The Christmas experience I offer families, like yours, is the opportunity to capture a magical experience. Photos of your family with Father Christmas will be cherished for years to come.

A time honoured tradition

A time honoured tradition of the festive season includes that all-important visit to Santa and his grotto.

For photos with Santa, you could go to a garden centre, a community event or a shopping mall. What do those have in common?

Long Lines
Loud crowds
Impersonal Interactions

If you treasure holiday memories as much as I do, intimate experiences are what you hold dear. Santa sessions here at Magnolia Memories create a warm and unique experience.


Santa Only


A private magical experience for your family

  • Cookies to decorate & Eat with Santa
  • A complimentary print of your photo with Santa
  • Access to full online gallery
  • No waiting in line

Christmas Collective


Appointment Only

  • Festive Portrait Session before Santa Arrives
  • Santa Experience
  • A complimentary print of your choice
  • Access to full online gallery
  • Opportunity for 1 family photo with plain backdrop (can be Christmas themed or not)

Backdrops Only


Does NOT include visit from Santa

  • Full use of all backdrops and props
  • Costumes & Ballgowns provided
  • Great for children who need quiet spaces
  • Extra time between sets

When Can I Book?

You can book at any time!
All sessions are by appointment only and offered on specific dates.
As the Christmas days run down, the outdoors look like a beautiful winter wonderland. This indoor/heated experience lets you focus on what really matters.

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“Would highly recommend Lauren. The Santa experience was amazing and so different from the normal Santa visit. We will definitely be back next year, ps the present from Santa was also very personal, thanks again”

Why is this Grotto Experience Your Best Option?

  • Time slots are booked individually, so there’s no waiting in line
  • Ticket prices include a complementary print of your photo with Santa
  • Private magical grotto experience just for you and your family
  • More time with Santa to make the experience more memorable with a good chat

Bespoke Experience

From start to finish, the Santa’s Surprise Session will be bespoke to your family. Your child’s name will appear on the Nice List for Santa to check while he/she is there. The excitement and surprise on their faces is just priceless!

Along with meeting Santa, you’ll be given other options. You can personalise your experience even more with a special activity to do along side Santa. Now, I don’t mean the usual selection box. I offer something a bit more unique with a classic feel. 

Help along the way

At the time of booking, you’ll be assisted with what to wear, expect, and how to keep your experience fun and safe.

From rich velvets & faux fur to classic tartan pajamas, you will be given several suggestions that will help you choose the best attire to maintain the traditional Christmas vibe of these photos.

Leading up to the event, you will receive helpful emails such as payment information, attire sources, and how to reach me on the day.

Corporate Events

Similar to the private sessions, family-friendly staff parties can boost their holiday event with this unique experience.

  • Covid-Friendly
  • Quality Time with Santa
  • No Holiday Hassle (long lines, loud crowds)

Contact me for more information on how you can treat your staff and clients.

Santa’s Grotto Near Me:

These sessions sell out really quickly and unfortunately, not everyone will get a chance to get the personalised experience. If you find there are no spots left, you can always look at one of the other Santa experiences below.  

Coleman’s Garden Centre: Grotto Adventure

Hillside Nursery: Santa’s Grotto

Dobbies Garden Centre: Tea with Santa

Toby Carvery: Breakfast with Santa

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens: Christmas Garden Trail 

Santa's coming to town-don't miss him!