CHRISTMAS may still be over 11 weeks away but many families are already planning ahead.

And one of the things they like to do is to take their little ones to see Santa. 

One of the most popular grottos in Hereford was at Maylord Orchards shopping centre, run by the Enchanted Group.

The group left the site when its lease came to an end, but the team has confirmed it will still be holding a grotto this year.


"We are beyond excited to announce that we will be at Hereford Garden Centre - Blue Diamond this year to provide you with Hereford's best Christmas grotto experience," reads a post on its Facebook page.

"This isn't just your average garden centre grotto - it's a full 60-minute immersive experience for the family to enjoy and create magical memories."

Tickets are priced at £16.50 per child and £8.50 for adults.

During the experience, families will be taken one at a time to the enchanted castle -themed grotto and get to choose a special gift after meeting the big guy.

Children can also decorate their own Christmas themed sugar cookie to take home after the visit, create reindeer food to sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve, and rummage through reindeer feeding baskets to see if they can win a prize or maybe even a lump of coal.

And if that is not enough, you can also pop your letters to Santa Claus in a magical wishing well and find out if you've made the naughty or nice list.