A visit to Santa’s Grotto at Birches Valley, Cannock Chase

Birches Valley Santa's Grotto

<<Scroll down for the latest 2019 information>>

On Sunday, my husband and I took Olly up to Birches Valley at Cannock Chase to see Santa in his Grotto and his Reindeer. Each year the Forestry Commission sell Christmas Trees to the public and they put on a Santa’s Grotto with music, twinkly lights and wooden huts selling Christmassy food and drinks. We met my Sister, Brother-in-law and Nephew there for a family fun filled morning enjoying the festive spirit and the smell of real Christmas trees.

The Grotto is the first thing you see as you walk into the valley and it looks enchanting; a little wooden cottage surrounded by trees with twinkly lights and reindeer outside. We paid our entrance fee (£6 per child plus £1 per adult) and made our way into the Grotto.

reindeer birches valley

Just outside the Grotto was a couple of real reindeer. They were grazing in the grass and it was lovely to look at them up close and inspect their huge antlers.

Inside the Grotto is an entrance way full of Christmas Trees lit up with lights and we made our way following the path into and around the Grotto. A wintry scene, Baby Jesus in a manger and Santa’s sleigh are all there to keep excited eyes busy and it was lovely to look at all the displays whilst we waited in the queue.


polar bear winter polar bear grotto

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Finally, it was time to meet the man in red and what a lovely man he was. He spoke to my nephew first and invited him to tell him what he wanted for Christmas. It was so lovely to see my nephew whisper into his ear and request a much wanted toy. Santa then asked if Little Mr would like to talk to him and so he sat next to him and they all had several photographs taken whilst Santa spoke to Little Mr and my nephew.


little mr and santa

Santa gave them both a small cuddly reindeer toy and a little Christmas tree cutting to plant at home which I thought was a really lovely idea. We’ll be planting the tree in the hope it grows into a lovely reminder of Little Mr’s first Christmas.


After our visit to Santa we enjoyed a nice hot cup of tea and a wander around the valley enjoying the music and the smell of Christmas. We will definitely get a real Christmas tree one year and it’ll be magical.

Updated information for 2019

Following Santa’s grand arrival on 30 November 2019 at 10.30, the Grotto will be open to the public on weekends until Sunday 15th December. The Grotto will also be open on late nights Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December 2019 until 8pm. Pre-booking is essential. 

Visit Santa’s Grotto  – £12 per child
Price includes reindeer viewing, grotto experience and time with Santa. Each child will also receive their very own baby tree to take home and grow and a small gift from Santa to treasure. Children under 1 (when accompanying a paying sibling) can go in for free, but will not receive a gift.

Click here to find out more and book 

Disclaimer: I’ve not been asked to write about this event but we had such a lovely morning and thought my readers might like to visit so you too can get all warm and fuzzy about Christmas. 

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  • Reply Lauren (@laurenbigeejit) 04/12/2013 at 10:47 am

    What a lovely idea to give a tree cutting!

  • Reply kate 05/12/2013 at 1:04 pm

    The tree cutting is a lovely idea. Gorgeous photos, looks like little Mr was very well behaved. I suspect E would scream the place down if I took her to see Santa!

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