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The World’s Famous Grotto is open for magic memories this Christmas in Liverpool



The World’s Famous Grotto returns to St John’s Shopping Centre this Christmas to mark its 140th anniversary with a brand new walk through experience for all the family.

Generations of families have magical memories of meeting Santa at The World’s Famous Grotto.

For more than 100 years this spellbinding experience has brought a winter wonderland to the heart of the city. This winter, to mark the grottos 140th anniversary, Santa is coming home early to receive a very special award.

This year The Worlds Famous Grotto has received the Guinness World Record for the Oldest Santas grotto in operation.

Following its move to St John’s Shopping Centre, The World’s Famous Grotto has entertained thousands of children and their families. The walk-through experience which has previously featured famous scenes from around the Liverpool City Region, has been transformed for Christmas 2019.

The much-loved attraction takes visitors on a journey throughout the ages, as The World’s Famous Grotto recreates some of its most magical and popular displays from years gone by. These festive displays include Fairyland from 1879, Peter Pan from 1935 and Magical Winter Wonderland from 1982, 1992 and 2005.

As well as meeting Santa, the grotto experience includes a special gift for every child to take home as well as a story book titled ‘The Day I Met Santa’. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take their photo with Santa and purchase special keepsake items from the gift shop, such as personalised baubles.

Guy Fennell, from The World’s Famous Grotto said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Santa Claus home to Liverpool once again! It’s our 140th anniversary year, so we really wanted to make this year extra special by recreating some of our most magical displays since we first opened all those years ago.

“Children and adults will love being transported through the ages as our displays of fairies, princesses, toys, elves and polar bears well and truly bring Christmas to life. We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone this Christmas and sharing plenty of festive spirit.”

Christmas wish lists at the ready, here’s 6 things you need to know about The Worlds Famous Grotto…..

When & Where

The World’s Famous Grotto opens its festive doors on Saturday 16th November and runs every day until Christmas Eve. There are a number of time slots available for each day – and they’re filling up fast! You can book your slot online here.

What's Included

The Worlds Famous Grotto is great value. Families can walk through theWinter Wonderland on a magical journey seeing the different displays including Fairyland, Toy Bazaar, Polar Bears and more before seeing Santa. You can also take part in the interactive video snow dome experience with the cheeky elves. Each child will leave Santa’s Grotto with a storybook and special gift to take home.


Child tickets are priced at £12.00 and £2.00 for accompanying adults. Pre-booking is a must.

Access For Everyone

The World’s Famous Grotto is committed to ensuring all children can meet Santa and experience the wonderful walk through experience. The attraction is wheelchair friendly. There are also quiet hour sessions at 9am-10am every Monday and Tuesday morning so children sensitive to noise can enjoy the Grotto. Head this way to contact one of Santa’s Little Helpers to book your visit.

What Makes It The Best Place To Meet Santa

The World’s Famous Grotto is a truly magical experience. Just ask the generations of Liverpool families who have made an annual visit part of their Christmas traditions. Alongside a Guinness World Record to seal the grottos commitment to the city, the team behind the attraction, and Santa himself – go the extra mile to ensure everyone has a fantastic time.

How To Book

To book your slot to see the Winter Wonderland, meet Santa, try out that Snow Dome experience and make some magical family memories, head to

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