Families in search of Santa's Grotto this Christmas may want to head down to John Lewis Liverpool, where the big man himself will be on hand to meet little helpers, read a magical tale, and even say hello to beloved pooches!

John Lewis has pulled out all the stops with plenty of opportunities for families to see Santa - including a fun 'mission' to get to his grotto involving some mischievous elves, as well as a storytime session with some yummy snacks and cocoa.

To give you a helping hand, we've highlighted some of the best festive events below...

Mission: Meet Santa

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Kids will need to crack the code in a host of interactive games

Families can work with mischievous little helper to crack the code and unlock the door to meet Santa in this fun, interactive grotto. Kids will get to take on challenges including throwing snowballs at the 'Wall of Wishes' and searching for hidden clues in 'Jingle Jars' - and once they've completed the mission, Santa will be waiting to say hello, take a photo and give them a special gift!

The experience takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

Tickets cost £20 per child + £2 booking fee, and £2 per adult + 20p booking fee. Carers can attend free of charge but will need to book directly with Eskimo Jo Events. Customers can bring a ‘babe in arms’ free of charge (applicable only when a child ticket is purchased), but if you wish for your baby to receive a gift, you'll need to buy a ticket. Book here.

Santa Paws

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Your pets can get to meet Santa too!

If your dog's been a very good boy (or girl!), why not bring him to meet Santa for one of the dog-only meet and greets? Your pooch will get plenty of pets and cuddles as they meet Santa - and you'll get a gorgeous professional photo to mark the occasion. Oh, and they'll also receive a Rosewood Crinkle Santa sock toy!

Tickets cost £20 per dog + £2 booking fee, but humans go free. No children allowed. Book here.