Great Grottos are the UK's leading Christmas Grotto management company.

The most important element of our service is finding amazing Santas and Elves to bring our Grottos to life. We recruit 400 - 500 staff each year and many tell us it is most rewarding job role they have ever had.

Great Grottos have been managing Grottos in shopping centres and garden centres across the UK since 1998. Our service includes the recruitment, training and support of Christmas Grotto staff.

In addition we supply costumes, ready-wrapped Christmas toys, souvenir photography and online booking. For details on our service | Christmas Grotto Management

Visit our online job application and send us your details | Online Job Application

Alternatively, take a look at our current locations first | Map of Grottos

You will need your CV and a photo of yourself. We understand if some of our Santa applicants do not have CVs.

Our Recruitment Team will review your application and contact you. Feel free to call and ask how your application is proceeding.

Right now, please. Recruitment begins in June and is ongoing until December 24th. There are always opportunities.
To view the locations of our Grottos, visit | Map of Grottos

Click the location you wish to apply for. Or just apply and we will check for you.

We offer competitive rates of pay. Once your application is submitted, our Recruitment Team will review your experience, skills and the position that you are applying for. From this information, if you are successful, they will contact you with an offer of employment including a rate of pay.
We need both full-time and part-time Grotto staff throughout weekdays and weekends. We need Elves and Santas with all varieties of availability.
Typically our contracts include a period during November and December. The exact period will depend on the Grotto and your availability.
Staff wage payments occur every two weeks.
Our interviewers are friendly and don't ask difficult questions. They want to get to know you and find out your availability.
Yes. Our staff training is extensive. Depending on your role, you will undergo Santa training; Elf training; visit structure; customer service; Grotto photography and till operation. We pass on many techniques we have learnt over years of operating Grottos.
Yes. You can work for Great Grottos on either a self-employed or PAYE (preferred) basis.
Santa Claus, Santa's Elf and Grotto Manager. Visit our Job Descriptions to learn about these three key roles | Job Descriptions
Yes. You will be required to wear a full costume.

Our costumes come in every size, from extra small through to extra large.

We believe in going above and beyond our customers’ expectations. This includes providing exceptional levels of customer service whilst in character. Our costumes will enhance this experience and help you to portray your character.

You can see examples of costumes here | Christmas Grotto Costumes

You will also find examples of staff in costume on Instagram | Great Grottos Instagram

Visit our Online Application or call the team on 01306 886 989.

You can also view our current locations before you apply | Map of Grottos

Key things to have at the ready are a CV and a photo of yourself.

In line with General Data Protection Regulation, this privacy notice explains Great Grottos data policy for those submitting their job application to Great Grottos.

This includes our legitimate interest in its processing, and how we’ll store and handle that data to keep it safe.

What data do we process?
We retain your name, address, DOB, contact details, photo and CV. Everything submitted during your application.

What do we use your personal data for?
We use your personal data so we may offer you an interview and employment.

Where do we keep it?
It is hosted at a secure and dedicated data centre.

Who can access it?
Great Grottos’ Head Office team via our staff database.

Who do we share it with?
No other organisation will receive your data.

Do you have to provide your personal information to us?
To be considered for employment, we must receive your personal information.

How long do we keep it?
We will keep your personal data for as long as is necessary solely for the purpose of recruitment in your area. At the end of that period, your data is deleted completely. If we do not offer you an employment role within three years, your data will be automatically deleted.

How may I delete my data?
You may ask at anytime for your personal data to be deleted in full by phoning 01306 886 989 or emailing Please note, it may not be possible to delete your data whilst currently employed by Great Grottos.

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