Greenwich Market Christmas Grotto

13 December 2017 - 24 December 2017


Dates: Wednesday 22 November for Greenwich Lantern Parade, Wednesday 13 December-Sunday 24 December. See below for opening times.

Venue: 9 Durnford Street, Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ

Price: £5 per child includes a gift and Christmas arts and crafts


Make this festive season extra special for your little ones by visiting Father Christmas at the Greenwich Market Grotto, set in London's best historic market.

Your children will experience the magic of Christmas the moment they step into our Grotto. They will be warmly greeted by Santa’s little helpers, who will keep them entertained with free Christmas arts and crafts before leading them in to see Santa himself!



Wednesday 22 November for Greenwich Lantern Parade   4-7pm

Wednesday 13 December-Sunday 24 December

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday                                                    10am-5pm

Wednesday, Friday                                                                  10am-6pm

Saturday                                                                                   10am-6pm

Sunday                                                                                     10am-4pm*

* Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December                                10am-3pm

Please note:

  • Santa will feed his reindeer, Mon-Fri 1.30-2pm.
  • At busy times the queue may close earlier than advertised.



  • No need to book, just turn up on the day. Tickets can only be purchased on the day – we will accept cash and card
  • There will be no professional photography at the grotto, so remember to bring along your camera!
  • For information about getting to the Grotto please click here 
  • There are no toilet facilities in the Grotto – the nearest public toilets are in King William Walk and by the Cutty Sark


Greenwich Market is the perfect place to experience the joy of Christmas as the beautiful historic market is a treasure trove of unique stalls, boutique shops and a feast of world food stalls! During December, the Market will stay open for late night shopping every Wednesday until 6-8pm.

Greenwich Lantern Parade - Wednesday 22 November

For those children who simply cannot wait to give their Christmas list to Father Christmas, the Grotto will open during the Greenwich Lantern Parade on Wednesday 22 November. The Ugly Sisters from Greenwich Theatre’s production of Cinderella will be entertaining the crowd and then switching on the lights. Santa will be in the market to meet families from 3pm and the grotto will be open 4-7pm.

This year the Greenwich Market Grotto is brought to you by Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. Our expert team is super excited to be able to bring all our experience and knowledge, gained from running the Christmas Grotto at the Broadway Shopping Centre in Bexleyheath, to Greenwich Market.

All proceeds from the Grotto will go towards providing our excellent care and support to families.


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