Christmas Holiday 2021 North Leeds

Places to see Santa in and around Leeds

Ideas for places to visit Santa’s Grotto or enjoy Santa experiences in and around Leeds for children and families over the Christmas and festive period 2020.

Santa’s Grotto at Tong Garden Centre

Weekends in November, December Daily

This year, your Magical Journey to Santa is an exclusive family experience, where your children and accompanying adults journey along a magical pathway, escorted by one of Santa’s finest Elves. You can stop along the route to snap memorable family moments in this enchanting setting before arriving at the grotto to meet Santa and share your wishlist for Christmas. You’ll then choose your own gift from the North Pole toyshop.


Visit Santa at Ackworth Garden Centre

This year we’re keeping the magic of Christmas alive by opening our Christmas grotto, however, they’ll be a few changes to keep everyone safe and sound! Our grotto visit includes a reindeer hunt around our store, inside and out, and a chocolate lolly when you find them all!

Afterwards, you will make your way through our magical winter wonderland grotto, and be able to take pictures on Santa’s sleigh and on your winter wonderland walk. You will then have a private family audience with Santa Claus, where you can tell him all your Christmas wishes – and promise him that you’ve been very good this year! You will also receive a photo memento of your visit, and, with the help of Santa’s elves, you can choose a brilliant, well-deserved gift from our range of award-winning gifts in a tin, a new offering for 2020!


Santa at Abbey House Museum

Weekday Availability!

A socially distanced Santa visit in our special Christmas room. All precautions have been taken to make sure that this is a safe visit that still feels whimsical and magical for children. There is a bumper pack of crafts to take home along with your present and don’t forget a camera or phone for a Santa selfie. Booking essential. £5 per child to be paid on arrival to site. More information and booking link here.

Harewood House: Upon a Christmas Wish

In addition to the fantastic Upon a Christmas Wish Experience, Father Christmas will return to welcome families for exclusive out-of-hours access to the house, to ensure a safe environment can be provided with all the necessary precautions
in place, whilst still creating a magical experience.

Various evenings from Fri 11 to Wed 23 Dec
£85 for 2 adults + 2 children; £10 per additional child up to a maximum of 4 children
Father Christmas online booking opens Monday 28 September at midday

Lotherton Hall: The Christmas Experience

27th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021 (Tickets on sale now)

Steeped in traditional Christmas magic and excitement, Lotherton is pleased to host The Christmas Experience once again for families to enjoy a festive trip out.

Enjoy the interactive 12 Days of Christmas Woodland Walk through the Captains Wood. Sing along and count the dancing ladies, calling birds and drummers drumming as you wander through. Discover the fairies in their secret hideaway Fairy Dell, listen to the giggles and whispers as you tip-toe through. Marvel in the splendour of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery. Visit Santa ‘Under the Wishing Tree’ in the Elf Village to interact with the elves and meet Santa in person (40 minutes). Pre-school children can enjoy a shorter Santa visit in his cabin on weekday lunch times. Both experiences include a gift and tickets include entry to the wider estate.

More details on The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall 2020 here.

Santa’s Sleigh Ride at Piglets Adventure Farm


21st November- 24th December 2020

Jump aboard the magical sleigh ride to Santa’s Woodland Village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience. Lots of animal and outdoor fun included in the ticket.

More details of Santa’s Sleigh Ride here.

Stockeld Park

Saturday 21st November- Sunday 3rd January

At Stockeld Park, we always like to make Santa feel at home and so as always we have prepared him a beautiful, cosy log cabin ready for his arrival all the way from Lapland! Our Santa’s Grotto is the most wonderful experience for both adults and children. With twinkling lights and Santa in a rustic wooden cabin, the whole family will feel the festive cheer here!

More details here.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Please note, Santa will not be visiting RHS Garden Harlow Carr this year, but hopes to return to see you all for Christmas 2021!

Christmas at Castle Howard

Sat 28th November to Thursday 31st December 2020
Join us for a festive evening like no other as we take to the great outdoors for a spectacular lighting extravaganza for all ages to enjoy… ‘An Illuminated Christmas: Wish Upon A Frozen Star’! And there’s more. Father Christmas will be back!
We have partnered with a world class lighting company who’ll be designing a completely bespoke trail and light and sound show, with some live action too. And of course plenty of festive food, drink and shopping opportunities. Audiences will be able to book into time slots, to enable capacity management, flow around the trail and social distancing.

Santa Specials on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Daily between 28th November to 24th December

Seasonal fare will be available to purchase from the Refreshment Room and buffet cars, which will be bulging with mince pies and other Christmas treats. Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well behaved children, festive music will be playing whilst entertainers & elves will ensure a jovial Christmas spirit throughout!


Santa’s Grotto at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Slots available 29th November to 24th December

Take a winter walk through the Arboretum and discover Santa’s log cabin 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?


Kirklees Light Railway

28th November – 24th December 2020 TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT.

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. All Christmas services last for approximately 1hr 30m and are return trips.

The 2020 Santa Specials have been meticulously planned to allow for social distancing on the stations, platforms, trains and grotto.  This means only HALF the usual number of tickets will be available this year.

Pre-booking required.


Father Christmas at Bolton Abbey

This Father Christmas Event has now been cancelled

November 28 and 29 | December 5 & 6 | December 12 & 13 | December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Father Christmas will be tucked away in his festive village nestled near the entrance to Strid Wood. His sparkling Christmas village will come alive with crackling open fires, twinkling Christmas trees and Christmas carols softly drifting through the air. With the help of his elves, our young visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Great Man himself and receive a special Christmas treat.


Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

Please note, Santa will not be visiting Birchfield Ice Cream Farm this year, but hopes to return to see you all for Christmas 2021!

Socially Distanced Santa Parade- Cannon Hall Farm

Selected Dates in December 2020
Santa will be doing a parade loop around our sheep racing arena with all children being given a souvenir to remember their visit – a commemorative keepsake colouring book featuring our most famous animals, drawn by local artist Elysia Gilman.
Our staff elves will be on hand to ensure social distancing is in place around the track and to move customers in and out of each session.
Your ticket will include farm admission, which means you can check out all the amazing animals in our undercover barns and roundhouse, visit the reptile house and go on our outdoor adventure playgrounds.

Father Christmas Comes to the Piece Hall

5 December to 24 December
The Piece Hall is delighted to announce the inaugural Father Christmas Comes to The Piece Hall a specially created Christmas experience in partnership with Sneaky Experience. Join us for this never seen before show as you are welcomed on a magical journey of storytelling and festive imagination.