When it comes to Christmas, if there's one thing kids love more than tearing the wrapping off a pile of presents (and making a huge mess in the process), it's meeting the Big Guy, the Deliverer of Smiles, the Chubby Man in Red, the Brilliant Bearded One – I'm talking about Santa Claus, in case you hadn't realised.
Now, because Santa's something of a miracle man, able to deliver gifts to millions of homes around the world in the space of a few evenings (how does he do that?), it's really no effort at all for him to appear almost simultaneously in a number of venues across London throughout November and December, meeting excited and expectant children who hand him wish lists longer than his tangled white beard.
If you're a parent reading this and your toddler is already asking, "When can I meet Santa?", then consider making your way to London Zoo where you'll find him in his grotto – or as the Zoo is calling it, his "winter lodge" – with his team of hard-working reindeers resting nearby. You read it right – the entire family can meet not only Santa, but also his reindeers, which seems rather apt considering the whole shebang is taking place at a zoo.
Elf photographers will be on hand to catch the magic moment when your child first sets eyes on Santa, and every littl'un will be given a special gift to take home.
Santa will be present at London Zoo every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas Day, with three extra dates arranged in December for Thursday 20th, Friday 21st, and Monday 24th.
See London Zoo's website for information on ticket pricing, or jump to this page right now to book tickets online. Whatever you do, you'd better be quick – I've got a feeling places for this event are going to be snapped up quicker than it takes Santa to scoff a single mince pie.
Where:London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
Cost:£7 for children (this is included in the child's ticket price making it £22.50 per child for zoo entry and the Meet Santa experience); £5 for ZSL child members; free entry (to the grotto) for adults; free for under 3s.