School Holidays Wakefield

Places to see Santa

There are so many different places to see Santa in Wakefield and the surrounding areas. Here is a selection of venues, for more information please refer to our events calendar for November and December.

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


27th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021 (Tickets now on sale)

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.

Christmas at Castle Howard

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.

28th November – 31st December 2020 – An Illuminated Christmas at Castle Howard

Experience a festive evening like no other as we take to the great outdoors this Christmas season to produce a spectacular lighting extravaganza for all ages to enjoy.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the House will not be open this Christmas as per previous years.

Booking required.

Castle Howard, York,  YO60 7DA


Christmas at Sundown Adventure Land

21st November 2020 – 24th December 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

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

28th, 29th November,  5th, 6th, 12th, 13th 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December 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

5th – 24th December 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

Once Upon a Wentworth Christmas

19th – 22nd December 2020, 9.30am – 5pm
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

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 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

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 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!

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

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.

Woolley Edge Christmas Tree Farm

Opening details TBC 2020

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

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