An image of Santa in front of a snow covered Colchester Castle


Visiting Father Christmas is a tradition for many families and firmly marks the start of the festive season. This year Father Christmas will once again be stopping his sleigh in Colchester and heading to Colchester Castle to spread Christmas cheer and hand out some festive gifts to the children of Colchester.

A visit to meet Father Christmas is suitable for all ages.

Tickets cost £7.95 including a festive gift

How To Book

Booking in advance is essential for this event. To book your magical grotto slot, call Father Christmas’s helpers at Colchester Castle on 01206 282939. Our lines are open from 10am – 4.30pm.

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Meet Father Christmas at Colchester Castle

Type:Christmas - Santa

Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG

Tel: 01206 282939

Opening Times

Season (3 Dec 2022 - 4 Dec 2022)
Season (10 Dec 2022 - 11 Dec 2022)
Season (17 Dec 2022 - 23 Dec 2022)

* Mon - Sat slots available between 10am and 4.30pm.
Sun slots available between 11am and 4pm.


Colchester CastleColchester Castle Museum, ColchesterColchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe and houses the town's main museum