Magical Christmas experience at pier

  • 14 November, 2022
  • On the pier


A magical Christmas experience is being lined-up for families at Clacton

Santa is on his way and will be making his first appearance at the
seaside attraction at the weekend (Nov19/20).

He moves into his purpose-built North Pole grotto along with his singing
reindeer in their stables, elves and a host of animatronic characters,
including Frosty the Snowman.

The pier’s mascot Sydney the Seagull will also be on hand in his new
festive outfit to meet up with his fans.

The whole inside area has been decked out in colourful festive fayre and
a Christmas tree installed at the entrance.

Pier director Billy Ball said that the adventure grotto is open for the
last two weekends in November and then throughout December.

“Santa is always welcome at the pier, and I am sure he will be kept very
busy throughout the period he is with us,” he added.

“The whole Christmas experience has been vastly upgraded in the past
couple of years and it has proved very popular. Bookings are already up on the
same time last year.”

Children will get the chance to write a letter to Santa and put it in
the post box on site and will receive a cuddly toy and souvenir photo with

As last year, there is also an Afternoon Tea experience, which includes
a visit to Santa and his friends.

This is available weekdays from November 28 to December 16 from 3pm to
6pm and also involves entry to the soft play area.

“Our aim is to give all families a choice of magical experiences at this
special time of the year so they can make happy memories,” said Mr Ball.

Details of all the pier’s Christmas packages can be found at


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