Places to Visit Santa in North Yorkshire Christmas 2023!

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Top Places to Visit Father Christmas in North Yorkshire 2023

Santa at National Trust Fountains Abbey, Ripon

Story time with Father Christmas at Fountains Abbey, Ripon 2023

We do not as yet have dates for 2023

If you’re looking for a lovely local Father Christmas storytime event why not try a visit to Beningbrough Hall. The man himself will be sharing a brand new tale, Musical Mayhem, in the Victorian laundry. Join a small group for stories, list checking and gifts.

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Santa at Beningbrough Hall 2023

Storytime with the man in red will return in December. Small group sessions will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 – 17 December 2023. There’s a brand new theme and a brand new story to boot.

Come back soon for further details of what to expect in 2023.

As ever we recommend booking as the event sells out ahead of the weekends. We aim to release tickets in September if you want to make a note and come back after summer. Updates are always posted on social media so to be one of the first to hear the news, follow and like on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Santa at North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Special, Pickering 2023

Santa Claus is coming to … the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
25, 26 November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 December

Join Santa and his special team of elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

This enchanting Christmas experience sees Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages, giving children a chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train, and gifting a special soft toy present to the children onboard – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

🎅 Santa will visit you in your seat and check if you’ve been good or bad.
🧝 Meet Santa’s Helpers onboard for fun and games! 
🎁 Soft toy for Children aged 1-15 which they can complete themselves.
🎒 NYMR Christmas backpack.
⏱️ The return journey lasts approx. 1 hour on board the Santa Express from Pickering or Grosmont.

Wrap up warm – we always advise passengers to wrap up warm during the winter months. Whilst our carriages are steam heated you’re welcome to bring a blanket for extra cosiness on the train journey just in case.

Service Departure Times

Pickering: 0955, 1125, 1300 or 1455

Grosmont:1000, 1130, 1305 or 1500

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Santa at Stockeld Park, Wetherby 2023

What could make Christmas more magical than meeting Father Christmas himself? Enter Santa’s Grotto, make lasting memories that will be cherished by young and old, and enjoy the magic of one of the best and most authentic Santa’s Meet & Greet events in North Yorkshire.

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!

Get your family together, throw yourselves into the spirit of Christmas and come and meet Santa in his spacious Grotto!

For more information and to book go to:

Santa at Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough 2023

There’s so much to enjoy at Mother Shipton’s Cave in 2023

Step into a world of magic and wonder as you enter Mother Shipton’s magical Christmas experience. Get ready, for Santa is flying through the starry skies to meet you!

From the moment you step onto this enchanted land, Santa’s cheerful elves will welcome you with open arms. Every child with a Santa Experience Ticket will receive a pack of festive activities, a magical pass to unlocking the wonders that await.

As you wander through the winter woodland, the Christmas Village awaits, a place where enchantment and holiday spirit intertwine. Gaze upon the merry displays and festive delights that fill the air with joy.

And who could forget Chief Elf Chestnut, the embodiment of excitement and joy? He’ll lead you to the highlight of your journey—a special visit to Santa himself! Step into his cozy grotto, where time stands still as you create memories that will warm your heart for years to come.

Pose for a photo inside Santa’s magic sleigh, before he journeys through snow-covered lands and starlit skies on Christmas Eve night.

Gather around Holly Berry, the enchanting storyteller, as she weaves tales of wonder and merriment. Settle upon the reindeer chairs nestled within her charming tipi, adorned with lights that shimmer like angel wings.

Create your very own bag of reindeer food, a magical blend that you’ll sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve to guide Santa’s reindeer to your home.

In the heart of this mystical place, find the Snowy Owl Sorting Office and send your heartfelt wishes to Santa himself. Stamp, seal, and imagine your letter soaring through the night sky.

Don’t forget to enjoy the delicious treats, like hot chocolate, gingerbread biscuits, and mince pies. The quirky refreshment cabins, snug log gazebos, and inviting picnic benches are waiting to embrace you.

Deeper into the woodland, discover the wonders of the Petrifying Well, the Cave, and the Wishing Well, where wishes take flight like twinkling stars.

So come to Mother Shipton’s realm of magic and joy this Christmas. Let your spirits soar as you embark on a Christmas experience that will leave you spellbound and brimming with holiday cheer.

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Santa at Thorp Perrow, Bedale 2023

EXCITEMENT is building at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale, with Santa due to arrive on Saturday 25th November!

Santa, Mrs Claus and their elf helpers will be welcoming their first visitors of the season to the Grotto after a gloriously seasonal woodland walk through the Arboretum.

Visitors will be treated to an adventure through miniature forest fairy worlds and frozen tundra before meeting Santa and – if they’ve been good – receiving a little gift.

Bookings open for Season Ticket Holders on 16th September and for all other visitors on 30th September.

All bookings are through our website:

All children must have a Grotto ticket and a standard admission ticket. All accompanying adults must purchase a standard admission ticket (exemptions apply).

Tickets are non-refundable.

Grotto dates: 25th-26th November, 1st-3rd December, 8th-11th December, 15th-17th December, 19th-24th December. Times vary between 10am and 7pm.

Please read all T&Cs.

Santa at York’s Chocolate Story 2023

Join our ‘Chocolate making with Santa’ experience where you will have the chance to meet Santa and even make delicious chocolate lollies with him and his trusty elf. Our guided tour experience will take you on a journey through the rich history of chocolate. You’ll be amazed by fascinating facts, interactive exhibits, and hands-on chocolate-making. And that’s not all – each guest will receive a special hand-delivered gift from Santa and have the opportunity to snap a photo with the jolly man himself. It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

The entire experience lasts between 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, and the price of entry includes a guided tour, meeting Santa, making chocolate with Santa and his Elf, a gift from Santa, and the opportunity to take photos with Santa.

Visit Father Christmas at Web Adventure Park

For unforgettable festive memories, enjoy a magical Christmas Experience at the Web Adventure Park. A wondrous event that includes a family audience with Father Christmas himself, a few cheeky Elves, and Father Christmas’ real reindeer, Donner, and Blitzen.

You will choose a slot to visit the grotto where you will find Father Christmas and his Elves checking the naughty and nice list. If you are good and have managed to make it onto the right one, the Elves may have a special gift for you! 

You may enter the park any time after 9.30 am and stay all day, but the time you choose is your allocated time to visit Father Christmas in his grotto – please be punctual or you may end up on the naughty list.

Tickets include unlimited rides at our Christmas Fairground, which sparkles at dusk. Our thirteen rides include the Double Carousel, Helter-Skelter, Balloons, Pony Express, Cups and Saucers, Apple Coaster, Lightyear and more! There are thrills for all ages, from little tots up to adults!

Dazzling Darren will be here with his daily Christmas Entertainment shows. Which include music, magic, prizes, and of course lots of festive fun. You may even see the naughty Grinch make an appearance!

For excitement whatever the weather, we have a huge indoor play area for children to let off steam and warm up. With areas for babies up to bigger children, parents can relax and enjoy a luxury hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine.

Christmas trees, twinkling lights, festive characters, and magical joy for the whole family. The Winter Park is a full day of exciting and wholesome festivities.

Please note, visiting Father Christmas involves an outdoor experience. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as you may be outside for some time to enjoy the unlimited rides, adventure park, animals, and Father Christmas. Hats, gloves, waterproofs, and wellies are advised. 

The later slots have the full impact of the twinkling lights – so please don’t be put off booking a twilight slot. This just means enjoying the park during the day, and then visiting the grotto just before you leave. You can come any time after 9:30 am and leave up to 6:00 pm. 


  • 25th & 26th of November
  • 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th of December 

PLEASE NOTE – This is an all-day event; your time slot is only your allocated time to visit Father Christmas. You can come to the park anytime and stay as long as you like, but access to Father Christmas is strictly for the time slot you book. We hope you enjoy it!

A brand-new Christmas event for 2023, Baby Meets Santa will be running on the 6th and 7th of December. With only two dates available, please pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment. 

This special Christmas event is perfect for babies who are too young to enjoy the rides, but still want a meeting with Father Christmas! A special event that is filled with festive spirit, ideal for a little one’s first Christmas.

Santa at Castle Howard 2023

An Immersive theatre experience for families within the Main House

This Christmas Mr & Mrs Claus have taken up residence at Castle Howard as they make final preparations for the big day, and you are invited to join them!

They’ll need a little of your help, a lot of your love and as much festive cheer as you can muster. There’ll be a present or two that need sorting, some reindeers that need preparing, and a little magic that needs sprinkling to ensure Christmas happens without a hitch this year.

Each child will be given a gift box to take away, and we are delighted to be partnering with local crafting company ‘Forest, Craft and Play’, who have designed and produced gorgeous, sustainable, eco friendly and very magical gifts to accompany this year’s Father Christmas experiences.

Christmas experiences don’t come more magical than this! Set in private rooms within the grandeur of Castle Howard, your ticket to see Father Christmas and Friends also includes a visit to ‘Into The Woods; A Fairytale Christmas’, a series of theatrical installations throughout the Main House.

Please select your preferred date & time from the Calendar, the time slot chosen should be for the time you would like to attend the experience with Father Christmas and Friends. You will be able to enter the Gardens & Grounds at your leisure from 10am.

Santa on River Ouse, York in 2023

Join Santa for a marvellously magical festive cruise on the River Ouse at Christmas! 

You might think that Santa is far too busy to drop in to York to see all the good boys and girls, but you’d be wrong! Santa is a big fan of City Cruises (we’re his favourite) and loves coming to see us every year to spread festive cheer!

Get ready for an extraordinary Christmas adventure aboard a City Cruises boat, where you’ll be joining Santa himself for a magical cruise along the stunning River Ouse!

Elevate your festive celebrations with the renowned City Cruises Santa Experience – one of the best Christmas experiences in York! Explore Santa’s North Pole Grotto then step onto the most festively adorned boat in York, accompanied by one of Santa’s treasured Elves and the ever-jolly St. Nick himself. This is your chance to bask in the unparalleled joy of Christmas on a truly exceptional Santa experience that stands out as one of the finest in York!

Pre-Booking Only – Presents are prepared well in advance so we can’t take walk-ups – book early to guarantee the best price!

From £13.00 per person.

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Ian & Emma Phillips live in Bolton with their three children, two boys aged 8 and 6 and their little girl who is now 4. Emma also writes over at Fuelled by Latte.

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