11th November to 24th December 2017
Ideal if you want a day trip out from York. Ackworth Garden Centre is a family run business in the heart of Yorkshire and ideally located between Wakefield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Pontefract.
Whether you are looking for a real tree, -only the real Christmas tree smell will do, or you are looking for an almost perfect artificial tree we have the perfect Christmas tree for you.
We have a great selection of lights and outdoor decorations with up to 50% off and our friendly team on hand to advise you.
Finally, we have Santa Claus himself appearing every weekend and guest appearances from Peppa Pig, Chase from Paw Patrol, Dave our resident Minion, Olaf and Pikachu! We have everything you need to make your Christmas magical! The cost of admission to the grotto is £12 per child, there are no extra charges for adults. This includes a walk through our traditional Christmas Grotto, and meeting with Santa Claus. You receive a photograph with Santa within a gift card and a really good quality gift.
Perfect for families with a lower budget, very young children or children with additional needs. It’s a small grotto, with an experienced Santa who returns year after year. £12 per child, no limit on the number of adults that can go in, photograph and 6×4″ print included.
Mini Mumbler was so pleased with her gift, much higher quality than I’ve experienced at other grottos, even Tiny Mumbler’s baby gift was age appropriate and good quality.
HS Nov 2017
Meet Father Christmas in his traditional green suit this year, at Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park.
We’re celebrating trees for Christmas, so come and explore our woods and join in with some fabulous tree themed crafts.
A Christmas Visit includes:
– A visit to Father Christmas
– A Christmas gift
– A Christmas craft activity
– Wildlife park admission for 1 child
Christmas visit prices
Child (3-15) £9.95
Under 3s £4.95
Season Ticket Holder Child £4.95
Normal admission charges apply for accompanying adults.
Father Christmas will be here every weekend up to Christmas, and also from the 18th – 22nd December.
Pre-booking is essential.
Tel: 01904 772270
Join us on Sunday 17th December for our Hedgehog festive Fun Day Sunday. Half price admission on the door and all proceeds raised on the day for Balby Wildlife Orphanage.
*Children’s Christmas crafts- make your own cards and decorations
*Tombola & raffle
*Tearoom & Animal barn
Please join us on the day to support our local wildlife.
Beetle Bank Farm, Murton, York, YO195XD
T: 01904 4887967
To rest for the big day, Father Christmas likes to come and holiday at Beningbrough. He brings some of his best elves….although they’re still very naughty. They enjoy playing in the garden, dressing up in the hall and riding on the bikes – just like you.
What to expect
You can pre-book to meet with Father Christmas in the library in the hall. As a small group he will read you some stories, every child can go to see him, have a photograph taken and if you want to, give him your list. Then there’s a small gift to take away and either put under your tree or open early.
We ho-ho-hope to see you soon.
Price is £7 per child with one adult place.
Further adult places can be bought at £7 for two.
Normal admissions charges also apply – free to National Trust members and under fives.
Please time your arrival to allow for parking, time to get your admission tickets or show your National Trust membership cards in the stables and walk a few hundred metres to the hall. Workshops will start promptly.
Booking essential as we do tend to get fully booked – phone the elves on 01904 472014.
Sometimes the elves are busy in the workshop so if they don’t pick up, leave a message and you will be called back in order to reserve your space.
I can highly recommend stories in the library with Father Christmas at Beningbrough Hall
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
T: 01904 472027
Santa is taking up residence in the cosy Boathouse Grotto.
In addition to our popular sold out Father Christmas events in the House, we’ve persuaded the big man himself and one of his cheeky elves to see even more children than we’d originally planned. Due to huge demand we are creating an extra opportunity for children and young people to visit Santa in his magical lakeside grotto, down by the Adventure Playground.
Book a timed slot when you arrive at the Ticket Office, hop on the Christmas Express that runs between the Courtyard and the Boathouse, enjoy some elf entertainment and perhaps a hot chocolate and a festive treat from the cafe whilst you wait. Make sure you have your Christmas wishes and cameras at the ready when you enter Santa’s magical grotto!
All children can choose a small gift from Santa’s workshop store at the grotto as they leave.
Weekends of 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th & 23rd December
10.45am – 11.45, 11.45am – 12.45, 12.45pm – 1.45, 1.45pm – 2.45, 2.45pm – 3.45
Each session will open at the specified time on your ticket (eg queue opens at 10.45) You can drop in any time within your hour time slot. Your meeting with Santa will take place within the hour session time slot, but please do dress for the weather and expect to queue outside.
Price: Tickets: £5 per child (additional to usual admission for non-members and children over 4), available on the day from the Ticket Office.
Tickets available on the day at the Ticket Office. No pre-booking online available.
Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café, Thornton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7JX
T: 01751 475614
4:45pm – 9:30pm daily
This winter, see York Museum Gardens like you’ve never seen them before! From Thursday 16 November, York will welcome its newest festive attraction, Christmas at York Museum Gardens – a magical, after-dark illuminated walk filled with colour, music and the biggest display of lighting and special effects York has ever seen.
The journey begins in a Christmas Courtyard with a vintage funfair ride, UV face painting and delicious festive fare.
Visitors will walk beneath trees drenched with seasonal colour and discover the ‘12 Frames of Christmas’, a rainbow forest of musical trees and a spectacular projection onto the iconic ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. Along the way children can find hidden Christmas messages in a unique game of UV hide-and-seek.
A specially-commissioned installation by a Yorkshire artist will transform the Museum lawn, and children will be captivated by musical tree stumps at the 14th century Hospitium, Father Christmas in his secret workshop, a display of ever-changing coloured mirror balls and an enchanting 20m tunnel of light.
The walk ends with a dazzling Finale of Fire on the Library lawn, and even the chance to toast your own marshmallows in the Undercroft’s Fire Bar or enjoy a warming mulled wine or hot chocolate.
York Museum Gardens, Museum St, York, YO1 7FR
T: 08442 097362
Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas and he tells us that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.
Your Santa experience begins as you are welcomed into our Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge. Upon entering, the Santa Experience Captain will check all of the children off the special list that we receive from Lapland. If you have any pushchairs, then you are welcome to leave these in the safety of our Reindeer Pen (they will all be away on business with Santa at this time so there will be plenty of room).
You will then be warmly greeted by Santa’s good friend Mary Christmas who will gladly show you to your reserved seating and distribute the magic bells.
And we can’t tell you too much more about what happens next, that would spoil the magic. But we can guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard and the whole family will have the most wonderful time on board our Santa Experience in 2017.
Each child will be hand delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.
Prebooking required by telephone or via the website.
The best one we have done so far is the Santa boat it’s fab!
This was our favourite. Very interactive kids were 5 and 7
T: 01904 628324
Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday in December, Friday 15th and Friday 22nd December
Breakfast with Father Christmas
Time: 9am to 11am
Price: £12 per child. Adults £2
Join Father Christmas and his elves for breakfast in his Christmas Room. Tickets include breakfast, storytelling, crafts, singing and a gift from Father Christmas as well as time to play in Creepy Crawlies afterwards!
For more information or to book call 01904 692221 or visit the website.
Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH
T: 01904 692221
Tea with Father Christmas (4.00pm–5.30pm)
Thursday 14th December & Thursday 21st December
These fun sessions will take place in The Bothy at Dean’s Garden Centre. Children will enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared meal with unlimited squash to drink. Adults will receive a drink (tea, filter coffee or orange juice) and a choice of a homemade festive scone with butter, or a Viennese mince pie.
Father Christmas is looking forward to chatting to everyone and will be giving each child an age-appropriate gift. Don’t forget your camera! Children will enjoy festive colouring sheets and biscuit decorating. Access to our children’s activity area will be available throughout the sessions.
Tickets must be booked in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available from the Garden Centre information desk or via telephone. All tickets must be paid for in full at the time of booking (please have menu choices decided).
Ticket Prices: Child £10.99, Adult £3.99
Accompanying adults must each purchase a ticket. Maximum 2 adults per child. Children must be supervised. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time.
Please see our website for more information.
Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton Lane, Stockton-on-the-Forest, York, YO32 9UE
T: 01904 400141
At 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, all the good boys and girls will have the chance to enjoy a traditional storytelling session.
Santa and his elves will be delighted to meet each child, providing the opportunity for a photograph with Santa and they will also be handing out a special age and gender appropriate gift.
Story Time with Santa is available for £10 per child, in addition to Winter at Flamingo Land general admission. A parent or guardian will be welcome to accompany each child during Story Time with Santa at no additional charge.
Each Story Time with Santa session provides around forty-five minutes of entertainment, including meeting Santa.
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December
Saturday 16th until Sunday 24th December
Whilst our theme park attractions will be closed from 30th October 2017 until mid March 2018, our award-winning zoo will be open to visitors every day*.
0800 40 888 40
At VISIT FATHER CHRISTMAS in Easingwold, sessions are 20 minutes long, and you spend that time with Father Christmas and his elves. Playing, story telling, making and doing!
No other families. Just a special time for your loved ones and Father Christmas.
A present for everyone.
It’s on after school the weekdays before Christmas… and the last weekend before Christmas!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd, Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd.
Murton Park at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming was great last year. Short train ride with Santa and an Elf village.
Santa at Murton is great. There is a trip on a train and Santa hands the presents to the children. There is also Baubles tour of the elves village which is fab filled with lots of jokes and the elves put on a play. No need to book in advance but does get busy later in the day. Just remember wellies or boots.
Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
T: 01904 489966
Every day from 25th November until 24th December
For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, visit Piglets Adventure Farm this festive season!
Pick your sleigh flight time and book your tickets now!
ELF AIRLINES SLEIGH PORT
Check in at Elf Airlines with our Elf-hostesses and look out for your name in lights on the live departure board. Arrive half an hour before your sleigh time so you can write your letter to Santa.
SANTA’S SLEIGH WILL WHISK YOU TO THE WOODLAND VILLAGE
All aboard Santa’s Sleigh for a unique ride through trees and twinkling lights to his Woodland Village where you will be greeted by Mrs Claus and taken to see Santa in his Grotto.
UNLOCK SANTA’S TOYSHOP WITH YOUR MAGIC KEY
Children can share their wishes with Santa and they’ll be given a magic key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop and choose a perfect present from a huge selection.
FREE MINCE PIES FOR GROWN UPS AT SANTA’S TEPEE
You’ll see our festive animals in the Nativity Scene and can enjoy a warm mince pie in Santa’s Tepee with a cosy log fire. Write your Christmas Wish and leave it on the Wishing Tree. And don’t forget to keep a look out for the donkeys in the stable!
It is really magical
Piglets Farm is fab, brilliant Christmas atmosphere
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499 700
Join us for our Christmas Adventure, 11th November 2017 – 8th January 2018. We open 10.30am – 8.30pm and after dark the whole park is magically lit by thousands of twinkling lights!
Entry to our Woodland Cafe, Gift & Tree shop is free during our winter season. Plus, guests can choose to buy tickets to enter our exciting Adventure Zones, including our Real Ice Rink, Nordic Ski Trail & Illuminated Enchanted Forest.
Dates: 25th & 26th Nov, 2nd & 3rd Dec, 9th & 10th Dec
Santa’s Breakfast Panto
Santa will be hosting a brilliant Breakfast Panto show which will excite and entertain little ones this winter season. Plus enjoy a yummy breakfast and receive a present from Santa himself to take home.
The enchanted forest at Stockeld Park on an evening is magical. I went last year with my then 7, 5 and 3 year olds and they all loved it. They can’t wait to go back!
We took our Brownie Pack last year and it was fab. There are different activities to do, and you pay for the ones you want. It’s also got an amazing Christmas shop, the Santa was rather amazing too.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN
T: 01937 586333
Saturday 9th December 3.30pm
Sunday 10th December 10.30am and 3.30pm (2 shows)
The HIVE Studios, Manor Academy, York
Adults £9, Children £8, Family of Four £30
York’s Christmas magic show is back bigger and better than EVER!
MORE magic, MORE comedy, MORE seasonal surprises…a SLEIGH-LOAD of FUN! With special guests Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter plus SANTA CLAUS HIMSELF!
Festive fun for all the family, ages 3 to 103…’yule’ love it. Shows usually sell out early, so early booking is strongly recommended!
Ho-ho-hope to see you there!
“It’s definitely the highlight of our Christmas each year for our kiddies!” A. Malone
“A superb alternative to a Christmas panto…our boys haven’t stopped talking about the show!” P. Martin
“My little girls eyes were so filled with wonder, I nearly cried.” C. Thomas and family
“It’s the longest time I’ve seen both children sit still and stay engaged! Excellent value for money.” D. Wakefield
The Magic Hatter
T: 0845 475 2124
The Reindeer House is based on Wigginton Road in our Yuletide Yurts, where you will be welcomed by the Grandmaster Elf, before meeting Mrs Claus and Santa’s Elves, as well as the big man himself! With its magical displays this is something not to be missed, and we hope you’re on the good list!
Saturday 25th November – Sunday 24th December 2017
Take a stroll over the cobbles of our twinkling Victorian street this Christmas and experience the magic and festive traditions of days gone by.
Journey back in time to discover how Christmas would have been celebrated 150 years ago on York Castle Museum’s enchanting Kirkgate; the ideal backdrop for a month of Christmas festivities, music and cheer.
Walk under the beautiful garlands, see the shop windows full of traditional gifts and enjoy the intimate glow of our decorated Christmas tree. Meet our Victorian residents as they prepare for the big day and discover the traditions that warm their cockles on the cold winter nights.
The Lost Letters – A Christmas Mystery
Follow the trail to find Father Christmas!
Saturdays and Sundays, 25 Nov – 24 Dec
A Christmas Elf has hidden children’s letters to Father Christmas! Follow a special trail and join in with festive activities to solve the mystery before meeting Father Christmas.
£5 per child. Includes a visit from Father Christmas and a traditional gift.
A Christmas Carol
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec and Sat 16, Sun 17 then Tues 19- Sun 24 Dec
Meet Ebenezer under the garlands of Kirkgate throughout the day.
Included in Museum Admission
Saturdays and Sundays, 25 Nov – 24 Dec
Included in Museum Admission
On Santa’s Sweet Adventure guests will work with Santa’s elves in his interactive grotto, completing a mission to save Christmas! Filled with festive fun, children will experience cracking Christmas games, discover incredible seasonal secrets, as well of course meeting the big man himself!
During this hour-long experience, families can learn festive facts about iconic brands and how chocolate was involved in Christmases past. Young ones will have an opportunity to make their own Christmas-themed treats. In addition, guests can watch special festive demonstrations with our talented chocolatiers.
For times and dates, please head to our website.
Prices: £9.95 Child, £5.95 Adult, £29.95 Family of 4 & £35.95 Family of 5
T: 01904 527765
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland – home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, The Ice Factor – returns to York Designer Outlet from 18th November, and this year boasts the biggest rink ever, at an astounding 975 sqm! That’s nearly 100 sqm bigger than last year!
Also larger this year is the family of Bobo the Penguin stabilisers – there are now 20 of the friendly penguins to help little ones take their first steps on the ice.
The rinkside café PapaKitchen once again offers a cosy après-skate ambience and the perfect location for warming up after skating or having a party with friends.
The vintage funfair will delight children and adults alike with its stunning rides from the golden era of fairgrounds as well as games stalls offering prizes galore. Christmas wouldn’t be the same
without a visit to Santa, so follow the new Polar Express walk to his enchanting log cabin, with giant-size reindeer and sleigh, and collect a special gift for every child.
Four-time award winner, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland most recently won the Family-Friendly Experience Award at the 2017 Visit York Awards, securing its place as one of the best events to visit with your family at Christmas.
Fri 15th – Sat 23rd Dec
As the night draws in colourful displays, twinkly lights, atmospheric music and the smell of warming seasonal food will fill the grounds of Brodsworth for our biggest event of the year. Families also have the chance to meet Father Christmas.
Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7XJ
T: 01302 722598
The grotto is built by professional artists and the Santa is an international storyteller. The theme this year is Narnia. Children walk through the ‘forest ‘ to share stories with Santa in Mr Tumlas’s cottage then through to make ‘turkish delight’ and a present to take home.
8a, Acomb Court, Front St, Acomb, York YO24 3BJ
T: 01904 787008
2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th December from 2 to 4 pm, and on 10 December from 10 to 12 am also.
Santa will be coming to Holgate Windmill, Entry costs £5 per child and each will receive a gift with refreshments provided for parents.
It’s lovely, with crafts on every level until you get to the very top where father xmas is waiting.
Windmill Rise, Holgate, York, YO26 4TX
T: 01904 792638
Sunday 17th December
It’s part party, part panto as Santa, his elves and his fairies take you on a magical interactive journey that’s sure to get you in the festive mood. Book tickets via the website.
Riley Smith Hall, 28 Westgate, Tadcaster LS24 9AB
1st December – 24th December 2017
Climb aboard the Santa Express and travel in steam heated carriages to Shelley Station. Santa will be waiting in his cosy grotto with sacks full of presents for the children.
Kirklees light railway is really good value for money
Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ
T: 01484 865727
24 November – 23 December
Visitors will enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, the North Pole where you’ll find that Santa’s taken up residence, the Elf Workshops where young visitors can partake in craft activities with the elves, plus you can uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden.
We did the christmas experience and santa at Lotherton Hall last year. Were really impressed. We really enjoyed it last year. So much so that we’re going to go again this year.
Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
T: 0113 378 2959
24th Nov 2017 -1st Jan 2018
Open Wednesday to Sunday each week and everyday during the Xmas holiday period (except Xmas Eve and Xmas Day)
A Christmas themed lantern festival with food and drink, bar, Santas Grotto and rides. Prepare to enter a magical experience and discover life-sized and large-than-life lanterns in all shapes and forms, from ‘Polar Bears on Ice’ to a magnificent giant ‘Chinese Temple of Heaven’ lantern recreation. See website for tickets.
Roundhay Park, Princes Avenue, Leeds, LS8 2ER
Saturday 2nd, every weekend until Sunday 17 December, 11am – 4.30pm
Father Christmas has had to make an emergency landing on the rooftops of Treasurer’s House. Climb the stairs to the attic to enjoy stories and a gift from the man himself. Plus we have crafting in the café.
Booking essential, £6 per child plus normal admission charges, suitable for 5 years and over.
Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL
T: 01904 624247
2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 19 & 20 December 2017
Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! Approx. 75 minute journey on board the Santa Express. Adults £21, Child £21 (aged from 12 months – 15 years old),* We expect to be extremely busy! Pre-Book Tickets Only.
Pickering Santa train was fantastic last year. Santa looked like the real deal in his own little grotto on the train, amazing warm mince pies, great age appropriate presents (my son got a duplo garage set) and the train ride is great fun they get a little activity sheet and Santa hat too.
Pickering Station Park Street Pickering YO18 7AJ
T: 01751 472508.
23rd November – 30th December: ‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls. See the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Doric columns as you’ve never seen them before. Visitors can bask in the ‘glow’ of the winter illuminations three evenings a week (Thursday – Saturday) from 3pm – 8pm, with last admission at 7pm. Reduced entry applies after 3pm.
1 – 3, 8 – 10 & 15 – 24 December: Stories with Santa
Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good, receive a small gift. Tickets for Stories with Santa go on sale on 1 September and must be booked in advance
1 – 3, 8 – 10 & 15 – 24 December: The Magic of Christmas
Put on your best Christmas jumper and get in the festive spirit on a Christmas trail. Make a 3D snowman or Christmas tree, decorate a Christmas pudding plate and cookie and don’t forget to enter our design a Christmas jumper competition.
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
T: 01423 565418
9th and 10th December, 16th and 17th December and lastly the 22nd of December from 12 pm till 2pm
The Christmas grotto runs over 3 weekends, the price of entry is £5 including unlimited play in the equipment and a free gift. There is no booking required however specific time slots can be arranged via Facebook messages or by phoning ahead.
Riverside Farm Playbarn, Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XJ
T: 01904 642525
18th of November until Christmas Eve
the Xmas Spectacular Ticket includes a pre-booked Santa Visit on the Magical Night Before Christmas Ride & also free access all day to all the other Park’s Rides and Attractions.
We did sundown adventure land with our daughter last year ! Full day out and the ride to santa was lovely
Sundown Adventureland Christmas experience is amazing
Treswell Road, near Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HX
T: 01777 248274
From the warm welcome of our generous time-giving volunteers to the delicious, freshly prepared food in the café, the unforgettable journey through Narnia to Santa’s breathtaking grotto is sure to give you that Christmassy feeling we all love and look forward to each year! Tickets available via the website.
Narnia at the rock church. We went last year, it was really good.
Definitely recommend The Rock Church for their Narnia experience. Might last 20-25 minutes depending how fast you want to go through it.
The Rock of York, Priory Street, YO1 6ET
T: 01904 659475
18th November – 24th December
Bring your Little Diggers along and enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea! The whole family meets Santa, children decorate a festive biscuit and then choose their very own present to take home! Book ticket via the website.
Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, York North Yorkshire YO26 6QE
T: 0844 288 5067
16th December & 17th Dec at 10am – 4.30pm
Autism friendly santas grotto complete with sensory room , Father Christmas ,train ride , bouncy castle , petting zoo, donkeys and much more . Sensory and non sensory presents from Santa. Siblings welcome too ! All ages .
Huge raffle each day with fab prizes !!
Cakes , treats and coffees/ juice too
The Wilberforce trust Huntington York