Santa's Grottos

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Yorkshire is always top of Santa’s list when it comes to December visits and, although it is the biggest county in the UK, he always makes time to visit all four corners and this year is no exception.

Santa Claus is coming to town and below are a selection of top quality attractions that you will be able to meet him at during this festive period.

Stockeld Park, Wetherby

At Stockeld Park, they always like to make Santa feel at home and have prepared him a beautiful log cabin all the way from Lapland. Santa will arrive in November towed by his trusty reindeers on his sleigh around the magical enchanted forest.

Tong Garden Centre, Bradford

Billions of letters are sent to Santa every year – you’ve probably written one yourself! But how do we make sure every single one reaches the North Pole and gets sorted, so the right presents are delivered to the right house? Magic of course… with the help of the Robin Family!

Enchanted robins take you on a magical, storytelling journey before meeting Santa in his grotto to share your wishlist and choose your very own gift from his toy shop.

City Cruises York, York

There is a reason why families return year after year for the City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse! Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well-behaved boys and girls before Christmas and he tells us that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering

This year, join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a journey you won’t forget! With mince pies, hot drinks and an alcoholic tipple for the adults and the chance for the little ones to meet Santa himself in his grotto on board the train – the creators of this special event have made the nice list this year.

National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

Get your Christmas off to a magical start - come and visit Santa in his underground grotto. Santa is 140m underground this Christmas, greeting mini miners and their friends, so don't miss out on the Christmas fun. A unique experience for all the family to enjoy together.

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley

Visit Santa at Cannon Hall Farm's enchanting grotto experience - where they've had help from the North Pole to create a truly magical experience that is sure to delight and dazzle. Every child visiting Santa will be given a passport to the North Pole, and will make their way through the elf check in. Once all checks have been diligently dealt with, the children make their way through to the magical grotto to meet Santa himself.

Thorp Perrow, Bedale

Follow the festive trail through the arboretum, until you find yourself at the grotto, nestled deep in the woods. The elves welcome and guide you through the winter wonderland, where you’ll meet a host of wonderful creatures before arriving outside Santa’s log cabin home. Take the chance to draw a Christmas picture, or write and post a letter to Santa. When it’s your turn, he will invite you into his cosy living room with a chance for a photo and every child will be lucky enough to receive a gift.

York’s Chocolate Story, York

York’s Chocolate Story will deck the tours with boughs of holly! All three floors will have a festive make-over as Father Christmas himself takes up residence. Guests will be able to meet Santa on special themed tours, in which they will complete a mission to help him save Christmas! Filled with festive fun, children will experience cracking Christmas games, discover incredible seasonal secrets, as well of course as meeting the big man – Santa himself!

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Haworth

As soon as you climb aboard a Santa Special the festive feeling hits you. With their specially decorated coaches and festive music to prepare you for Christmas the Keighley and Worth Valley really look after you and help to make the most wonderful time of the year, a memorable one.

Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

With a chance to take part in animal encounters and give a gift to a lemur, the Tropical Butterfly House offers an alternative approach to the festive season – and a fun one at that! However, one Christmas tradition that remains unchanged is the magical sleigh ride through the wintery woods to meet Santa in his cabin. For a tropical and traditional Christmas, head to South Yorkshire.

Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster

Have you been on your best behaviour this year? If so, Father Christmas is waiting for you at Brodsworth Hall. Gather round for Christmas tales by the tree and take the chance to get a photo with the big man himself. There's a gift in store for every girl and boy too.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York

Follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland, where fairy-tale creatures glow in the dark and trees sparkle with lights, find Santas cosy log cabin and meet Father Christmas himself to collect a special gift for every child.

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough

Children meet Santa, then choose from an array of wonderful gifts in his Toy Shop. Be greeted by the Head Elf for story time and don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo opportunity in Santa’s Sleigh! Create a wish to hang on Mother Shipton’s Wishing Tree and post a letter to the North Pole. As you take in the magical surroundings treat yourself to hot drinks, mince pies, and pizza. Children can also buy and decorate their very own Christmas treat.

York Castle Museum, York

Don’t miss this unforgettable experience with Father Christmas, who will be waiting in ‘Elf School’ with craft activities, a traditional gift and some Christmas sparkle. Step in from the cold wintery nights for a truly unique experience as part of the best Christmas in history.

Xscape, Castleford

Meet Santa and his elves at Xscape Yorkshire in his outdoor Christmas Cabin. Step into the festive Christmas cabin, say hello to Santa’s elves and roll up your sleeves for some arts and crafts fun before meeting Santa himself.

Northallerton Pole - Santa's Toy Workshop, Northallerton

Visit Father Christmas in his Toy Workshop every weekend from the 17th November to the 23rd December in Yorkshire's very own North (allerton) Pole in Central Arcade just off the High Street. Take away a lovely gift and make some reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve.

Santa Sundays - Alexander's, Skipton

Alexander's Santa Sundays start December 2nd and run until December 23rd. They will take place between 9am and 12 noon. For £10 each child receives a one hour fun experience, which includes Christmas craft activities, a cosy 20 minute story session, and a present from Santa himself inside Alexander’s luxury Alpine ski chalet, located in the midst of its very own winter wonderland. 

Meadowhall, Sheffield

Christmas wishes will come to life as Wish Gatherers lead children through an interactive world of wonder, help them craft their very own Wishmas Stars, and bring them to meet Santa himself in his Grotto. Here, they’ll receive a little Wishmas Magic and pose for an unforgettable photo to mark the special moment. 

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