School Holidays 2021 Wakefield

Places to see Santa

Many places are operating pre-bookable ticketed entry only and we advise you to check before you travel. 

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

Things to do, places to go & days out with the kids in Christmas Holidays 2021

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** This event is now sold out **


Weekends through November and selected dates in December 2021

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
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4th – 23rd December 2021


Experience our Tree Traditions trail daily during normal opening hours. Visits to the house are via tour only mid-week. Festive activities and Santa visits are available on weekends in December and from Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 December. Please note that the house is closed on Mondays so Santa can get ready for your visit! 


Follow our family friendly trail across the house and farm and discover themed trees inspired by our magical estate. Our handcrafted Christmas trees tell the historic tales of Temple Newsam and there’s free festive crafts for younger visitors.

At Home Farm cosy up by the roaring workshop fire and get up close to farmyard friends bedding down for winter. See the mansion house decorated for the lord and lady of the manor and meet Santa Claus to pick up an early Christmas gift. There’s lots of lovely presents for those who have been good this year




Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE.

0113 336 7460
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Saturday 27th November – Friday 24th December 2021


Before Santa goes down your chimney, he’s going down the mine!

We’re excited to announce that Santa Underground is back and now available for bookings!

Travel 140m underground to join Santa in his unique and atmospheric underground grotto. Good children will receive a present and certificate while naughty ones will get coal…


Please note there is no minimum age limit for our Santa Underground Experience


Book your tickets here


Read our review from December 2019 here – we loved it!!


National Coal Mining Museum, New Road, Overton, WF4 4RH

01924 848806
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20th November 2021 – 4th January 2022


The Christmas adventure is back at Stockeld Park,

Magical festive fun to have from morning ‘til dark!

What to do first, ice skating or a nice warm drink?

Feeling so happy as you skate around the rink!

Time to get lost in the giant snowflake maze,

Let’s hope you’re not stuck in there for too many days!

The forest holds so much fun, you can travel by ski or foot,

So many adventure playgrounds, you won’t know where to look!

And when it gets dark on those magical Christmas nights,

The forest lights up with pretty illuminations, that twinkle so bright!

Of course, you can meet the man, Santa himself,

And even have breakfast with him and his elves!

If you’re looking for Christmas magic, Stockeld Park is the key,

You can even take home your own Christmas tree!

Presents, tinsel, and pretty green holly,

You’re sure to leave Stockeld Park feeling very Jolly!



Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN

01937 586333
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27 November – 2 January 2022

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton returns this year, with Santa and his elves ready to welcome visitors from across Leeds and beyond.

BRAND NEW for 2021 is our Festive Woodland Walk, Elf Crafts, Mrs Claus Gingerbead decorating and Yuletide Yurts with extra special magic show!

The Festive Woodland Walk will include larger than life Christmas traditions including interactive elements for all of the family to enjoy. Take a walk through the sparking and twinkling lights whilst exploring the amazing interactive traditions. As well as visiting Santa this year you can join the elves and Mrs Claus for Elf crafts in the courtyard and gingerbread decorating in the house!

Come on in to our Yuletide Yurts and have a festive drink whilst enjoying the beautiful setting. Snacks will also be on sale alongside your favourite Christmas tipple! You can even come to one of our amazing magic shows which promise to fill you with mystery, wonder and festive fun!

The Hall will be dressed up in all of its Edwardian festive finery, the Fairy Dell will be twinkling and Wildlife World will be open during the day for a full day out experience.

Every visitor must have a pre-booked ticket before visiting, no payment will be taken on the gate.

Please ensure all visitors have a Christmas Experience estate entry ticket.


Santa’s Elf Village – Under the Wishing Tree. Running from 3pm weekdays and all day on the weekends and school holidays from 27 November – 24 December.

Only a few tickets left! Come along to our elven bivouac to meet Santa, Snowy Flake and his friends under the magical wishing tree for stories and elf tales. Visit Dizzy Bells outside the Reindeer Emporium and take home some magical reindeer feed for Rudolph on Christmas Eve. Pop by and say hello to Postmaster Pippin McJingles outside Ye Olde Post Office Central to ensure your letter to Santa is safely on its way. Finally meet the main man himself outside Santa’s Cabin for a special Christmas one to one, and a little present for the journey home.

Santa’s Cabin (preschoolers)- Running Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 2pm from 29 November – 17 December.

For the smallest of little people, we are offering an opportunity to say hello with Santa outside his cabin and receive a special Christmas gift. This is a great opportunity for little people’s first visit to Santa, who may struggle engaging in the full 30-35 minute ‘Under the Wishing Tree’ experience.

Relaxed sessions for children with additional needs – Tuesday 7th December. Can be booked from the 5th October by contacting our box office on 0113 3760318 or

Yuletide Yurts Magic Show- weekends and during the week leading to Christmas 12-3pm

Come on down for a festive magic show inside one of the Yuletide Yurts. This 35 minute show promises to fill you with mystery, wonder and fun. To visit our Magic Show be sure to book your tickets.


Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB.

0113 378 2959
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Breakfast with Santa at The Blacksmiths Arms

4th, 11th, 18th & 24th December 2021


Join us with your little ones to enjoy breakfast with Santa, including present, breakfast, opportunity to meet Santa & get photos, Unlimited juice, exciting activities!

Pre-booking required


01924 848531

64 Wakefield Road, Grangemoor, WF4 4DS

Christmas at Castle Howard

** This event is now sold out **


3rd December – 23rd December 2021 – 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

27th November – 24th December 2021

Let us transport you into a world of fabulous festive adventures.

  • 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

20th November – 24th December 2021

As Christmas draws near, the park is converted into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas theming throughout and the annual opening of the wonderful ‘Night before Christmas’ ride. Climb aboard one of Santa’s sleighs and take a magical journey through the enchanted forest to arrive in style at Santa’s Magical Grotto.

You’ll be greeted by the elves and the ever friendly Mrs. Claus and when it’s your time, you’ll be invited to meet the big man himself. Where you’ll receive a lovely, individually wrapped present and the chance to share your wishes with him.

Must be pre-booked in advance online.

Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford, DN22 0HX

City Cruises York – Christmas

27th November – 23rd December 2021

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

27th November – 23rd December 2021

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

4th – 24th December 2021

Visit The Piece Hall and enjoy a specially created Christmas experience in partnership with Sneaky Experience.

Join this never seen before show as you are welcomed on a magical journey of storytelling and festive imagination.

Follow The Tellers who will lead you on an enchanting interactive tour around the spectacular site to meet Father Christmas himself.

Booking required.

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

Hampson Plantworld

Details to be released for 2021


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

Kiddy Winx Santa

11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 23rd & 24th December 2021


Come and have a magical wonder through our interactive magical wonderland to see Santa and his animals, have a chat, post your letter and receive a gift!

Pre-booking required


Pot House Hamlet, Barnsley Road, Silkstone, Barnsley S75 4JU

Murton Park – Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Christmas

27th November – 22nd December 2021

Santa loved his staycation at Murton Park so much last year, that he’s decided to do it again and invites you to join him.

Step this way for a magical Christmas experience in Santa’s village. Meet the big man himself in his cosy winter cabin where children will receive Christmas money to spend in the Magical Toy Shop. Then take a walk through the village and be enchanted by the elves and peek inside their homes and workshops.

Booking required

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

Once Upon a Wentworth Christmas

18th – 24th December 2021
This enchanting experience is unlike any other, as you delve into a magical fairytale world to save Christmas! Audiences start the journey with a tale of how the wicked Snow Queen has kidnapped Father Christmas and outlawed the celebrations. Visitors will then embark on an immersive quest through the fairy kingdom to become the heroes of their own legendary Winter story and restore the magic of Christmas! This epic journey ends with a chance to meet Father Christmas and create a magic wish.
Booking required.
Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham

Owl Lane Nurseries Santa’s Grotto

Details to be released for 2021

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

Piglets Adventure Farm Christmas Experience

 20th November – 24th December 2021

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:
🧝 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!
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST

Places to see Santa for free in and around Wakefield

Christmas can be expensive, so we’ve put together places where you can see Santa for FREE in 2021 – click here!


Santa at Abbey House Museum

Details to be released for 2021


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 Ackworth Garden Centre

4th – 24th December 2021 (selected days)


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what festive season would be complete without a visit to the Big Man himself?

You will 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 or our Jellycats!


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

Santa at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

20th November – 24th December 2021

Come and meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, all the elves, and not forgetting the reindeer before their busiest time of the year!

Visit Santa in his Grotto before you make your way into the Christmas Village where there’s plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy!

Have a story with Mrs. Claus in her cosy library, decorate gingerbread with the elves in the kitchen, decorate your own plant pot and plant your very own Christmas tree to take home with you!

Don’t forget to visit Santa’s real-life reindeer and choice a special gift from Santa in his toyshop!

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

Santa at Cannon Hall Farm

4th – 24th December 2021

Visit Santa at Cannon Hall Farm’s enchanting grotto experience – where we’ve had help from the North Pole to create a truly magical experience that is sure to delight and dazzle. The Santa experience includes all day farm entry, a trip through the elf check-in and a visit to Santa in his grotto and a high-quality present.

Booking required.

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

Santa at Carr Gate Garden Centre

There will not be a Santa’s Grotto at Carr gate Garden Centre for 2021

Old Bradford Road, Wakefield

Santa at Thornton Hall Country Park

27th November – 24th December 2021 

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 2021’s ‘A Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure’. A truly magical experience.

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

Santa at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Selected dates in December 2021

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 comes to Horbury

Friday 26th November 2021


Santa Sleigh Route – Wakefield District Round Table 1088

2021 Dates for Santa’s Sleigh Route by Wakefield District Round Table 1088


6th December 2021 – Crofton

7th December 2021 – Walton

8th December 2021 – Crigglestone

9th December 2021 – Hall Green / Crigglestone

11th December 2021 – Silkwood / Alverthorpe


Santa Specials at Whistlestop Valley

** 2021 SOLD OUT **

This festive season, step aboard the steam-heated carriages of our Santa Specials & be transported to the magical North Pole. Meet Santa & his jolly helpers inside their cosy grotto filled with sacks full of presents for the good girls & boys.

Park Mill Way, HD8 9XJ Clayton West Tel: 01484 865727

Santa Specials on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Selected days in December 2021

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 visits Renewi Wakefield

8th & 9th December 2021


Santa will be visiting the education centre at Renewi, South Kirkby.

See him in his grotto and get involved with Christmas crafts

Booking essential via Eventbrite here

This is a free event

Santa’s Grotto at Eureka!

4th – 23rd December 2021

Father Christmas is heading to Eureka! this December, his *ski-doo laden with gifts a-plenty, and he wants to meet YOU!
*the sleigh’s in for an MOT

Come along to see the big man himself and an elf helper or two, for a discussion about how naughty/nice you’ve been this year, pressie requests, snap a festive (s)elfie and receive a gift!

Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE


Santa’s Grotto at White Rose Shopping Centre

13th November – 24th December 2021


Little ones can meet Santa and receive a gift

Booking advisable but you can join the queue on the day


White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Rd, Leeds, LS11 8LU

Sunday Lunch with Santa at Ponderosa

12th & 19th December 2021, 12pm & 3pm


Enjoy a festive carvery lunch, a Christmas gift and a visit from Santa!

Pre-booking required


01924 404604

Off Smithies Lane, Liversedge, Heckmondwike, WF16 0PN.

Trinity Walk Christmas Grotto

Selected dates between 19th November & 23rd December 2021

See Santa for FREE at Trinity Walk.

No need to book, just turn up. Please remember to give each other (and Santa) space when you visit and use the hand sanitiser provided before and after meeting the main man.

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

More details and opening times click HERE


Yorkshire Elf Visits

Visiting Wakefield on 21st December 2021

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

Email for more details.

Yuletide at Northwood

11th, 12th December & 15th – 23rd December 2021

Meet St Nicholas and Lady Winter in their Yuletide grottos. Enjoy a glass of hot punch (alcoholic and non alcoholic available), before being taken to the woodland grotto to make a wish with Lady Winter and then a short story with St Nicholas, aimed at the whole family.

This event will be an atmospheric Christmas of stories, candles and imagination not a commercialised event. Children won’t receive a toy but something more meaningful and symbolic instead, as well as chocolate coin.

Booking required.

Between Malton & York,  YO41 1AP