Father Christmas Experience

Come and share the magic with us this Christmas…


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What’s included?


Calendar of Prices


Click on the above calendar of prices to plan your visit to see Father Christmas.

winner13-16Marsh Farm’s award-winning Christmas event never seems to disappoint families looking for a good quality, fun and festive grotto experience. Recently voted ‘The Best Christmas Experience in Essex’ by Essex Mums for the third year running, Marsh Farm prides itself in creating the most magical wonderland with the use of reindeer, cheeky elf entertainers, breathtaking festive areas and even real snow! We will even introduce some fun new characters this year which your children are sure to adore! From Professor Holly-pop the Head Elf, to Trixie and Dixie who run Elf Academy in the Barn Theatre.  

Your journey begins after meeting your cheeky guide elf in Passport Control, singing and mischief ensues before being whisked away to numerous enchanting zones which range from Elf Academy, the Snow Factory and Mother Christmas’ Kitchen, to the Toy Workshop and of course – a visit to Father Christmas’ house.

General Facts

  • calendar-of-prices-2016Every experience is the same, the package names (i.e. Jingle Bells, Gingerbread, etc.) are just to differentiate prices.
  • Pass Holders and disabled guests with accompanying carers please call 08450 345 123 to book.
  • Pass Holders must have a valid Annual / Magic Pass on the date of their Christmas Experience.
  • Experience lasts approx 2 ½ hours.
  • Arrive 15-30 minutes before scheduled experience time to book in.
  • Booking slots for November and Early December will be staggered, releasing additional time slots as they are filled.
  • Maximum of 16 people per individual booking to see Father Christmas (6 children and 10 adults). If there is a large group please book your tickets separately but make sure they’re all on the same time slot to ensure you’re all together.
  • Maximum of 100 persons per time slot, approx 40 children.
  • There is an additional £5 per person booking fee for telephone bookings (excludes Pass Holders and Disabled guests).
  • Under 1’s are free but only count as an observer so will not receive the full experience.

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions


Annual Pass Holders and disabled guests with accompanying carers please call 08450 345 123 to book.



Look what our customers have to say...
Mark Squibb
Mark SquibbFacebook
The Christmas experience was the most wonderful event we have ever been to. The children absolutely loved it and were amazed when Father Christmas knew exactly what they wanted, brought a tear to my eye.
Amanda Davies
Amanda DaviesFacebook
Thank you for an absolutely magical afternoon meeting Santa and his wonderful elves. My daughter loved it and I welled up a couple of times to see her little face. A special thank you to Elfis who she took an extra special shine to. Lots of lovely memories, thank you
Laura Palmer
Laura PalmerFacebook
Thank you soooo much to everyone at marsh farm for the fantastic father Christmas experience. My daughters loved every minute of it. The staff were amazing with the children and made their day so magical. I really cannot fault any part of the day and would recommend to anyone! Will definitely be booking next year. .....thank you x
Simon Trevallion
Simon TrevallionFacebook
Just to say we took our 2 youngest to the Winter Wonderland/Christmas event at Marsh Farm, it was F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C and we'd recommend it to anyone  from decorating gingerbread men to build-a-bear and all the elves in between it's been a great value day out which the kids loved!
Katrina Berry
Katrina BerryFacebook
Went last year and again yesterday. I thought last year was great but this year it is amazing! So well organised and a truly wonderful experience. Everything was just right and the children love their presents from Santa. Thank you marsh farm for a lovely family day out.
Ahmet Ismael
Ahmet IsmaelFacebook
Took my kids yesterday, absolutely fantastic day ... Haven't had as much fun in a long time. Would recommend this place to everyone with kids from 2 to 10. Thanks again to everyone involved for making the day so special.
Donna Newman
Donna NewmanFacebook
Had a wonderful magical experience yesterday at Marsh Farm Christmas Wonderland. Thank you to the Elves, Mrs Christmas, Mr Wigglepop and the lovely Father Christmas for making it so special x
Helen Sultana
Helen SultanaFacebook
What a difference from last year. The Father Christmas Experience 2014 was far better and more organised than 2013. A big 5 stars from us. We shall return next year.
Ames Johnson
Ames JohnsonFacebook
Visited Marsh Farm Christmas Experience....... Outstanding!!! James Jimbo Sinclair 11/10 A* perfect! Recommend this to everyone we had the best day, our elves Sparkle and Plum and everyone involved were amazing and so attentive!!!
Kathryn Ward
Kathryn WardFacebook
What a fabulous Christmas experience you have put on. We came on Sunday and both my boys (and the adults!)had a great time....best i've ever been to! All the staff were amazing and did a excellent job! We'll be back next year, thank you x
Janine Boston
Janine BostonFacebook
I would just like to say I thought your Santa experience was amazing! I am a teacher and I thought the attention to detail and how you aimed to capture the children's imagination was fantastic. The staff were all brilliant and thought this is one of the best
Amanda P
Amanda PTripAdvisor
Fabulous Day at Marsh Farm for the Christmas Experience, Elves were brilliant, so was Mother Christmas and Father Christmas, my Daughter said it was the best time she had ever had, will be going again next year. Well done Marsh Farm
This was quite simply the best Christmas experience ever (for both the children and adults). It was simply magical. Well planned and thoroughly enjoyable. Worth every penny.
Clare Youell
Clare YouellEssex Chronicle
A magical winter wonderland to make your children gasp with glee!
Tom Bosher
Tom BosherThe Best of Chelmsford
Amazing Father Christmas Experience that cannot be missed! Truly Brilliant! 5 stars all round.
Josie Watson
Josie WatsonEssex Days Out
Over two hours of festive fun that children will love!