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3 virtual Santa visits and experiences this Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020 will be all about so-ho-ho-ho-cially distanced experiences but that doesn’t mean they need to be any less magical. Santa himself is pulling out all the stops to make sure he spreads festive cheer to as many families as possible this year. While the usual grottos may be impossible this winter you can still have virtual Santa visits and socially distanced experiences with Father Christmas and his elves.

Looking for other UK Christmas events to enjoy with your family in 2020? There’s plenty of socially distanced festive days out and Christmas pantomimes happening around the country (subject to the latest government guidance).

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Virtual Santa visits for your family in 2020

Here’s a select few of the online experiences available to apply for and book now:

Send a special message through Santa and Visit Finland – a free experience with limited space

Father Christmas waving from the North Pole
Say it with Santa

Visit Finland is arranging a series of special Christmas broadcasts on its YouTube channel. During these broadcasts Santa will read messages sent to him by boys and girls from across the world.

Anyone can ask Santa to relay their message a loved one by writing it down for him. Santa will go through all the messages before selected a limited number to read. He is expecting to get through about 80 messages during his broadcasts between 7 and 13 December 2020.

Write your message to Santa by 29 November for a chance to have yours read out. 

There will also be a chance to meet Santa live on Visit Finland’s channels at 6pm on 11 December. You can also apply for a private one-on-one session with Santa! 

It’s free to submit your message to Santa and apply for a one-to-one session. Spaces are limited.

Find out more on the Say it with Santa website.

Santa at Home online grotto

Santa's Digital Grotto, Edinburgh Christmas, Underbelly
Santa’s Digital Grotto, Santa at Home

Underbelly, the people behind Edinburgh’s Christmas and Christmas in Leicester Square, London are bringing the magic of Santa’s Official Grotto online this Christmas.

Santa at Home will give children of all ages, from all over the world, the unique opportunity to meet Santa in a personalised and private Zoom session.

Up to six children can meet Santa in any one session. And unlimited family members can also join a session to watch their children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces or nephews meet Santa live from the North Pole. You also get a video file of the experience.

Santa at Home is supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) and The Brain Tumour Charity this Christmas. As well a booking your online grotto experience you can make a donation. All proceeds will be split equally between the two charities.

Sessions are available up until 24 December 2020. Prices start from £42 for up to six children from multiple households (equivalent to £7 per child). 

Find out more about Santa at Home.

Santa Live from Lapland

Children speak to Santa on laptop
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Santa usually welcomes hundreds of families to Lapland each year for a magical winter experience. However, 2020 will be quite different.

Not wanting to disappoint families, Santa has been working on his technical know-how to set up video calls direct from his home in actual Lapland!

You’ll be led through the Lapland snow and see a reindeer up close before going live to Santa’s Cabin and speaking with Santa himself.

Prices start from £85 per family. This includes a personalised video call experience of up to 15 minutes, for a maximum of four children per call.

Find out more about Santa Live from Lapland.

Will you be booking any virtual Santa visits, grottos or experiences this Christmas?

What about Christmas gifts?

If you are looking for possible gift ideas then I have some suggestions for you:

Eek! Have you left your Christmas shopping until the last minute? Don’t panic! Check out my last minute Christmas gift ideas that you can deliver in time for the big day.

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