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Places to Visit Santa in North Yorkshire Christmas 2019!

Top Places to Visit Father Christmas in North Yorkshire.

National Trust Fountains Abbey, Ripon

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Saturdays and Sundays from 23rd November – 22nd December

£10 per child

The big man is back in Fountains Hall this year but with a twist. He’s here for storytime! Book to see him in his cosy reading room grotto at Fountains Hall where you’ll get to hear a Festive Fountains tale. You’ll get time with Father Christmas himself and get a little gift to take home, too. Please be aware that this is a bookable event this year.

To book telephone: 0344 249 1895

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Special, Pickering

Departing from Pickering Station: 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 December 2019.

9:35, 11:10, 13:55 & 15:30, lasting approximately 75 minutes. 

Price Adult £23, Child £23 including present and activity bag.

For a festive journey with a difference, join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which runs on selected dates in December.  Departing from Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby Stations, these Santa Specials bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the legendary man in his grotto on board the train. Children will also receive a fun activity sheet with colouring pencils and a juice drink when they visit Santa plus an age appropriate present along with a North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa hat.  The festive round trip lasts approximately one hour from the departure station and each Santa Express Ticket includes a delicious mince pie and a warming hot drink for everyone with a little alcoholic tipple for the adults. 

Departing from Pickering Station, the Santa Express brings Christmas to life and gives children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree....

Stockeld Park, Wetherby

16 November – 24 December

£8.50 per child + 2 adults off peak

£12.00 per child + 2 adults peak

Fans of a traditional Santa’s Grotto are in for a treat at Stockeld Park where a cosy, rustic wooden cabin, decked with twinkling lights, awaits Santa’s arrival from Lapland from 16 November until 24 December, as part of Stockeld Park’s famous adventure season, which includes The Snowflake Maze, Winter illuminations in the award-winning Enchanted Forest, a Nordic Ski Trail and ice skating. 

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!

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Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough

Saturday 30 November – Tuesday 24 December

Adult: £6.00 – £8.00, Child: £19.50 – £22.50, Under 1: £10.00 – £12.00

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. 

Chief Elf Chestnut has the important task of warming you up before entering the stunning grotto that leads you through to meet Santa. There children will receive a very special gift and have a photo taken, which will then be available to buy in the Christmas Shop.

Tickets to see Santa can be purchased ONLINE ONLY, selected dates from 1st to 24th December. Mother Shipton’s will also be hosting a Champion Day on 30th November for children and adults who would prefer a quieter, more relaxed visit to Santa with no bright lights or loud noises.

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Santa's Christmas Party at the Cunard Building, Liverpool

Thorp Perrow, Bedale

7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019

Santa’s Grotto costs £6.00 per child (standard entry charges apply, payable on arrival). As usual, there is no entry cost for Season Ticket holders.

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?

Draw a Christmas picture or write and post a letter to Santa at the craft tables. When it’s your turn Santa will invite you into his cosy living room for a chat and the chance to have a photo. There is a gift for every child too.

The morning of Sunday 8th December is dedicated to our ‘autism-friendly’ slots. Please contact our office for further information. Telephone: 01677 425323 or email:

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York’s Chocolate Story: Santa’s Sweet Adventure

23rd November -24th December

Child: £17.50, Child Under 4 years old : £6.00, Adult: £9:50

This December, 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! 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!

Price of entry, includes:

  • Meeting with Santa
  • Commemorative photo
  • Festive chocolate making activity

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Baby’s First Christmas, Web Adventure Park

A perfect way to celebrate a baby’s first Christmas, Baby Meets Santa at Web Adventure Park is a relaxing, sensory, two-hour Christmas experience that gently introduces little ones to Santa in a festive environment, with activities and Christmas songs led by elves. There is also the chance for individual family time with Father Christmas in his grotto to capture that all-important first baby and Santa photo.  Selected dates from Thursday 12 – Friday 20 December from 10am to 12 noon.

Ticket prices: £10 child, £1.75 adults, available in person or by calling 01904 692221.

Polar Explorer breakfast, Web Adventure Park

Feed themselves and make some reindeer food!  Children can enjoy a scrumptious North Pole breakfast and time to meet Father Christmas in his grotto at the Web Adventure Park.  Ticket includes making reindeer food, Christmas crafts to take home, a gift from Father Christmas and unlimited time to play afterwards in the Web Adventure Park.  Places are limited, so early booking is advised.  

Ticket prices: £12 child, adults £2.25, available in person or by calling 01904 692221.  Selected dates from 14 – 24 December. Times: 10am to 12 noon, stay and play afterwards.

Enchanting Evenings at Castle Howard

Taking the experience to another level Castle Howard’s exclusive evenings with Father Christmas start with a festive tea party in the Grecian Hall before setting off on a candle-lit trail around the beautifully decorated historic house, before they find Father Christmas and his friends in the magnificent Great Hall, which is filled with one of the largest indoor Christmas trees in the country!  Children are invited to gather by the tree and join in with music and stories before receiving their personalised present from Father Christmas, with photo opportunities too. 

The event runs from 6pm to 8pm (approximately) on selected dates from Sunday 1 December to Monday 23 December.  Please note: accompanying adult tickets must be purchased upon booking and will include admission into the event and refreshments. Evening with Father Christmas tickets do not include admission to the house and grounds during the day. £75.00 per child, £15.00 per accompanying adult.

Castle Howard is also hosting two other Father Christmas experiences – for the Audience with Father Christmas, the big man and his friends gather round the fire, telling stories and singing songs before handing out personalised presents and posing for photos.  For those looking for a more ‘spur of the moment visit’, the drop-in Santa’s Grotto in the Courtyard Grotto offers an easy way to meet Father Christmas and his elves in the Courtyard Café.

Audience with Father Christmas: Child ticket includes: visit to Father Christmas, access to House & Gardens, invitation from Father Christmas and a personalised gift.  Each session lasts approx 45 minutes at selected times throughout the day from Saturday 23 November to Monday 23 December 2019 (please check the booking page for individual dates and times).  £27.50 per child. NB: Adults accompanying children are required to purchase either an inclusive (House & Gardens) or Gardens only ticket.   Drop-in Santa’s Grotto is just £8 per child, with timed slots available each day and no booking necessary.

Float to Santa’s secret grotto

The Santa Cruise experience takes to the River Ouse on Saturday 30 November until Monday 23 December.  The one-hour trip includes a welcome to the Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath Lendal Bridge, a personalised present from Santa hand delivered to each child, face painting, refreshments, fun and surprises. 

From £13.00 per person.

Tales with Father Christmas at Treasurer’s House

Visit this beautiful National Trust property next to York Minster for a behind-the-scenes hard hat visit across the roof tops to the attics where Father Christmas has been set up with a special grotto, and is telling stories and handing out presents.   Ages 4+. 

£8.50 per person plus entry into house, booking essential.  Call 01904 624247 or visit Sunday 1 December – Saturday 21 December weekends only.

Holiday Washing at Beningbrough Hall 

In a new and unforgettable experience at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, families can meet Father Christmas and hear all about his adventures, travels and holiday washing!  Storytime with Father Christmas – rewashed! Runs from Saturday 30 November – Sunday 22 December, 11am-3.30pm, and includes meet and greet, storytelling and a gift. 

Booking essential 01904 472014.  £10 per child and one adult plus normal admission charges.

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