You can take your dog to meet Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

By Charlotte Regen

Winter is fast approaching and it will soon be time to dig out the Christmas tree from the loft.

One popular festive activity for families to do is visit Santa’s grotto at the local garden centre.

But did you know that a popular garden centre chain is allowing our four-legged friends to get into the Christmas spirit as well?

Dobbies is opening a ‘Santa Paws’ grotto where our beloved pups will get the chance to meet the big man himself and get their very own gift which is suitable for different dog sizes.

You’ll even be able to get the perfect picture of your dog and Santa to send out on your Christmas cards this year.

Here are the UK venues where you can take your pooch to meet Santa:

  • Atherstone

  • Boston

  • Carlisle

  • Cirencester

  • Gillingham

  • Huntingdon

  • Kings Lynn

  • Liverpool

  • Milton Keynes

  • Morpeth

  • Peterborough

  • Rugby

  • Southport

  • Woodcote Green

  • York


  • Aberdeen

  • Ayr

  • Dundee

  • Dunfermline

  • Edinburgh

  • Inverness

  • Livingston

  • Milngavie

Northern Ireland

  • Lisburn

Alongside the grotto for your children, there will also be an outdoor woodland, where you can spot Christmas characters along the way before being welcomed by Santa and receiving a special gift.

A new addition to the festivities this year is the Quiet Grotto - which will be available at 50 stores across the UK.

Working in partnership with Autism Together, there will be Santa visits that are supportive of children with additional needs, considering sound and visual elements, and helping to minimise anxiety.

Michelle Walklett, Head of Autism Together’s Autism Training and Advisory Service, said: “As a specialist UK charity supporting autistic people, we’re pleased to be working with Dobbies in Liverpool to help enhance their Christmas Grotto experience for visitors with autism and other sensory needs.

“Through this partnership, we’ll also be delivering autism awareness training for Santa and all his elves and helpers in time for the festive season.”

Families will also be able to enjoy Santa’s breakfast, which includes options for adults and children, followed by fun games and a visit from Santa with a special gift.

Sarah Murray, Partnership and Events Manager, said: “At Dobbies we want to offer families an opportunity to come together and make memories that last a lifetime. There truly is nothing more magical than Christmas for a child and our range of events helps to bring the season to life for all the family.”

Bookings are now being taken for the events.

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