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Santa and his Reindeer

Santa's GrottoFor a truly wonderful Christmas experience, why not bring your family along to Santa’s Grotto at Birches Valley. The Grotto is housed in a beautiful log cabin and set in the picturesque surroundings of Cannock Chase. 

Santa's real reindeer can be found close by, grazing in their forest enclosure. All children who visit Santa will receive their very own real Christmas tree sapling to take home and plant, plus a small gift.

Santa's grand arrival

Santa's Grand Arrival will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 26th November when Santa will arrive pulled on his sleigh by real reindeer. Timed tickets for the Grotto on the opening day will be available from 10am. The grotto will then be open for children to visit Santa.


£10 per child. (Adults have free entry to the Grotto with a paying child). Children under 1 year old with a paying sibling can go in for free as long as they don’t want a gift. This includes reindeer viewing, grotto experience, time with Santa, a tree sapling to grow at home and a gift. We welcome you to take your own photos with Santa.


On the opening day timed tickets for the Grotto will be available from 10am. There will be NO bookings or advance tickets at other times.

Grotto opening hours 

Date  Santa's Grotto
 Sat 26th Nov  11am - 4pm (queue closes)
 Sun 27th Nov  10am - 4pm (queue closes)
 Mon 28th Nov  Grotto closed
 Tues 29th Nov  Grotto closed
 Wed 30th Nov  Grotto closed
 Thurs 1st Dec  4pm - 6.30pm (queue closes)
 Fri 2nd Dec  4pm - 6.30pm (queue closes)
 Sat 3rd Dec  10am - 4pm (queue closes)
 Sun 4th Dec  10am - 4pm (queue closes)
 Mon 5th Dec  Grotto closed
 Tues 6th Dec  Grotto closed
 Wed 7th Dec  Grotto closed
 Thurs 8th Dec  4pm - 6.30pm (queue closes)
 Fri 9th Dec  4pm - 6.30pm (queue closes)
 Sat 10th Dec  10am - 4pm (queue closes)
 Sun 11th Dec  10am - 4pm (queue closes)
 Mon 12th Dec  Grotto closed
 Tues 13th Dec  Grotto closed
 Wed 14th Dec  Grotto closed
 Thurs 15th Dec  Grotto closed
 Fri 16th Dec  Grotto closed
 Sat 17th Dec  10am - 4pm (queue closes)
 Sun 18th Dec  10am - 4pm (queue closes)

We reserve the right to close earlier than advertised due to demand. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The closer we get to Christmas the higher the demand. The Grotto is only open to school groups during the week.

School visits

For School bookings please visit our webpage or contact Jacqui Blackford on 0300 067 5359 or

Last updated: 17th October 2016

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Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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0300 067 5359
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