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.
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.
Santa is waiting in his magical land, a place where wishes come true! But how do we get there? Just follow the path and you’ll journey through… Santa’s little helpers can’t wait to meet you in the grotto! With their help – and a magical wish or two - you’ll make your way through Santa Land to the grotto where you’ll meet Santa to make your very own wish for Christmas and receive a gift from his toyshop! New for 2017, you can also visit the Christmas Cabin, it’s free to enter and home to all things festive for your family to enjoy including the supersized snowglobe, plenty of photo opportunities plus say hello to Ruddi the talking reindeer!
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.
This year, a visit to the magical Enchanted Brodsworth is a must. This fairy-tale of light, colour and sound that takes place in the grounds of Brodsworth Hall after dark is a truly fantastic event. It is so magical that even Father Christmas is a regular visitor. He will be there to tell stories of Christmas past and deliver festive goodies to every child that has made the nice list.
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 into South Yorkshire.
Home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice-rink, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland also plays host to Santa; who welcomes visitors in his enchanting log cabin. At the end of a Christmas tree walk, look out for his sleigh and giant reindeer, whose magical nose will light the way.
Visit Father Christmas in Ackworth Garden Centre's beautiful winter wonderland grotto. The 'no queue' system means you can wander around the beautifully decorated trees, meeting colourful characters and then follow the footsteps to the grotto . You will receive a really good quality gift from the elves whilst having your picture taken with Santa.
Families return year after year for the Santa Experience and it is no surprise, as it is the most magical event on the river Ouse. Santa works hard all year round, especially in December, but he always makes time to come and visit York, and what better way to visit this historic city than to cruise down the Ouse? The experience begins as you are welcomed into the hidden grotto hidden underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge and then the magic begins, but we won’t spoil the surprise.
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 definitely made the nice list this year.
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. Under 5's can go underground to visit Santa too.
Cannon Hall Farm's Santa Specials are one of their 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.
Count down the 12 days of Christmas on a stroll 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. Inside, you'll meet the donkeys, take a sneak peek into the elves bedroom and look out onto the bustling ski village below.
On Santa’s Sweet Adventure, guests will be able to meet Santa on special themed tours, in which they will complete a mission with his elves to save Christmas! Filled with festive fun, children will experience cracking Christmas games, discover incredible seasonal secrets, as well of course meeting the big man himself! The price of entry includes a present, a photo with Father Christmas and a festive chocolate making activity. Book online to guarantee your place.
Santa will arrive at 3.15pm on his sleigh pulled by reindeer to the delight of onlookers and afterwards will be presiding over a special Grotto in the Town Hall (Have you been good?) for those on the naughty list, why not take the opportunity to take a selfie with his reindeer and sleigh which he will have ‘parked’ outside Barkers Department Store (don’t forget your carrots!)