Christmas Holidays Wharfedale & Craven

Places to see Santa

1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th & 12th & 22nd December 2019,

Saturday Sessions: 2pm4pm, Sunday’s and from 19th -22nd December Sessions: 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm.

A Christmas treat for all the family. Wander through the decorated Victorian Streets, listen to the carols, get creative with your Christmas list and visit Father Christmas in his winter wonderland grotto. Dress up, decorate a Christmas ornament and have a go at the Christmas trail.

On 7 December from 9.30-11.30am there’s relaxed Santa visits for those who might find a trip to the museum a little daunting.

Grotto visits are priced at £4.50 + general admission.

Normal admission applies.

Drop-in event, no booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

*Closed Mondays, open Bank Holiday Monday*

Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

0113 378 4079

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

Weekends 7,8 & 14, 15 Dec 11.30 am – 12.30 pm

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. 2-4 pm

Lights only 23 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 30 Dec – 5 Jan.  2 – 4 pm

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 of December.  3-3.45 pm

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 into delicious festive fare.  You can choose from two or three courses.

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

30th November – 24th December 2019

Join us for a magical family encounter with Father Christmas, accompanied by Mrs Christmas and Candy the elf, making the merriest of memories to treasure.

With a cheery visit to Father Christmas’ cottage, your experience will include a musical workshop, storytime and songs, a photo opportunity with Father Christmas and a personalised traditional gift for every child. Complete your visit with a freshly baked treat from Candy the Elf.

There’s also a special treasure hunt around the House and a programme of festive family activity throughout the whole of Harewood.  Find more details here. 

Pre-booking required. 

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG.

 0113 218 1010

SAT 30 NOV 2019 – TUE 24 DEC 2019

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 Toymaker 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.

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.

01423 864600

Saturday and Sunday mornings from 23rd November until 21st December 2019

Treat your little ones to a festive buffet breakfast with Santa this Christmas!

Every Saturday and Sunday mornings from 23 November until 21 December, children and families will have the opportunity to join Santa for breakfast in the Alp Chalet. Upon arrival guests will be greeted and escorted to their tables by Santa’s little helpers and enjoy a buffet style breakfast before Father Christmas pays a special visit to each table and presents a gift to the children.

The hot and cold buffet will be available throughout the morning including; fresh Brotchen (bread) rolls with jam and butter, cheese, ham, scrambled egg, bratwurst sausage, together with unlimited tea, coffee, hot chocolate plus an assortment of donuts and cakes.

The session will finish with the opportunity to take a festive treasure hunt around the Christkindelmarkt.

Additional information

  • Please note, the breakfast experience lasts 1 hour, please arrive in plenty of time for your session.
  • 1 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Due to limited space, please only bring a pushchair if absolutely necessary.


£15: 12 yrs and under, with gift from Santa

£11.50: Adults, 13+

Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. 

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.


Alp Chalet (Millennium Square)Millennium SquareLeeds, LS1 1UR


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: MUMWHARFEDALE (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.

For website link please use their specific Christmas page


01937 586333


17th November – 24th December 2019

Billions of letters are sent to Santa every year – you’ve probably written one yourself!

But how do we make sure every single one reaches the North Pole and gets sorted, so the right presents are delivered to the right house? Magic of course… with the help of the Robin Family!

Enchanted robins take you on a magical, storytelling journey before meeting Santa in his grotto to share your wishlist and choose your very own gift from his toy shop.

The tour will take approx 30 minutes and includes an interactive journey before meeting Santa in his grotto and receiving a gift.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

For more details and to book click here.

Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY.


 0113 285 3506

A Brand New Christmas Adventure for 2019!
Saturday 30th November – Tuesday 24th December 2019

Take a sleigh ride to Thornton Hall Country Park for a unique Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure!

Crammed full of non-stop festive fun, this year’s event promises to be better than ever. With exciting, new themed areas and brand new festive characters to visit as part of your journey. 2-hours of first-class entertainment from start to finish!

What’s included:

  • Luxury welcome drinks with a special host!
  • Visit to the Thornton Hall Fairy!
  • Elf workshop including Build-A-Teddy!
  • Live, choreographed shows with enchanting characters!
  • A thrilling ride on the Santa Express to the Deer Park!
  • Magical Grotto experience with … SANTA!
  • All-day Farm access from 10 am.

Options are also available for Special Needs (Just-Be-You), School Groups and Toddlers to have Breakfast/Lunch with Santa!


£0-£21.95 per person



100% 5* feedback on Trip Advisor and Facebook in 2017 and 2018!

“The best Father Christmas experience around.”

“So fantastic to have something so magical on our doorstep.”


So wrap up warm and prepare to be amazed as you join your very own Elf Guide on 2019’s Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure!


01282 841148


Breakfast with Father Christmas at Never Enough Thyme

Saturday 7th & 14th December 2019 at 10.30 AM

Enjoy breakfast with Father Christmas in our little cafe.

The perfect opportunity to have a family breakfast, where Father Christmas will come and join you. Giving each child a free gift, plus they’ll each get the opportunity to tell him what’s on their wish list and have a photograph!

Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Message us to reserve your table.

Price – £12.95 per child
Includes a Child’s full cooked breakfast and fruit shoot. A photo opportunity with Father Christmas, chance to tell him what’s on your child’s wish list and gift.
Each child must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Breakfast with Santa and Friends, Hawthorne Farm

14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd December 2019

Breakfast, festive games and activities for all the family to enjoy and a present from Santa

£7.99 per adult and per child this must be paid in full upon booking

Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment call 01132 506837 or call in and speak to a team member

Call 01132 506837
Or call in full payment is required as a deposit

Breakfast with Santa at Kids About Tarn

Kids about tarn, unit 4 cliffe court, ls19 7yu Yeadon, Leeds

Thursday 12th December 9.30am to 11.30am

£8.50 per child
5 minute Santa’s Grotto, soft play, then we will all meet together to enjoy breakfast with Santa!!!
Unlimited cordial, breakfast-beans, scrambled egg, sausage and toast.

Call 07530 933123 to book.

Breakfast with Santa at The Broadway Bradford

The Broadway Bradford, Hall Ings, BD1 1JR City of Bradford

Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for Breakfast. With his special elves on hand, Santa will meet all the children, tell a story and give them an early Christmas present!

🎅 Dates: 30 November and 7, 14, 21, 23 December

🎅 Times: 9am – 10am, 10am – 11am, 11am – 12pm

Admission is free but you must book in advance via our Eventbrite page (link below). A ticket is required for both adults and children. Please limit the number of adults in your group to allow as many children to attend. Limited spaces.


Breakfast with Santa at The White Swan, Yeadon

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 AM – 1 PM

The White Swan, Yeadon, High Street, LS19 7TA Leeds

Join us for Breakfast with Santa.

Firstly you will arrive and enjoy breakfast, for the adults its bacon, sausage, eggs, beans and toast served from our carvery deck & for the children a section of cereals, toast & juice.

Then there will be a story time, after this Santa will land on our roof, walk through the door and surprise the kids, then he will sit with them 1 on 1 and give them a present, at this point you can have a magical photo opportunity.

Tickets available in advance, and purchased behind the bar for £6.95 per person
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Breakfast with Santa at Tong Garden Centre


30th November – 24th December 2019
8.30am – 10 am

Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY City of Bradford

Join us at our Restaurant where Santa will greet you at your table as you enjoy breakfast.

Each child will then meet Father Christmas individually to receive their present.

All accompanying adults must choose either a full cooked set breakfast or a pastry selection.

No party bookings.


Crag House Farm Christmas Fayre

7th & 14th December 2019,  10am-4pm.

You can visit Santa at the Crag House Farm Christmas Fayre. Saturday 7th & 14th December 2019 10-4pm. Santa arrives at 10.30am on a horse-drawn carriage and you book your visit on arrival. Cost is £6.50 per child and includes a gift, face painting and making a Christmas craft to take home.

  • Christmas Gifts
  • Crafts
  • Decorations
  • Festive treats
  • Christmas Trees

Free entry.

Crag House Farm, Otley Old Rd, Leeds LS16 7NH.

Father Christmas at Bolton Abbey

30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 December 2019

Bookings open online from 2nd September 2019.

Enjoy an even more magical & exclusive experience. Father Christmas will be tucked away in his cosy log cabin within the beautiful enchanted woodland, with open log fires, Christmas carols playing, an abundance of twinkly lights.

Estate admission & a gift are also included in the ticket price.


Child £15.00

Adult £7.50


Father Christmas’ Grotto by Otley Lions

Take the children along to meet Santa and pick up an early Christmas present. Father Christmas will be popping into Stephen H. Smith’s on weekends throughout December and then into Waitrose the week before Christmas to take Christmas requests from the little ones. All proceeds go to Otley Lions.

At Stephen Smiths Garden Centre

Saturday 30th November 13:00-16:00
Sunday 1st December 10:00-16:00
Saturday 7th December 10:00-16:00
Sunday 8th December 10:00-16:00
Saturday 14th December 10:00-16:00
Sunday 15th December 10:00-16:00
Saturday 21st December 10:00-16:00
Sunday 22nd December 10:00-14:00

At Waitrose, Otley

Monday 23rd December 10:00-16:00
Tuesday 24th December 08:00-17:00

£6 per child.

Santa at Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

Santa will be arriving at Birchfield along with his elves and 3 beautiful reindeer!

Take a magical sleigh ride to meet Santa in his woodland lodge where he will listen to your Christmas wishes.

Weekends from 24th November

Daily from 17th- 23rd December .

* Late nights (until 7pm)*
Friday 7th, 14th & 21st December

Children ( receiving a present ) £10
Adults £4
Babies ( not receiving a present) FREE

Bookings for Santa online only this year from 1st October.

Santa Specials at Kirklees Light Railway

Weekends from 30th November – 24th December 2019

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.

NEW FOR 2019: Start or finish your Christmas experience with a FREE whizz around the duck pond miniature railway.

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


Santa Specials, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Weekends from 24th November – 22nd December 2019.

10th, 20th, 23rd & 24th December midweek.

Trains at: 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm giving a round trip of 1 hour.

NEW FOR 2019: First Class Santa, Evening Santa trains, Festive Afternoon Teas

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

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

All other fares £15.
All trains depart from BOLTON ABBEY STATION ONLY.

Santa Steam Specials at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Every Weekend, 30th November – 15th December 2019

  • Adults & Children, 3 years of age and over – £19.50
  • Infants & Toddlers, 6 – 36 months (sitting on an adult’s lap) – £10.00
  • Under 6 months – Free

Weekend, 21st & 22nd December 2019 and Christmas Eve

  • Adults & Children, 3 years of age and over – £21.50
  • Infants & Toddlers, 6 – 36 months ( sitting on an adult’s lap ) – £12.00
  • Under 6 months – Free

Every year the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway run Santa Specials. Join us for a journey behind one of our iconic steam locomotives for festive fun when Santa Clause travels along the Railway spreading goodwill all around.

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


Santas Grotto at Eureka

Santa’s Grotto
£4 per child plus standard admission / annual pass Step inside our enchanted grotto to meet Father Christmas and the friendliest elves in town! Includes a gift.
Book your tickets from the info desk when you arrive.
Weekends from 23 Nov and every day from 19 Dec 2019

Accessible Grotto
£4 per child plus standard admission / annual pass
Our grotto is ALWAYS accessible, but if a booked time slot is helpful we open our grotto an hour early for children with autism or other sensory conditions. All staff are autism-trained and we can adjust the grotto as needed: no music, lights, or even beards!
Grotto tickets should be purchased from the info desk on arrival and get a booked timed visit between 10am and 11am
Weekends from 23 Nov and every day from 19 Dec 2019

Santa’s Grotto at Kids About Tarn Yeadon

Wednesday 11th December and Thursday 12th December 2019.

1 pm to 3 pm (10-minute time slot and admission to our soft play before or after your time slot)
£6.00 per child
Come and meet Santa and tell him what you would like him to bring you for Christmas. Children will get a 10-minute time slot to have a chat with jolly old St Nick, sing a Christmas carol and choose a present from his sack.

Santa’s Grotto at St Johns, Leeds

Weekends from 30th November – 22nd December 2019

St Johns Centre, Merrion Street, LS2 8LQ Leeds

Santa’s Grotto will be open weekends from 30 November, 11am – 4pm on the Upper Balcony.

Entry is £2.50 per child with a gift and all proceeds go to Leeds Mind.

Santa’s Grotto – The Elfington Factory, Merrion Centre Leeds

Weekends from 16th November & Daily 12th -24th December 2019

BRAND NEW Santa’s Grotto for 2019!

Step inside our magical, immersive adventure and see first hand where Elves tinker making all things Christmas, before finding your way to see the big man himself.

Every little visitor to our NEW LOOK Grotto is invited to complete the FREE trail map that will guide you to Santa!

(No need to prebook… just turn up & enjoy!):

Visit only – £2 per child

Visit and Present – £5 per child

Visit and Photo – £7 per child

Visit, Present & Photo – £8 per child


See Santa at Cliffe Castle Museum

Christmas at the Castle

SUN 9 DEC 2018

Father Christmas and his reindeer will be joining us between 11.30 am – 1pm and 2 – 3.30pm. There will be a charge of £4 per child to see Father Christmas in the magical setting of Cliffe Castle’s Grand Drawing room where you will be able to take your own photographs and each child will receive a special present.

Stories with Santa at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

29 Nov – 24 Dec 2019

Session Start times are as follows, please leave enough time to get through the garden & down to Santas Grotto for the start time;


Price: Member Adult £4.50, Child £6.50
Non-member Adult £12.50, Child £10.00

Tea with Santa at Kids About Tarn

Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Kids about tarn, unit 4 cliffe court, ls19 7yu Yeadon, Leeds

Wednesday 11th December
3.30 to 5.30pm
£8.50 per child
5 minute Santa’s grotto, soft play, then we will all meet together to enjoy yummy home made pizza and chips unlimited cordial with the big man himself!

Visit Santa at The Victorian Christmas Market: BRADFORD INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM

Victorian Christmas Market

SAT 16 NOV 2019 – SUN 17 NOV 2019

Join Father Christmas at Bradford Industrial Museums annual Victorian Christmas Market.

It’s not your usual festive market. As well as having over 80 stalls there will be face painting, a concert band, Sandy Kidz Sand Art and costumed characters. You will even have the chance to visit Father Christmas on Bradford’s festive tram!

Why not come on down and join in the festive fun.

Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of November. 10am ’til 4pm.

Free Admission donations are always welcome and donation boxes can be found around the site.