Boy looking a models of penguins in a santa's grotto

Dobbies’ Santa’s Grotto

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Sat 8 Dec 2018

It’s that time of year again! Our annual visit to see Santa. Last year, we saw him at the Edinburgh’s Christmas Grotto in the city centre, but this year we thought we’d try one of his other grottos. After a friends’ recomendation, we decided to go to the one at Dobbies Garden Centre in Edinburgh.

We had to pre-book quite far in advance, as this is a really popular place to see Santa. It was really easy to book on the Dobbies website. After entering the kids’ names and ages, I even got to choose their gifts from a list of age appropriate options. 

Models of penguins in the middle of a pond

We arrived at our alloted time of 11 am and joined the queue. We were waiting for about 30 minutes before we got to the front, but there were a few things to see along the way. Lots of trees and lights, models of penguins, polar bears and reindeer. The kids, who are now 6 and almost 4, were so excited and enjoyed looking around. The queuing area was covered but not heated, so it was quite cold and we definitley needed our coats.

Models of Polar Bear Cubs

When it was our turn to go in, an elf arrived and showed us to Santa’s grotto. It was a small room with a fireplace and a Christmas tree. Santa himself was very lovely and friendly, although he didn’t have the most convincing beard! The kids chatted to him for 5 minutes or so, he gave them their gifts and we took a few pictures. 

Lego sets with Christmas gift bags

At £12 per child, Dobbies was more expensive than some of the other grottos in Edinburgh, but it was a lovely experience and the kids had a wonderful time. The gifts they received were both LEGO sets and worth £9 each, so we felt this was good value.

Dobbies Garden Centre, Melville Nurseries, Lasswade, EH18 1AZ