Father Christmas in Yorkshire A Family Experience

Santa on the North York Moors Railway

Santa Specials with NYMR

3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December 2022
Join Santa and his special team of elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! This enchanting Christmas experience sees Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages, giving children a chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train, and gifting a special soft toy present to the children onboard - providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

Santa's grotto in Ingleborough Cave

Ingleborough Cave Santa's Grotto

3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th to 23rd December 2022
Join Santa's Elves as they lead you through magical underground passages, all the way to Santa and his table of presents!

Thornton HAll Santa Experience

A Whole New World at Thornton Hall Country Park

27th November to 24th December 2022
Our Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure for 2022 sees the return of tradition, pure magic and mystery. Get ready to immerse yourself in the true wonders of Christmas and all the magic it brings… NEW for 2022 Experience the BRAND NEW Thornton Hall Christmas Village and the return of our famous magical Reindeer ride.

Polar Express

The Polar Express on Wensleygale Railway

Dates between 18th November to 23rd December 2022
You can almost hear the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance as you take in the festive decorations at the station at Leeming Bar. In the distance, out in the cold night, too much excitement, you hear the familiar sound of the steam train that is THE POLAR EXPRESS™! Pyjamas recommended.

The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park

The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park

From 19th November 2022
Join us for Christmas fun, get active and discover large themed outdoor playgrounds within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park. Watch the Enchanted Forest come alive after dusk with our famous winter illuminations!

Santa's Grotto at Thorp Perrow

Santa at Thorp Perrow

24th November to 24th December 2022
Follow the festive trail through the Arboretum to find Santa’s Grotto. Mrs Claus will welcome you and guide you through our winter wonderland, where you will meet the donkeys, take a sneaky peek into the elves bedroom and the bustling miniature ski village.

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Christmas Festival at Web Adventure Park

27th November to 24th December 2022
A meet and greet with Father Christmas and his elves - children will receive a gift as they go on the magical walk to his shelter. Meet two real reindeers! Unlimited goes on our rides Elf on the Shelf Show, magic shows and more.

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Magical Santa Experience at Sledmere House

26th, 27th Nov, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th to 23rd December 2022
Explore the Christmas village, meet the animals, anjoy Christmas crafts and play festive games. Enjoy a tractor ride to try and spot Rudolph among the Red Deer and of course see Father Christmas and let him what you'd life for Christmas.

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Santa Narrow Boat Adventure

Weekends from 26th November to 18th December 2022
Take a magical trip along the Leeds Liverpool Canal and meet Santa. Each trip is 75-minute and includes a meeting with Santa, a hot drink and tasty mince pie.

Christmas at Mother Shiptons

Christmas at Mother Shiptons

26th November to 24th December 2022
There’s something for the whole family at Mother Shipton’s this Christmas. Take a photo inside Santa’s beautiful sleigh and sit upon the magical Christmas throne, then visit the Elf Mail Post Office to stamp and post your letters to Santa.

Elf Express with KWVR

KWVR - Elf Express

Weekends 26th Nov to 18th Dec, Daily 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2022
Come aboard The Elf Express, and prepare to be amazed on a magical journey! Arriving at Oxenhope, your Gateway to an exciting family adventure, you’ll meet some of Santa’s Elves and who will give you a Golden Ticket. Join in with the festive fun at Kringle Town Station, and meet the man himself. There’ll be singing, laughter, goodies galore and special family memories this Christmas.

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Santa Underground

26th November to 24 December 2022
This Christmas, before Santa goes down your chimney he is going down the mine! Travel 140m underground to join Santa in his unique and atmospheric underground grotto where he will be waiting to meet a few select children. Will the bell place you on the naughty or nice list? Good children will receive a present and certificate while naughty ones will get coal…

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Father Christmas at Thackray Museum

3rd to 23rd December 2022
Meet Father Christmas under the twinkly lights of Thackray’s Apothecary Shop this Christmas. Oh no! Father Christmas’s first-aid kit has fallen off his sleigh and everything inside is missing! Father Christmas needs your help to keep him safe and well on his journey around the world. Collect ingredients for Father Christmas whilst you make your way around the museum, stopping along the way for some winter crafting and photographs on our very own Thackray sleigh.

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall

26th November to 31st December 2022
Steeped in traditional Christmas magic, we are pleased to bring back The Christmas Experience for 2022. Meet Santa and his elves, visit Mrs Claus in the house, wander around our interactive woodland walk of Christmas traditions and decorate Christmas ceramics in the North Pole.

Castle Howard Christmas Family Adventure

Into The Woods A Fairytale Christmas

12th November 2022 to 2nd January 2023
This Christmas, Castle Howard becomes a wonderland of happily ever afters, fair maidens and magic as we bring you a Christmas experience like no other.

Santa and Ellie the elf at Sheriff Hutton castle

Christmas at the Castle

Selected Dates between 10th and 23rd December 2022 Dates TBC
Santa is visiting Sheriff Hutton Castle in North Yorkshire. This wonderful historic destination isn't usually open the public, for this special occasion Santa will be popping by to read stories, answer questions. Ellie the Elf will join him for some musical fun.

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Santa Experience with York City Cruises

26th November to 23rd December 2022
Join Santa for a marvellously magical festive cruise on the River Ouse at Christmas! You'll be welcomed into Santa’s Grotto at our Boatyard, hidden underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge in the centre of York. As you enter, your Captain will check that children are on the special VIP guestlist we receive from Lapland.

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William's Den Christmas Experience

3rd to 24th December 2022
Father Christmas and his cheeky elves are taking up starring roles in William’s unmissable Christmas Show; head to our Christmas Cottage with the kids and help them choose a present, our very own 'Bauble the Baker' will be getting creative with our homemade gingerbread biscuits and helping your children decorate their own to take home. And more indoor and outdoor fun.

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Festive Tea with Santa at The Mansion

11th to 23rd December 2022
Father Christmas will be visiting The Mansion this year for a very special series of festive tea events! Santa will be bringing his elves and a host of Christmas décor to transform The Mansion into his base during December. Enjoy a light festive afternoon tea with a guest appearance from Santa Claus, followed by a private audience with the big man himself where children will receive a gift.

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Santa at Bolton Abbey

26th November to 22nd December 2022
Step into the twinkling Christmas village, tucked away in the middle of Strid Wood and see what enchanting experience awaits. Become acquainted with the cheeky elves who have just arrived from the North Pole, and let them take you on the special journey to meet the Great Man himself.

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Christmas at Murton Patk

3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th to 22nd December 2022
Prepare to be enchanted at Murton Park with our not-to-be-missed Christmas experience. Santa will take up residence in his village in the picturesque Long House which is oh-so Christmassy! He’ll want to find out what’s on your little ones’ Christmas list of course. He’ll even give them some special money to spend in our toy shop as a treat.

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Ginger Cow's Santa Grotto

Weekends in December 2022
Elves will be here to guide you through your visit to Santa, making sure it’s extra special. Tickets to see Father Christmas include a private 1-2-1 meeting with Santa, where each paying child will receive a small Christmas gift. During your visit, your children will also be able to make a small bag of special reindeer food to take home with them ready for Christmas Eve!

Santa Claus Experience in Hull

The Santa Claus Experience

Dates 2022 TBC
This year, Fruit Market Hull is home to a unique winter event. Join us for a magical journey to Father Christmas’s workshop. Meet busy toymakers, have fun with playful elves and get photos with the man himself. At the Santa Claus Experience, children will become honorary members of Santa’s crew, collecting gifts and preparing reindeer food in an hour-long adventure packed with songs and fun.

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A Very Merry Christmas Parade at Askham Bryan Wildlife Park

2022 Dates TBC
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.

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Festive Tea with Santa at The Mansion

11th to 23rd December 2022
Father Christmas will be visiting The Mansion this year for a very special series of festive tea events! Santa will be bringing his elves and a host of Christmas décor to transform The Mansion into his base during December. Enjoy a light festive afternoon tea with a guest appearance from Santa Claus, followed by a private audience with the big man himself where children will receive a gift.

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Santa in the Abbey Museum

3rd to 23rd December 2022
Make magical memories with a visit to Santa in the traditionally decorated Victorian streets of Abbey House Museum. Meet and greet Santa to tell him what you would like for Christmas, pose for pictures and receive a gift. The festive streets of 19th century Leeds will include traditional decorations, silly hats for selfies, a letter writing station to give to Santa, plus colouring in and storybooks for some quiet family time.

St Nicholas at Northwood Trail

St Nicholas at Northwood Trail

10th, 11th, 17th to 23rd December 2022
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.