What’s on: Santa Claus is coming to town…

I don’t care what age you are, you can’t help but feel like a big kid at Christmas. When the decorations start appearing in stores, Christmas lights start switching on in your street and mince pies and mulled wine seem a suitable supper. You can’t help but be a little more forgiving about the long winter stretch in front of you. Since becoming a mum, this time of year seems even more special and exciting, as I get to introduce my son to the traditions and magic that Christmas can hold.

The centrepiece of Christmas is of course the big, jolly man we all know as Santa Claus. Coca-Cola fuelled or not, this man captures the hearts of people of all ages.


When the big man arrives to open his Christmas grottos, it’s always a big bells and whistles affair, ranging from real life reindeer, dancers, music and tons of eager children’s faces hoping for a glimpse. They are a great way to start the festive season (along with Christmas light switch-ons… but that’s for another day).

Below I’ve listed when and where you can get to see Santa arriving in Milton Keynes:

Friday 13th November
The Centre MK
Santa’s arrival parade starts at 5.00pm from Queens Court, Midsummer Arcade. You can follow him all the way to his grotto in Middleton Hall.

Saturday 14th November
Frosts Garden Centre, Woburn Sands
With real life reindeer and a procession of elves, Santa’s arrival to this award winning grotto will not be disappointing. Santa will open his grotto at 5.30pm.

Sunday 22nd November
Dobbies Garden Centre, Milton Keynes
Time TBC
A magical Christmas parade and lots of activities for the children. Will Santa arrive by sleigh or helicopter? You’ll have to wait and see.

Have I missed a Santa parade or arrival in MK or surrounding area? Just email me and I’ll add it to the list