Dobbies Christmas events


Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, will make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year, with an incredible line up of fun and affordable festive events to make the holiday season extra special for families. Tickets for all events are on sale now.

No Dobbies’ Christmas is complete without the famous Santa’s Grotto. Families can enjoy an immersive experience where they’ll be guided by an elf through a Christmas tree forest, spotting magical characters along the way, before making a special item to take home. After that, they’ll spend time with Santa and get a special gift. Attendees can also choose to get a photo with Santa so they’ll always have that special memory.

Santa’s Quiet Grotto will also be available across 52 stores on 8 December. This experience is designed to assist children with additional needs with customised sound and visual features to minimise anxiety.

Families with dogs will be thrilled to know that four little dobbies, in addition to 52 garden centres, are offering a Santa Paws Grotto experience. Dog lovers all over the UK can bring their furry pals for doggie gifts and photo opportunities with Santa.

The always-popular Santa’s Breakfast is also taking place and is ideal for those under 10. Breakfast options will be available for both adults and children, including vegetarian selections. Kids can dive into exciting craft activities, enjoy festive games and receive a gift from Santa.

Dobbies’ Festive Afternoon Tea is the perfect opportunity for family and friends to spend time together enjoying seasonal magic. There will be three tiers of tasty festive treats from finger sandwiches with honey roast ham to sweet treats like scones served with Cornish clotted cream, as well as unlimited tea and coffee. Attendees can also upgrade to enjoy more delicious savoury snacks like the prawn marie rose vol au vents, festive hot drinks, and even Prosecco for an additional treat.

It’s jingle bells all the way at Santa’s Arrival where lucky families will have the opportunity to see Santa at an informal opening night of the Grotto on 23 November. Santa will walk around the store, spending time with kids, taking selfies, and spreading holiday cheer.

Dobbies’ Christmas Shopping Night on 30 November is the perfect time for families to enjoy festive shopping while supporting Dobbies’ National Charity Partner, Teenage Cancer Trust. They can pick from lots of great gifts, beautiful decorations, and seasonal staples.

The Little Seedlings Christmas Party will also be taking place, exclusively for Little Seedlings Club members aged 4-10. Members will receive a VIP invite to attend, and can anticipate Christmas games, dancing, and delicious food, alongside a special visit from Santa, bearing a special gift.

Sarah Murray, who has developed this year’s events programme, said: “We are filled with excitement about the upcoming Christmas events. Seeing families and friends come together, sharing laughter, and creating special memories is at the heart of what we do at Dobbies. Our team has poured their passion into crafting an array of festive experiences that will truly bring the magic of Christmas to life. We can’t wait to see the happiness these events bring our customers and their loved ones.”

Customers are encouraged to book in advance for Dobbies’ Christmas events to avoid disappointment.

  • Santa’s Grotto runs from 23 November, £11.99 per child
  • Santa Paws runs from 2December, £6.99 per dog
  • Santa’s Breakfast takes place from 25 November onwards, £13.99 per child and from £9 per adult
  • Festive Afternoon Tea starts on 1 November and runs through December, prices from £13.50 for adults and £8.50 for children.
  • Santa’s Arrival takes place on 23 November from 4.30pm to 7pm
  • Christmas Shopping Night runs on 30 November, from 5pm to 9pm
  • The Little Seedlings Christmas Party takes place on 3December

To learn more about the events and bookings, please visit

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