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Where to visit Father Christmas in and around North Leeds

With the festive season now upon us, we have put together a guide on where you and your little ones can visit the big man in and around North Leeds, so that you can make this Christmas the most magical one yet.

High Trees Garden Centre Santa’s Grotto - Horsforth

11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December.
£6 per child. A traditional family experience.

Booking advised.  Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Tel: 0113 258 7788

9 Otley Old Rd, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HZ.

Christmas at Mother Shipton’s - Knaresborough

20TH November- 24th December 2021. Times vary depending on the day you would like to visit.

What to expect this Christmas:

· See Santa (socially distanced)

· Meet Chief Elf Chestnut

· Optional add-on purchase of a special soft toy gift to receive from Santa’s Elf Helper whilst you meet Santa

· Winter Woodland Walk

· Festive Displays & Scenes

· Christmas Post Office

· Adventure Playground*

· Cave where Mother Shipton was born*

· Petrifying Well*

· Gift Shop

· Museum

· Wishing Well

· Wishing Logs

· Take-Away refreshments available to purchase

· Picnic tables available & toilets open

· Dog Friendly (on a lead, the only place that dogs can’t go is inside the adventure playground)

*Subject to weather conditions

Tickets are for timed sessions. Most sessions allow up to 2.5 hours within the attraction.

Booking is essential.

Mother Shipton's Cave, Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD

Lotherton Hall’s Christmas Experience - Aberford

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 which will include larger than life Christmas traditions including interactive elements for all of the family to enjoy. Also new for this year are our Elf crafts in the courtyard and Mrs Claus in the house!

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.

Booking essential.

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.

Come along to their 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, they 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 calling their box office on 0113 3760318

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure - Wetherby

20th November – 4th January

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!

Suitable for toddlers. Book here.

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

A Magical Christmas Experience at Brimham Rocks Activity Farm - Harrogate

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!

Fiddlers Green, HG3 3HB

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials

4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th and 20th-24th December

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

Departing from Pickering and Grosmont Station, the Santa Specials bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the legendary man himself in his grotto on board the train.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers. Book here.

Goathland, Whitby YO22 5NF