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Places to see Santa 2022

If you want to find out where to see Santa in 2022 in York then you are in the right place!

places to see santa in york

We’ve listed all the places in or near York to see Father Christmas this year.

When it comes to all things Christmas in York, we’ve got you covered. From buying a real Christmas tree to where to see a Pantomime in York, you’ll find everything you need to know to plan your perfect family Christmas (including where to see Santa in York 🎅) on York Mumbler.

Remember to book early to see Father Christmas this year in York – he is a very busy man!

Meet Santa, enjoy delicious treats around the Christmas tree, and get creative with some wonderfully festive crafts during this traditional Christmas experience being held in the magnificent Wenlock Library at Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick.
With sessions throughout the day on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th December, you and your family can immerse yourselves in Christmas and get in the festive spirit. Each child will receive their very own key to Santa’s toy box to unlock a Christmas gift.

Pre-Booked Tickets Only. Open to all under 12s (maximum two adults per child). Each session lasts for 75 minutes with sessions available at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 on each day.

Ticket Prices
Under 12s: £16.50 per person (includes refreshments, crafts and gift)
Adults: £5 per person (includes refreshments)
Under 1’s: Free


Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick Park, York, YO19 6EG

01904 727600
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A Very Magical Adventure – Christmas Magic

Christmas is coming to Yorks school of Magic and Old Saint Nicholas is on the way to make a special visit inside York’s School of Magic!

But look alive young witches and wizards for the evil forces of winter are prowling the city and the magical students and professors need your help to keep the festive season safe! As the new students enrolling in the school of Magic you are required to help save York and Christmas from the clutches of dark magic .

Within your 110 min interactive experience with our professional actors, you’ll learn spells, hunt for the school’s secret location through the historical city of York, and dine on delicious Christmas treats and you may just receive a special gift from him for completing your mystical quest!

So, bring your wands, your wit and wanderlust minds as you embrace the festive season full of magic, family fun and Christmas spirit Tell Father Christmas your secret magic wish. Adults From, £8.95 Child £15.95 Gift included and private meet with Santa.

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A Very Merry Christmas Parade 2021

We’re parading into Christmas with style here at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park! Join us every weekend in December leading up to Christmas as Santa and his band of merry elves parade through the Wildlife Park!

See Santa and his friends’ parade through the Wildlife Park at 12:00PM and 13:00PM each day on the 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th December 2021!

Golden tickets to see Santa and receive an animal themed gift during his parade are £12.00 per child. Child entry is included in the price, and each golden ticket holder will also receive a winter animal-themed activity pack. There will also be a post box for letters to Santa to be delivered straight to the north pole – so we encourage you to bring these along!

Get your tickets here: Gift Vouchers | Askham Bryan College Online Store (

All children must be accompanied by a fee-paying adult. Golden tickets include a child entry ticket to the Wildlife Park, the opportunity to receive an animal-themed gift from Santa, and an animal-themed activity pack.  Standard child ticket also available for those who do not wish to meet Santa. Askham Bryan Wildlife Park is open from 10:00AM and close at 16:00PM throughout December – last entry 15:00PM.

All Christmas events have been designed to be COVID-safe so social distancing and a face covering is recommended.

01904 772270
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Sat 13th November 2021 to Sun 2nd January 2022

Step through the wardrobe into an enchanting adventure this festive season. An icy spell has been cast on this mystical land where it is always winter, but will Christmas spirits be restored and will warmth and joy return?

Whilst Castle Howard is open from 10am daily, Twilight is one of the most magical times to visit. Icy twinkling lights at dusk, sparkling trees against the dark sky, and an indulgent winter warmer in our cafes, all make your Christmas visit that bit more special.

See the lavishly decorated interiors of Castle Howard transformed. Enjoy breath-taking dramatic installations, lighting and soundscapes evoking everything we love about this special time of year. Marvel at the 25-foot Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a magnificent highlight in the Great Hall.

You can easily enjoy a full day with us as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, enjoy an array of indulgent winter treats in our catering outlets and warm yourself by roaring log fires. Find that special present in our Gift Shops or Garden Centre and why not visit our Farm Shop to choose from the finest local produce for your Christmas dinner party.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the big man himself as Father Christmas will be making some very special visits to Castle Howard this year.

The magical winter world of ‘Christmas in Narnia’ is waiting for you.

Tickets are now on sale and are available to book via the link below. This year, prices of tickets will vary subject to whether you choose to book on a peak or off peak date.

01653 648333
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Santas Postbox

This year young people can post their Christmas Wishes and Thank you letters to Santa in a sparkling illuminated Santa’s Postbox in Museum Gardens.

Positioned just inside the Museum Street entrance to the gardens, and provided by the York BID, the postbox will make sending a letter to Santa this year an extra special experience. (Please note letters will not receive a response).

Santa Search

Bringing festive fun for families is the latest ‘York Quest’ AR mobile phone app trail featuring a festive ‘Santa Search’. Come into the city to find a series of seven Christmas characters who have taken up residence on York’s historic streets. Take a fun photo and share on social media! #yorkquest

The app is called York Quest, and is available for free on Google Play Store or App Store.

01904 809970
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Santa Experience

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for the City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse! Santa works hard all year around and manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well-behaved boys and girls in York before Christmas!

 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.

Festive Sightseeing Cruise

The Festive Sightseeing Cruise is the ideal way to escape the busy shopping streets and step into the Christmas spirit. Each ticket includes a choice of hot drink and a mince/apple pie, and the one-hour relaxing cruise features traditional Christmas songs punctuated with live captain’s commentary.

01904 628324
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Christmas 2021

Christmas Festival at the Web Adventure Park

Make lasting memories with your family at our magical and unique Christmas Experience.

A wondrous event including an audience with Father Christmas himself, meeting his Elves and his reindeers Donner and Blitzen as you wander round the animal park and enter the Winter Wonderland. There you will find Father Christmas planning his Christmas Eve adventure, maybe check if you are on his “Nice List!” If you are very lucky the Elves may have a gift for you too.

Dazzling Darren and Michael Jordan will showcase his Christmas Magic performances, six in total including our Elf on the Shelf show. A jam-packed day with lots of laughs and wows guaranteed.

Then take a walk into our Christmas Fair for unlimited rides on our Double Carousel, Helterskelter, Balloons, Pony Express, Formula, Miami, Sizzler, Apple Coaster, Cups and Saucers, Bulls and new Waveswinger – fun for all ages

If you need to warm up head to our indoor play with ample to keep the children amused from babies through to bigger children. Parents can relax and enjoy a hot chocolate or glass of wine!

There is also the fun of outside adventure park, where children can let off steam and enjoy all the activities available.

Twinkling lights, Christmas trees and Festive Characters.
A full day of family fun with lots of activities and Christmas joy, not to be missed!

Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH

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Tickets for Christmas at Mother Shipton’s can be purchased ONLINE ONLY for selected dates through November 2021 and December 2021. Places are limited, don’t miss out!

What to expect this Christmas:
· See Santa (socially distanced)
· Meet Chief Elf Chestnut
· Optional add-on purchase of a special soft toy gift to receive from Santa’s Elf Helper whilst you meet Santa
· Winter Woodland Walk
· Festive Displays & Scenes
· Christmas Post Office
· Adventure Playground*
· Cave where Mother Shipton was born*
· Petrifying Well*
· Gift Shop
· Museum
· Wishing Well
· Wishing Logs
· Take-Away refreshments available to purchase
· Picnic tables available & toilets open
· Dog Friendly (on a lead, the only place that dogs can’t go is inside the adventure playground)

*Subject to weather conditions

Tickets are for timed sessions. Most sessions allow up to 2.5 hours within the attraction.

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27th November to 22nd December 2021 (Weekends and Mon 20th – Wed 22nd) 

Santa loved his staycation at Murton Park so much last year, that he’s decided to do it again and invites you to join him.

Step this way for a magical Christmas experience in Santa’s village. Meet the big man himself in his cosy winter cabin where children will receive Santa money to spend in the Magical Toy Shop. Then take a walk through the village and be enchanted by the elves and peek inside their homes and workshops.

Of course, a Murton Park staycation is not complete without a visit to our Bakehouse up at the Derwent Valley Light Railway. Adults will have the opportunity to tuck into their complimentary mince pie and children will be given reindeer food, especially made by Mother Christmas herself to take home and put out on Christmas Eve.

All of this and so much more!

Santa’s Staycation will run on selected dates in November and December and tickets are £10* per adult and £17* per child.

01904 489966
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Meet St Nicholas and Lady Winter in their Yuletide grottos this Christmas.

11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd December 2021 at 12.00, 1.30, 3.00 and 4.30pm (3pm & 4.30pm sessions go on the trail first). Dress warmly, and gather, in the Northwood kitchen courtyard or in the courtyard marquee 15 minutes before the start time.

Our St Nicholas mirrors the Father Christmas of the past: a wandering storyteller, miracle-worker and a protector of children, bringing light, generosity, abundance and celebration to the dark months of winter. He is one of the fairy folk: the Holly King, clothed all in green and crowned in evergreens and ivy. Lady Winter, his female counterpart, is the introspective part of winter. In her grotto, experience the beauty in the barrenness of winter, which she tells us brings an opportunity to rest, to be still and to dream. She shows us the gift of silence and inner strength that can be found find in the cold and solitude winter brings.

Please be aware, if you are looking for a red Santa Claus this isn’t it! This Christmas event will be an atmospheric Christmas of stories, lanterns and imagination. (Children won’t receive a toy but something more meaningful and symbolic instead, a wishing stone as well as chocolate coin. )

Table of  3 – £84 (£28pp), 4 – £104 (£26pp), 5 – £120 (£24pp). Please see their website for full Ts & Cs, Covid-19 policies and cancellation policies. 

Book online only.

Buttercrambe Wood, YO41 1AP.
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Friday 26th November to Sunday December 19th  2021

Magical woodland walk

Take a seasonal stroll with the alpacadeer through the festive farm woodland.

​Experience includes:

  • Festive alpacadeer walk through the wintery woods
  • Meet the elves and feed the alpacadeer
  • Meet the super-soft baby alpacadeers and learn about their unique and amazing fleeces

​While you’re with us:

  • Warm up by the fire in the cosy goodness grotto
  • Visit the shop, full of 100% alpaca wool gifts
  • Grab a hot drink
  • Get a handcrafted alpaca gift from Santa (£10 optional extra)

​Price £15pp (children under 3 go free)


Meet Santa and his Alpacadeers. Meet Santa himself, and his furry festive friends, the alpacadeer – a rare breed indeed!

Experience includes:​

  • Meet the alpacadeer and their babies – feel their amazingly soft fleeces
  • Meet Santa in his cosy fireside grotto and get a special handcrafted alpaca gift

​While you’re with us:

  • ​Warm up by the fire in the cosy goodness grotto
  • Visit the shop, full of 100% alpaca wool gifts
  • Grab a hot drink

Price £20 per child. (Adults go free. Includes gift)

​The small print!

45 mins visit at the farm Max 2 adults to one child


Goodness Farm, Sheriff Hutton Road, Strensall, York, YO32 5TP

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Come on down to Spilman’s Farm this winter for some magical festive fun… and instead of picking your own fruit and veg….you get to PICK YOUR OWN Christmas!!!

  • Includes storytelling with Santa
  • A trip to Mrs Claus’s Gingerbread
  • Toy Workshop
  • Free Mulled Wine & Hot Chocolate
  • Pick your own Present
  • Christmas Disco
  • Fairground Rides

27th & 28th November, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th – 23rd December 2021.

Experience lasts around 60 minutes. Pre-Booking Essential

Church Farm, Sessay, YO7 3NB


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20th November 2021 – 4th January 2022

The Christmas adventure is back at Stockeld Park,
Magical festive fun to have from morning ‘til dark!
What to do first, ice skating or a nice warm drink?
Feeling so happy as you skate around the rink!
Time to get lost in the giant snowflake maze,
Let’s hope you’re not stuck in there for too many days!
The forest holds so much fun, you can travel by ski or foot,
So many adventure playgrounds, you won’t know where to look!
And when it gets dark on those magical Christmas nights,
The forest lights up with pretty illuminations, that twinkle so bright!
Of course, you can meet the man, Santa himself,
And even have breakfast with him and his elves!
If you’re looking for Christmas magic, Stockeld Park is the key,
You can even take home your own Christmas tree!
Presents, tinsel, and pretty green holly,
You’re sure to leave Stockeld Park feeling very Jolly!


Suitable for toddlers

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.

01937 586333
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The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Shows 2021

“Highly recommended, 5 stars!” – York Mumbler

The Magic Hatter brings his much-loved comedy magic and seasonal silliness to York with two new Christmas shows – a live show and a digital show to watch at home!

A Cracking Celebration (LIVE)

Celebrating TEN magical years, join The Magic Hatter and friends for a very special Christmas party show!

Featuring Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter and even SANTA CLAUS! Festive fun for all the family…’yule’ love it.

December 4th and 5th at Manor Academy in York. £10 adults, £9 children or £32 for a family of four. Shows sell out early, so early booking is strongly recommended!

“Definitely the highlight of our Christmas each year!” A. Malone

The Christmas Express (DIGITAL)

All aboard for some festive fun inspired by The Polar Express!

Join The Magic Hatter on a virtual journey to meet Santa at The North Pole. Meet Aunty Madge as she tries to make hot chocolate, laugh at Frostbite the Penguin’s silly antics and enjoy plenty of magic along the way!

All booking options come with free printable train tickets! Launches late November, but available to pre-order now.

“They haven’t stopped watching your digital shows, they love them! And I get a quiet cuppa!” – The Honest Parent UK

0845 475 2124
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Come join us from 18th – 22nd December 2021 for our most magical Christmas celebrations.
🎅Meet Father Christmas in his homely grotto (all children receive a gift ) spend a good quality time with Santa.
🎄Be dazzled by our Christmas light displays
🎅giant inflatables
🖊 write a letter to Santa
🎄lots of craft activities
🎅Christmas themed games
🐐 feed our pigmy goats with our traditional nativity scene
⛄️ knock down the grinch with snowballs
Make sure the grinch dose not catch up to you!
🎅 meet our naughty and nice elf’s
☕️ hot drinks and snacks
🦅 🦉 bird of prey handling and flying.
All of the above for just our normal entrance fee of
£9 an adult
£7.50 a child
£28 family of 4
£32 family 5
This is a must do event of the year a perfect way to get ready for the big man himself arriving at your house !

01347 833 214
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Don’t forget we list all the one off events throughout the holidays on the York Mumbler Events Calendar.

Click HERE to see what other family friendly events are happening.

Christmas 2021 is covered…in chocolate!!

Our assignment from the North Pole this year is to spread Festive joy to everyone. This December, get ready for a Christmas covered in Chocolate! From our expert chocolatiers showing off their skills and teaching you some tricks of the trade, to Santa himself making an appearance. There is a chocolate filled Christmas event to suit everyone.

Open daily for tours

Our entertaining and informative tour guides will still be delivering the daily tours but with a festive twist.

Treat yourself to one of our Magical Christmas events

Join Santa for some Chocolate Making

Perfect for those little ones that would love to meet Santa and his elfs for some chocolate fun this Christmas!

Available from 27th November 2021

A Festive Chocolate Workshop for the Family

This Christmas, treat the whole family to unique fun activities everyone can get involved with, including learning how to make various chocolatey creations!

Available throughout December 2021

A Festive Chocolate Feast for grown ups

Looking for a date night, or mate date even, we have you covered! Join our perfect alternative to your standard Friday night with our Christmas themed chocolate Masterclass lead by one of our expert chocolatiers.

01904 527765
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Friday 19th November 2021 to Sunday 9th January 2022.

The Ice Factor – the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink at 975 sq. m – will once again have a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece. Surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rink side cafe and a viewing platform, this magical setting makes for the perfect festive experience for all ages.

Overlooking the ice rink is The Chalet, a cosy alpine-themed, après-skate café and an ideal spot to warm up after a session on the ice or to watch the skaters glide past.  Mulled wine, the best hot chocolate in town, hot dogs, toasties and sweet treats will be available to purchase, and private parties can also be arranged.

The vintage funfair features rides from the golden era of fairgrounds.  Speed and thrills await on the 1936 Speedway, the 1937 Brooklands Dodgems or the stunning 1930s Chair-o-Plane.  Muffin the Mule and Hush Hush the train will delight children, as will the games stalls offering prizes galore.

Christmas would not be the same without a visit to Santa and his elves. Visitors can follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland to find his cosy log cabin and collect a special gift.

Visits to Santa’s Grotto are priced at £5 per child with a £1 family booking fee.  A reservation is required to visit Santa but can be made on the day, subject to availability.

Tokens for the vintage funfair can be purchased on site at £3 per person per ride/game stall

Skating Prices:
Adult £11.95
Child £10.95
Concession £10.95
Family of 3 £31.50
Family of 4 £42.00
Family of 5 £52.50
Parents & Toddlers £11.95

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Beningbrough Hall – Christmas

Storytime with Father Christmas 2021 – SOLD OUT

Take a seat in the Victorian laundry for thirty-minutes to hear first-hand tales of travels and mishaps along the way. He’s such a generous man and has told us he’ll bring a few sacks of gifts for the children.

The event runs over the first three weekends in December: Saturdays and Sundays 4–5; 11–12; and 18–19. Pre-booking essential via the website.

During winter weekends, Beningbrough is open 10am – 3.30pm.

Dunnington Christmas Light Trail

Friday 17th, Saturday 18th& Sunday 19th December 2021

Have some Christmas cheer walking round Dunnington following a light trail map (available to purchase from Costcutter the week of the event for £5) looking at all the festive decorations. Fundraising for York Foodbank.

Saturday 18th of the Christmas Trail at Ashfield Touring Caravan Park there will be

  • A limited number of pre-booked slots to see Father Christmas (email to reserve)
  • Snow machine on the driveaway 14.00-20.00 (weather permitting)
  • Christmas treats, mulled wine and hot chocolate
  • A giant Christmas cookie raffle
  • Craft stalls