National Trust Fountains Abbey, Ripon

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Saturdays and Sundays from 23rd November – 22nd December

£10 per child

The big man is back in Fountains Hall this year but with a twist. He’s here for storytime! Book to see him in his cosy reading room grotto at Fountains Hall where you’ll get to hear a Festive Fountains tale. You’ll get time with Father Christmas himself and get a little gift to take home, too. Please be aware that this is a bookable event this year.

To book telephone: 0344 249 1895

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Special, Pickering

Departing from Pickering Station: 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 December 2019.

9:35, 11:10, 13:55 & 15:30, lasting approximately 75 minutes. 

Price Adult £23, Child £23 including present and activity bag.

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!

Departing from Pickering Station, the Santa Express brings Christmas to life and gives children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree....

Stockeld Park, Wetherby

16 November – 24 December

£8.50 per child + 2 adults off peak

£12.00 per child + 2 adults peak

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!

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Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough

Saturday 30 November – Tuesday 24 December

Adult: £6.00 – £8.00, Child: £19.50 – £22.50, Under 1: £10.00 – £12.00

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. 

Chief Elf Chestnut has the important task of warming you up before entering the stunning grotto that leads you through to meet Santa. There children will receive a very special gift and have a photo taken, which will then be available to buy in the Christmas Shop.

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.

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Santa's Christmas Party at the Cunard Building, Liverpool

Thorp Perrow, Bedale

7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019

Santa’s Grotto costs £6.00 per child (standard entry charges apply, payable on arrival). As usual, there is no entry cost for Season Ticket holders.

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. Can you spot the woodland creatures on your way?

Draw a Christmas picture or write and post a letter to Santa at the craft tables. When it’s your turn Santa will invite you into his cosy living room for a chat and the chance to have a photo. There is a gift for every child too.

The morning of Sunday 8th December is dedicated to our ‘autism-friendly’ slots. Please contact our office for further information. Telephone: 01677 425323 or email:

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York’s Chocolate Story: Santa’s Sweet Adventure

23rd November -24th December

Child: £17.50, Child Under 4 years old : £6.00, Adult: £9:50

This December, York’s Chocolate Story will deck the tours with boughs of holly! All three floors will have a festive make-over as Father Christmas himself takes up residence.

Guests will be able to meet Santa on special themed tours, in which they will complete a mission to help him save Christmas! Filled with festive fun, children will experience cracking Christmas games, discover incredible seasonal secrets, as well of course as meeting the big man – Santa himself!

Price of entry, includes:

  • Meeting with Santa
  • Commemorative photo
  • Festive chocolate making activity

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Ian & Emma Phillips live in Bolton with their three children, two boys aged 8 and 6 and their little girl who is now 4. Emma also writes over at Fuelled by Latte.

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