Christmas 2020 at Painshill

Christmas 2020 at Painshill

We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we put together our plans for Christmas at Painshill.

It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to cancel Santa’s Snow Train and Crystal Grotto. We understand that seeing Santa in the Crystal Grotto is an extremely important part of many families Christmas traditions and so we have tried for many weeks to save the event.

However we feel a number of things are impossible; to socially distance the small land train, to find an alternative way to transport young children safely to the Grotto without it and to social distance other parts of the experience. We are very sorry for any disappointment this will cause but we feel our visitors safety must come first. 

Instead we will be running a programme of COVID safe events to ensure we can still bring you Santa and some much needed festive cheer this year!

Read on to find out about Tea and Cake with Santa in the Abercorn Room and our brand new spectacular event Snowfari out in the landscape. 

We really hope that Santa’s train will be back next year and once again people will be able to journey to the Crystal Grotto. Until then we hope you will join us to spot some penguins or take tea. 


Tea and Cake with Santa

Join Painshill for tea and cake and a visit from someone very special.

Seated in our decorated function room, socially distanced in your family group, enjoy a hot drink and Christmas treats before families can go up to see Santa one table at a time. 

All children can receive a present and have the chance to have a photo with Santa (at an appropriate distance).

Ticket prices to this event also include entry to the Painshill gardens so you can have a whole day of festive fun with our Snowfari Christmas trail in the landscape as well. 

Tables will have no more than 6 people on them and the room will only have up to 20 people in it at a time. Everything will be sanitized and ventilated in between sittings. We ask that people book only in their household or ‘bubble’ as Painshill is in tier 2 for COVID-19 restrictions. 

With a limited capacity for this event we are offering our Painshill members a priority booking period. This event will go on sale… 

For all Painshill Members on Wednesday 21 October at 12noon

And then general sale on Friday 23 October at 12noon. 



From the company that brings us the spectacular dragon statues comes a festive trail that’s fun for all the family. Walk a route packed full of amazing animals, glittering snow, Christmas trees and giant gingerbread men.

Enter four different realms across the Painshill landscape and spot all the incredible statues. Start at the giant Nutcracker forest before taking a stroll through the safari animals. Watch out for polar bears, point out penguins, learn about reindeer and see if you can find the elusive snow leopard. 

This event will run from Saturday 21 November until Sunday 3 January and will be free anytime for members. It will be included in general admission for those with day tickets and included in all tickets for Tea & Cake with Santa. It will go on sale Friday 23 October at 12noon. 

On sale will be a fun and festive activity book for children with facts about the animals and puzzles to complete and take home.