Step into a Christmas Wonderland at St. Pancras International's Grotto 

Are you ready to embark on a magical journey this Christmas? Look no further than Father Christmas’ enchanting Grotto with Sharky and George at St. Pancras International. Nestled within the heart of this iconic London station, Father Christmas’ Grotto is a festive haven where the spirit of Christmas comes alive and promises memories for the entire family. 



A Tale of Christmas Magic 

As you step into the grotto, you'll be transported into a whimsical world straight out of your favourite Christmas storybooks. The grotto is adorned with enchanting décor inspired by classic tales, creating a cosy and nostalgic atmosphere that both children and adults will adore. The blend of traditional Christmas elements and beloved literary themes makes St. Pancras’ grotto truly unique. 

Meet Father Christmas 

The highlight of this magical experience is, of course, the chance to meet Father Christmas himself as he waits to catch his train up north and has found time to see some very lucky children. Children will have the opportunity to sit with him, share their Christmas wishes, and receive a token gift.  

Mischief with Christmas Elves 

But the fun doesn't stop with Father Christmas! Mischievous elves will be on hand to spread laughter and joy throughout the grotto. Your children can play, chat, and will have the opportunity to create their own Christmas decoration to take away with them. It's an interactive experience that adds an extra layer of magic to your visit. 

Special Treats for Grotto Ticket Holders 

Many food and beverage retailers in St Pancras International are offering exclusive discounts and special treats for grotto ticket holders. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal or a festive snack while soaking in the festive ambiance of the station. 

Plan Your Visit 

Father Christmas’ Grotto at St. Pancras is open on various dates from November 17th to December 23rd, making it easy for families to fit this magical experience into their busy schedules. Be sure to book your tickets in advance, as this beloved attraction tends to fill up quickly. 

There’s a whole host of shops and restaurants at St. Pancras International for exploring on your visit. See a full list of places here.

  • Hamleys are offering 20% off full price items for grotto ticket holders*
  • Hatchards are offering 20% off full price items for grotto ticket holders*
  • The Betjeman Arms are offering 10% off their Lunch & Sandwich menu and their Kids Menu for those who have attended the St. Pancras Grotto*
  • Searcys are offering a free pudding when dining, with the purchase of one course for grotto ticket holders**

Book now and let the festivities begin! 


Frequently Asked Questions

Helping you get the most out of your time at our Grotto. Got a question that isn't listed below? Message us on Instagram @stpancrasinternational.

When is the first session?

Selected dates from November 17th – December 23rd 2023.  

How do the sessions run?

Sessions are 15 minutes long. We will not able to admit late comers. Children will be greeted by the Sharky & George team, Father Christmas will read them a story and then each child will have the opportunity to chat to him, while the others make a decoration. 

How do I book?

To book tickets, please click here for November tickets or click here for December tickets. Bookings must be made and paid for in advance. 

How much does it cost?

£25.00 (excluding booking fee) allows entry for one child and up to two adults, into the Grotto.   

Are parents and guardians allowed to watch?

2 parents or guardians per child are allowed into the Santa’s Grotto room, adults do not need to book a ticket for themselves. Without prior booking online, any additional people will not be to enter Santa’s Grotto. There must be one adult present for each group booked.  

How many children are allowed per session?

A maximum of 5 children will be participating per session. 

What does the ticket include?

Sharky & George Christmas party fun and games, a story reading from Father Christmas and a personal experience chatting to the big man himself. Each child will receive a token present from Father Christmas. 

Where is the Grotto?

The Grotto is upstairs in St. Pancras International – go to the Sir John Betjeman statue on the Grand Terrace and turn right. The Grotto will be clearly signposted from there. See our station map for information. 

What age is it for?

The sessions are suitable for children ages 2-11 

Is the event accessible for all? 

Yes, it is. Please see our station map for lifts and escalators. 

Are photos available to purchase?

No, we don't want to add on any hidden extras to your day. Please feel free to take as many photos as you like. Our elves can help if you'd like to be in them! 

Are there toilet and baby changing facilities on site? 

There are free toilet and baby changing facilities in the station.  


The station is monitored and patrolled constantly, both by CCTV coverage and by station staff and the police. If you see anything suspicious, please tell a member of the station staff team or police. More information is available here. 


Although the station is covered, it can be cold so remember to wrap up warm! 

*Cannot be redeemed with other offers. Ticket must be presented prior to purchase, offer only valid on date stated on grotto ticket.

**Valid when an adult orders a main course. Ticket must be presented prior to purchase, offer only valid on date stated on grotto ticket.