Father Christmas is making his way to the Margate Caves

Santa is heading to Thanet

Fancy meeting Father Christmas in an icy grotto, deep beneath the streets of Margate?

The Margate Caves are being transformed into a sparkly subterranean snow-land this Christmas as the great man flies in from Lapland and sets up a magical grotto hidden far below the hustle and bustle of Northdown Road.

Dispensing festive cheer, gifts and plenty of ho ho hos, Father Christmas and his little helpers will be welcoming visitors to his winter wonderland every weekend from December 5-20. Children will be able to meet the man in red, receive a gift and explore the festively-themed Caves. Afterwards, families can shop for stocking fillers in the attraction’s gift shop and feast on the range of seasonal snacks and festive fancies available in the welcoming café.

Father Christmas will of course be following current Covid-19 guidelines and all visits will be in line with the latest elf and safety guidelines.

Margate Caves Centre Manager Kayleigh McMahon said: “We are delighted to have secured Father Christmas’s services for Christmas 2020.

“He’s clearly an extremely busy man and we’re thrilled that he’s chosen to make the Margate Caves his home-from-home to deliver some much-needed Christmas cheer to the children of Thanet and beyond.”

Tickets will be £9.50 per child to include entry to the Caves and a carefully chosen gift. Two adults per booking will be allowed free, with additional adults charged at £4.50. Tickets are now available on the website at http://www.margatecaves.co.uk/visitus/whatson/christmas-at-the-caves/

The Margate Caves are at 1 Northdown Road, with a bus stop right outside serving a number of routes. Sleigh parking is available at Trinity Square Car Park next door to the visitor centre.

Please note that the opening of this attraction will be subject to the latest Government advice with regard to Covid-19 restrictions in the area.


  1. What great news, can’t wait to get to the caves to visit Santa as so many need to hear his cheery ho ho ho this year and if good he may give them a gift or two. Hope he gets the warmest welcome he has ever had when he arrives as he certainly deserves it, being at his most busiest time of the year. Have fun be safe. Merry Christmas to you all.

  2. What a great shame that children not able to cough up £9.00 won’t be able to see Santa.
    Did Margate Caves pay IOTN for this advert?

    • No they didn’t because it is an event piece not an advert. That price includes admission with 2 adults and a present. I imagine the Caves will need to pay Santa, pay for gifts, pay running costs for the site to open and those costs need to be covered

      • Thank you Kathy. No matter what people try to do to make it a happy event someone will always moan,if they went without a pkt of cigs they would be able to pay it.

  3. Phyllis, I read that the cost covers admission to the caves for 2 adults as well as for the child receiving a gift. There are usually shops/shopping centres that have a Santa too, which could be an option for people if that’s more affordable. I’ve been unable to do many things with my children because of the cost but we’ve always had loads of fun. I’ve been really appreciative of the family craft sessions that they do at the caves. Hours of fun,materials all provided,refeshments and finished products to take home!This has all been at a token cost but they make us all welcome and are really nice people. Better that we teach our children to focus on what we can do and not on what we can’t, so that they grow up being inventive,creative and appreciate folk. I understand your concern for the less well off and it’s commendable,but we do find ways through it without feeling excluded or deprived,honestly! It will also be good if this type of venture can help keep the caves open to continue all their much valued community work. Thank you cave people!!😊
    Ps. I’ve seen loads of publicity for local events and businesses in local press. I doubt that it’s paid for, it’s maybe to stimulate interest and help the local economy?

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