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Top 5 places to Visit Santa in County Durham Christmas 2021

Top 5 places to Visit Santa in County Durham Christmas 2021

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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, here is all the info you need including prices and how to book.

1.   Bowes Museum – Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto

Unfortunately the Bowes Museum is closed for 2020

Follow this link to book

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

Fireside Stories is now fully booked!

Father Christmas will be returning to his favourite fireside chair in the beautifully decorated Grand Entrance Hall at Raby Castle this festive season.

Join the fun as he recounts a Christmas classic with the help of the sparkly Mrs Bauble the Castle Groom, Elvis the cheeky Christmas pony and his friendly Footmen.

The Grand Entrance Hall will be adorned with twinkling Christmas trees, a roaring log fire and Father Christmas will meet each child and give them a special gift to put under the Christmas tree.

Families visiting Father Christmas will be able to see him from Saturday 30th November and for the first time, he will stay right up until Christmas Eve, before heading off on his sleigh. Also new for this year will be evening sessions at 6pm where the Castle’s candlelit Grand Entrance Hall will really bring the magic of Father Christmas to life.

Fireside stories with Father Christmas

Saturday and Sunday’s in December – £20 for 1 Child & 1 Adult, £22.50 for 1 child & 2 adults.

Follow this link to book

Address: Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Erddig National Trust

3.  Beamish – Father Christmas’ Grotto

Following the announcement of Tier 3 restrictions for the North East, we’ll be reopening our GROUNDS ONLY for festive visits from Saturday, 5th December.

Timeslot tickets for visits to Beamish are now available to book online, initially for visits from 5th to 18th December (museum open  Wed-Sun, 10am to 4pm, closed Mon and Tues).

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to open our indoor attractions and exhibits, ice rink or run our transport (except our wheelchair accessible bus). Please read our essential information before booking your tickets

We want to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone for your continuing support, it really does mean the world to us.  We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to the museum.

No booking required – full details here

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

4.  Weardale Railway – The Train to Christmas Town

Is not open this year for Christmas Events

Follow this link to book

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

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5.     Hardwick Hall Hotel – BELIEVE Christmas

Unfortunately this will not take place this year!

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information and tickets go to

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

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