and new for 2016, the Resort presents the most magical pantomime of all, Aladdin. Featuring stunning songs, dazzling sets, spectacular costumes and bags of comedy, it's the perfect festive treat for the whole family. The 50 minute show is exclusive and free for all Hotel guests enjoying a fabulous Santa's Sleepover.
The Santa Sleepover package includes: A visit to see Santa and his elves in Santa's secret hideaway grotto, tickets for this year's fun-packed Pantomime, Aladdin, an overnight stay in one of the resort hotels, a tasty Christmas Carvery evening meal, a buffet breakfast, one day access to the waterpark, one day access to CBeebies Land and a selection of rides and a fun-packed evening full of entertainment including character meet and greets, family-friendly shows and a kids' disco.
For more information visit www.altontowers.com
When: Every weekend from Saturday, 26 November to Saturday, 24 December.
Price: Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 November - adults £13 & children £4, Monday, 5 to Friday, 23 December - adults £13 & children £8, Saturday, 24 December - adults £16 & children £11.
A truly fun-packed Christmas awaits on board Santa's magical train journey at Foxfield, promising to deliver an abundance of festive cheer and merriment.
Gently wind through the scenic Staffordshire countryside for a five mile round trip festive train ride and relax in the decorated coaches with a seasonal glass of sherry and a scrumptious mince pie whilst the children meet Santa Claus and receive their quality present.
Book online at www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk or call 01782 396210.
When: Every weekend from Saturday, 3 December, every Wednesday from December 7 and from Friday, 16 to Saturday, 24 December.
Families will be carried back to a traditional Victorian Christmas when Santa Claus makes his magical return to the Churnet Valley Railway in December.
The railway's ever-popular Santa and Steam Specials are a wonderful way for all members of the family to begin the festive season.
As Santa strolls through the garland-filled coaches with a hand-picked quality gifts for every child, parents and grandparents can relax with a mince pie and a glass of sherry. At Cheddleton and Kingsley and Froghall Stations, traditional decorations and merriment will complete the festive atmosphere. As well as period attractions, music and curios there will be balloon modellers and circus clowns to entertain the children.
Call 01538 758491 or visit the website www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk to book your seat.
When: Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 December, Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 December and Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 December.
Price: Advance bookings - adults £4 and children £7. Pay on the day and pay £1 extra each.
Santa will be making his annual trip to Apedale this year across two weekends in the run up to Christmas. There'll be a gift included in the ticket price for children and grown-ups can enjoy free refreshments.
Visit www.avlr.org.uk/ to book your seats or call 0845 094 1953.
When: Every weekend from Saturday, 2 December, to Saturday, 24 December.
Price: Adults £4.50 and children £6.50.
Amerton Railway will be holding special Santa train trips along the mile long track that runs behind the fields of Amerton Farm. Each trip takes about 10 minutes and included in the Santa Special price is a specially selected gift for children and seasonal refreshments for their accompanying grown-ups.
Book online at www.amertonfarm.co.uk/amerton-steam-railway or call 01889 270294.