When Covid-19 continually throws curveballs at us in terms of celebrations and traditions, one thing we are so lucky to have is a responsive, resilient and adaptable community who continually find new ways to overcome these challenges and create magical memories for the children in our local area.

From recent posts on our page, we’ve noticed how many people are questioning whether Father Christmas visits/meets & greets are able to go ahead as a result of current social distancing guidelines and restrictions.

The One Stop Party Shop is doing their utmost to ensure that Christmas is just as magical for our children as it always has been, but in a socially distanced and Covid secure manner.

The One Stop Party Shop is offering personalised doorstep visits from Santa’s Elves at the beginning of December; which includes a gift for each child, Christmas list requests and a return letter from Santa, not to mention a photo with an elf! And for only £30 for Worthing postcodes, this is sure to sell out fast so book whilst you can!

In addition to this, One Stop Party Shop is also collaborating with Jordan’s Café to organise a Santa’s Grotto experience in aid of Chestnut Tree House where children have the opportunity to meet Santa and his Elves for a 15-minute visit between the 9-13th December.

There is also an opportunity to join Santa for a story, again from One Stop Party Shop and held at The Factory Live in Ivy Arch road on specific dates/times in December. Children can join Santa for a cup of cocoa and listen to him tell his favourite festive story. 

Rumour has it that Findon Garden Centre will also be hosting their own Santa Visits; in what capacity we are unsure as of yet but be sure to follow their socials to be the first to hear!

Slightly further afield, Keydell Nurseries just outside of Portsmouth have created the most magical winter wonderland experience and are also providing the opportunity to meet Santa in his Grotto and choose a gift from his amazing workshop!

Prices are higher this year than in recent years as a result of the reduced number, increased cleaning and adequate social distancing measures but the experience promises to be just as magical!

Your visit at Keydell starts at Santa’s Grotto, where you can meet and chat to the man himself before heading into the illuminated woodland walk full of incredible displays and festive features.

Wherever you choose to visit, booking in advance is key as a result of Covid measures to ensure you get the best possible experience, so get planning ASAP and let’s make this Christmas as magical as we can within the current restrictions.

Have we missed any options? If so, let us know in the comments!