Meet Father Christmas at Colchester Castle


Colchester Castle’s magical grotto is back for 2023! Together with his helpers, Father Christmas will be spreading plenty of Christmas cheer this December by meeting the children of Colchester and giving out plenty of festive gifts.

Each slot lasts approximately 10 minutes.

Our grotto is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

For useful information, such as how to find us and what facilities Colchester Castle has, we recommend reading our Access information: Access at Colchester Castle

We like to keep our magical grotto a surprise, but we appreciate some visitors need to know exactly what to expect for an enjoyable time on the day. The grotto will be created at the start of December. If a member of your party has a sensory impairment and would benefit from familiarising themselves with the space before visiting, please email after booking, and we can share photographs. 


Tickets cost £9.95 per child

How To Book

Booking in advance is required. Simply 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

Colchestr Castle Museum, Colchester, CO1 1TJ

Opening Times

Season (2 Dec 2023 - 3 Dec 2023)
Season (9 Dec 2023 - 10 Dec 2023)
Season (16 Dec 2023 - 17 Dec 2023)
Season (21 Dec 2023 - 23 Dec 2023)


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