Father Christmas canal boat trips – 2017

Trips are available between the 25th November and 24th December 2017

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 our broad beam Canal boat Richmond which takes up to 36 passengers (The totals include adults, children, infants and additional wheelchair space where needed). The boat has access and room for up to 2 wheelchairs. 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.

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 or credit card (no charge)

How to Book

On-line booking open Monday 2nd October.
If you prefer, you can visit or call the Canal Centre from the 9th October, weekdays between 10.30am and 3.30pm – TELEPHONE: 01243 771363


Organisations arranging large groups that may not have all the details confirmed may email their request to boxoffice@nullchichestercanal.com.

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.

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!