Where to meet Santa in Glasgow this Christmas

Where to meet Santa in Glasgow this Christmas

Head to one of the many grottos in the city, share breakfast with the big guy or spot him in the outdoors with his reindeer and elves

The countdown to the big day is on and what better way to celebrate than to get some quality time in with Father Christmas himself? We've rounded up a few of the best places you can catch him in Glasgow in the run up to Christmas.

Breakfast with Santa
Get the family together and head to the Hard Rock Cafe, where you can enjoy a freshly cooked buffet style breakfast and entertainment courtesy of Ellie the Elf from Popstarz Parties Scotland, before meeting the man himself.
Hard Rock Cafe, Sun 3, 10, 17 & 24, Sat 9, 16, 23 Dec, £12.95 (£9.95).

Santa Claus
Watch as Santa arrives at the East Kilbride Shopping Centre on a sleigh pulled by real reindeer. Give him a wave and then join him in his magical grotto, where he'll be hearing all about your wishes for the year.
East Kilbride Shopping Centre, Sat 25 Nov–Sat 23 Dec, £4.50.

Santa's Cove
Described as the 'ultimate family experience', Santa's Cove involves an action-packed hour of fun, where families encounter various challenges to help Santa make enough presents for all the good children around the world. Dodge candy canes, jump aboard the sleigh, make decorations and finish off the experience at the grotto, where you'll get to meet Santa to take photos and even get a gift to take home.
intu, Braehead, until Sun 24 Dec, £9.95 (children £19.95).

Dine with Santa
Santa's back at Snow Factor for 2017 and kids can not only meet him but join in for a breakfast, brunch, lunch, late lunch or dinner with the big guy, where they'll get treated to a short story reading, a gift and 30 minutes of sledging on real snow.
Bar Varia, Snow Factor, Sat 25 Nov–Sun 24 Dec (weekends only), £26.

Glasgow Santa Dash
Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of red suits and beards as thousands take part in this five kilometre fun run every year dressed as jolly old Saint Nic, all in the name of charity. It all kicks off at 10am on George Square and this year's nominated charity is the Beatson Cancer Charity.
George Square, Sun 10 Dec, £15.

Meet Father Christmas
Hamleys is no doubt one of the most magical places to be at Christmas so it should come as no surprise that Santa always makes sure to stop by the store during the festive period. Hang out with Santa and his elves to hear stories, enjoy Christmas games and feast on delicious snacks.
Hamleys Toy Store, Sat 25 Nov–Sun 24 Dec, £25.

Christmas Fun
Kids 12 and under can enjoy an afternoon of festive fun at Pollokshaws Library which includes Christmas stories and games, book folding crafts, an animal petting zoo and of course, the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.
Pollokshaws Library, Sat 9 Dec, free.

Santa's Magical Wonderland
M&D's magical wonderland is back, giving the wee ones the chance to meet Santa in Scotland's largest grotto, which features spectacular animated Christmas scenes. There's also a 220 sq. metre custom built soft play area, a Christmas show from Elfie & Kevin, an indoor carousel and Santa's reindeer.
M&D's, Mon–Fri 4–21 Dec, £6.55.

Santa Visits Calderglen
Every weekend in the run up to Christmas, Santa will be heading over to Calderglen Country Park to meet all the good little boys and girls, hear their Christmas wishes and give them a gift. If you get there early, you can have a seat on Santa's sleigh and get involved with some festive colouring in before your visit with Santa.
Calderglen Country Park, Sat 2–Sun 24 Dec (weekends), £6.90.

Santa's Woodland Experience
Hop aboard the tractor trailer for a tour of the woodlands, take in the stunning views and search for Santa's home. Once you arrive, you'll be greeted by Santa himself who will be ready and waiting to hear all about your wish list. There's hot food and drink available in the shed afterwards to warm you up.
Ballochruin Farm, select dates Sat 25 Nov–Sun 24 Dec, £7.50 (£15).

Breakfast with Santa

A festive breakfast for all the family with entertainment, games and a visit from Santa himself. Booking is essential.

Hard Rock Café, Glasgow

Sun 17 Dec

£12.95 (Children 10 and under £9.95; under 2s free) / 0141 353 8790

  • 09:00 – 11:00

Sat 23 Dec

£12.95 (Children 10 and under £9.95; under 2s free) / 0141 353 8790

  • 09:00 – 11:00

Sun 24 Dec

£12.95 (Children 10 and under £9.95; under 2s free) / 0141 353 8790

  • 09:00 – 11:00

Dine with Santa

Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, late lunch or dinner with Santa Claus plus a gift, short story reading and sledging on real snow. Suitable for ages 3+.

Bar Varia, Glasgow

Sat 16 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £26 / 0141 885 7078

Sun 17 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £26 / 0141 885 7078

Sat 23 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £26 / 0141 885 7078

Sun 24 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £26 / 0141 885 7078

Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys

Hang out with Santa and his elves to hear stories, sing songs and enjoy Christmas games.

Hamleys Toy Store, Glasgow

Sun 17 Dec

Children £25 / 0141 227 3040

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Mon 18 Dec

Children £25 / 0141 227 3040

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Tue 19 Dec

Children £25 / 0141 227 3040

  • 13:00 – 16:00
…and 5 more dates until 24 Dec

Santa Claus

Meet Santa is his glittering grotto and tell him what is on your Christmas list.

East Kilbride Shopping Centre

Sun 17 Dec

£4.50 / 0845 330 3828

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 18 Dec

£4.50 / 0845 330 3828

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Tue 19 Dec

£4.50 / 0845 330 3828

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 2 more dates until 23 Dec

Santa Claus Visits Calderglen

Say hello to the man himself at his busiest time of year and make a special Christmas wish.

Calderglen Country Park, East Kilbride

Sun 17 Dec

Children £6.90 / 01355 236644

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Fri 22 Dec

Children £6.90 / 01355 236644

  • 13:30 – 19:00

Sat 23 Dec

Children £6.90 / 01355 236644

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 24 Dec

Children £6.90 / 01355 236644

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Santa's Cove

A Christmas experience made up of seven activities. Families are greeted and guided by elves, Mrs Claus and of course, Santa. Enter the Cove (near Krispy Kreme) and dodge candy canes, jump aboard the sleigh, make food for the reindeer and decorations for your tree. You can also visit the Elves Canteen for hot chocolate…

intu Braehead, Glasgow

Sat 16 Dec

Times vary / £9.95 (Children £19.95; children 11 months and under free) / 0141 885 7051

Sun 17 Dec

Times vary / £9.95 (Children £19.95; children 11 months and under free) / 0141 885 7051

Mon 18 Dec

Times vary / £9.95 (Children £19.95; children 11 months and under free) / 0141 885 7051

…and 6 more dates until 24 Dec

Santa’s Magical Wonderland

Festive fun at M&D's with a soft play area, traditional Christmas storytelling and the chance to visit Santa in his grotto. Kids receive a small gift from Santa.

M&D's Scotland's Theme Park, Motherwell

Mon 18 Dec

Times vary / Children £6.55; Adult £4.25 / 01698 333777

Tue 19 Dec

Times vary / Children £6.55; Adult £4.25 / 01698 333777

Wed 20 Dec

Times vary / Children £6.55; Adult £4.25 / 01698 333777

Thu 21 Dec

Times vary / Children £6.55; Adult £4.25 / 01698 333777

Santa's Woodland Experience

Take a tour of the woodlands onboard Santa's own tractor and trailer. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments and take in the Christmassy foliage.

Ballochruin Farm, Balfron

Sat 16 Dec

Times vary / £7.50 (Children £15) / 01360 440496

Sun 17 Dec

Times vary / £7.50 (Children £15) / 01360 440496

Fri 22 Dec

Times vary / £7.50 (Children £15) / 01360 440496

…and 2 more dates until 24 Dec

Glasgow Santa Dash

A five kilometre fun run dressed as jolly old Saint Nic. As well as working off some of those festive mince pies the race raises funds for worthy causes such as Beaston Cancer Charity.

Christmas Fun!

Come along and enjoy Christmas stories and games, try your hand at book folding crafts, discover our animal petting zoo and meet Santa Claus! Age 0-12

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