Last Updated on November 27, 2023 by Suzy McCullough

I love a visit to a Garden Centre at Christmas time and Brigg Garden Centre near Brigg in Lincolnshire is certainly one of the best in the country. If you can manage to walk out without buying anything and without taking your kids to meet Santa it’s pretty much a free day out. Personally, I take it as a mission to leave with at least one new Christmas decoration, especially as my son’s too old now to meet Santa.

Animated Christmas Scenes

It’s not just about the gifts and decorations at Brigg Garden Centre. At Christmas time they also have some great animated displays including singing reindeer, a polar bear band and so much more. I’m feeling so Christmassy now, I already need to arrange a revisit this winter.

Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas Things to do
Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas animanted displays

Check out the fish

Ever since my son was a toddler he’s loved looking at all the different fish in tanks at garden centres. Brigg has a great range of fish and now he’s older he spends even longer looking at them. Always a win for us!

Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas Things to do

Be Amazed by the Christmas Scene in Miniature

This display is absolutely fantastic. They set everything going so if it has lights the lights are on. If it moves it’s moving. I could spend hours here just staring and watching everything. I love it, we all love it. Best of all most of what you see you can actually purchase. It’s hard not to buy something, especially as there are usually 2 or 3 items that are reduced.

Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas decorations
Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas

Check Out Their Christmas Lights + Photo Opportunities

There are a few displays of Christmas Lights at Brigg Garden Centre. We are yet to buy any lights from here but I’m sure it won’t be long.

Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas decorations

Dotted around the displays of decorations they have also set a few areas up for you to take photos of your loved ones.

Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas decorations

OK, he’s pulling a silly face in the photo below and it went a bit blurry but you get the idea. He loved this Christmas rat that he chose to buy.

Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas photo opportunities

Peruse all their Christmas Decorations

I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere with quite so many Christmas decorations. Each different area has a theme so there’s usually a candy theme, traditional, red, winter and many more.

Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas decoration displays
Brigg Garden Centre at Christmas

Virtual Reality Sleigh Ride

At Brigg Garden Centre there is Santa’s Magical Sleigh Ride. This is an immersive virtual reality experience on Santa’s sleigh. The cost of this is £5 per person or a family ticket is £25 for up to six people.

Brigg Garden Centre Magical Sleigh Ride

Plus there is a small train ride for little kids with a few dinosaurs to look at along the way. This is included with the entrance to Santa’s Grotto.

Brigg Train Ride

Brigg Garden Centre Ice Rink

Over the winter festive period, there is also a covered ice skating rink. This is a synthetic skating rink so there’s no ice involved. Skate aid penguins are available to use on the day.

Tickets are £6.95 per person or £25 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). Skate hire is included in the price and each skating session lasts for 30 minutes.

Santa’s Grotto at Brigg Garden Centre

Santa’s Grotto books up fast at Brigg Garden Centre and all visits must be prebooked online. When you arrive at your allocated booking time you will be greeted by Santa’s elves. They will then take you into an activity room with other people booked in your time slot. You will sing songs, make magical reindeer food and create Christmas decorations to take home with you. You will then meet Santa in his grotto as part of your group experience. You will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa and children will receive a special gift.

Tickets are £19.95 per child. This includes the 40-minute grotto experience, the train ride and a special gift. Each child ticket includes 2 adults free of charge. Additional adults are £2 each.

Santa's Grotto Brigg

Breakfast With Santa

There has been a Breakfast with Santa experience in previous years however this doesn’t seem to be going ahead for 2023.

Enjoy a Christmas Dinner

Available to book from late October is their two-course Christmas Dinner. Visit their Gardener’s Retreat restaurant where you can choose from a range of delicious mains and festive desserts.

Indoor Soft Play

Also at Brigg Garden Centre is the Little Bugs Playhouse soft play. It is full of tunnels, slides and climbing frames. Monday – Friday under 1 ‘s £1.00 over 1 £4.95. Saturday, Sunday and Event days £1.95 and £6.95.

More Christmas Inspiration for days out with your kids
35 Best Santa Special Christmas Trains 2023
80 Best Christmas Days Out With Kids 2023
Polar Express Christmas Train Ride Events UK 2023
60+ Best Christmas Light Trails UK 2023
25 + Ultimate Christmas Events in the UK | Best Things to do 2023
25 + Things to do in Lincolnshire over Christmas 2023
Best Christmas Events East Midlands 2023 – Meet Santa and More


Leave a Reply

Sign In


Reset Password

Please enter your username or email address, you will receive a link to create a new password via email.