School Holiday & Seasonal Events North Leeds

Places to see Santa in and around Leeds

Ideas for Santa’s Grottos to visit in and around Leeds for children and families over the Christmas and festive period 2018

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Ackworth Garden Centre Christmas, Wakefield

Last year our sister site, Wakefield mumbler, reviewed Ackworth Garden Centre’s Winter Wonderland. This year is set to be bigger and even better. Alongside the Santa’s Grotto, they are also running Breakfast with Santa events and Santa Paws so that your fur babies don’t miss out on the action!

Santa’s Grotto £15 per child
A reindeer hunt, walk through the Winter Wonderland Grotto, visit Santa and receive a quality gift. Last year we were very impressed by the quality of the gifts and the fact that you also get an instant photo print out of your child with Santa in a presentation card. You can also take your own photos. No extra charges for photographs.

Breakfast with Santa £13.50 per child (+Adult breakfast if eating)
Breakfast with Santa, including a choice of children’s breakfasts, and a gift from Santa. Adults can purchase a breakfast from the menu, including free tea/coffee and a mince pie.

Santa Paws £10 per pet
Bring your furry family members to visit Santa and receive a special gift! Get a free photo printed with a presentation card of your pet with Santa. No charge for owners.

Tel: 01977 612 660
Email: ackworthgardencentre@gmail.com
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Barnsley Road Ackworth West Yorkshire WF7 7NB


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A Letter From Santa – Don’t Miss The Deadline

Make your child’s Christmas even more magical, by getting them a letter from Santa.

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Christmas Fairs

Santa will also be visiting a lot of the Christmas Fairs happening across North Leeds, sometimes just for an hour or two.

See our Christmas Fairs page for more information on the fairs he will making a stop off at.


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Christmas Fayre at Crag House Farm

Saturday 1st & 8th December 2018,  10am-4pm.

Visit Santa in his grotto from 10.30am-4pm, receive a surprise gift, have your face painted and make a Christmas craft, all for £6.50.  Book on arrival. A great day for all the family, with many stalls selling Christmas decorations and gifts, even Christmas trees. The farm shop will be filled with Christmas treats and the Granary restaurants festive food will be served from 9am-5pm. FAYRE-FREE ENTRY.

Crag House Farm home of Caring for Life, Otley Old Road, Cookridge, Leeds L16 7NH. Tel:  0113 230 3618

www.craghousefarm.com/events


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Lotherton Hall’s Christmas Experience

23rd November – 23rd December 2018 

Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas walk through the Captains Wood around the estate. Uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden. Visit Santa in the North Pole and meet the elves helping in their workshop. Marvel in the splendor of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery. Wander down to the Elf Village where young ones can join the elves in making craft activities or listen to stories.

There will be hot and cold food and drink, including mulled wine and hot chocolate in the Christmas Courtyard and Elf Village

Weekend activities include family magic shows in the house (booking required) and Christmas stalls in the Elf village.

For more details have a read of our review here.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

To book visit thechristmasexperience.co.uk

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB. Tel: 0113 378 2959

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A Magical Christmas Experience at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

24th November – 23rd December 2018

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Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Fiddlers Green, Harrogate. Tel: 01423 779759


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Santa’s Grotto The Arctic Tour at Tong Garden Centre

17th November – 24th December 2018

Santa’s personal assistants will take you behind the scenes in this never-before-seen grand tour where you’ll get to meet Santa and, if you show your backstage pass, then you can enter his toy shop to pick your own gift*!

The tour will take 30-40 minutes and includes an interactive journey before meeting Santa in his grotto and receiving a gift.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY.  Tel: 0113 285 3506

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Visit Santa at Mother Shipton’s

24th November -23rd December 2018 (**New for 2018**)

Mother Shipton’s is opening for the first time this Christmas. 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 and mince pies. Children can also buy and decorate their very own Christmas treat.

The park WILL NOT be open for general admission.

Pre-booking required. 

Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD. Tel: 01423 864600

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A Twilight Treat with Father & Mrs Christmas – Harewood House

Every Saturday & Sunday from 24th November – Sunday 23rd December PLUS Friday 21st December 2018. 4pm & 5pm 

Join us for a twilight experience in the home of Father & Mrs Christmas and be warmed by all its enchanting magic, making memories to treasure. This is a magical family encounter with Father Christmas, accompanied this year by Mrs Christmas, to add extra seasonal sparkle. Filled with interactive stories and songs, a photo opportunity with Father Christmas and a personalised traditional gift for every child.

There’s also a special Father Christmas treasure hunt around the House, and a programme of festive family activity throughout the whole of Harewood.

Pre-booking required to see Father Christmas.

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG.  Tel: 0113 218 1010


Abbey House Museum Relaxed Santa’s Grotto

8th December 2018,  Relaxed Santa for children with additional needs, Sessions 9.30-10.30am & 10.30 -11.30am

A relaxed session for children with additional needs and their families. Santa’s elves will be around to help children with craft activities and Santa will be in our Victorian Streets so children can choose how and when to approach him. Free Session

Booking Required.

Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH, Tel: 0113 378 4079


At Home with Father & Mrs Christmas – Harewood House

Every Saturday & Sunday from 24th November – Sunday 23rd December PLUS Friday 21st December & Monday 24th December 2018. 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 

This is a magical family encounter with Father Christmas, accompanied this year by Mrs Christmas, to add extra seasonal sparkle.

Your journey begins with a cheery visit to Father Christmas’ cottage, where you’ll be met with a very warm welcome from Mrs Christmas, followed by an encounter filled with interactive stories and songs, a photo opportunity with Father Christmas and a personalised traditional gift for every child.

There’s also a special Father Christmas treasure hunt around the House, and a programme of festive family activity throughout the whole of Harewood.

Pre-booking required to see Father Christmas. Suitable for toddlers.

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG.  Tel: 0113 218 1010


Birchfield Ice Cream Farm – Magical Christmas

24th, 25th, 30th November, 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th and 15th – 23rd December 2018

(Late nights are available on Friday evenings from 30th November 5.30pm – 7pm)

A magical sleigh ride for just your family to see Santa and his elves in the woodland grotto. Sit by the fire and tell Santa your Christmas wishes. This is a traditional and personal visit with each paying child receiving a gift from Santa.  After visiting Santa you will take a ride back on the sleigh where you will then be able to meet reindeers and see lots more animals in the farm yard.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge, Harrogate , HG3 4JS. Tel: 01423 781792


Breakfast and Tea with Santa at Crimple Hall

Breakfast with Santa: Every weekend from 15th -23rd December 2018, 9-10am 

Tea with Santa: 19th, 20th, 21st December 2018, 4-5pm 

Children can enjoy breakfast/tea as well as a visit and present from Santa.

Booking required.

Crimple Hall,  Leeds Road, Pannal,  HG3 1EW. Tel: 01423 873102


Breakfast with Santa at the Leeds Christkindelmarkt

24th November – 22nd December 2018. Every Saturday & Sunday; 10-10:45am. 10.45-11.30am. 11.30am-12.15pm

Children and families will have the opportunity to join Santa for breakfast in the Alp Chalet. Upon arrival guests will be greeted and escorted to their tables by Santa’s little helpers and enjoy a buffet style breakfast before Father Christmas pays a special visit to each table and presents a gift to the children.

A weekly children’s show will also take place each Sunday morning on the market square stage with face painting, balloon modelling, sing-alongs, creative arts and crafts and appearances from winter wonderland princesses and other costumed characters.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Tel: 0113 376 0318 to book.


Breakfast with Santa at Tong Garden Centre

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 21st & 22nd December 2018

A wonderful family experience where Santa will greet you at your table as you enjoy breakfast.

Each child will then meet Father Christmas individually to receive their present. Breakfast with Santa will start promptly at 8.30am and will finish at 10am.

Pre-booking Required. Suitable for toddlers.

Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden CentreTong Lane, BD4 0RY. Tel:  0113 285 3506


Breakfast with Santa at Wacky Warehouse Lawnswood Arms

9th, 16th, 19th, 23rd December 2018, 10am – 12pm

£6 per child includes Breakfast for child, present from Santa and play. Adults breakfast available to purchase on the day.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Wacky Warehouse, Lawnswood Arms. Tel: 0113 267 1823

 


Breakfast with Santa – Myrtle Tavern

Saturday 8th December 2018. 8:45 – 11:30am. SOLD OUT!

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa, for the adults its bacon sandwiches (vegi available) with unlimited hot drinks & for the children a section of cereals, toast & orange juice.

Then there will be a story time, after this Santa will land on the roof, walk through the door and surprise the kids, then he will sit with them 1 on 1 and give them a present, at this point you can have a magical photo opportunity.

Elf Maria will be on hand to keep the kids entertained throughout.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Tickets are in advance only, capped at 60 guests and must be paid for and purchased behind the bar.

Parkside Road, Meanwood, LS64NE 


Castle Howard – Father Christmas

24th November – 23rd December 2018

Audience with Father Christmas – Gather around the fire as our wizard WonderPhil entertains with magic; join in with Father Christmas as he tells stories and sings songs before handing out personalised presents.

Enchanted Evening with Father Christmas – A festive tea party, Christmas Wizards and a meeting with Father Christmas.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA Tel: 01653 648333


Christmas at Kirkgate Market

Santa comes to Kirkgate Market on Saturday 8th December. 
Children can meet Santa in his grotto and receive a free chocolate gift. Entry is FREE.

There is also a FREE performance of Santa and the Goblin Market showing on the 15th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December, two showings at 11 and 2pm in the event space.

Drop-in events. No booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers. 

Leeds Markets, 28-34 George Street, LS27 Leeds


City Cruises York Santa Experience

Weekends from 1st December – 16th December and 19th-21th December 2018. 11am, 1pm, 3pm (&5pm on Sundays).

Your Santa experience begins as you are welcomed into our Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge. Upon entering, the Santa Experience Captain will check all of the children off the special list that we receive from Lapland.

Each child will be hand-delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.

Pre-booking required.

Tel: 01904 628324


Crimple Hall Santa’s Grotto (Pannal)

Every weekend from 1st- 23rd December 2018, 10am – 3.30pm 

Weekdays 3rd – 21st December 2018, 10am- 5pm 

The Crimple Elves are waiting to greet all the good little boys and girls before taking them down our magical woodland path to find Santa. Children can enjoy time at the activity table prior to the Grotto visit and a personal visit with Santa.

Places are limited so book early.

Crimple Hall,  Leeds Road, Pannal,  HG3 1EW. Tel: 01423 873102


Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway – Santa Specials

Sunday 25th November 2018 – EARLY BIRD – 20% OFF
Weekends from 1st-24th December 2018
Tuesday 11th December 2018 (ideal for schools and playgroups)
Friday 21st December 2018
Saturday 15th & 22nd & Sunday 23rd December 2018. Evening Santa Special

The fires will be lit at Bolton Abbey station, the Refreshment Room will be bulging with mince pies and other seasonal fare, (as will the Buffet Cars) and decorations will be all around. And Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well-behaved children.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Tel: 01756 710614


Family Breakfast with Santa, Langlands Garden Centre

Every weekend from 15th December PLUS Monday 24th December 2018. 8.30-10am

Enjoy a family breakfast and a visit from Santa!  Each child will receive a gift from Santa.

£11.99 per child and £9.99 per adult.

Pre-booking required.

York Rd, Whinmoor, Leeds LS15 4NF. Tel: 0113 273 1949


Father Christmas at Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

1st – 24th December 2018, 11am-2pm

Visit Father Christmas in his traditional green suit at Askham Bryan College this December. Children can meet Father Christmas and receive a special present,  join in with the Christmas bauble trail and explore the beautiful woodlands in the wildlife park.
£5 per child to meet Father Christmas, on top of normal wildlife park admission.

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Nr York. Tel: 01904 772270

 


Father Christmas at Bolton Abbey

1st, 2nd, 8th, 19th and 15th – 23rd December 2018

Father Christmas and his cheeky elves will be returning to Strid Wood. The atmosphere will be set with open log fires, Christmas carols playing softly through the trees, an abundance of twinkly lights, vintage coffee van and the opportunity to put a festive message on our special wishing tree and the chance to make reindeer dust.

Each child will receive a gift from Father Christmas.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6EX.  Tel: 01756 718000


Father Christmas at Temple Newsam

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December 2018, 1 – 4pm

The elves and Father Christmas are working hard at Temple Newsam to get ready for Christmas but he will be taking a break Saturday and Sunday afternoons to welcome younger visitors to visit his workshop, have a chat and receive an early gift. Book a time slot to see him to avoid disappointment.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Tickets for Santa: £4 plus normal admission. Under 1s free

Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460

 


Father Christmas in the Woods at Oakwell Country Park

21st December 2018, 4.30pm & 5.30pm

Join Santa and his helpers around the campfire and make a wooden Christmas decoration. Children must be 5 and over and accompanied by an adult. £8 per child.

Pre-booking required.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG. Tel: 01924 324761.


Father Christmas is visiting The Duke of Wellington East Keswick

24th December 2018, 12.30pm – 2pm

Santa is coming to the Duke on Xmas Eve this is a free event but places must be reserved as limited availability.

The Duke Of Wellington Main Street, East Keswick. Tel: 01937 574647


Flamingo Land Story Time with Santa

Santa will be visiting Flamingo Land every weekend from Saturday 24th November to Sunday 16th December and every day from Monday 17th December until Christmas Eve!

For just £10 children can meet Santa and Peter Rabbit, enjoy a story and receive a gift!

Flamingo Land, Malton YO17 6UX. Tel: 0800 40 888 40


Lakeside Cafe – Santa’s Grotto and Lunch

Supper with Santa – Friday 21st December 2018, 4-6pm

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday 22nd December 2018, 9-11am

Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa in his magical Grotto and tell him all about their Christmas wishes. The Elves will be on hand to give out Christmas presents and provide plenty of Festive cheer!

When you have met Santa children will be given the chance to have breakfast/evening meal from the Children’s menu.  £12 per child.

Pre-booking required.

Lakeside Cafe, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2JL. Tel: 0113 2657338 


Langlands Garden Centre – Santa’s Grotto

Every weekend from18th November 2018. 11am-4pm PLUS Friday 21st December 2018. 3-5pm & Monday 24th December 2018. 11am-4pm

In the 15 minute experience, children get to meet Santa, choose their own toy from Santa’s toy store, participate in festive crafts and each child gets a mini Christmas Tree for them to grow at home.

£7.50 per child. Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

 York Rd, Whinmoor, Leeds LS15 4NF. Tel: 0113 273 1949


Leeds Christkindelmarket

Friday 9th November – Saturday 22nd December 2018. 10.30am – 9.30pm Monday – Saturday. 10.30am – 7.30pm Sundays.

Christkindelmarkt is Leeds’ annual traditional German Christmas market, bringing a little piece of Germany into the heart of the city centre. Millennium Square will be transformed into a scenic winter village featuring a variety of authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats, a traditional carousel and daily programme of light entertainment.

Every Sunday families can enjoy a children’s show in the open air market square, featuring sing-alongs, games, face painting and balloon modelling, with appearances from the Winter Wonderland Princesses and other characters. 11am -1pm. (Except 11th November) Drop-in event. No booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers. 

Santa’s Breakfast Experience – Join Santa for Breakfast in the Alp Chalet each Saturday and Sunday from 24th November until 22nd December from 10.30-11.45am.  Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 378 6988


Lidgett Lane Community Centre Kids Christmas Party

15th December 2018, 12-2pm

Kids Christmas Party with a special guest appearance from Santa! Also including disco, party games,
free refreshments and light lunch

Open to members and non-members.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by emailing LidgettLaneCC@yahoo.co.uk no later than Friday 7th December 2018.

Lidgett Lane Community Centre.


Little Leo’s Christmas Party

16th December 2018, 12.45pm

Everyone welcome, children will meet Santa and there will be a DJ and disco to get you in the festive spirit!

Food included and a small gift from Santa.

Little Leo’s children are free and other £5.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Email littleleaos@gmail.com to reserve your tickets.

Clubhouse, Leo’s Rugby Club, Crag Lane, LS17 5PR

 


Meanwood Valley Urban Farm – Seeking Santa & Christmas Fayre

8th December 2018, 11am- 2pm

See if you can find Santa in his grotto by following Santa’s Trail.  Families can visit Santa in his grotto, make Christmas cards and decorations at the craft table, decorate a wreath, tombola and more!

Admission Adults £2
Children £1 (allows reduced entry to Santa’s Grotto)

39 Sugar Well Rd, Leeds LS7 2QG. Tel:  0113 262 9759

Meet Father Christmas at York Castle Museum

17th , 18th, 24th, 25th November, 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd December 2018. 10am-4pm (Early closing 24th December at 1pm)


Middleton Railway Santa Specials

Santa Specials: Weekends from 1st – 23rd December & Monday 24th December 2018. Trains – 10am,10.45am,11.30am,12.15pm,2.15pm,3pm,3.45pm

Board the Santa Special awaiting at the platform.  Keen eyed children will soon spot Santa and his elves boarding the train.  On the journey to the park and back Santa will have a specially selected present for each member of his young audience.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Tel: 0845 680 1758


Murton Park Santa Special, York

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th,16th, 22nd, 23rd December 2018

The Derwent Valley Light Railway shall be running heritage passenger trains on which children will receive an early present from Santa.

Join Chief Elf Bauble for a guided tour of Santa’s village to meet the elves who are busy at work preparing for the big day.  Take a look through Father Christmas’s House which is very tastefully decorated with traditional decorations and a wood burning fire to warm yourselves.

Drop-in event. No booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, York, YO19 5UF.  Tel: 01904489966


North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials

Weekends from 1st – 23rd December 2018. Trains depart 9:35am, 11:10am, 1:55pm & 3:30pm

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

Departing from Pickering Station, the Santa Specials bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the legendary man himself in his grotto on board the train.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Tel: 01751 472508


Piglets Magical Sleigh Rides

Every day from 24th November – 24th December 2018

For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, visit Piglets Adventure Farm this festive season!
Check in at Elf Airlines and Santa’s sleigh will whisk you to the woodland village where you will be greeted by Mrs Claus and taken to see Santa in his Grotto. Children can share their wishes with Santa and they’ll be given a magic key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop and choose a perfect present from a huge selection.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST.  Tel: 01904 499 700


Rainbow Factory Santa’s Story Grotto

1st and 2nd December 2018, 10am-4pm

Join the Rainbow Factory on an enchanting journey as they adventure with Santa’s Elves to help get everything ready for Christmas.

Step into Santa’s Workshop to make, bake, play and sing before getting to meet Santa himself and if you have been good, he may have a special present for you! Event lasts 1 hour.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Rainbow Factory Springfield Commercial Centre, Farsley,  LS28 5LY. Tel: 0113 257 5750

 


RHS Harlow Carr – Stories with Santa

30th November – 2nd December, 7th-9th December & 14th-24th December 2018. 

Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good, receive a small gift.

With your e-ticket, you can enter the garden up to an hour before your session time with Mr & Mrs Claus to have a quick walk around the Winter Garden, take part in our Christmas craft activity and  make some magical reindeer food to take home with you.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB Tel: 01423 56541


Santa at Swithens Farm

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December  2018, 10am-4pm

Santa will also be in his grotto each weekend in December until Christmas Eve. If you wish to see Santa the cost is £5.00 per child including a great gift.

Drop-in event. No booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Swithens Farm Swithens Lane Rothwell, LS26 0BT. Tel: 0113 282 8828


Santa Steam Specials at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Every weekend from 1st December 2018 & Christmas Eve

Every year the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway run Santa Specials. Join us for a journey behind one of our iconic steam locomotives for festive fun when Santa Clause travels along the Railway spreading goodwill all around.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

The Railway StationHaworthBD22 8NJ. Tel: 01535 645214


Santa Sundays at Forbidden Corner

2nd, 8th, 16th, 23rd December 2018

Father Christmas will be making his annual trips to meet the visitors at The Forbidden Corner. You can meet Santa and tell him what you are wanting for Christmas (as long as you have been nice this year!). Every child visiting will receive a present (which is included in the admission price.

Pre-booking required.

Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4TJ. Tel: 01969 640638


Santa Underground – National Coal Mining Museum

24th & 25th November, 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th 15th, 16th 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd December 2018. 10am-4pm (until 5pm 19th & 20th December 2018) (After school visits 19th & 20th December)

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.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH. Tel: 01924 848806


Santa’s Grotto at Eureka

24th, 25th November, Weekends in December and Daily from 19th -23rd December 2018

17th & 18th December designated Toddler Days

Open 11am -4.30pm and 2.30-3.30pm during term time. (*The grotto will open an hour early (10am-11am) just for children with autism to meet Father Christmas.)

Visit Santa and his friendly elves in the enchanted grotto. £4 per child. Purchase tickets on entry to avoid disappointment.

Drop-in event, no booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Eureka, 2 Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. Tel:  01422 330069


Santa’s Grotto at Merrion Centre

17th, 18th, 24th, 25th November, 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 13th -24th December 2018, 11am-4.30pm

Visit Santa in his Christmas bauble Grotto in the main mall, complete with a magic post box where children can write your very own letter to Santa!

Visit only: FREE

Visit & Present: £4 per child

Visit & Photo: £6 per child

Visit, Present & Photo: £8 per child

Drop-in event. No booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Merrion Street, Leeds,LS2 8NG

 


Santa’s Grotto at St Johns Centre

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December 2018, 10am-4pm

Come and visit Santa’s Grotto on weekends during December.

Entry is £2.50 per child including a gift, all proceeds go to Mind.

St johns Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8LQ


Santa’s Sweet Adventure at York’s Chocolate Story

24th November – 24th December 2018. 9.30-5pm
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!

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

York’s Chocolate Story, King’s Square, York YO1 7LD. Tel: 01904 527765

 


Santa at Cannon Hall Farm

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 15th – 24th December 2018 

Every child visiting Santa will be given a passport to the North Pole, and will make their way through our elf check in.   The diligent elves will check if children have been naughty or nice – and to make doubly sure children will have to pass through the special elf check-in scanner. They can then make their way to the magical grotto to meet Santa himself and receive a gift.

You can also book a Santa Special (Breakfast or Lunch With Santa)  Meet Santa, take a tractor and trailer ride and enjoy a Christmas singalong with Rudolph and the elves.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley.  Tel:  01226 790427


St Gemma’s Christmas Market

30th November, 3-8pm and 1st December, 10am-4pm

The Christmas Market is set to be a fantastic festive event full of stalls, games, entertainment and refreshments! There will be over 30 local stall holders offering jewellery, cosmetics, handmade crafts and gifts, local food produce and homeware. We will also be running plenty of fundraising games and tombolas, Santa’s Grotto, face painting and real Christmas trees will be on sale!

329 Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6QD


St Paul’s Craft, Kegs and Carols Christmas Fair

1st December 2018. 12-3.30pm

Join St Paul’s for their Crafts, Kegs, and Carols Christmas Fair.
With stalls, warm drinks and Santa Claus himself will be popping along and say Hello!
Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

Drop-in event. No booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers. 

St. Paul’s Church, Raynel Drive. Leeds


Stockeld Park Santa’s Grotto

17th November -24th December 2018

As well as meeting Santa, you could go Nordic skiing, enjoy various adventure play areas and travel around the enchanted forest filled with glowing displays.

This year you will also be able to purchase grotto tickets online on selected dates (subject to availability).

Santa’s Grotto tickets include a Christmas gift which is suitable for all ages, including under-3s.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road. Tel: 01937 586333

 


Storytime in Santa’s Grotto at Leeds Central Library

15th December 2018. 1.30-3pm
Father Christmas is coming into Leeds Central Library for a wonderful Christmas storytime with songs. Each child will receive a special keepsake Christmas book which Father Christmas will personally sign during a magical meet and greet. Get creative with an assortment of festive crafts throughout the afternoon.

Tickets: £8 per child or £7 with a library card, adults FREE

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Calverley Street, LS1 3AB Leeds. Tel: 0113 378 5005

Sundown Adventure Christmas Spectacular

17th of November – 24th December 2018

The Christmas Spectacular ticket includes a pre-booked Santa visit on the Magical Night Before Christmas Ride and also free access all day to all the other park’s rides and attractions.

Pre-booking required.

Treswell Road, near Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HX Tel: 01777 248274


The Eureka Grotto

Weekends from 24th November – 23rd December & 17th-21st December 2018. (Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th – Designated Toddler Days). 

Step inside the enchanted grotto to meet Father Christmas and the friendliest elves in town!
Grotto tickets should be purchased from the info desk at arrival before 3.30pm to avoid disappointment.

Drop-in event. No booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE. Tel:  01422 330069


The Kirklees Light Railway Santa Specials

1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December 2018

Climb aboard the Kirklees Light Railway’s Santa Specials and travel in steam heated carriages to the North Pole (aka Shelley Station). Santa will be waiting in his grotto with sacks full of presents for the children.

Children will have an opportunity to write their letters to Santa, complete activity and colouring sheets and, if they want to brave the cold, have a run around on the outdoor playground.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West HD8 9XJ. Tel: 01484 865727


The Magical Christmas Maze At The Light Leeds

8th, 9th, 15th & 16th December 2018, 2.00pm-4.30pm

This Christmas, follow the Magical Maze through to Santas workshop, where you can have fun making festive crafts with the Elves. There’s have yummy hot chocolate to keep you warm before you get to see Santa Claus himself!

All children will receive a gift from Santa.

Expected time around 30mins. All ticket proceeds go to Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids.

Booking required.  Tickets available via Eventbrite

The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL


The Red Lion at Shadwell Children’s Christmas Party

15th December 2018, 2pm-5pm

The popular Children’s Christmas Party includes crafts and games for all the family as well as the opportunity to meet Santa in his grotto.

To ensure all children get adequate time in the grotto the party is strictly limited to 60 children and places are allocated first come, first seen. Children will visit in the order they arrive on the day via a ticketing system (given on the day).

Food is available to order from 12noon.

Drop-in event, no booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Mai Street, Shadwell. Tel:  0113 273 7463


The Victoria Leeds Festive Lodge & Grotto

7th – 23rd December 2018

A Festive Lodge full of delights, enjoy bratwurst, fondu and other bites. There’ll be music, song and Christmas cheer, and a special guest who’s flown in by reindeer!  Santa will be visiting from the 8th-9th December, 10th-14th from 2pm-6pm and then he’ll be back from the 15th-23rd December.

Booking required.  

Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, LS2 7AU


Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December 2018

Be amazed on a magical journey (last 2 hours) as you join your very own Elf on a unique Adventure!

Includes luxury welcome drinks, Mrs. Christmas’ festive kitchen, Elf workshop (includes NEW Build a Bear!), NEW live, interactive choreographed show, a ride on the Santa Express to the deer park, magical Grotto experience, plus all the fun of the farm.

Pre-booking required.

Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS. Tel: 01282 841148

 


Tots Club Brekkie with Santa at Wacky Warehouse Lawnswood Arms

19th December 2018. 10am-12pm


Visit Santa at Crag House Farm Festive Family Fun Day

1st and 8th December 2018, 10am – 4pm

A great family day out, with lots to see, do, buy and eat. All the profits of the day go to support Caring For Life.  Father Christmas arrives on a horse-drawn carriage, there will also be Christmas gifts, crafts, decorations, festive treats & Christmas Trees available to buy.

Free entry.

Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Crag House Farm, Otley Old Rd, Leeds LS16 7NH.


Visit Santa in his Grotto at Wacky Warehouse Lawnswood Arms

14th December 2018. 5-7pm

Visit Santa in his grotto at Wacky Warehouse, each child will receive a present.

£5per child Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Wacky Warehouse, Lawnswood Arms. Tel: 0113 267 1823


Williams Den – Christmas at The Den

There are plenty of magical moments to enjoy this Christmas at William’s Den. With a sack full of events, activities and food, there will be something to get all the family in the festive spirit. From meeting Father and Mother Christmas to skating on our bigger and better rink (from 23rd November), Christmas parties till late to brunch with special guests, it is sure to be an enchanting experience.

Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS. Tel: 01430 472230


Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at York Designer Outlet

17th November – 23rd December 2018

Saturdays 9.30am-6pm, Sundays 9.30am-5pm, From 26th November to 14th December Weekdays 11am-5pm, 17th -21st December 9.30am-5pm, 23rd December 9.30am-3.30pm

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Santa and this year he has a stunning log cabin set at the end of a Christmas tree walk, with his giant-size reindeer and sleigh. There’s a wrapped gift for every child!

*Please note that the grotto will be closed 19th – 23rd November.

Drop-in event. No booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

York Designer Outlet,  YO19 4TA. Tel: 01904 682700