School Holidays Wakefield

Places to see Santa

Due to current Coronavirus restrictions and social distancing, we advise that you to check with each individual attraction or venue before travelling. Many places are operating pre-bookable ticketed entry only. Please note that these listing were put together prior to Lockdown 2.0 and the revised tier restrictions.

There are so many different places to see Santa in Wakefield and the surrounding areas. Here is a selection of venues!

In line with Government guidance on COVID-19, national lockdown 2 runs from 5th November to 2nd December 2020. Many places are closed for this period and advice is to only travel where necessary. From 2nd December Wakefield and West Yorkshire are in the highest tier or restrictions, Tier 3, with many places remaining closed.

I am endeavouring to keep the listings as up to date as possible but please check with venues first before going, thanks for your understanding.

With some Grottos being closed, we can provide a magical, festive and memorable experience for children at your home.


Santa and his magic elf Holly Sparkle Pants will visit your doorstep on a festive sled (a cool trimmed up motorbike). We will hand deliver a ‘Christmas Eve’ box and separate gift, there will be a photograph opportunity and a chance to speak to Santa and his elf!


The ‘Christmas Eve’ box will contain a personalised letter from Santa. These can be left out on Christmas Eve and will contain magic reindeer food, a magic door key for Santa and a mince pie. Plus sweets, chocolate, gingerbread men and a candy cane for your children. You will also receive an additional gift (you can request a boy or girl gift if you wish).


Places are limited so please book early, email us here or give us a call on 07740 854946

Cost: £35 (additional child £10)


Social distancing and COVID Government Safety guidance will be followed at all times.

Please note we are only able to provide Doorstep Santa visits to areas in West Wakefield



07740 854946


** This event is now sold out **


Weekends through November and selected dates in December 2020

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.


Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY.

0113 285 3506


** This event is now sold out **


21st November – 24th December 2020 (selected days)


This year we’re keeping the magic of Christmas alive by opening our Christmas grotto, however, they’ll be a few changes to keep everyone safe and sound!

Our grotto visit includes a reindeer hunt around our store, inside and out, and a chocolate lolly when you find them all!

Afterwards, you will make your way through our magical winter wonderland grotto, and be able to take pictures on Santa’s sleigh and on your winter wonderland walk.

You will then have a private family audience with Santa Claus, where you can tell him all your Christmas wishes – and promise him that you’ve been very good this year!

You will also receive a photo memento of your visit, and, with the help of Santa’s elves, you can choose a brilliant, well-deserved gift from our range of award-winning gifts in a tin, a new offering for 2020!

We advise you to book your ticket in advance by visiting our website here

Covid-19 Measures

As usual, you can purchase a ticket online through our website, and you can choose a time and day that suits you best. However, to establish social distancing we have had to reduce the number of slots available this year, and so we strongly encourage pre-booking your ticket to avoid disappointment as we anticipate having very few tickets available on the door.

For more information on please visit our website.

Mumbler Anna visited with her family in December 2019 and sent us this review … click here

Ackworth Garden Centre, Barnsley Road, Ackworth, WF7 7NB

01977 612 660



** Tickets still available for 12 Days of Christmas Woodland Walk, however please note meeting Santa is now sold out  **


27th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021 


TIER 3 UPDATE: The house will remain closed. Wildlife World & the Shop will be open but indoor enclosures will be closed. The cafe will remain open as takeaway only. The Christmas Stalls will remain open outside the front of the house on weekends only. 

There are changes to under the Wishing Tree- please check your emails for updates. Please note that due to social distancing photos next to Santa will not be permitted. We promise to make Lotherton Christmas Experience magical as possible for everyone visiting. The changes we have made to keep within Government guidelines are to ensure we keep everyone is as safe as possible while visiting us.


Steeped in traditional Christmas magic and excitement, Lotherton is pleased to host The Christmas Experience once again for families to enjoy a festive trip out.

Enjoy the interactive 12 Days of Christmas Woodland Walk through the Captains Wood. Sing along and count the dancing ladies, calling birds and drummers drumming as you wander through.

Discover the fairies in their secret hideaway 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 all their festive finery.

Visit Santa ‘Under the Wishing Tree’ in the Elf Village to interact with the elves and meet Santa in person (40 minutes).

Pre-school children can enjoy a shorter Santa visit in his cabin on weekday lunch times. Both experiences include a gift and tickets include entry to the wider estate.

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.

The safety of our visitors and colleagues is our number one priority. To help keep everyone safe, we’ve implemented a number of measures and changes to The Christmas Experience.

We are operating to strict capacity therefore booking is essential for all visitors. We have limited capacity in the house and Santa has moved into the Elf Village which means this area will only be accessed for those with a Santa ticket.  For more details on Covid secure measures in place click HERE.

For more details have a read of our review from 2019 HERE

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

To book visit

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB.

0113 378 2959


A number of Covid safety measures have been put in place at Lotherton. Click here for more information.

With uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions between now and Christmas day, many Santa and Christmas experiences have gone virtual this year so you can still meet Santa but from the safety of your own home. 

We have done a roundup of a few virtual experiences … click here

Afternoon Tea with Santa at CINTA

19th December 2020,  10am & 12pm

Gather the family (or your household depending on the restrictions at the time!) and get in the Christmas spirit! Santa is landing at CINTA Bar & Kitchen all the way from the North Pole on Saturday 19th December at 10am & 12pm.
Join us for some festive food and a sing a long as we’ll be playing all your favourite Christmas classics!
Adults: £17.50
Children: £12.50 (under 3s free)
Booking required.
Town Hall Basement, Market Place,  WF5 8BE, Ossett. Tel: 01924 272805

Breakfast with Santa at The Electric Theatre

Every Sunday in December 2020, 11am -1pm

Tickets will be £15 per child which will include a cooked breakfast, a gift for every child and of course a visit from the big man himself in our very own Santa’s grotto.

Booking required through website.

Wakefield Road, Pontefract

Breakfast with Santa at The Fairway Pub

12th & 19th December and 24th December 2020, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Enjoy a Full English breakfast with coffee, tea and juice in the company of our special guest Santa & his friends at The Fairway. Enjoy the traditional festive tunes, arts & crafts, plus a disco with Santa’s elves in the KIDS INN. The children will get to meet Santa & receive a present each as well as complimentary entry to the KIDS INN. £9.50 per adult £6.50 per child
Booking is essential full payment at time of booking *** All tickets non-refundable ***
Elmhirst Lane, Dodworth,  Barnsley. Tel: 0871 200 2289

Christmas at Castle Howard

** This event is now sold out **


28th November to 23rd December 2020 – An Enchanted Audience with Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas and WonderPhil in the splendor of the Long Gallery, inside the House this year, for a magical Christmas show like no other. Your ticket will include exclusive access to Castle Howard where you will enjoy a one hour show featuring your favourite festive duo, children will receive a gift and the event will of course be run ensuring strict social distancing.


Booking required.

Castle Howard, York,  YO60 7DA


Christmas at Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park

12th December – 23rd December 2020

We are delighted to launch our first ever Christmas event at Gulliver’s Valley South Yorkshire! Let us transport you into a world of fabulous festive adventures. Our fantastic Smasher package includes:

  • Selected festive rides and attractions across the theme park
  • Children get to choose their own gift from the live, interactive Christmas shop!
  • Take a sneak peek at Santa’s Christmas preparations!
  • Look out for special appearances from Santa each day

Pre-booking advised

Mansfield Road, Sheffield, S26 5QW


Christmas at Sundown Adventure Land

Cancelled for 2020 (as of 30th November 2020)

Take a magical ride through the enchanted forest and visit Santa in his home to recieve a special gift!

You’ll be greeted by the elves and Mrs Claus and when it’s your time you’ll be invited to meet Santa himself. You’ll find out if you’re on the naughty or nice list and receive a lovely present. Santa has been able to weave a mask into his glowing white beard!

Very limited tickets available, must be pre-booked in advance online.

Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford, DN22 0HX

Christmas at Temple Newsam

Discover the magic of Christmas with Temple Newsam. Book on to a midweek Christmas time tour and follow the themed tree trail throughout the house. Hear tales of Temple Newsam’s past and spot some mischievous elves along the way.  Take a peek into Father Christmas’s office, where he’s been working hard on his naughty or nice list and there’s gifts for those who have been good this year!

Home Farm will be dressed to impress with cosy courtyard scenes and cheeky elves which you can hunt down on our Christmas trail through the stables and historic cobbled streets. See the animals bedding down for winter and take a stroll through the grounds with themed treats from Temple Newsam Tea Rooms.

 *Gifts, available for adults and children, are charged at an additional £5

Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460

City Cruises York – Christmas

22nd November – 23rd December 2020

Your Santa experience begins as you are welcomed into our Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge. Upon entering, the Santa Experience Captain will check all of the children off the special list that we receive from Lapland. I

You will then be warmly greeted by Santa’s good friend Mary Christmas or Ernie the Elf, who will gladly show you to your reserved seating and distribute the magic bells.

Pre-booking required.

Tel: 01904 628324

Father Christmas at Bolton Abbey Estate

Cancelled for 2020

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.

Booking required.

Bolton Abbey Estate

Father Christmas at Piece Hall

Cancelled for 2020 (as of 4th November 2020)

Visit The Piece Hall and enjoy a specially created Christmas experience in partnership with Sneaky Experience.  Join in a magical journey of storytelling and festive imagination.

Your ticket allows you to enjoy a site wide 35 minute interactive experience where you’ll meet Father Christmas and your children will receive a Santa activity bag, after which families can discover the festive pack in the courtyard spaces or take away to do in your own time.

Booking required.

Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE. Tel: 01422 525200

Hampson Plantworld

Santa’s Grotto will not be operating in 2020


Denby Dale Road, Durkar, Wakefield, WF4 3AZ. Call: 01924 298365 o

Murton Park – Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Christmas

** This event is now sold out **


5th – 21st December 2020

Things are a little different at Murton Park in 2020, Santa has decided to have a ‘staycation’ there will be lots to see and do in a safe way with reduced number and one-way systems in place. Your experience will start with you entering Santa’s village. You will meet Santa’s elves as you walk through the village past their houses and workshops.

You will then arrive at the Santa’s log cabin for an audience with the big man himself. To ensure social distancing in here there is a maximum of 5 people per booking.

Booking required

Murton Ln, York YO19 5UF. Tel:  01904 489966

Once Upon a Wentworth Christmas

Cancelled for 2020 (as of 2nd December)
Delve into a magical fairy-tale world to save Christmas! Start your adventure with a tale of how the Snow Queen has kidnapped Father Christmas and outlawed all festivities. You will then embark on an immersive quest through the fairy kingdom, meeting magical characters along the way, becoming heroes of your own Winter legend and restoring the magic of Christmas!
This epic journey ends with a chance to meet Father Christmas, take photographs and place a magic wish on Father Christmas’ Wishing Tree!
Booking required.
Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham

Owl Lane Nurseries Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s Grotto will not be operating in 2020

Owl Lane, Ossett, WF5 9AU. Tel: 01924 276446

Santa at Abbey House Museum

** This event is now sold out **


Wednesday 9th – Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Tickets just released – 7th December 2020

Visit Santa in our special Christmas room. Take home a pack of crafts as well as your present and don’t forget to get your Santa selfie!

Booking essential via Eventbrite (see AHM Facebook page for details)


Abbey Walk, Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH


Santa at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

Various dates in December 2020

As the elves take you for a magical walk through the tunnels to meet Farther Christmas in his grotto before entering his Christmas village filled with Christmas cheer. Go into the forest to meet Santa’s real-life reindeer and help the elves finish planting all the Christmas trees before it’s too late!

All activities will follow government guidelines to ensure the experience is safe for all involved, face masks will need to be worn by all over the age of 11.

Fiddlers Green, Harrogate, HG3 3HB. Tel: 01423 779759

Santa at Cannon Hall Farm

Selected Dates in December 2020 (Tickets go on sale 27th October)

Santa will be doing a parade loop around the sheep racing arena with all children being given a souvenir to remember their visit.
The elves will be on hand to ensure social distancing is in place around the track and to move customers in and out of each session.
Your ticket will include farm admission, which means you can check out all the amazing animals in the undercover barns and roundhouse, visit the reptile house and go on the outdoor adventure playgrounds.

Booking required.

Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT. Tel: 01226 790427,

Santa at Carr Gate Garden Centre

Santa will be not be visiting in 2020, the good news is he sent a few of his elves into the centre on his behalf and they have created magical displays for everyone to enjoy.

Old Bradford Road, Wakefield

Santa at the Great Yorkshire Showground

Selected dates 5th -23rd December 2020

Before heading to the North Pole, Santa will make one last stop to visit us at the Showground with some of his elves!  He will take up residence in his grotto, to meet youngsters in a Covid-safe environment and all children will receive a special present. 

Tickets are limited to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time with us.

Takeaway refreshments will be available to buy.

Booking required.

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Santa at Thornton Hall Country Park

28th November – 24th December 2020 (Tickets on sale 30th September)

Enjoy a 2+ hour Christmas experience like no other!  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.

Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS. Tel:  01282 841148

Santa at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

** This event is now sold out **


Weekends from 29th November, weekly from 17th -24th December 2020 (Tickets open from 12th October)

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. Tel: 01677 425323

Santa @ Pit

 This event has been cancelled for 2020


16th – 24th December 2020


This Christmas, before Santa goes down your chimney, he is going to the mine!

Before he sets off back to the North Pole he will be welcoming a few select children to meet him on the surface near the mine shaft.

Will the bell place you on the naughty or nice list?

Good children will receive a present while bad children will get coal…

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH

Santa Sleigh Route – Wakefield District Round Table 1088

2020 – Virtual Santa

As you all know Santa has to work from home this year. He still wants to see you though so he’s got himself a Zoom account.
For £5.00 you can chat with Santa from his Grotto and all the proceeds will be donated to local causes please visit our shop to book a slot

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 Tel: 01484 865727

Santa Specials on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

28th November to 24th December 2020

The fires will be lit at Bolton Abbey station, the Refreshment Room will be bulging with mince pies and other seasonal fare, (as will the Buffet Cars) and decorations will be all around.

Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well behaved children, festive music will be playing whilst entertainers & elves will ensure a jovial Christmas spirit throughout!

Also available evening Santa specials and festive afternoon tea

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Tel: 01756 710614

Santa’s Grotto at Eureka!

This event is cancelled for 2020


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.

More details coming soon.

Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE


Stockeld Park Santa’s Grotto

** This event is now sold out **


21st November 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021

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!

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road.

Trinity Walk Christmas Grotto

Various times between 3rd & 6th December, 9th & 13th December and 16th & 23rd December 2020

See Santa for FREE at Trinity Walk. You’ll be able to get a socially distanced photo outside the white fence protecting Santa!

Donations being gratefully accepted in aid of Forget-me-not Children’s Hospice.

More details and opening times click HERE


Woolley Edge Christmas Tree Farm

Santa not visiting in 2020 but his magical sleigh is still available for photo opportunities!


Family Christmas Tree farm with real reindeer between Wakefield and Barnsley.

Santa will visit to feed the reindeer at 10am every weekend.

Take your photo in Santa’s sleigh, donation to Forget me not Hospice.


Beacon Hill Farm, Wooley, WF4 2LQ. Tel: 07973 910 717

Yorkshire Elf Visits

Visiting Wakefield on 21st December 2020

Magical Door Step Visits from Santas Very Own Elves delivering Christmas cheer!

Email for more details.