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.

Skipton Boat Trips, Skipton

No matter your age, this is a great way to start the festive season. Come aboard the Cobbydale for a boat ride and meet Santa! Bookings are essential. It sells out fast. On booking, you are asked for some basic info about the children in the party. Then, a week or two before the trip, you are asked to ring up or email with some more up-to-date details about the children. We then pass this on to Santa. Kids are invited to dress up if they wish, but they don’t have to.

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.

Wakefield Museum, Wakefield

What better way to experience the magic of Christmas than with a visit to Santa? But this is no ordinary grotto. Wakefield Museum invites your little ones (and you, too!) to take a trip back in time to the 19th century, and visit a more historical Father Christmas as he relaxes in his Dickensian home.

National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

This Christmas, before Santa goes down your chimney he is going down the mine! Travel 140m underground to join Santa in his unique and atmospheric underground grotto where he will waiting to meet a few select children.

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley

Their Santa Specials are one of Cannon Hall Farm's most popular yearly events and the dates close to Christmas always sell out quickly. Come along and meet Santa and his reindeer. Take a tractor and trailer ride and enjoy a Christmas singalong with Rudolph and the elves.

Thorp Perrow, Bedale

Follow the festive trail through the Arboretum to find Santa’s Grotto. Mrs Claus will welcome you and guide you through our winter wonderland, where you will meet the donkeys, take a sneaky peek into the elves bedroom and the bustling miniature ski village. Can you spot the woodland creatures on your way?

York’s Chocolate Story, York

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!

On the way, families can learn festive facts about iconic brands and how chocolate was involved in Christmases past. There will be an opportunity to make their own Christmas-themed lollies and watch special festive demonstrations with our talented chocolatiers.

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.

Pontefract Museum, Pontefract

Santa has a sweet spot for Pontefract! Why not come and see him in his sweet themed grotto - Santa's liquorice wonderland is a sight to behold! This drop-in activity session is free and there is no need to book.

Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

With a chance to take part in animal encounters and send a letter to the North Pole at the Owl Post Room, the Tropical Butterfly House offers an alternative approach to the festive season – and a fun one at that! Meet Santa and his helpers at the woodland cabin, their Elf gatekeepers will lead you along the magical woodland path to receive a chocolate coin treat from Santa himself!

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

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Santa and his elves. Follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland to find his cosy log cabin and collect a special gift. Enjoy ice-skating on the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink with its 30ft high centre piece Christmas Tree. You can also enjoy the vintage funfair, seek refreshments in the rinkside Chalet café and Christmas shop in the York Designer Outlet.

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough

The excitement begins with Santa’s jolly elves giving each child their own festive activity pack. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine whilst the children are busy writing a letter to Santa and a wish to hang on the Christmas tree. Don’t forget to visit Mother Shipton’s Post Office to stamp and send off your letter to Santa!

Bolton Abbey, Bradford

Come and find Father Christmas' festive village hidden in Strid Wood. Enjoy lots of festive activities, Christmas music surrounded by twinkling lights - not to forget toasting your marshmallows on the open fires before going to see Father Christmas himself!

Pontefract Castle, Pontefract

Santa has a very busy time preparing for Christmas. Lucky for us he's found time in his extremely hectic schedule to come and have breakfast with us at Pontefract Castle! He will join us for an hour to spend time with the children during breakfast and give every child a special Christmas gift. After breakfast explore the Castle looking for Santa’s reindeer with our exciting festive trail.

Santa Specials at Kirklees Railway, Huddersfield

This festive season, step aboard the steam-heated carriages of our Santa Specials & be transported to the magical North Pole. Meet Santa & his jolly helpers inside their cosy grotto filled with sacks full of presents for the good girls & boys.

Tan Hill Inn, Reeth

Meet Santa and his Reindeer, in his beautiful festive Grotto every weekend (Saturday & Sunday) this December. Book tickets online - times from 9:30am. Visit the reindeer 10:30am - 6pm Monday to Friday (no Santa). £4.95 entry (tickets on the door no pre-booking required). Ticket includes mince pie and juice for children, mince pie and mulled wine for adults.

Alexander's, Skipton

Despite being a very busy man throughout December, Santa Claus has promised to make a special visit to Alexander’s winter wonderland- ‘Off Piste‘- every Sunday morning from 24 November through to Christmas. He’ll also be squeezing in a couple of extra dates on December 23 and 24 too, a great bonus for busy parents looking for festive ways to keep excited children occupied once the school holidays have started!


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