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Top 5 places to see Santa Claus in County Durham this Christmas!

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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 see 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

1st – 21st December – £10 per child

Santa is coming to the Museum again this December, so come and join us for a magical family experience. First, visit Santa’s workshop where his friendly elves will help you make some Christmas crafts. Then, meet Santa all cosy in his sitting room, where he will complete the magic with an early Christmas present. 

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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

Father Christmas will be returning to his fireside chair in the castle’s Grand Entrance Hall this December to entertain children with stories and songs.

Having enjoyed last year’s visit so much he will be bringing Mrs Claus along with him to make her speciality breakfasts of warm fluffy pancakes or her favourite gingerbread muffins for a special children’s high tea. She might even have some furry companions to help the day feel even more special.

Fireside Stories with Father Christmas sold out quickly last year so we have added extra dates, including after school and the option to include breakfast or high tea as part of the visit.

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Saturday and Sunday’s in December – £30 for 1 Child & 1 Adult


Fireside stories with Father Christmas

Saturday and Sunday’s in December – £20 for 1 Child & 1 Adult


High Tea with Father Christmas

Wednesday – Sunday in December – £30 for 1 Child & 1 Adult

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Address: Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Erddig National Trust

3.     Beamish – Father Christmas’ Grotto

From 17th November – £5 per Child

Meet Father Christmas in his cosy Grotto and say hello to his friendly reindeer at Pockerley Waggonway. Price includes a small, traditional gift. Grotto tickets can be purchased at the Entrance on the day of your visit, on a first come, first serve basis.

No booking required – full details here

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


  1. Weardale Railway – The Train to Christmas Town

Dates in November & December – £44 for 1 Child & 1 Adult

Various options available from Standard Class to Premium Class with a Table

Be part of the magic this festive season and climb aboard the Train to Christmas Town. A train ride expertly designed to bring the spirit of Christmas to life for another year. Bringing the whole family together for a special ride to remember, you’ll experience festive fun with fabulous characters and interactive entertainment.

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

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5.     Hardwick Hall – Enchanted Christmas

Saturday and Sunday’s in December – £56 for 1 Child & 1 Adult

Treat your family to a spectacular day out filled with seasonal characters to take you along your journey. Your Elf guide will lead you to meet many characters like Shelfie the naughty elf on the shelf trainer, Elf Naughty & Elf Nice with their GOOD-O-METER…..beware, see if you are going to make that ‘Good List’ or not, make something magical in the Elves workshop, go to Elf School and of course not forgetting the big moment…your visit to Santa who secretly knows something special about every child in his Lapland Tepee and a visit to the Real Reindeer to make a special wish!

Day Includes; Minimum 4 hours experience, Group Elf Guide, Experience with all characters, Present from Santa, Elves workshop – craft making, Special surprise for Adults, Real Reindeer.

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

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