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Santa is back in town – get your grotto tickets now

Chesterfield Borough Council is pleased to announce that Santa Claus will be back in town this Christmas wishing everyone good tidings for the festive season, and tickets are now on sale to meet him in the Grotto.

Taking place in the Market Hall’s Assembly Rooms, the Christmas Grotto will be open from Sunday 19 November to 24 December 2023 (exact dates and times shown below) welcoming families from across the local area.

Tickets for the grotto need to be booked in advance online, by calling the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on 01246 345777 (10am to 3.30pm) or by visiting the VIC in person.

Tickets are on sale now and families are encouraged to book their preferred time slots early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced at £7.50 per child. A maximum of two adults can attend with each paying child, so any extra adults will need to buy a ticket also.

Every child that visits Santa will receive a wrapped present and they will be able to talk to him about what their Christmas wishes are this year. Each time slot to see Santa will admit up to 10 people, over a 30-minute timeframe.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, portfolio holder for the town centre and visitor economy, said: “Meeting Santa Claus is the highlight of many families’ festive calendars, so we are pleased to be welcoming people back into our brilliant Market Hall grotto for 2023.

“Each child will receive an age-appropriate gift that will be gift-wrapped, making the decision yours if you’d like to take it home and put it under your tree.”

Don’t forget to bring your phones or cameras to capture some photographs of you and your family meeting Santa.

Please find below the exact dates and times Santa’s Grotto is open in the Market Hall this year. We want everyone to enjoy a visit with Santa, so there are three relaxed sessions for children with learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders. We will turn down the music, switch off the flashing lights, increase the background lighting and allow a little longer to meet with Santa:

  • Sunday 19 November from 11am to 3pm
  • Saturday 25 November from 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 2 December from 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday 3 December from 11am to 3pm (relaxed session 11am to 12 noon)
  • Saturday 9 December from 1pm to 4pm
  • Sunday 10 December from 11am to 3pm (relaxed session 11am to 12 noon)
  • Saturday 16 December from 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday 17 December from 11am to 3pm (relaxed session 11am to 12 noon)
  • Monday 18 December from 1pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday 19 December from 1pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday 20 December from 1pm to 5pm
  • Thursday 21 December from 1pm to 5pm
  • Friday 22 December from 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 23 December from 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday 24 December from 10am to 2pm

First published on 05 September 2023 Last updated on 10 January 2024