Santa Land

Santa Land 

West Princes Street Gardens
Opens Friday 25 November, 16:30

Santa Land is located in the lower level of West Princes Street Gardens, beneath the majestic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
The garden will be transformed into a magical Christmas haven for all the family, with a beautifully festive Christmas Tree Maze, and other family-friendly attractions. Santa Claus himself will take up residency in our custom Grotto for an all-new storytelling experience for the little ones. 

Festive Family Funfair

Friday 25th November-Tuesday 3 January
Santa Land is home to our festive fairground for the whole family. Have a go on Santa's Runaway Train, Cups & Saucers, Candy Cane Bungees, Dodgems, Waltzers, and specific Kiddie Rides for the wee one! 
For all rides, tickets are not available in advance. Please purchase your tickets on the day of your visit at the attraction by one of our Front of House staff. 
Please read all information relating to height restrictions and prices for each Santa Land ride:
  • Dodgems - £6 per car
    • Must be over 1m to ride with adult or 1.2m to ride without adult 
  • Waltzers - £6 per person
    • Must be over 1m to ride with adult or 1.2m without adult 
  • Runaway Train - £4 
    • Under 1m must be accompanied by an adult 
  • Racing Autodrome - £3.50 
    • Rider under 0.8m must be accompanied by an adult
  • Cups & Saucers - £3.50
    • Rider under 0.8 must be accompanied by an adult 
  • Flying Jets - £3.50 
    • Rider under 0.8 must be accompanied by an adult 
  • Samba Balloon Rides - £3.50 
    • Rider under 0.8 must be accompanied by an adult 
  • Candy Canes Bungees - £5
    • Under 1.5m
  • Santa Fun House - £4
  • Helter Skelter - £3
    • Rider under 0.8 must be accompanied by an adult 

Santa Stories 

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Santa… it’s the perfect way for children and families to get into the festive spirit.  In this all-new Santa Storytelling Experience, children can enjoy a unique Christmas tale, told by Santa himself, along with some special guest helpers, telling a magical tale - all children receive a wee gift.
Visits are in groups and begin every 30 minutes. Tickets must be purchased for a specific time slot before entering the Santa’s Storytelling Experience. Visits last up to 25 minutes.
Add to the fun of visiting Santa with a ride at the vintage funfair (it’s for adults too) and warm up with some mulled wine or hot chocolate from the bar below.
The 20% EH postcode discount is applicable to Santa's Storytelling Experience
Each child ticket may be accompanied by 1 adult for free. For each child ticket purchased, you may purchase 1 additional adult ticket.

 Visit the Santa Stories event page for more information and to book tickets. 

Winter Windows

The Winter Windows will help form a magical pathway between the Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens and Santa Land in West Gardens.
Each stained-glass window is designed by a budding young artist from Edinburgh’s schools.
 Visit the Winter Windows page for more information. 


Santa Land is fully accessible from the entrances to West Princes Street Gardens from Princes Street and King Stables Road. However, wheelchair users are advised that the ramped paths from Princes Street are particularly steep. An accessible toilet is provided by Edinburgh City Council beside the playground area in West Princes Street Gardens - please contact a member of Edinburgh’s Christmas staff for the key.
Wheelchairs are welcome in the Christmas Tree Maze. For patrons with other accessibility requirements, we recommend making yourself known to a member of Edinburgh’s Christmas staff who will be happy to assist you.
There is no ride-wide policy for the suitability of the rides for those with access requirements. This is due to variant conditions – e.g. unfavourable weather, the type of ride – and the nature of the requirements, as some rides will require more support than others. The individual ride operator on the day will determine whether the ride is suitable, for safety reasons, and how they will grant admission.
Pay and display parking for Santa Land is available on Frederick Street, George Street, Hanover Street and Kings Stables Road. This is free for Blue Badge holders with no time limit. Full details and locations of street Blue Badge parking bays can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council website at

Sensory backpacks are available from the main information point in West Princes Street Gardens on request.

The nearest bus stops are located on Princes Street and are a 5-minute walk from the site with good bus links to the entire city.  Please see for more detailed information.

If you have any further queries regarding accessibility to Santa Land, please contact us directly by emailing [email protected].

We would advise patrons with access requirements to allow extra time to get to our sites and speak to a member of staff upon arrival, who will try to help you with any further requirements you may have. For more information on accessibility and to book tickets, please contact the box office by emailing [email protected] 

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