Christmas Holidays Wharfedale & Craven

Places to see Santa

Harewood will once again transform its House, Grounds and Gardens into a festive delight for all to enjoy. Harewood is delighted to announce this year’s event – Upon a Christmas Wish with Lord Whitney.

Visitors will delve into a voyage of the imagination this festive season, as a Christmas tale is recounted and the House will reveal its magic to all those in need of whimsical wonder. Created by connoisseurs of make-believe Lord Whitney, the House shares its favourite memory of when a little girl was granted a festive wish to experience a Christmas like never before. Having established a reputation as out-of-the-ordinary, creative and far from predictable, Lord Whitney has created a show which invites you to escape with them into an immersive Christmas story unlike any other.

Christmas at Harewood has been designed with social distancing in mind, whilst allowing as many people to enjoy Upon a Christmas Wish as possible in a safe manner. Booked time slots and reduced capacity in the House provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the show, immerse yourself in the story and soak up the atmosphere with fewer crowds.

Tickets for Harewood’s 2020 Christmas season are now on sale (Adults £17.50, Children £9, Family (2+2) £46 with online and early bird discounts available, max 6 people per booking in line with the government’s ‘Rule of Six’), with pre-booking essential and current restrictions necessitating visitors booking a time slot to enter the House.

In addition, Father Christmas will return to welcome families for exclusive out-of-hours access to the house, to ensure a safe environment can be provided with all the necessary precautions in place, whilst still creating a magical experience. Likewise, a tailor-made programme of pre-bookable festive workshops are back, as well as festive afternoon teas and the opportunity to visit after dark in Harewood Lates.

Pre-booking required to see Father Christmas.

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG.

 0113 218 1010

Are you planning a very Yorkshire Christmas for 2020?

Come to Fountains Abbey for a full festive day out with your family. Have a winter adventure through colourful abbey ruins and discover the water garden. Read on to find out everything you can do.

Music & Lights at Fountains Abbey

Each weekend in December and every day from Boxing Day to 1 Jan*. Come together this Christmas for a full festive day out each weekend in December and every day in Christmas week. As the afternoon light starts to fade, make your way to the abbey and wander through the ruins aglow with bright and colourful lights.

* Please note that we’re closed on Fridays throughout November, December and January with the exception of Friday 1 January. We are also closed on 24 and 25 December but open on Boxing Day.

Follow the fairy lights down to the abbey, aglow with light, then sing-a-long to your favourite Christmas carols in the cellarium and enjoy a mulled wine as you stroll through the grounds this Christmas.

Listen out and you might catch a carol or two in the cellarium where traditional music will fill the air. Sadly we won’t have our usual live choirs and bands this year. Music will still be played while you explore the glowing lights in the abbey. Feel free to still have a sing-a-long!

You can experience Christmas here all day but the lights will start to show as it gets darker in the afternoon. Last entry to the estate is at 4pm.

Normal admission charges apply. You will have to pre-book a ticket to visit.

Make sure you bring lots of warm clothing and your torch (it’s dark by 4 pm).

The event is within normal admission times so you’re able to park at any of the car parks: the visitor centre or Studley Royal. West Gate car park is reserved for those who need flat access to the grounds.

01765 608888

Christmas IS coming to Yorkshire this year!
27 November 2020 to 3 January 2021

Lotherton announces special fifth anniversary Christmas Experience

Popular family attraction, Lotherton has announced that Santa IS heading for the heart of Yorkshire this year, for a very special fifth anniversary of the sell-out Christmas Experience.

The Christmas Experience will return for its fifth fantastic year, and the elves have been busy tweaking the tinsel and adding the last sprinkle of festive fairy dust to make this year as magical as ever.

Tickets are on sale now and are being snapped up quickly, as Santa’s diary has been given a special makeover to ensure socially distanced festive fun for all the family.

In a year that’s been more glum than fun, visitors young and old will get all the festive feels when Santa and his elves take up residence at the popular destination just outside of Leeds.

The Elf Village has had a makeover and is home to Santa and his most trusted head elves, who will be waiting to greet families and share Christmas cheer for all to hear.

Little ones will first visit Postmaster Pippin McJingles in Ye Olde Post Office Central to send their letter to Santa, before heading to the Reindeer Emporium and collecting their very own magical reindeer feed to take home ready for Rudolph to enjoy on Christmas Eve.

And of course, no Christmas Experience would be complete without a visit to the main man himself. Santa will be in The Elf Village ‘Under The Wishing Tree’, waiting to greet boys and girls, hear their yuletide wishes and give them an early Christmas gift. Pre-school children will also have the opportunity to visit Santa in his cabin during the day.

Seasonal favourites including the Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk and the Enchanted Fairy Dell will return, although with a different look and feel, including one-way adventure paths to follow, sanitising stations along the way and social distancing guidelines in place.

Venturing into the house, visitors will be transported back in time, as they enjoy each room decked out in the traditional festive finery of an Edwardian Christmas. This year, the elves request all grown-ups and children aged 11+ wear a mask to visit Santa and to explore the house.

The Christmas Experience opens on 27 November 2020 and is run by Lotherton and Breeze. Tickets are available now, with a number of visit options, early booking is recommended as spaces are limited and strictly on a pre-booking only, time-slotted system.

Hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place to ensure Lotherton is COVID secure. Full COVID safety measures can be found on the website.

Returning for 2020 are:
The 12 Days of Christmas Woodland Walk; enjoy this enchanting interactive walk through the Captains Wood, do you know how many ladies will be dancing or birds calling? Discover the fairies in their secret Fairy Dell, listen to the giggles and whispers as you tip-toe through. Marvel in the splendour of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in their festive finery and catch a glimpse of Penguins, and other fantastic creatures, at Wildlife World. Last but not least, be quick to score a ticket to visit Santa and the elves in the Elf Village, for either the 40 minute ‘Under the Wishing Tree’ experience where families will get to interact with the elves and visit Santa, or for the smallest of little people, pop into Santa’s Cabin on a weekday for a short one to one and present from the man himself. There’s also relaxed visits to Santa, for young people with additional needs, on Tuesday 8th December. The whole event will be safe and socially distanced, with staff wearing face coverings and hand sanitiser available.

Fly over to to find out more and book a magical trip.

 Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
0113 378 2959

0113 378 2959


21st November -23rd December 2020

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!

Everything is set up so that your visit will comply with all of the latest social distancing guidelines. So get your family together and throw yourselves into the spirit of Christmas!
We’re very lucky to have the man who makes Christmas visit every year and Santa is back for 2020! 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 can 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.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road.

For website link please use their specific Christmas page


01937 586333

Weekends through November and selected dates in December.

This year, your Magical Journey to Santa is an exclusive family experience, where your children and accompanying adults journey along a magical pathway, escorted by one of Santa’s finest Elves. You can stop along the route to snap memorable family moments in this enchanting setting before arriving at the grotto to meet Santa and share your wishlist for Christmas. You’ll then choose your own gift from the North Pole toyshop.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Read our review from last year here

Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY.

For more details and to book click here.


 0113 285 3506

Father Christmas at Bolton Abbey

November 28 and 29 | December 5 & 6 | December 12 & 13 | December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Father Christmas will be tucked away in his festive village nestled near the entrance to Strid Wood. His sparkling Christmas village will come alive with crackling open fires, twinkling Christmas trees and Christmas carols softly drifting through the air. With the help of his elves, our young visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Great Man himself and receive a special Christmas treat. For your safety Father Christmas will not invite you into his cabin but instead meet families outside. The experience will last approximately 20 minutes from beginning to end.

The event will take place opposite the Cavendish Pavilion, numbers will be limited and we ask that everybody adheres to government guidelines by arriving at their booked time and not attending in groups of more than 6 people.

Please be reassured that the site will be disinfected daily and touch points will be disinfected after each family. Numbers will be limited with only one family able to enter the Christmas village at any one time.

Child – £12.50 (all children visiting Father Christmas must have tickets – including babies).

Estate admission must be booked in addition to Father Christmas and we welcome all to spend the day on the Estate before/after their Father Christmas visit.


Piglets Adventure Farm at Christmas

21st November 2020 – 24th December 2020

Jump aboard the Magical Sleigh Ride to Santa’s Woodland Village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience with NEW activities for this year!

𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭:
NEW exclusive individual family visits to see Santa
NEW Gingerbread Decorating
Check-in at Elf Airlines
Ride on Santa’s magical Sleigh through the twinkling Woodland Village.
Receive the golden key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop.
Enjoy festive food and much more!

Must be booked in advance.

Santa at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Weekends from 29th November, weekly from 17th -24th December 2020

Take a wintery walk through the Arboretum to find Santa’s cosy log cabin. 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? Don’t forget to take some reindeer food to sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2PS
01677 425323

Santa Specials at Kirklees Light Railway

** 2020 SOLD OUT **

Climb aboard the Kirklees Light Railway’s Santa Specials and travel in steam-heated carriages to the North Pole (aka Shelley Station).

Santa will be waiting in his grotto with sacks full of presents!

Children can write their letters to Santa, complete activity sheets and have a run around on the outdoor playground.


Kirklees Light RailwayPark Mill Way, HD8 9XJ Clayton West
Telephone: 01484 865727


Santa Specials, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

28th November through to 24th December, including every weekend day and a few selected mid-week slots

Options: Santa Classic, First Class Santa, Evening Santa trains, Breakfast or Picnic with Santa & Festive Afternoon Teas

Children aged 3 – 15 (including a present from Santa) from £13.

Children aged 2 or under (including a present from Santa) £8.

Adults from £13.
All trains depart from BOLTON ABBEY STATION ONLY.
Compartments for up to 6 or 8 people available

Santa Steam Specials at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Board The Elf Express, and steam through the Worth Valley. Be mesmerised as you pass through an enchanting tunnel of lights. Join in with the festive fun at Kringle Town Station, and meet the man himself.

Ticket includes:

– Round trip from Oxenhope.
– Reserved decorated private compartment.
– Refreshments (Juice and a sweet treat, and something special for the adults).
– Meeting Santa
– A gift for everyone.
– Photo opportunity.

28-29th November, 5-6th, 12-13th December

Family of:
4 – £80
6 – £100

19-24th December

Family of:
4 – £90
6 – £120

Compartments can be any combination of adults/children. Every child will need to be included in the number. Maximum number 6 per compartment.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, The Railway Station, Haworth, BD22 8NJ
Telephone: 01535 645214


Santas Grotto at Eureka

Santa’s Grotto Weekends from 28th November 2020

Santa Claus IS coming to town… Visit him in his socially-distanced Grotto at Eureka! this Christmas. Ain’t no virus gonna stop THIS guy from visiting us!


Stories with Santa at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

Supper with Santa at The Craiglands Hotel

Sunday 13th December 2020 at 4 PM – 7 PM
What better way to get the kids excited than an early meeting with Santa himself, whilst you all enjoy a 2-course supper. Relax as Santa’s little helpers keep the little ones entertained with magic, entertainment and festive games. Santa will be delivering a special gift to all children on the day.
£9.95 Child (under 12 years old)
£19.95 Adult
01943 430001

Thornton Hall Country Park Christmas Adventure

28th November – 24th December 2020
Wrap up warm and prepare to be amazed on a magical journey as you join your very own Elf for 2020’s ‘A Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure’. A truly magical experience.

Suitable for all ages.

  • Six Magical walk through areas.
  • Enchanted drive-thru Reindeer experience. In your own vehicle.
  • Guided with an Elf.
  • Santa visit & gift.

Face masks must be worn in all indoor areas.
Under 1’s must have a ticket – babies are included in rule of 6, and a such we have applied a reduced charge for them.

This year brings you a socially distanced experience without taking away from the magic of Christmas.
We have larger areas to ensure everyone can social distance and an extended visit time of over two hours.