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Dobbies Garden Centre is announcing its highly anticipated Santa's Quiet Grotto enchanting experience in its Chesterfield store, designed to bring families together to celebrate the magic of Christmas. Whether little ones are meeting Santa and his elves for the first time, or it’s a cherished annual tradition, attendees can enjoy festive fun at Dobbies this Christmas.

The Quiet Grotto is thoughtfully designed to create a relaxed atmosphere for children with additional needs. Quiet Grottos will be available from 2.30pm on Friday 8 December. These sessions can only be pre-booked, with no queuing on the day and a reduced number of families attending in each slot.

During your visit, Dobbies will make sure:

  • All music is off
  • Twinkling lights are removed or switched off 
  • You can choose to have your child’s gift wrapped or not
  • Prior to your visit, we’ll email a photo of your specific grotto to prepare children for what they will see on the day

Date: Friday 8 December 2023. Slots offered 2:30pm until 5:30pm.
Location: Dobbies Garden Centre, 4 High Wood Way, Barlborough, Chesterfield, S43 4XN
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Children will be welcomed by Santa’s elves who will take them through a Christmas tree forest spotting magical characters along the way, before making a special item to take home. Once they’ve spent time with Santa’s elves, they’ll get the chance to meet Santa Claus himself. Santa will greet children, share some Christmas magic, hear their wishes, and hand them a gift to take home.

Families with canine companions are in for a treat as they can bring their four-legged friends to meet Santa. Starting from 2 December, dog owners are invited along to a Santa Paws experience where they’ll receive adorable pet-friendly gifts from Santa.

Sarah Murray, who develops Dobbies’ festive line up, knows just how magical Christmas is for all the family. She said: "For every child, meeting Santa is a treasured highlight of the season. At Dobbies we're dedicated to creating a Santa's Grotto experience that resonates with every member of the community. We're thrilled that this year's grotto experiences will continue to spark the enchantment of Christmas for all families who join us."

If families would like to preserve a cherished memory of the day, there’s the chance to add on a professional photograph at the time of booking, or add on the day from £5 for a digital image and £7 for a photo booklet. Tickets are priced at £11.99 per child for Santa’s Quiet Grotto experiences, and Santa Paws is priced at £6.99 per dog. Dobbies is also offering the chance to support Teenage Cancer Trust where a non-refundable donation can be made at the time of booking.