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Explore Christmas at Delamere Forest
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

A couple choosing their Real Christmas treeCome and choose your tree from our great selection of sustainably grown trees and visit Santa in his magical Grotto. Real Trees, real Christmas at Delamere Forest...

How to find us

Delamere Forest Christmas Tree Centre is located at Whitefield carpark off the B5152. The nearest postcode for Sat Navs is CW8 2HZ.

Google Map: Delamere Forest, Whitefield Carpark 

Opening hours

We are open for Trees Sales daily between Saturday 28th November and Wednesday 16th December from 10am until 5pm. We are open until 7pm on Thursday and Friday nights.

Santa's Grotto will be open to the public on Weekends ONLY from 10am until 5pm. The Grotto Queue closes at 3pm.  

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


Christmas Trees

Netting a real Christmas treeWe offer a wide range of sustainably grown Christmas trees. All trees are netted by our team for your convenience. 



  Fir  Pine Spruce
Pot grown (1m - 1.2m)  £30 -  £30
4ft/1.2m   £35 £35  £30
5ft/1.5m  £40 £40  £35
6ft/1.8m  £45 £45  £40
7ft/2.1m  £55 £55  £45
8ft/2.4m  £65 £65  £55

Larger Trees and Delivery
We no longer offers a tree delivery service or sells trees larger than 8ft/2.4m. For larger trees we recommend using Elveden Trees who can be contacted on 01842 890423.

Tree Stands
A range of tree stands are available for you to buy to hold your tree upright and keep it in the best condition by allowing you to water your tree regularly. Stands range in price from £20 - £30.

Santa's Grotto

Santa at a Christmas tree sales centreFor a truly wonderful Christmas experience, why not bring your family along to Santa’s Grotto. The Grotto is housed in a beautiful log cabin and set in the picturesque surroundings of Delamere Forest. 

Opening times
Open to the general public on weekends from 10am to 5pm – Grotto Queue Closes at 3pm.
Saturday 28th / Sunday 29th Nov
Saturday 5th / Sunday 6th Dec
Saturday 12th / Sunday 13th Dec
We reserve the right to close earlier that advertised due to demand. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The closer we get to Christmas day higher the demand.

£5 per child entry.  All adults will be charged £2 admission


Car Parking
All car parking spaces are located within 250 meters of the Christmas Tree Centre. Car parking is free for the Christmas tree centre. Disabled parking is available close to the main marquee. 

Food and Drink
A selection of hot and cold food and drink are available from the Christmas tree centre on Weekends and Friday nights.

Portable toilets are located on site.

Payment Options
The Forestry Commission accepts cash and all major credit / debit cards except American Express. Unfortunately we are not able to accept cheques or offer cashback.

Tree carry service
The Forestry Commission have teamed up with Cheshire Fire Cadets to provide a free tree carry out service at weekends to help you carry your tree to your car. At other times Forestry Commission staff will be happy to help you carry your tree should you require assistance.

What do other visitors say?

I've been going to delamere for Christmas for 15 years and must say I was a little disappointed too last year. The choir was missed and there didn't seem to be as much stalls there. The wait for the Santa grotto is ridiculous and was nearly 2 hours, there needs to be some sort of booking times or tickets put in place as way too long for small children.i must say the Santa is amazing and very real.

Anonymous, 14/Nov/2014

Thank you for your comments. We try to provide an enjoyable experience for our visitors who come to buy real Christmas trees, however, are aware of the popularity of Delamere and try to put things in place to limit queues.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

This was our third visit with our son to see 'santa'. We were a little disappointed this year. The walk to the grotto was not as good as previous years. There is normally lots to see and keep the children occupied but this year they only had Christmas trees along the route. Santa was fantastic and our son still believes he is the 'real one'! He took time to talk to him and make the visit very special. The train ride through the forest was not running this year nor did they have the tent/choir which adds to the experience. Hopefully they will bring these things back again for next year as this is what makes it so magical and keeps people coming back year after year.

Roberts Family, 15/Dec/2013
3 Stars 3 Stars

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Last updated: 11/20/2015

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