Santa's Grotto at Kents Cavern

We are excited to introduce a new Grotto in the Caves at Kents Cavern. For one year only, experience a truly magical meeting with Santa as you and your family have a private chat with the man himself in the cave chamber.

Date: 18th to 24th December
Santa's Grotto at Kents Cavern


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Get into the festive spirit and visit the only true Grotto in Devon!

This year we’re introducing parent-friendly time slots, where you can arrive at any point within your half an hour slot, as we know how tough it can be getting anywhere on time with little ones in tow!

When you arrive, check in at the ticket desk and you will then be greeted by a Christmas Elf who will explain what to expect, and show you into The Elf Workshop.

The Elf Workshop

The first chamber of the caves has been transformed into The Elf Workshop! Can you help the Christmas Elf get ready in time for Christmas? Make a decoration to hang on our Christmas Tree in the Grotto, and write a letter to Santa.

Uh-oh, the mini-elves are up to all sorts of mischief! Can you find Mistletoe, Sugarplum, Holly and the other elves hiding around the Elf Workshop? Naughty Mistletoe is practicing gymnastics from the cave ceiling, Sugarplum is trying out Stone Age activities and don’t get us started on Holly who appears to be taking a mini woolly mammoth for a ride!

Santa’s Grotto

When you’re ready, a Christmas Elf will lead you through, one family at a time, to Santa’s Grotto. Make a wish as you hang your decoration on our enormous tree, and meet the man himself. Children will receive a beautifully wrapped, age appropriate present during the visit.

What else is there to do?

After exploring the Elf Workshop and Santa’s Grotto in the caves, head to the Stone Age Zone, where you can make a Reindeer present tag, colouring sheets and dig for gemstones.

Warm up in Firestone Kitchen with a festive hot drink and seasonal cake. Take home your festive souvenir from our Gift Shop.

When is this event?

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December from 2-6pm. The following week from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd December at 2-6pm. On Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December, this event will be held at 10am-2pm.

How much does Santa's Grotto at Kents Cavern cost?

Tickets are £12 per child (up to 12 years old), with two accompanying adults able to go free. Any additional accompanying adults will be subject to a £5 charge. Children under 2 who would like to receive a present from Santa are charged £4.

This price includes meeting Santa in the Grotto, all activities, and an age-appropriate present. 

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Other Information

  • Ticket price does not include a full cave tour. Santa’s Grotto and the Elf Workshop will take place in the first and last chamber of the caves.
  • If you wish to have a full cave tour on the days when Santa’s Grotto is taking place, please book onto the tours in the morning separately.
  • On Christmas Eve, we will be running Grotto in the Caves from 10am-2pm and will be closed from 2pm onwards to give our staff a well-deserved break.
  • This event has taken every precaution to be covid-secure, and we kindly ask you to maintain a safe distance from Santa.
  • Suitable footwear and clothing is advised.
  • In the case that this event has to be cancelled, full refunds will be given. In the unfortunate event that you cannot attend your booking, our elves will do what they can to offer you a refund, but this might not always be possible.
  • We look forward to bringing back our award-winning Santa in the Caves event next year.