Father Christmas canal boat trips

Trips are available from 26th  November to 24th December 2016

Chichester Canal Father Christmas boat trips

Enjoy a magical trip down the canal to meet Father Christmas in his grotto. Children receive a present from Santa and there are festive refreshments for everyone.

Trips take around 1 hour 15 minutes and depart from Chichester Canal Basin.

These trips run on both our trip boats, our large boat Richmond takes 36 passengers and our new boat Kingfisher takes 18 passengers. (The totals include adults, children, infants and additional wheelchair space where needed). The boats have access and room for wheelchairs, one on Kingfisher and two on Richmond. If this facility is required, please select “additional space for a wheelchair” as well as including the passenger as an adult or child as appropriate.
Both trips are broadly the same, however Father Christmas spends more time on the Richmond boat.
Please note that we do not allow dogs on these trips, the exception being guide or assistance dogs.

Booking is absolutely essential!

Pricing Information

Adult or child £12.00

A limited number of Infants under 12 months may be taken on the trip at no cost but must be included in your booking head count
Payment can be made by debit card (free) or credit card (£1.00 fee per booking).

How to Book

On-line booking open from 10 am Monday 17th October. This year you will be able to view real time availability, complete and pay for your booking with immediate confirmation on screen and by email.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you have completed your booking, you will receive a confirmation email, if you do not please check your SPAM/JUNK box. This email will contain a link to a form that you will need to complete with your children’s names, ages and genders.This is to enable us to select and label a present for Father Christmas to give them.

Organisations arranging large groups that may not have all the details confirmed may email their request to boxoffice@nullchichestercanal.com.
If you prefer, you can visit or call the Canal Centre from the 24th October weekdays between 10.30am and 3.30pm – TELEPHONE: 01243 771363

Trip Advisor Reviews

“One of the best Father Christmas experiences”
Reviewed 2 January 2016
The whole experience was filled with laughter and happiness and the staff were really friendly. Father Christmas was an absolute joy and my grandson and his friend really enjoyed themselves.

“Father Christmas canal boat trip a chance for the children to meet Father Christmas in a unique and magical way”
Reviewed 28 December 2015
Loved it this trip has the personal touch very natural and a childhood experience to treasure my boys are still talking about it poured with rain but that didn’t matter highly recommend this trip it’s very popular and I know why because it’s good!

“Father Christmas trip on canal.”
Reviewed 27 December 2015
Best Father Christmas trip we have ever had. It lasted just over an hour. Boat was well decorated, food was good for children and adults and Father Christmas spent time with each child. Volunteers very friendly…they seemed to be enjoying the trip as well!