Where to meet Christmas in York and North Yorkshire this Christmas

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Father Christmas is coming to York this Christmas!

The big guy in red is very busy at this time of year – but he makes a few stops in York and North Yorkshire.

Seeing Christmas in their cave is often an essential Christmas experience for children – so YorkMix put together a guide on where to meet Mr. Nikon in and around York this year.

We would recommend booking to see Father Christmas sooner rather than later, as places are booked quickly.

Fingers crossed you are on the beautiful list!

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Join Santa and his group of elves as they parade through the Wildlife Park. Gold ticket holders will be able to see Christmas and receive an animal-themed gift. There will also be a mailbox for letters to Santa!

  • Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR
  • 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 December
  • 12pm, 1pm
  • £ 12
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

Beetle Bank Open Farm

Meet Christmas and Blitzen at Santa’s Grotto! Each child will have a one-on-one experience with Santa, and will be able to choose an early gift of their choice.

  • Beetle Bank Open Farm, Moor Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5XD
  • 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20 December
  • 10am – 4pm
  • £ 15
  • Website
  • Reservation essential
Photo: Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Father Christmas is back at the Beningbrough Victoria Laundry! Listen to his stories of travel and misfortune, and he can also bring some bags of presents …

  • Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York, YO30 1DD United Kingdom
  • 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 December
  • 10:15 – 15:30
  • from £ 5
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

Howard Castle

Meet Christmas in his Courtyard Grotto. There will be a festive tale from Story Craft Theater before meeting the man in red himself. Your grotto visit would not be complete without a gift from Santa!

  • Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA
  • 4, 5, 11, 12, 17-23 December
  • Various times
  • of £ 18
  • Website
  • Reservation essential
Photo: Castle Howard

City Cruises

Join Santa and friends on Captain James Cook! Each child will receive a personalized gift from Santa, and there will also be refreshments and magical surprises.

  • The Boathouse, Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP
  • 27, 28 November, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18-23 December
  • 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
  • from £ 5
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

Dobbies Garden Center

Stroll through a magical outdoor forest and see how many Christmas characters you can spot along the way before being welcomed by Santa into his Grotto.

  • Dobbies Garden Center York, Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6QE
  • 4, 5, 11-24 December
  • Various times
  • £ 11.99
  • Website
  • Reservation essential
Photo: Sheriff Alpacas

Goodwill

Meet Santa – and his hairy friends the packer! Feel their amazingly soft wools and also visit Christmas in his cozy fireplace grotto and receive a handmade gift of alpaca.

  • Goodness Farm, Sheriff Hutton Road, Strensall, York, YO32 5TP
  • November 26-29, 3-6, 10-12, 17-20
  • 16:00, 17:00, 18:00
  • £ 20
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

Mother Shipton’s

Wander through a winter forest to the enchanted Christmas Village, where Chief Elven Chestnut will take you to see Christmas in his cozy grotto. See Santa’s sleigh, sit on the magic Christmas throne – and more!

  • Mother Shipton’s Cave, Prophecy Lodge, Knaresborough High Bridge, HG5 8DD
  • November 20 – December 24
  • All day
  • of £ 11
  • Website
  • Included in acknowledgment, reservation required
Photo: Murton Park

Murton Park

Santa has a stay at Murton Park again. Meet the big man himself in his cozy winter hut in the village of Santa – where kids will get money for Santa to spend in the Magic Toy Store!

  • Murton Park – Yorkshire Museum of Agriculture, Murton Lane, York, YO19 5UF
  • 27, 28 November, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18-22 December
  • Various times
  • of £ 10
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

Northwood Trail

This will not be your average Father Christmas! Meet St. Nicholas in his grotto and listen to his Christmas stories.

  • Northwood Trail, York, YO41 1AP
  • 11, 12, 15-23 December
  • 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30
  • from £ 24
  • Website
  • Reservation essential
Photo: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

All on the Santa Express! Join Santa and his team of elves on a magical train ride. Meet Mr. Niko and get a present and an NYMR Christmas backpack.

  • Pickering Station or Grosmont Station
  • 4, 5, 11, 12, 18-24 December
  • Various times
  • £ 26
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

Nunnington Hall

Have fun creating some festive crafts before visiting Father Christmas in his grotto and whispering your Christmas wish.

  • Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York, YO62 5UY
  • 27, 28 November, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 December
  • Various times
  • £ 8
  • Website
  • Reservation essential
Photo: Pigs Adventure Farm

Piglets Adventure Farm

Come on the magic sleigh to the forest village of Santa! Share your dreams with Santa and he will give you the magic key to unlock his toy store where you can choose your perfect gift.

  • Pigs Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York, YO32 9ST
  • November 20 – December 24
  • All day
  • from £ 5.95
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

Spilmans Farm

Join Father Christmas in his cozy grotto as he shares a festive story – and don’t forget to take a photo with Santa!

  • Spilmans, Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, YO7 3NB
  • 27, 28 November, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18-23 December
  • Various times
  • from £ 5
  • Website
  • Reservation essential
Photo: The Web Adventure Park

The Online Adventure Park

Meet Father Christmas, his elves and his reindeer Donner and Blitzen! Check if you are on his “nice list” and you may receive a gift …

  • The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH
  • 27, 28 November, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18-24 December
  • Various times
  • from £ 6.50
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

York Bird Center

Meet Christmas is his home grotto – every child will receive a gift!

  • York Bird of Prey Center, Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, Huby, YO61 1JB
  • December 18-22
  • 1-6pm
  • Included in admission
  • Website
  • Reservation essential
Photo: York Chocolate Story

The Chocolate Story of York

Make festive chocolate cookies with Santa and discover seasonal secrets on a special themed tour.

  • The Chocolate Story of York, 3-4 Kings Square, York, YO1 7LD
  • November 27 – December 23
  • Various times
  • of £ 6
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

The Winter Wonderland of Yorkshire

Find Santa’s Grotto through the snow-enchanted forest and collect a special gift from his comfortable log cabin.

  • Designer Outlet York, St Nicholas Ave, York, YO19 4TA
  • 20, 21, 29-30 November, 1-24 December
  • Various times
  • £ 5
  • Website
  • Reservation essential

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