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The Whippersnapper
Winter Wonderland Experience 2018

Santa's Grotto comes to Dulwich in London!

On arrival Santa's Elves will greet you at the Garden Gate. With Mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies they will lead you into a Magical Wonderland World. Wander through our Wyld Woodland.

Visiting the Fairy-lit Elf Café with its seasonal menu of ‘Stag-beetle stumps’ and ‘Wood-lice delights’ and looking out for Santa’s Sleigh as it is prepared for its busy night flight.

elves help Father Christmas in his Dulwich London Grotto

In the Garden help settle the Elves argument - 'Which was the favourite Christmas Number One!'  whilst in the The Toy Workshop Testing Centre 'Many hands make light work' - your help is needed to make everything ready for the Christmas Season.

In Santa's Class Room every child is a star. Decorating Traditional Christmas Tree Decorations and enjoying all the smells, sights and sounds of the cosy Christmas Kitchen the children help Mrs Claus as she prepares for her busiest meal of the year.

Follow Santa's Sooty Footprints upstairs to the Wonderland Waiting Room to meet Moth Starfrost* - the Christmas Tree Fairy. While she busies herself painting faces with fairy dust children and grown-ups can relax, enjoy some classic Christmas tracks whilst finalising those last details on the Christmas List - Unicorns, World Peace, a Flying Car (not so far off now) .... Santa's Elf keeps super busy calling each child, with a ring of the bell, into Santa's Grotto, where they meet with the big man in red.

Sharing their wishes for the season and with special Santa words of wisdom each child receives a magical present, and has the memory captured by a photographer.

Then it's down the stairs to our Christmas Arts & Crafts/Toy Shop - clutching goodie bags the children collect their Gingerbread Christmas Tree decorations and family Photograph - a special memory of their visit.

Your Whippersnapper Winter Wonderland experience will last from one hour to one and a half hours.

*Moth Starfrost lives close to caverns and stalactite grottoes and can only be seen during the first snows of winter. In her handsome moth’s dust wings she will be listening out for Christmas wishes and casting the occasional magical spell.


What do visitors think about us:


• Thoroughly enjoyable time had at Whippersnappers winter wonderland, the staff went out of their way to ensure the children had an enjoyable experience. Santa's helpers, Mrs Claus, the Sledge staff, were gr8. An extra special thank you to the staff who went out of their way to keep my lil boy occupied when his attention drifted off/ became cranky.. Not a lot of places pay that much attention to detail to come up with alternative options to make sure everyone's needs are catered for.. Thank you so much for a lovely experience, best santas grotto experience.

By Jen Quinn


• Visited today for the Winter Wonderland for the second year, which is the best, best, best grotto in London. It's not loud, it's not brash, it's not cheap and tacky - it is absolutely fantastic. It is designed with such care and thought, from the different stations where the children get involved in the activities to the quality of the gifts from Santa. Mostly importantly, Santa's helpers are amazing. No bored teenagers checking their watches here. I have no idea how they stay so enthusiastic all day - they are brilliant with the children. My children had an absolute ball. Thank you so much for a perfect Christmas event.

By Carroll Mills


• We went today and it was amazing. I can't compliment you and your team enough. Will definitely book up for next year and will see you in the summer too.

By Charlotte


• Hi Caroline, a massive thanks to you and your team for a really special day. all the families really enjoyed themselves.  

By Sarah Grand Contact A Family Lewisham


• We had our winter wonderland experience today and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you can feed this back to the team for us? Our daughter has complex medical needs and communicates via makaton signing. She was made so welcome and included, everyone could communicate with her. It was a delight for us! Thank you for making a potentially disastrous outing a real success. We hope to come again next year.

By Michelle


• Hilarious - sometimes deliberate, other times unintentional – kids and adults had fun – thanks

By Tina Lorraine


• Lovely and interactive Christmas Event. Absolutely Magical’

By Groundsell


• An excellent experience. Very enjoyable for adults and children. Lots of hard work from all the staff very evident. Thank you’

By Jo and Olivia


• Very well organised. Friendly staff and great interactive fun for the children and grown-ups too’

By Carroll Mills


• Visited today for the Winter Wonderland for the second year, which is the best, best, best grotto in London. It's not loud, it's not brash, it's not cheap and tacky - it is absolutely fantastic. It is designed with such care and thought, from the different stations where the children get involved in the activities to the quality of the gifts from Santa. Mostly importantly, Santa's helpers are amazing. No bored teenagers checking their watches here. I have no idea how they stay so enthusiastic all day - they are brilliant with the children. My children had an absolute ball. Thank you so much for a perfect Christmas event.

By Pappano L


Great experience. Come every year!

By Pat Chadwick


More about our organization here

Prices
Children: £22.50 (includes photo)
Adults: £9

Book online here
If you do not pay online your
reservation will not be held.

Book by telephone
0208 69316 82
0207 738 66 33

Find us on the map here
Santa's Grotto is in Dulwich
College Lodge, Old College Gate,

5 star review in Timeout magazine!

Visit Santa's Grotto in Dulwich Park and enjoy Whippersnappers Winter Wonderland. This is a 2018 Christmas fundraising event organised and managed by Whippersnappers.

Whippersnappers are a not-for-profit organisation and the money raised is used to support our inclusive activities for children and adults with disabilities throughout the year and to maintain our inclusive community arts center in Dulwich Park.

With your support, the success of our Winter Wonderland 2017 allowed us to increase the hourly rate of our Winter Wonderland staff wages to reflect their London living costs as well as supporting the delivery of our specialist activities.

More about our organization here

Prices
Children: £22.50 (includes photo)
Adults: £9

Book online here
If you do not pay online your
reservation will not be held.

Book by telephone
0208 69316 82
0207 738 66 33

Find us on the map here
Santa's Grotto is in Dulwich
College Lodge, Old College Gate,
College Rd, Dulwich Park, SE217BQ