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Meet Father Christmas

Join a magical adventure in a winter wonderland

Children under 12: £22 (incl. gift)
Adults and children 12+: £12 

Dates and times
Weekends, 27 November – 12 December
Daily, 18–23 December 
10am–6pm, Fridays until 8pm 

A Christmas adventure awaits

Come and visit Father Christmas in his London home at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square and help his elves with preparations for the busiest Christmas yet.

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Start your adventure

The Christmas clock is ticking and there is much to do!

Earn your honorary Elf badge by making magical snowflakes, to be displayed on a shimmering ice wall, bathed in the glow of the Northern Lights.

Experience a winter wonderland

Then, settle into the wintry forest to hear an Elven Story and pick up a secret or two about the care of magical creatures.

Listen well and remember the spell to earn your little pouch of reindeer food to leave out on Christmas night!

Meet Father Christmas

The Christmas clock has chimed... it’s time to pay a visit to Father Christmas!

Look for the light of the enchanted lamp post shining the way to his cosy, snow topped cabin in the woods.

Father Christmas will be very impressed with all your hard work to find him today, and reward you with a special token to be traded for your very own gift from the Elven Sorting Office. 

Visit the Sorting Office for your special gift

As you come to the end of your journey through the forest, bring your token to the Elven Sorting Office where the Elves will be busy looking to see which special gift has been chosen for you to take home.

Design a prize-winning festive card

After your visit to Father Christmas, you can take part in our competition to design your very own festive card for a chance to win £100 to spend in the National Gallery Shop! 

To enter, pick up your materials from the Elven Sorting Office and post your finished design into the special post box, located in the Sainsbury Wing Foyer.

The winning design will be selected in the New Year. 

Find out more

While you're here...

Visit the collection

Visit our collection and see if you can find any more festive scenes. Tickets for entry before 4.45pm include free access to the collection.  

Plan your visit

Christmas shopping

Tick off some of your Christmas shopping list with a 10% discount in our festive gift shop (exclusive to Father Christmas ticket holders, instore only). 

Or shop online

Eat, drink and be merry

And after all that, if the Elves aren't the only ones who need a pit stop, ticket holders can enjoy 10% off in the Espresso Bar and National Café. 

Eat and drink


Please ensure you have booked a ticket for each member of your party – for each child and for each adult (12 years and over). All children must be accompanied by at least one ticket holding adult.

There is no admission charge for babies and disabled carers.

As you go through security, you can either show the tickets you have printed at home or show your tickets on your phone.

Please arrive in plenty of time before your booked time slot. As this event is at full capacity, and in line with the latest government advice, we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate late entry.

Images by Boo Productions and Flo Brooks Photography