The go ahead has been given this Christmas for Santa’s Grotto’s to welcome children ahead of the big day. However there is one major catch. Children will be unable to sit on Santa’s knee due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

Official government guidance states:

Santa’s grottos are able to open in all tiers where they are located in venues otherwise permitted to open. Venues should put in place appropriate COVID-secure measures, including social distancing.

Visiting shops and Christmas markets

From 2 December, the rules on who you can meet with in shops will depend on your tier. The rules might be different for indoor shops and open air shops, such as Christmas markets or Christmas tree markets. Check the rules for your tier.