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Great Grottos

Santa Claus is coming to town and this year he’s rocking up to venues across Yorkshire. The busy man in red will be appearing at various venues across the county to give out presents to everyone on his nice list (remember he checks it twice). Whether you’ve got little ones in tow or you’re a big kid at heart, plan a trip to one of these brilliant Santa’s grottos.

Stockeld Park, Wetherby, North Yorkshire

Stockeld Park like to make sure Santa feels at home in Yorkshire so that’s why they prepare a beautiful, cosy log cabin for him to stay in when he comes to visit. Families are invited to not only meet Father Christmas but also enjoy a little chat with him and even receive a gift.

Williams Den, South Cave, East Yorkshire

Learn how to become an honorary elf with the cheeky elves before Mother Christmas tells some treasured Christmas stories and shares her special gingerbread. Of course, Father Christmas himself will also make an appearance and invite children to build their own Christmas bear to take home.

Thornton Hall Country Park, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Visit Thornton Hall Country Park for a two-hour Christmas experience like no other! Wrap up warm and prepare to be amazed on a magical journey with your very own elf to guide you along the way. Guests will enjoy a luxury welcome drink with a very special host before a magical grotto experience.

Burton Agnes, Burton Agnes, East Yorkshire

Meet Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto or enjoy an audience with him and his Head Elf. Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and Jingles the Magic Elf will be thrilling children, and adults alike, this Christmas with festive performances of magic, song and storytelling. Children will be greeted by Mrs Claus and go through spectacularly decorated rooms.

Nostell, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Father Christmas will use festive magic to dash between the North Pole (to load the sleigh and feed the reindeer) and special grotto sittings at Nostell. Select a 45 minute sitting and enjoy festive crafts in the elves’ workshop while the excitement builds for a special one to one visit with the big man in his grotto.

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Visit Santa at Cannon Hall Farm's grotto experience. Every child visiting Santa will be given a passport to the North Pole and will make their way through the elf check in. The diligent elves will then check if children have been naughty or nice - and to make doubly sure children will have to pass through the special elf scanner.

Santa with a difference

Middleton Railway, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Climb aboard the Santa Special Train. On the journey to Middleton Park and back Santa will have a specially selected present for each member of his young audience.

City Cruises York, York, North Yorkshire

Visitors will be warmly greeted by Santa’s good friend Mary Christmas or Ernie the Elf. Further details are top secret, but we can guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard the Santa Experience and the whole family will have the most wonderful time.

National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Head 140m underground where Santa is waiting to greet mini miners at the National Coal Mining Museum. Get kitted out with your helmet and lamp ready to descend down and make your way along the festive snowy trails to meet Santa.

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, North Yorkshire

Santa is coming to The Bowes Museum again this December, so why not join him for a magical family experience. First, visit Santa’s workshop where his friendly elves will help you make some Christmas crafts. Then, meet Santa all cosy in his sitting room, where he will complete the magic with an early Christmas present.