This Christmas we are working with our NHS hospital partners to spread joy and laughter and to provide you and your family the smiles you truly deserve in the unique Spread a Smile way.  All of the festive initiatives featured below are free of charge and available to children/young people up to the age of 18. We are also delighted to extend these initiatives to your child’s/young person’s siblings to ensure all children in your family feel included.  Please click on each initiative to read more and find out how to apply.  For a full list of our NHS partners please CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions about any of our Christmas initiatives please contact

Santa's Grotto

Back by popular demand our magical Santa’s Grotto.  Join us for a virtual visit from Monday 6th December through to Friday 17th December (excluding weekends) to meet Santa Claus and Spread a Smile entertainers live from his Grotto in the North Pole.

Children in hospital – If your child or young person is in hospital, please speak to a member of the hospital play team regarding availability.  Siblings and other family members are welcome to join in the fun from home.

Children at home – if your child or young person is in outpatient care please CLICK HERE to book your child’s visit to Santa’s Grotto.  Siblings and other family members are most welcome to join in.

Smile Hampers

A Spread a Smile Festive Hamper is a complimentary gift box containing a selection of toys, games and treats for children/young people at home who are receiving care from one of our hospital/hospice partners. It is our gift to your child/young person and their sibling/s to support them through treatment over Christmas.   Deliveries will be made to children’s homes from the end of November.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

Hospital Deliveries - Hospital Staff only

From mid-December we will be delivering toys, games and treats to children and young people in the care of our NHS hospital partners.  At this time and while we are unable to visit the children in person, the gifts will be distributed to children and young people on the wards by the hospital play teams.

If you are a member of the play team of one of our partner hospitals please contact us on to ensure the children/young people under your care are booked in for a delivery.   If you are not a current partner hospital but would like to find out more about our services please contact us on the same email.

Festive Visits and Art Workshops

Throughout December we will be organising a number of festive virtual entertainer visits to include group sessions in biscuit making and snowflake making as well as a Christmas sing-a-long and meet & greets with Patch the Magic Elf and the Christmas Tree Fairy.   Every visit is organised using video conferencing meaning that siblings and other family members can join from their own homes.  If you would like your child to participate in one or more of these sessions please CLICK HERE

In addition, we will be working with all of our hospital partners to host more art & activity workshops throughout December for groups of up to ten children/young people to share and enjoy.  Details on all group workshops will be shared with interested parties and hospital play teams at our partnered hospitals.

Smile TV - 24/7 Entertainment

Our magicians, musicians, singers, fairies and poets will be uploading lots of additional festive entertainment to Smile TV this December including magic shows, sing-a-longs, art tuitions and lots of fun and silliness.

Stay tuned to Smile TV by CLICKING HERE