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Places to see Santa

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Arctic Tour to see Santa at Tong Garden Centre

Nov 17 – Dec 24 2018

Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY

Santa’s personal assistants will take you behind the scenes in this never-before-seen grand tour where you’ll get to meet Santa and then you can enter his toy shop to pick your own gift*!

Your tour will take 30-40 minutes and includes:

  • interactive journey
  • meeting Santa in his grotto and receiving a gift.

Group sessions (maximum 12 children).

*not applicable for gifts for a child under 12months

Breakfast with Santa at Tong Garden Centre

Dec 1 – Dec 24 2018
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.


Dine with Santa! Thornton Hall, Skipton

Back for 2018

Join us at Thornton Hall and enter a magical Christmas wonderland.  Feast in Santa’s very own festive dining room with the man in red!

A Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure & Dine with Santa
Join us for our 2 hour Christmas experiences like no other! Wrap up warm and prepare to be amazed on a magical journey as you join your very own Elf on a unique Adventure!


Call 01282 841148  to book.

Father Christmas at Bolton Abbey

2018 ticket holders will 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.


December 1 & 2 | December 8 & 9 | December 15 & 16
December Weekdays 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23


Child £15.00

Adult £7.50


Father Christmas’ Grotto at Stephen H Smith’s, Otley

Weekends throughout December
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 to take Christmas requests from the little ones. All proceeds go to Otley Lions.
Stephen H. Smith’s,

10am-4pm on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23,

£6 per child.

Father Christmas’ Grotto at Stephen Smith’s

Weekends throughout December
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 to take Christmas requests from the little ones. All proceeds go to Otley Lions.
Stephen H. Smith’s, 10am-4pm on
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, £6.

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 December 1st

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 for the children.

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

Children aged between 3 and 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.

Weekends from 25th November – 23rd December.

11th, 21st & 24th December midweek.

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

Sunday 25th November 2017 – EARLY BIRD – 20% OFF – use code ‘CANDYCANE’ in the basket

Santa Steam Specials at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Every weekend from 1st December & Christmas Eve
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. Tickets are now on sale.

Adults & Children, 3 years of age and over – £18.50
Toddlers, 6 – 35 months – £9.20
Under 6 months – Free

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


Santa’s Breakfast at Leeds German Market

Nov 24 – Dec 22 2018

Every Saturday & Sunday morning from 24 November until 22 December, children and families will have the opportunity to join Santa for breakfast in the Alp Chalet. Guests will be greeted by Santa’s little helpers & enjoy a buffet style breakfast before Father Christmas pays a special visit to present gifts.

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

Booking essential. Call 0113 376 0318

Millennium Square, Calverley St, LS1 1UR Leeds


Santa’s Floating Grotto, Skipton

25th Nov 11 am – 4 pm

2nd & 9th Dec 10 am – 4 pm

Pennine Cruisers, 19 Coach Street, BD23 1LH Skipton

Come and meet Santa aboard his floating grotto, be entertained with some jolly Christmas music whilst you wait. £1 per child and each child will receive a small gift, no advance booking needed.

This is not a boat trip, just a floating grotto, however, Pennine Cruisers will also be running 30-minute boat trips throughout the day (no need to book)

Call 01756 795478

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.

Storytime in Santa’s Grotto Hosted by Leeds Libraries

Saturday 15 December
Leeds Central Library

Father Christmas is coming into Leeds Central Library for a wonderful Christmas storytime with songs. Each child will receive a special keepsake Christmas book which Father Christmas will personally sign during a magical meet and greet. Get creative with an assortment of festive crafts throughout the afternoon.

Tickets: £8 per child or £7 with a library card, adults FREE


Leeds Libraries, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB Leeds

Visit Santa at The Victorian Christmas Market: BRADFORD INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM

Victorian Christmas Market

SAT 17 NOV 2018 – SUN 18 NOV 2018

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 17th and Sunday the 18th of November. 10am ’til 4pm.

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