Christmas at Shreks Adventure London

This December, Shreks Adventure at London’s Southbank has had a festive makeover!

Christmas at Shreks Adventure London is giving families the ultimate fairytale Christmas experience, with magical decorations and a fun new festive (socially distanced) meet and greet with Santa himself!

Christmas at Shreks Adventure includes the brilliantly bonkers interactive and immersive walkthrough experience, where the whole family can step into and star in your own hilarious misadventure with Shrek and his DreamWorks friends. You are taken into the departure lounge ready for your trip to the land of Far Far Away. You then begin the journey on a 4D bus journey, driven by Donkey, with special effects and fantastic DreamWorks animation. It is worth noting, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the bus ride still isn’t currently 4D. You are not provided with glasses and there are glass screens placed between the seats. This doesn’t take away from the magical experience, but I would definitely love to return when it is running as normal again!

We once again journeyed through the classic film sets and met some of the famous characters including Puss in boots, Pinocchio and Princess Fiona.

This time, we also had to go on a Christmas Pressnt Hunt and find misplaced presents that Father Christmas scattered around the attraction. We were told that those who find them all will receive a free Christmas candy cane from the elf!

The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes. You have your photo taken before the adventure begins, after this point photography and filming is strictly prohibited for obvious reasons. There are some photo opportunities before the tour begins and also at the end.

Taken from the website;

The Father Christmas meet & greet will be operating during peak times (weekends and every day from w/c 21st December – 24th December).  Our Shrek meet & greet will take place as usual throughout December. 

• Father Christmas meet & greet is limited to 4 people from the same bubble/family at any one time.

• Larger groups will be split into smaller groups (eg 2 & 4 or 3 & 3) 

• A gift or present is not included in the experience

• Face coverings must be worn by adults and children over 11 years old whilst in the attraction

At the end of the tour, there is an opportunity for a meet and greet with Shrek himself (socially distanced).

You then journey through a wonderfully decorated winter wonderland, to a meet and greet with Santa. There is a photo opportunity (which you can buy at the end) and the children are also given a candy cane for their hard work of finding the presents throughout the tour.

Important Information

• There is a temperature check at the beginning, followed by bag checks before entering the tour.

• Face masks are mandatory for adults and over 11+ for the entire experience (unless exempt)

• Hand sanitiser is available at certain points throughout

• You must pre book beforehand to ensure you get a ticket. A limited number are released each day to ensure social distancing

• You are in a group of around 12 people. There is boxes on the floor telling you where to stand in each room you enter

• The magical bus ride at present, isn’t 4D

• The time on your ticket is not the actual start of the tour, but the time you’re allowed into the building. You will then be in a queue.

How to get here

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB.

A five minute walk from both Waterloo and Westminster tube stations.

General Opening Times

Shreks Adventure Christmas opening times vary and can be found online here


Pre booking is essential

Adults – £21

Children – £17

Under 3s FREE

You can save up to 30% on tickets by booking online, link here

Our Thoughts

I found Shreks Adventure to be an amazing family attraction, because the humour works on every level. It is a wonderful Shrektacular treat for fans and can be enjoyed throughout the year, in all weathers, as it’s indoors. The characters are fantastic in engaging with the audience, they really like to get everyone involved. The Christmas festive experience was a magical treat. Santa at the end was a lovely added feature, but it seemed a little short and sweet and a tad rushed, compared to other parts of the tour. The current restrictions in place means it isn’t a Santa’s grotto but rather a photo opportunity. However, the girls enjoyed going back and visiting once again. I would also really looking for the 4D bus ride, so I will return for that feature!

*Our visit to Shreks adventure was gifted entry for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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