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.

Saturday 7th December 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm


Wrap up warm and explore our Christmas Market full of local suppliers.

Don’t miss Santa’s arrival with his reindeer at 11:15am, then visit him in his grotto… all with guaranteed snow!


Up to 6 visitors per time slot

Tickets £4.50, including gift

Don’t miss out, book your tickets today!

Kirkburton, Huddersfield, HD8 0WA

01484 488848


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7th December – 24th December 2019




Nostell is delighted to welcome back Father Christmas all the way from the North Pole to help young visitors make magical family memories.


Call: 01924 863892, booking advisable

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE

Visit Santa Claus in our Frozen Christmas Grotto, have Breakfast with Santa and visit Santa Paws!

Saturday & Sunday in November and everyday 1st – 24th December 2019

Enter the magical world of Santa Claus for an individual and super experience. Take a walk through the magical kingdom and meet the ‘real’ Santa. Tell him all your wishes and receive a good quality gift from Santa Claus himself.


We loved going to Ackworth’s Winter Wonderland. We like that it’s a small grotto, with an experienced Santa who returns year after year. No limit on the number of adults that can go in, photograph and 6×4″ print included. I hate it when there are hidden extras that you can’t bear to leave without buying! Mini Mumbler was so pleased with her gift, much higher quality than I’ve experienced at other grottos, even Tiny Mumbler’s baby gift was age appropriate and good quality.  Heather, Wakefield Mumbler 2018.


Santa’s Grotto – £15 per child

Our grotto visit includes find the Reindeer Hunt, visit through our Winter Wonderland Grotto, Meet Santa Claus and receive a good quality gift from Santa Claus, and an instant photograph presented in a presentation card. There are no additional costs for photographs.



Breakfast with Santa – £15 per child 

Fabulous seasonal breakfast with Santa Claus himself. Includes child’s full English breakfast or any selection from our children’s breakfast menu. A fabulous gift from Santa Claus and help find Santa find his lost reindeers and receive a chocolate lolly reward.



Santa Paws – £7.50 per pet

Come enjoy a wonderful pet grotto experience, after all your cherished ones are all (well most!) on the nice list. Your visit includes a special gift from Santa and an instant picture with your furry faithful friend with Santa Claus.



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

01977 612 660



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: MUMWAKEFIELD (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.

01937 586333



Sunday 22nd December 2019


Festive story sessions with Santa and his elves throughout the day at The Ridings Centre


The Ridings, Wakefield, WF1 1DS

01924 787787



Afternoon Tea with Santa – CINTA

Saturday 14th December 2019


Gather the family and get in the Christmas spirit! Santa is landing at CINTA Bar & Kitchen all the way from the North Pole on Saturday 14th December at 12.30pm. Ho ho ho 🎄

Join us for some festive food and a sing a long with a brass band playing all your favourite Christmas classics!


Call: 01924 272805

Town Hall Basement, Market Place, Ossett, WF5 8BE

Breakfast with Santa at The Blacksmiths Arms

14th, 21st & 24th December 2019


Enjoy the traditional festive tunes, arts & crafts and disco with Santa’s elves. Each child will receive a gift from Santa with photo opportunity.

Choose from either traditional English breakfast or continental breakfast.


Call: 01924 848531

64 Wakefield Road, Wakefield WF4 4DS

Breakfast With Santa at The Liquorice Cafe

Saturday 7th December 2019, 8:45am – 10:00am


Santa has found time in his busy schedule to come and have breakfast with us at The Liquorice Cafe at Pontefract Castle. He will join us for an hour to spend time with children during breakfast and give every child a Christmas gift. After breakfast explore the Castle looking for Santa’s reindeer with our trail.

Child Small cooked breakfast with juice
Adult Large cooked breakfast with Pot of tea or filtered coffee


Booking Essential

£8.95 per person


Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, WF8 1QH

Breakfast with Santa – Cafe 19

Sunday 8th December 2019


Enjoy a delicious breakfast whilst the little ones have fun and receive a gift from Santa


Call: 01924 375773

19a The Springs, Wakefield, WF1 1QE

Breakfast with Santa – The Malt House

Saturday 7th & 21st December 2019


The big man himself is joining us for a special breakfast before the big day

£7.50 per child
This includes breakfast, a drink, a visit with Santa and a special gift


Call: 01924 380088

Wakefield Road, Horbury, WF4 5HJ

Breakfast with Santa – The Ruddy Duck

Saturday 14th & 21st December 2019


A morning to visit Santa and have your breakfast!


Call: 01924379079

The Ruddy Duck, Bridge Street, WF1 5JR

Cannon Hall Farm

30th November – 24th December 2019


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.


Call: 01226 790427, booking advisable

Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

Cannon Hall Museum

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd December 2019


A very important guest will be making an appearance this Christmas to meet and talk to children in our beautiful festive and traditionally decorated rooms.

Little visitors will experience a Victorian childhood at Christmastime before sitting down one on one to discuss their wish list for Christmas Day and receive an special gift from the magical man himself.


Call: 01226 772002

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT

Christmas at Notcutts Victoria Garden Centre

Santa’s Grotto

Saturday 17th November – Tuesday 24th December 2019 (selected dates in this period)

Make your Christmas magical this year with a visit to meet Santa in his Grotto. As well as meeting Santa, your child will receive a Christmas gift, personally given by Santa.


Breakfast with Santa 

Saturday 7th December – Tuesday 24th December 2019 (selected dates in this period)

Start the day in the best way possible with a delicious breakfast in the company of Santa himself!

Expect a fun-filled mealtime including an activity, meet Santa and receive a special present.


Tea with Santa

Wednesday 4th December – Tuesday 24th December 2019 (selected dates in this period)

Treat your children to a very special and scrummy tea in the company of Santa himself.

Expect a fun-filled mealtime including an activity, meet Santa and receive a special present.


Santa Paws Dog Grotto

27th November, 4th, 11th & 18th December 2019

Come and enjoy a wonderful dog grotto experience at Notcutts with your cherished doggy members of the family.


Call: 01977 701560

Wakefield Road, Featherstone, Streethouse, Pontefract, WF7 6BS

Carr Gate Garden Centre

Every weekend in December 2019


A little different this year at Carr Gate Garden Centre, there will be no Winter Wonderland with visit to see Santa (back 2020) and a gift but Santa and his elves will be around every weekend. Instead it will be a Breakfast or Tea with Santa – details below!


Enjoy a festive meal with Santa, have a christmassy sing a long with the Elves, and receive a special gift from Santa


Call to book: 01924 823002

Old Bradford Road, Carr Gate, Wakefield, WF2 0SY

Hampson Plantworld

9th November – 24th December 2019


Santa’s grotto open every weekend 11am-4pm from  9th/10th November (to celebrate we are having an opening weekend with a few activities and Santa arriving in horse & carriage)

Open from 16th December through the week 1:30pm-5pm.

Grotto is pay on door, no booking necessary


Santa’s breakfast club open 14th,15th, 21st,22nd, 23rd & 24th December.


Call: 01924 298365 option 5 for cafe for booking for breakfast club.

Denby Dale Road, Durkar, Wakefield, WF4 3AZ

Owl Lane Nurseries Santa’s Grotto

Saturday & Sunday in December & 20th -23rd December 2019


Santa is here, and he is welcoming children to visit him in his magical grotto

“We popped in to see Santa. He was absolutely brilliant and so was his elf!


01924 276446

Owl Lane, Ossett, WF5 9AU

Santa comes to Outwood & Stanley

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – Outwood Memorial Hall @ 5:00pm

Wednesday 4th december 2019 – Stanley Community Centre @ 5:00pm


As usual this is a completely free event for all children to come along to.

Free visit to Santa

Free gift free children’s rides and a few more free treats.

Local Community group will be there as well raising funds for their charities.

Santa Sleigh Route – Rotary Club of Horbury & Ossett Phoenix

29th November – 11th December 2019




Santa Sleigh Route – Wakefield District Round Table 1088

2019 route details 

Monday 9th December – Crofton
Tuesday 10th December –  Walton
Wednesday 11th December – Crigglestone/Piper’s Green
Thursday 12th December – Hall Green/ Crigglestone
Saturday 14th December – Alverthorpe / Silkwood



Santa Specials at Kirklees Light Railway

30th November – 24th December 2019


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.


Call: 01484 865727, booking essential

Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, HD8 9XJ

Santa Underground at NCM

23rd November – 24th December 2019

Get your Christmas off to a magical start – come and visit Santa in his underground grotto!

Santa is 140m underground this Christmas, greeting mini miners and their friends, so don’t miss out on the Christmas fun

A unique experience for all the family to enjoy together.
Under 5’s can go underground to visit Santa too.

Tours take place on the hour and half hour.


Tel: 01924 848806 to book your place, booking is essential.

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

Santa’s Grotto and Xmas Gala

Saturday 14th December 2019, 11:00am – 2:00pm


Our 6th year running this charity grotto and xmas gala. We are raising money for Forget-me-not children’s hospice once again this year.

Our Grotto has to be the best value for money around. Just £3 and your child not only gets a present, they also get a letter, an xmas eve pack and to take a candy cane from santa’s tree. you are also free to take pictures if you wish.

To run alongside the grotto is our xmas gala. which includes our usual wacky games, sellers stalls and weather permitting a disco dome bouncy castle


Dimple Well Lodge Hotel, 35 The Green, Ossett, WF5 8JX


Santa’s Grotto at Ossett Town Hall

Saturday 30th November 2019


It’s that time of year again. Santa will be touching down for 1 day only to say HO HO HO MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Santa will arrive on his sleigh after riding around Ossett. Don’t worry his Sleigh will stay in the precinct during the day.

Once in the Town Hall children will walk through the Christmas tunnel before coming in and seeing Santa in his grotto. They will have time to speak with him and tell him what they want for Christmas. Children will also leave with a bag of sweets and some reindeer dust all ready for the magical day.

All this for only £2.50


Market Place, Ossett WF5 8BE

Santa’s Grotto at Tong Garden Centre

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.


Call: 0113 285 3506, booking advisable

Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY

Silkwood Farm Christmas

Saturday 7th December 2019


Enjoy breakfast with Santa and recieve a gift


Call:01924 283517

Mothers Way, Ossett, WF5 9TP


Spring Green Nurseries

Trees available and our real Christmas Trees are due in at the back end of November.


01924 863859

Pontefract Road, Crofton, Wakefield, WF4 1LW

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton

22nd November 2019 – 5th January 2020


ourney into the North Pole to our tree-lined home where Santa and his elves have taken up residency for the final weeks preparation before Christmas day.  Come and meet our elves, help out in the crafts workshop and even make your own souvenir to take away with you.  Our Head Elf will make sure you are looked after during your time there.  While you are there take the opportunity to write a postcard to Santa to make sure he knows what you want, and finally meet the big man himself!

Preschoolers Santa’s Cabin in the Elf Village – An experience for younger visits to see Santa for a present without the full North Pole additions.  Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 11am – 2pm from Monday 2 December, no pre-booking required.


Call: 0113 378 2959, booking advisable

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB

The Play Den, Pontefract

Tuesday 17th December 2019, 11:30am – 1:00pm


Toddlers lunch with Santa and Mrs Claus (0 – 3 years)

1 hour free play& meal time


Thursday 19th December 2019, 4:30pm – 6:00pm


Children’s after school tea with Santa and Mrs Claus (4 years +)

1 hour free play& meal time


Call: 01977 792266

29 Southgate, Pontefract, WF8 1LN

Trinity Walk Christmas Grotto

Thursday 16th November – Sunday 22nd December 2019


Trinity Walk’s ever popular FREE Santa’s grotto will launch every Saturday, Sunday and Thursday starting from November 16.

He’s usually in his bespoke grotto Thursday evenings 4-6pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-3pm.

And we do free parking after 3pm on Thursdays until Christmas and every Sunday is 50p all day parking too.


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


Wakefield Museums Christmas

Wakefield Museum

Father Christmas at Home Drop-in 14th December 2019 10am-3pm

Pontefract Museum

Liquorice Santa, Liquorice grotto, Christmas gift, festive crafts. 7th December 2019 10am-3pm


Woolley Edge Christmas Tree Farm

Saturdays & Sundays from  23rd November 2019


Watch Santa feed his Reindeer at 10am on weekends, then you can pose for a photo in his sleigh.


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

Opens 23rd November and then every day until Christmas Eve.



Call: 07973 910 717

Beacon Hill Farm, Wooley, WF4 2LQ