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Places to see Santa 2019

Places to see Santa in 2019 in York. If you want to see Father Christmas in or near York this year then here is the full list…

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Christmas in the Arboretum

30th November, 1st December
7th December, 8th December
14th December, 15th December
21st December, 22nd December, 23rd December, 24th December

11am – 3pm

Visit Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park this December to meet Father Christmas in a traditional green suit, in a bell tent nestled in the beautiful arboretum at Askham Bryan College.

Father Christmas will be there every weekend in December up to Christmas, and you can also join in the bauble trail and Christmas arts and crafts.

Normal wildlife park admission charges apply: £6.95 adult, £5.95 concession, £5.95 child (age 3-15)

Meeting Father Christmas and receiving a special gift: £6 per child

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, York, YO23 3FR

01904 772270


🎅Santa Claus is on his way to Beetle Bank Open Farm this December 2019!🎅

Come and see Santa in his Cosy Grotto and meet 2 of Santa’s Reindeer!🦌🦌

Each child will have a one on one experience with the big man himself, and before you leave your child can then pick an early present of their choice!🎁

The Cafe will be open for light refreshments.

£8 per child
50p per bag of animal feed

Santa’s Grotto Dates:

Saturday 7th December
Sunday 8th December
Saturday 14th December
Sunday 15th December
Saturday 21st December
Sunday 22nd December

Santa’s Grotto Times:
Running from 11.00am – 3.00pm

To book your place with Santa please contact the farm:
Through our FACEBOOK Page.
Contact Number 01904 488796 (Please leave a message and contact details)

Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, YO19 5XD

01904 488796


Father Christmas – rewashed! At Beningbrough

Weekends from Saturday 30 November to Sunday 22 December

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin. You’re invited to join Father Christmas for a new and unforgettable experience in the historic Victorian laundry at Beningbrough.

Be part of a small group to meet the man in red while he prepares for the big day and gets his washing done. Father Christmas will share a unique tale for his Yorkshire guests – new for 2019. You can 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.

Story sessions will run for around 30 minutes at 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm and 2.45pm and cost £10 per child with one adult place. Further adult places can be bought at £10 for two. Normal admission prices apply.

Call the elves on 01904 472014 to book or click HERE

Artrageous will be running on the weekends 12noon – 3pm, plan your visit and make time to get creative together in the family art workshop, free for everyone. Artrageous can be found in the Hayloft, accessed by stairs only.

Beningbrough, Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD

01904 472014



A Christmas Masquerade (Saturday 16th November – Sunday 5th January)

Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Inspirational design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked with the theme ‘A Christmas Masquerade’ to produce a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages. The Castle Howard “Christmas Masquerade” celebrates the House’s theatrical roots and the influence of the Italian Baroque on its magnificent architecture and interiors.

The House prepares for a grand masked ball inspired by the Venetian Carnival to be held in the Long Gallery spectacularly adorned as the Grand Canal. Amongst the sumptuous decorations and awe inspiring costumes, a troupe of travelling players prepare festive entertainments for the guests. These ebullient, mischievous characters – Harlequin, Colombine, Pierrot and the Zanni Clown are part of the famous Commedia dell Arte who became the much-loved characters of the pantomimes that remain one of our best beloved Christmas traditions. A magical immersive experience that will embody the spirit of the season in true Castle Howard style.

It is easy to spend a full day here as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, enjoy an array of indulgent winter warmers across our catering outlets and complete your Christmas shopping in our Gift Shops, Farm Shop and Garden Centre.

And don’t miss the opportunity to meet the big man himself as Father Christmas will be making some very special visits. (Tickets to meet Father Christmas will go on sale at 8am on Tuesday 10th September 2019).

(Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Read the 2018 Mumbler Review here

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

01653 648333


Castle Howard Courtyard Grotto
Saturday 30th November to Sunday 22nd December 2019

In addition to our popular Father Christmas events in the House, we’ve persuaded the big man himself and one of his cheeky elves to take up residence in the cosy Courtyard Grotto!

Book a timed slot when you arrive at the Ticket Office, enjoy some elf entertainment and perhaps a hot chocolate and a festive treat from the Courtyard 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.

Tickets cost £8 per child (additional to usual admission for non-members and children over 4), available on the day from the Ticket Office.

Please note: adults accompanying children are required to purchase either an inclusive (House & Gardens) or Gardens only ticket. These tickets can be bought on the day or booked online in advance and save 10%. Make the most of your day by visiting ‘A Christmas Masquarade’ House installation, which is perfect for families to enjoy together. Please dress appropriately as the queue is likely to be outside.

Booking: Available on the day from the Ticket Office

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

01653 648333

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Christmas Fairs

Santa will also be visiting a lot of the Christmas Fairs happening across York, sometimes just for an hour or two.

See our Christmas Fairs page for more information on the fairs he will making a stop off at.

Our most magical event of the year returns again in 2019.

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse!

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 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 one of Santa’s good friends, Mary Christmas or Ernie the Elf 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 2019.

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.

Regular sailings from 24th November to 23rd December, 2019.
Find out more here. Book tickets here.

***Special promotion code****
For the Santa Experiences on Sunday 24th November and Saturday 30th November, use the code “YORKSANTA20” and receive a 20% discount on all tickets.
Tickets can be booked up to 24 hours before.

01904 628324


Make Christmas magical with a visit to see Father Christmas at the Web Adventure Park. We have a choice of experiences for all ages and you can stay and play afterwards too!

Baby Meets Santa

A perfect celebration of Christmas with little ones! This relaxing, sensory, 2 hour Christmas experience for babies gently introduces them to Santa in a festive environment. Includes fun filled activities led by Elves, Christmas songs, activities, instruments, puppets, foils, bubbles and more. Enjoy individual family time with Father Christmas in his grotto and capture that all-important first Baby & Santa photo. Book early!

Dates: Various from Thursday 12th to Friday 20th December.
10am to 12 noon
£10 children, £1.75 adults

Breakfast with Father Christmas

A children’s VIP festive event with a Christmassy breakfast and time to meet Father Christmas in his grotto! Includes making reindeer food, Christmas crafts to take home, a gift from Father Christmas and a scrumptious North Pole breakfast!

Dates: Various from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 24th December
10am to 12 noon
£12 children, £2.25 adults

Visit Father Christmas

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto. This experience includes making a craft and reindeer food and an individual visit to Father Christmas with a gift.

Dates: Various from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 24th December
£10 children, £2.25 adults
Add a build a bear option to this experience – £10 extra


01904 692221


Breakfast & Tea with Father Christmas

Breakfast with Father Christmas (9.00am)
Saturday 7th December
Saturday 14th December
Saturday 21st December

Tea with Father Christmas (4.00pm)
Thursday 5th December
Thursday 12th December

Thursday 19th December
Tickets are £13.99 per child and £4.50 per accompanying adult.

What to expect on the day
These fun sessions will take place in The Bothy at Dean’s Garden Centre. Children will enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast or tea, as well as unlimited squash to drink. Adults will receive a drink of either tea, filter coffee or orange juice as well a choice of a homemade festive scone with butter, or a 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 also enjoy festive colouring sheets and biscuit decorating. In addition, access to our children’s activity area will be available throughout the sessions.

Further details

Tickets must be booked in advance. Spaces are limited so we advise booking your place as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available to purchase from the Information Desk in the Garden Centre or over the phone (01904 400141). All tickets must be paid for in full at the time of booking and we will also ask for your menu choices at this time.

Child tickets are £13.99

Adult tickets are £4.50

Accompanying adults must each purchase a ticket. There is a maximum number of 2 adults per child, due to limited space. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

We request that guests arrive 15 minutes prior to start time, so they can be seated beforehand.

Sessions are expected to last from 1 hour – 1.5 hours.

Please see our website for more information including menu options and a list of FAQs.

01904 400141


There’s plenty of festive goings on in 2019 at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal for all the family to enjoy!

On the hoof
Weekends 7,8 & 14, 15 Dec 11.30am – 12.30pm
Trot along to St Mary’s Church to see the deer being feed.

Christmas is seeing the abbey glow…
Music and Lights, weekends 23 Nov – 29 Dec. 2-4pm
Lights only 23 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 30 Dec – 5 Jan. 2 – 4pm
The abbey is lit up throughout December. Walk beneath the cellarium’s vaulted ceilings and listen to the choir or band as they fill the ruins with festive music.

Fill the cellarium with song
8th and 15th December. 3-3.45pm
Take part in Carols by Candlelight, a service that has now become truly part of the Fountains Abbey Christmas experience. There’s mulled wine and mince pies to tuck into, too.

Christmas lunches
10-12th December, 16-19th December.
Bring everyone together with a Christmas lunch and tuck in to delicious festive fare. You can choose from two or three courses for.

A festive tale with Father Christmas
Various dates
Father Christmas is here to read you a festive story. Due to the size of the Grotto, please only bring two adults per family group. Tickets are £10 (normal admission prices apply), booking essential. For more information click here.

01765 608888


Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical memory-making Christmas experience.

The excitement begins with Santa’s jolly elves giving each child their own festive activity pack. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine whilst the children are busy writing a letter to Santa and a wish to hang on the Christmas tree. Don’t forget to visit Mother Shipton’s Post Office to stamp and send off your letter to Santa!

If you are feeling creative, you can decorate a gingerbread man for an additional cost. Hot drinks and mince pies are also available. To fuel Santa’s reindeer as they fly all over the world, they will need some food. Fill a bag with magical food to take home and scatter.

Acorn the Toy Maker will be working hard to make lots of toys for children this Christmas. Help Acorn to make some traditional wooden toys to fill up Santa’s sleigh before his Christmas Eve journey. As you venture through breathtaking surroundings, immerse yourself in Christmas wonder with Holly Berry the Storyteller who will read you an enchanting tale.

And then to the main event: Chief Elf Chestnut has the important task of warming you up before entering the stunning grotto that leads you through to meet Santa. Receive a very special gift and have a photo taken, which will then be available to buy in the Christmas Shop alongside an array of wonderful gifts and decorations.

Tickets to see Santa can be purchased ONLINE ONLY, selected dates from 1st to 24th December. Mother Shipton’s will also be hosting a Champion Day on 30th November for children and adults who would prefer a quieter, more relaxed visit to Santa with no bright lights or loud noises.

For more information visit our WEBSITE.
Places are limited, don’t miss out! BOOK HERE

01423 864600


Murton Park Santa Special

Dec Sat 7th, Sun 8th,
Sat 14th, Sun 15th,
Friday 20th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd and Mon 23rd

Visit one of the longest running Christmas experiences in the area.

This year the opening hours have been extended by an hour with last admission at 4pm. On Friday the 20th we will be open from 11.30am with last admission at 6pm to kick-start the holidays with a super festive experience.

Adult: £8
Child: £11

New for 2019 we are very excited to announce that you’ll be able to visit Mother Christmas and make all sorts of Christmas crafts to take home with you.

The Derwent Valley Light Railway will be running trains on which children will receive an early Christmas gift from Santa himself.

Join Chief Elf Bauble for a guided tour of Santa’s village to meet the elves who are busy training for Santa’s Air Service (SAS).

Take a look through Father Christmas’s House which as you would expect is very tastefully decorated with traditional decorations and a wood burning fire to warm yourselves.

This year to add to the excitement there will be a range of fairground rides.

**number of tokens need per ride vary**

Adults can warm up with a complimentary sherry (or orange juice) and mince pie.



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

Enjoy a glass of hot punch (alcoholic and non alcoholic available), before being taken to the woodland grotto to make a wish with Lady Winter and then a short story with St Nicholas, aimed at the whole family. Each session can only hold up to 40 people maximum, so book early to avoid missing out. Expected duration is 1 hour and 10 minutes from 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 flashy, commercialised event with a red-suited Santa; please look elsewhere for your festivities or risk disappointment. This Christmas will be an atmospheric Christmas of stories, candles and imagination.

Children won’t receive a cheap toy but something more meaningful and symbolic instead, as well as chocolate coin.

Weekends and holidays – 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00
Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December 2019
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December 2019
Saturday 14th December to Monday 23rd December 2019

Ticket price £15
Book online only HERE


16th November -24th December 2019

At Stockeld Park, we always like to make Santa feel at home and so as always we have prepared him a beautiful, cosy log cabin ready for his arrival all the way from Lapland! Our Santa’s Grotto is the most wonderful experience for both adults and children. With twinkling lights and Santa in a rustic wooden cabin, the whole family will feel the festive cheer here!

As well as meeting Santa, you could go Nordic skiing, enjoy various adventure play areas and travel around the enchanted forest filled with glowing displays.

Santa’s Grotto tickets include a Christmas gift which is suitable for all ages, including under-3s.

Mumbler Exclusive offer on pre-booked tickets for 2019 – For an extra 10% off online prices quote: MUMYORK (Excludes 7, 8, 14, 15,21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019)

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road.

01937 586333


Exciting News!

Santa Claus is coming to Tamar’s Toy Box

Every Saturday in December

Come and join us at Tamar’s Toy Box. Decorate a bauble.
We will go on a magical key hunt that will help you get into Santa’s Grotto you will then get to have a special chat with Santa.
After seeing Santa and receiving a gift you can then make your way to The Delicacy for a yummy hot chocolate and cookie.

Only £8.99 a tickets for a Tamar’s Toy Box and Delicacy Santa Christmas Experience.

Tickets on sale on now, either phone 07717466733 or pop into the shop to book.

26 Acaster Lane, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2SJ



A grotto with a difference at Treasurer’s House

Weekends from Sunday 1 to Saturday 21 December 2019, 11am – 4pm

Father Christmas has had to make an emergency landing on the rooftops so as he gets his repairs done ahead of his busy night on Christmas Eve, he’s happy to welcome visitors in this most unique of places. Take a trip up to the attic grotto to visit Father Christmas, listen to his stories and receive a gift.

Afterwards enjoy the house adorned with garlands and lights, do some festive colouring and search the nooks and crannies for the naughty gnomes before they eat the Christmas treats.

Meeting Father Christmas in his grotto is suitable for age 5 years and over – you’ll need to wear one of the hard hats provided and adventure through small doors and raised ledges. It’s £8.50 per child with a free adult place.

Booking ahead is recommended on 01904 624247 or drop in and grab a space.

Treasurer’s House will be open and ready for Christmas every day from 9 November – 21 December, 11am – 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). Normal admission charges apply. Free to National Trust members & under-fives.

Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL

01904 624247


Share and create memories at The Christmas Den; a festive family experience filled with stories and activities to wonder and delight! Children and their families will be welcomed into The Christmas Den in small groups. They will be greeted by the cheeky elves straight from the North Pole and will learn how to become an honorary Elf.

Mother Christmas can’t wait to tell her treasured Christmas stories and to share her special gingerbread. Made from a very secret recipe, she needs plenty of help to decorate all the biscuits in time! Where there is gingerbread, you’ll find Father Christmas. He is looking forward to meeting our VIP guests and will help each child to build their own Christmas bear to take home!

The day wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to let off steam and play, with full William’s Den entry included. Delicious homemade food and drink, including our indulgent hot chocolate and limited-edition William’s Den festive ice cream, will be served at The Kitchen Table throughout the festive period.

30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th December 2019 – Adults £10.00, Child £22.50. Friend of the Den Adult £7.50, Child £15.00.
21st – 24th December 2019 – Adults £15.00, Child £27.50. Friend of the Den Adult £11.25, Child £20.00.

For more information visit their website here, and book your tickets here. You can also follow them on Facebook here.

William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.

01430 472230


A Dickensian Christmas on Kirkgate

Every weekend, 16th November — 24th December 2019

Step foot into a story book full of Dickensian characters and surround yourself in the magic of Christmas past at York Castle Museum this festive season.

Every weekend from November 16 the museum’s decorated Victorian street Kirkgate will come to life – will you spot Ebenezer Scrooge as he walks the cobbles or other famous Charles Dickens characters such as Fagin and the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist.

Shops will be stocked with festive displays and the street will be full of the sounds of the season, including choirs performing by the twinkling Christmas tree.

There is also the chance to create unforgettable memories with York’s favourite Father Christmas as he talks to children ahead of his busiest time of year.

Jo Killeya, head of public programming, said: “This year we have embraced the magic of Charles Dickens’ stories to create a fantastically festive Victorian Christmas experience.

“Ebenezer Scrooge will take visitors on a journey of redemption in an immersive one-man show of A Christmas Carol. Our authentic Victorian shops have some special guests such as Oliver Twist’s Mrs Mann who is out looking for some last minute shopping but always has a moment for a quick gossip along the way.
“But watch out for the mischievous Artful Dodger as he tries to earn a few extra pennies and beware – Fagin is in the mood to pick a pocket or two as he performs magic tricks on unsuspecting passers-by.
“Together with carols by community choirs, the wonderfully decorated street and of course the chance to meet Father Christmas, we hope people will come and soak up the Victorian sights, sounds and traditions which helped shape how we celebrate Christmas today.”

There will also two special performances entitled An Evening with Ebenezer Scrooge on Monday December 16 and Friday December 20, from 7pm to 9:30pm. Walk along the cobbles of Kirkgate for an immersive and intimate production of A Christmas Carol, which brings the magic of a much loved Dickens’ classic to life.

For full details of the events and to buy day tickets go to

01904 687687


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.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, York’s favourite festive event, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, returns to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York from 16th November 2019 to 5th January 2020.

Glide gracefully on the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, with a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece. This magical setting makes for the perfect family fun day out, both on and off the ice.

Step inside the cosy alpine-themed, apres-skate café overlooking the ice rink, where you can warm up after your session on the ice or simply sit back and watch the skaters glide past. Sip mulled wine, indulge in the best hot chocolate in town and feast on hot dogs, toasties and sweet treats.

Enjoy thrilling vintage funfair rides including the dodgems and follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland to find Santa’s cosy log cabin to collect a special gift.

Tackle those Christmas wish lists at York Designer Outlet where you’ll discover all your favourite brands for up to 60% less, all under one roof plus with FREE parking, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland really does have something for everyone.


Visit: or call 01653 619169 for more information.

Santa’s Grotto: An additional £5 per child.