Top 5 places to Visit Santa in County Durham 2023

Santa's Christmas Party at the Cunard Building, Liverpool

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that time of year when the nights start drawing in, the central heating goes on and the Christmas decorations arrive in the shops. On every parent’s to do list is getting the children to write to Santa and plan a Santa visit, oh and don’t forget the advent calendar!

So where can we visit Santa in County Durham 2023, here is all the info you need including prices and how to book.

1.   Bowes Museum – Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto 2023

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Address: The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8NP

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Erddig National Trust

2.   Raby Castle – Father Christmas at Raby Castle 2023

Selected dates from 25th November – 24th December | From £24.50 to £28.50

Come and meet Father Christmas this winter season in the spectacular setting of Raby Castle.

Follow our festive footmen through glittering halls and gather round our roaring fire in the Entrance Hall for a special story with Father Christmas. He might even bring a present or two!

Complete with song, dance and laughter, this magical experience at Raby has become a wonderful Christmas tradition for our visitors.

Fireside stories with Father Christmas

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Address: Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Erddig National Trust

3.  Beamish – Father Christmas’ Grotto 2023

B sure to visit Father Christmas in his cosy Grotto at Rowley Station Goods Yard (extra charge applies, pre-booking essential, subject to availability).

This is a separate ticketed evening event ­– Beamish Unlimited Passes and Friends of Beamish memberships are not valid for evening events.

Christmas daytimes at Beamish will take place from 25th November to 24th December 2023 – further details will be announced soon!

Christmas Evening ticket prices

  • Adult £19
  • Child (2-16 years) £12.50
  • Grotto (0-16 years) £8

– full details here

Address: Regional Resource Centre, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG

4.  Santa at Weardale Railway 2023 – Christmas Santa Specials

Departing Station: Stanhope

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All aboard for a magical journey through the Weardale countryside this Christmas!

Four trains a day will depart from a festively decorated ‘Santahope’ Station at 1030, 1240, 1450 and 1700 (except for Christmas Eve when only the 1030 and 1240 services will operate).

The journey will take approximately an hour and you will be accompanied throughout by Santa’s elves and our team.

Meet Santa and Mrs Claus with every child receiving a gift from Santa!

The whole experience will last approximately 2 hours with the opportunity to visit the ‘Story Train’ and participate in Christmas activities.

Booking Information

​Children under the age of two may sit on a parent or guardian’s lap, therefore do not require their own seat and will not be guaranteed one.

​Tickets are sold individually. Whilst Weardale Railway Limited will make every effort to sit families and groups together, there may be occasions where we are unable to accommodate this.

​For all enquiries regarding the Christmas trains, please send an e-mail to

Address: Stanhope Station Weardale, County Durham, DL13 2YS

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5.     Hardwick Hall Hotel – BELIEVE Christmas

Santa Sunday at Hardwick Hall

Sunday 17th December

Our afternoon festive shows include 2 course festive party menu and live entertainment.

Arrive from 12pm | Lunch served at 12.30pm Show 2pm approx | Carriages at 4pm

Festive fun for all the family!

Join us for an afternoon of festive frolics, be welcomed by Disney characters, enjoy Mr Twister’s Magic Show, balloon modelling, face painting, 2 course Christmas lunch and finally the main event, a visit by “Santa Claus.”

All children receive a gift from Santa.

– Adult £22.95
– Child 2-12 £18.95
– Under 2’s £1

Address: Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, County Durham, TS21 2EH

To find other places to see Santa in the UK why not check out:

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Top 5 places to Visit Santa in County Durham 2023

5 Places to Visit Santa in Staffordshire in 2023

Where to Visit Santa in Wirral in 2023

Where to Visit Santa in Liverpool in 2023

Places to Visit Santa in London 2023

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Alicia lives in County Durham and is Mum to two boys, one aged 2 and a newborn.

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