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Time to zoom off and see Santa in Havenstoke Park!!

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Families that are shielding, isolating or simply feeling uneasy about going to public buildings will not be missing out on a special visit to see Father Christmas this year!  CCDT’s Santa’s Grotto, that is running on the 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th December from the Pavilion in Graylingwell Park, will be open to booking a zoom call for a one-to-one with Santa himself. Better yet – his handy little helpers will ensure a gift is dropped to the house before the call for each child on the call, providing bookings are made at least 48hrs in advance of the meeting. Funds raised by this event will go to support the incredible work of Children on the Edge and raise revenue for vital youth support activities provided by CCDT.

Whilst children able to get out and about once the lockdown is lifted can enjoy visiting Santa’s Grotto in person, with all social distancing and Covid-19 security measures in place, for some it might not be possible this year.  This virtual live chat with Santa Claus is the next best thing. By booking out a 15-minute time slot it will be possible to have Santa’s undivided attention to hear all about the children’s Christmas lists and wishes for the new year.  A grotto wouldn’t be the same without a gift from Santa which can be delivered by Santa’s little helpers to those living within Chichester, if booked at least 48hrs before Santa’s meeting. For those living a little further afield the gifts can be collected in advance from The Pavilion, on Graylingwell Park from 9:30am-2:30pm. 

Tickets available via our website here, take you to a link for each of the day’s available – on Friday the 14th and 11th December from 10am-12pm and 4:00-6:00pm, and on 5th and 12th December from 10am-6pm.  For families looking to enjoy the virtual experience, it is necessary to buy all three tickets available for the 15 minute time slot of their choosing as Santa wants to focus all of his attention on the children zooming to his sleigh, and then email the team at to make arrangements for gift collection/delivery and to receive a zoom link direct to Santa.

CCDT’s Director Clare de Bathe said, “We are determined to bring Christmas spirit out into the community this year, as there are so few activities for our young people to participate in this year.  We hope that Santa’s Grotto will be a little haven of festive spirit where families can hide from all that has gone on this year and enjoy a special moment for the children.”

Freshly ground coffee and hot chocolates with all the trimmings will be available for sale at the Pavilion, along with Christmassy craft packs to keep the festive spirit alight long after the families have returned home, for those who would like to experience the Grotto first hand.

Further information and tickets are available from our What’s On page at, pre-booking is essential. Please email us on if you have any questions.