Dear Santa

By the creator of Dear Zoo

Minerva TheatreTickets
Family Friendly
Price: £15
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Magical family treat and a joy to watch


Had my 4-year-old captivated from start to finish!

Time for Tots

From the author of the well-loved children’s book Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell, comes a Christmas present children and parents alike will never forget.

Santa is determined to deliver the Christmas present to our little hero Sarah. But he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve.

All the ingredients of Rod Campbell’s ingeniously simple and charming style are brought to life on stage, plus a whole lot more, with music, laughter and plenty of audience participation.

A perfect introduction to theatre for little ones.

Meet Santa after the performance! 
Once you have booked your tickets, we will allocate your time-slot to see Santa and send confirmation within 2 working days. Find out more about the Meet and Greet.

Video filmed prior to COVID-19. 




Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
  • Family ticket: Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats

Meet Santa after the show

How do I book to see Santa?
The meet and greet with Santa is only available to ticketholders for Dear Santa after their performance. Please note that this is only a short meeting as Santa is exceedingly busy this time of year.

How will the meet and greet with Santa work?
Individual bubbles will meet Santa in his Grotto (Minerva Bar & Grill) for a quick hello and photo opportunity. We are welcoming families in three time slots to help manage the queue and ensure social distancing is possible. Elves will be on hand to keep everyone full of Christmas cheer and we expect that all families within each timeslot will be seen within 15 minutes of their arrival time.

Due to COVID-19 we will be approaching the meet and greet with Santa very carefully. Once you have booked your tickets for a performance we will allocate you a time-slot to meet Santa, which will be within 45 minutes of the performance ending. We will send you confirmation of your meet and greet time-slot within 2 working days of booking tickets. This will enable us to reduce the amount of families waiting in the queue and allow parents/guardians to plan their visit accordingly. There will be a one way system and lots of helpers to make sure you know which way to go. Children will receive a small gift to take home as they exit.

Time-slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis and we ask everyone to adhere to their time so that we can offer the best COVID-safe experience to everyone.

What shall I do while I wait?
We will open a small waiting area in The Brasserie for families waiting for their time-slot. We ask that families please remain in their bubbles. We will provide children with a small colouring-in pack to keep small hands busy while they wait!

Where can I eat or drink?
The Café in the Festival Theatre will be open before and after the show. It’s a great spot for barista coffee, hot drinks, cakes and pastries. Child friendly snacks will also be available.

We have distanced seating in our light and spacious foyers so customers can visit safely, and our menu continues to offer gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Outdoor seating is available (for the brave!) and for little ones, we have high chairs and baby changing facilities in all toilets. 

COVID Guidelines


We want you, and our staff and artists, to feel safe during your visit to Chichester Festival Theatre.

To this end, we have put a number of COVID-safety measures in place, following Government guidance for theatre attendance at all times.

  • Our socially-distanced auditorium offers a reduced capacity of just under 50% ensuring a 1m-plus space between parties
  • Seat bubbles are available as groups of 1 to 6 seats
  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry. In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • Tickets will detail timed arrivals with an assigned door number
  • Contactless temperature checks will be carried out at point of entry
  • Face coverings are required unless exempt for health reasons. Front of House staff will also wear face coverings
  • Contact details are collected during the booking process to support NHS Test and Trace
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of the auditorium between performances
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the building
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bringing minimal belongings
  • The Bars and Café will be open during your visit but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with one-way systems in place and perspex screens fitted at all sale points
  • Additional signage will be in place to manage social distancing and audience flow
  • Programmes and ice creams can be pre-ordered when booking your tickets where available, or purchased on the day. Please note all transactions will be cashless

These measures will be reviewed and updated in line with Government guidelines.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about your visit or go to our COVID ticketing terms and conditions.


Age Guidance 
Ages 2 to 7 years
Running Time
50 minutes