School Holidays & Annual Events West Leeds

Places to see Santa In And Around West Leeds In 2018

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Letter From Santa – Don’t Miss The Deadline

Make your child’s Christmas even more magical, by getting them a letter from Santa.

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Lotherton Halls’s Christmas Experience

23rd November – 23rd December 2018 

23rd November – 23rd December 2018 

Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas walk through the Captains Wood around the estate. Uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden. Visit Santa in the North Pole and meet the elves helping in their workshop. Marvel in the splendor of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery. Wander down to the Elf Village where young ones can join the elves in making craft activities or listen to stories.

There will be hot and cold food and drink, including mulled wine and hot chocolate in the Christmas Courtyard and Elf Village

Weekend activities include family magic shows in the house (booking required) and Christmas stalls in the Elf village.

Pre-booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

To book visit thechristmasexperience.co.uk

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB. Tel: 0113 378 2959

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Santa’s Grotto The Arctic Tour at Tong Garden Centre

17th November – 24th December 2018

Santa’s personal assistants will take you behind the scenes in this never-before-seen grand tour where you’ll get to meet Santa and, if you show your backstage pass, then you can enter his toy shop to pick your own gift*!

The tour will take 30-40 minutes and includes an interactive journey before meeting Santa in his grotto and receiving a gift.

Pre-booking Required.

Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY.  Tel: 0113 285 3506

 


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Visit Santa at Mother Shipton’s

24th November -23rd December 2018 (**New for 2018**)

Children will have the chance to meet Santa, then choose from an array of wonderful gifts in his Toy Shop. Be greeted by the Head Elf for story time and enjoy a photo opportunity in Santa’s Sleigh! Create a wish to hang on Mother Shipton’s Wishing Tree and post a letter to the North Pole. As you take in the magical surroundings treat yourself to hot drinks, mince pies, and pizza. Children can also buy and decorate their very own Christmas treat.

The park WILL NOT be open for general admission.

Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD. Tel: 01423 864600

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A Twilight Treat with Father & Mrs Christmas – Harewood House

Every Saturday & Sunday from 24th November – Sunday 23rd December PLUS Friday 21st December 2018. 4pm & 5pm 

Join us for a twilight experience in the home of Father & Mrs Christmas and be warmed by all its enchanting magic, making memories to treasure. This is a magical family encounter with Father Christmas, accompanied this year by Mrs Christmas, to add extra seasonal sparkle. Filled with interactive stories and songs, a photo opportunity with Father Christmas and a personalised traditional gift for every child.

There’s also a special Father Christmas treasure hunt around the House, and a programme of festive family activity throughout the whole of Harewood.

Pre-booking required to see Father Christmas.

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG.  Tel: 0113 218 1010


Abbey House Museum Santa’s Grotto

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December 2018, 10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm

Visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto, write him a letter, dress up, decorate a Christmas ornament and have a go at our Christmas trail and counting competitions in our decorated streets. Make lovely family memories and don’t forget to bring your camera to take lots of special pictures!

No booking is necessary. Normal admission applies. NB Grotto price not included in admission, £4.50 per child (includes a present).

Ticket: £4.50 not including admission 

Relaxed Santa for children with additional needs

8th December, two sessions at 9.30 –10.30am and 10.30-11.30am.  Booking is essential for the relaxed sessions.

A relaxed session for children with additional needs and their families. Santa’s elves will be around to help children with craft activities and Santa will be in our Victorian Streets so children can choose how and when to approach him.

Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH, Tel: 0113 378 4079


At Home with Father & Mrs Christmas – Harewood House

Every Saturday & Sunday from 24th November – Sunday 23rd December PLUS Friday 21st December & Monday 24th December 2018. 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

This is a magical family encounter with Father Christmas, accompanied this year by Mrs Christmas, to add extra seasonal sparkle.

Your journey begins with a cheery visit to Father Christmas’ cottage, where you’ll be met with a very warm welcome from Mrs Christmas, followed by an encounter filled with interactive stories and songs, a photo opportunity with Father Christmas and a personalised traditional gift for every child.

There’s also a special Father Christmas treasure hunt around the House, and a programme of festive family activity throughout the whole of Harewood.

Pre-booking required to see Father Christmas.

Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG.  Tel: 0113 218 1010


Boomchikkaboom Rasta Claus Pop Up Grotto

1st – 13th December 2018

Back by popular demand… Boomchikkaboom’s very own Rasta Claus.

When Santa get’s over loaded with work at the busiest time of year, Rasta Claus can be trusted to step in and help out. With his motto to “Give a lickle back,” Rasta Caus is a fantastic way to introduce your family to an alternative narrative. A truly unique and magical experience for all.

Keep an eye out on the Boomchikkaboom Facebook page for his pop up locations as we draw closer the most wonderful time of the year.

***SEN & Autism Friendly***


Breakfast with Santa at the Leeds Christkindelmarkt

24th November – 22nd December 2018. Every Saturday & Sunday; 10-10:45am. 10.45-11.30am. 11.30am-12.15pm

Children and families will have the opportunity to join Santa for breakfast in the Alp Chalet. Upon arrival guests will be greeted and escorted to their tables by Santa’s little helpers and enjoy a buffet style breakfast before Father Christmas pays a special visit to each table and presents a gift to the children.

A weekly children’s show will also take place each Sunday morning on the market square stage with face painting, balloon modelling, sing-alongs, creative arts and crafts and appearances from winter wonderland princesses and other costumed characters.

Tel: 0113 376 0318 to book.

 


Breakfast With Santa At Tong Garden Centre

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 21st & 22nd December 2018

A wonderful family experience where Santa will greet you at your table as you enjoy breakfast.

Each child will then meet Father Christmas individually to receive their present. Breakfast with Santa will start promptly at 8.30am and will finish at 10am.

Suitable for Toddlers.  Booking Required.

Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden CentreTong Lane, BD4 0RY. Tel:  0113 285 3506


Christmas at Eureka

24th, 25th November, Weekends in December and Daily from 19th -23rd December 2018. 17th & 18th December designated Toddler Days

Seasonal Show – ‘A Place for the Winter’
A 30 min interactive show in the theatre suitable for children 3- 7 years. It’s almost time for the animals to hibernate but Dormouse isn’t too keen. He’s never experienced this time of year before and is just too curious to go to sleep. Hedgehog must help his young friend understand the season and find just the right place to rest, but will he do so before Old Man Winter arrives? (The seasonal show will also be available  from 27th Dec – 6th Jan apart from New Years Day)

Santa’s Grotto

Visit Santa and his friendly elves in the enchanted grotto. £4 per child. Open 11am -4.30pm and 2.30-3.30pm during term time. (*The grotto will open an hour early (10am-11am) just for children with autism to meet Father Christmas.)

Normal admission applies.

Eureka, 2 Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. Tel:  01422 330069

 


Christmas At Leeds Kirkgate Market

TBC for Christmas 2018

Santa comes to Kirkgate Market every Saturday throughout December. 
Children can meet Santa in his grotto and receive a free chocolate gift.
Entry to see Santa will be a £1 donation to the Candlelighters charity.

Also on Saturday’s a family free production of ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ will be presented by Front Room Productions and will take place between 11:00 and 14:00 in the event space.

Leeds Markets, 28-34 George Street, LS27 Leeds

 


Christmas Weekend at Oakwell Hall Country Park

8th & 9th December 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm

An great chance to do your Christmas shopping with craft stalls in the Barn, Christmas Music, food, and Santa in the Hall too!
Free entry with a small charge to see Santa.

No booking required.

Oakwell Hall, Nutter Lane, Birstall, Batley WF17 9LF


Christmas Weekends At Temple Newsam

Saturdays & Sundays from 1st- 23rd December 2018. 10am-3pm

Visit the Farm and get warm by the fire in the Joiner’s shop and let your Christmas creativity run wild with our Christmas crafts – transform a pinecone into a cute Christmas friend. On the 1, 2, 15, 16 come and make a Christmas table decoration or on the 8, 9, 22, 23 a Christmas wreath using natural materials from the estate.

Saturdays & Sundays from 8th- 23rd December 2018. 1pm – 4pm
Carry on to the finely decorated House and enjoy the changing programme of live performance of carol singers, musicians and dancers. Check out the festive feasts enjoyed by residents of Temple Newsam’s past, see the gifts, play our games, dress up and join the quest to hunt down presents for Arthur the Elf.

Tickets for Father Christmas can be purchased in advance 0113 3367460 or email Temple.Newsam.House@leeds.gov.uk.

Normal admission charges apply.

Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460


Cottonbudz Christmas Party With Santa

Saturday 15th December 2018 11am-12:30pm

Santa is coming to Cottonbudz.   £8.50 per child / £4.50 for under 1’s wishing to visit Santa and get gift.  The price includes: 90 minutes use of Cottonbudz + a visit to Santa and a gift from Santa + Christmas party bag.

Adults are free and drinks/cakes can be purchased. (There will also be a reduced food menu available)

Suitable for babies and toddlers.  Booking required. 

Cottonbudz, 54A Oaklands Road, Rodley, Leeds, LS13 1LQ.  Tel: 01132571188


Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway – Santa Specials

Sunday 25th November 2018 – EARLY BIRD – 20% OFF
Weekends from 1st-24th December 2018
Tuesday 11th December 2018 (ideal for schools and playgroups)
Friday 21st December 2018
Saturday 15th & 22nd & Sunday 23rd December 2018. Evening Santa Special

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. And Santa will be on the train, giving out presents to well-behaved children.

Pre-booking required.

Tel: 01756 710614


Father Christmas at Temple Newsam

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December 2018, 1 – 4pm

The elves and Father Christmas are working hard at Temple Newsam to get ready for Christmas but he will be taking a break Saturday and Sunday afternoons to welcome younger visitors to visit his workshop, have a chat and receive an early gift. Book a time slot to see him to avoid disappointment.

Booking advised.

Tickets for Santa: £4 plus normal admission. Under 1s free

Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460


Father Christmas In The Woods At Oakwell Hall

Friday 21st December 2018, 4.30pm-6.30pm

Join Santa and his helpers around the campfire and make a wooden Christmas decoration. Children must be 5 and over and accompanied by an adult. £8 per child.

Pre-booking required.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG.  Tel: 01924 324761.


Santa’s Grotto at The Merrion Centre

17th, 18th, 24th, 25th November, 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 13th -24th December 2018, 11am-4.30pm

Visit Santa in his Christmas bauble Grotto in the main mall, complete with a magic post box where children can write your very own letter to Santa!

Visit only: FREE

Visit & Present: £4 per child

Visit & Photo: £6 per child

Visit, Present & Photo: £8 per child

No booking required.

Merrion Street, Leeds,LS2 8NG


Leeds Hidden Christmas Festival With Sneaky Experience

14th-16th December 2018, 10am-11pm


Meet Santa and his Reindeer at Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Centre

8th December 2018 at 11:30-2:30pm

Come to Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park on Saturday 8th December and meet Santa and his reindeer. Santa will be giving out treats for the children and there will be plenty of opportunities for photos with Dasher and Prancer, and posing for selfies with Santa!

We hope to see you there!


Meet Santa at Bolton Abbey

1st, 2nd, 8th, 19th and 15th – 23rd December 2018

Father Christmas and his cheeky elves will be returning to Strid Wood. The atmosphere will be set with open log fires, Christmas carols playing softly through the trees, an abundance of twinkly lights, vintage coffee van and the opportunity to put a festive message on our special wishing tree and the chance to make reindeer dust.

Each child will receive a gift from Father Christmas.

Pre-booking required.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6EX.  Tel: 01756 718000


Meet Santa at Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure 2018

Open throughout December

As well as meeting Santa, you could go Nordic skiing, enjoy various adventure play areas and travel around the enchanted forrest filled with glowing displays.

This year you will also be able to purchase grotto tickets online on selected dates (subject to availability). Plus, all visitors who pre-book activity tickets to explore our Forest & Maze will be sent an exclusive link to book Santa’s Grotto tickets in advance for their chosen day, guaranteeing little ones a time slot with the man of the moment!

Santa’s Grotto tickets include a lovely Christmas gift to take home, which is suitable for all ages, including under-3s.

Suitable for Toddlers. Booking Required.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, North Yorkshire.  Tel: 01937 586333


North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials

Weekends from 1st – 23rd December 2018. Trains depart 9:35am, 11:10am, 1:55pm & 3:30pm

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 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.

Tel: 01751 472508


Rainbow Factory Santa’s Story Grotto

1st and 2nd December 2018, 10am-4pm

Join the Rainbow Factory on an enchanting journey as they adventure with Santa’s Elves to help get everything ready for Christmas.

Step into Santa’s Workshop to make, bake, play and sing before getting to meet Santa himself and if you have been good, he may have a special present for you! Event lasts 1 hour.

Rainbow Factory Springfield Commercial Centre, Farsley,  LS28 5LY. Tel: 0113 257 5750


RHS Harlow Carr – Stories with Santa

30th November – 2nd December, 7th-9th December & 14th-24th December 2018. 

Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good, receive a small gift.

With your e-ticket, you can enter the garden up to an hour before your session time with Mr & Mrs Claus to have a quick walk around the Winter Garden, take part in our Christmas craft activity and  make some magical reindeer food to take home with you.

Pre-booking required.

Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB Tel: 01423 56541


Santa at Swithens Farm

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December  2018, 10am-4pm

Santa will also be in his grotto each weekend in December until Christmas Eve. If you wish to see Santa the cost is £5.00 per child including a great gift. No need to book in advance.

Swithens Farm Swithens Lane Rothwell, LS26 0BT. Tel: 0113 282 8828


Santa Specials at Middleton Railway

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16h, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2018, 10am-5pm

Santa Specials: Weekends from 1st-23rd December & Monday 24th December 2018. Trains – 10am,10.45am,11.30am,12.15pm,2.15pm,3pm,3.45pm

Board the Santa Special awaiting at the platform.  Keen eyed children will soon spot Santa and his elves boarding the train.  On the journey to the park and back Santa will have a specially selected present for each member of his young audience.

Pre-booking required.

Tel: 0845 680 1758


Santa Steam Specials at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Every weekend from 1st December 2018 & Christmas Eve

Every year the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway run Santa Specials. Join us for a journey behind one of our iconic steam locomotives for festive fun when Santa Clause travels along the Railway spreading goodwill all around.

The Railway StationHaworthBD22 8NJ. Tel: 01535 645214


Santa Underground – National Coal Mining Museum

Weekends from 24th November – 23rd December & 17th-21st December 2018.  (After school visits 19th & 20th December) 

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.

Pre-booking required.

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH. Tel: 01924 848806


Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

17th November -24th December 2018

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.

This year you will also be able to purchase grotto tickets online on selected dates (subject to availability). Plus, all visitors who pre-book activity tickets to explore the Forest and Maze will be sent an exclusive link to book Santa’s Grotto tickets in advance for their chosen day, guaranteeing a time slot.

Santa’s Grotto tickets include a lovely Christmas gift to take home, which is suitable for all ages, including under-3s.

Pre-booking Required.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, North Yorkshire.  Tel: 01937 586333


Sundown Adventure Christmas Spectacular

17th of November – 24th December 2018

The Christmas Spectacular ticket includes a pre-booked Santa visit on the Magical Night Before Christmas Ride and also free access all day to all the other park’s rides and attractions.

Pre-booking required.

Treswell Road, near Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HX Tel: 01777 248274


The Eureka Grotto

Weekends from 24th November – 23rd December & 17th-21st December 2018. (Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th – Designated Toddler Days). 

Step inside the enchanted grotto to meet Father Christmas and the friendliest elves in town!
Grotto tickets should be purchased from the info desk before 3.30pm to avoid disappointment.

Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE. Tel:  01422 330069


The Magical Christmas Maze At The Light Leeds

8th, 9th, 15th & 16th December 2018, 2.00pm-4.30pm

This Christmas, follow the Magical Maze through to Santas workshop, where you can have fun making festive crafts with the Elves. There’s have yummy hot chocolate to keep you warm before you get to see Santa Claus himself!

All children will receive a gift from Santa.

Expected time around 30mins. All ticket proceeds go to Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids.

Booking required.  Tickets available via Eventbrite

The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL


The Victoria Leeds Festive Lodge & Grotto

7th – 23rd December

A Festive Lodge full of delights, enjoy bratwurst, fondu and other bites. There’ll be music, song and Christmas cheer, and a special guest who’s flown in by reindeer…

The Victoria Leeds Festive Lodge & Grotto arrives on the 7th of December.  This enchanting winter wonderland will be outside of Victoria Gate on Sidney Street. Father Christmas is set to be extremely busy checking his naughty and nice list, so to avoid disappointment, be sure to book a slot to see him at the Grotto below.  He will be visiting from the 8th-9th December at first, then from the 10th-14th from 2pm-6pm and then he’ll be back from the 15th-23rd December.

Booking required.  Remember to download the free Victoria Leeds PLUS app to enjoy a free hot chocolate at the Festive Lodge!

Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, LS2 7AU


Santa at Cannon Hall Farm 2018

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 15th – 24th December 2018 

Every child visiting Santa will be given a passport to the North Pole, and will make their way through our elf check in.   The diligent elves will check if children have been naughty or nice – and to make doubly sure children will have to pass through the special elf check-in scanner. They can then make their way to the magical grotto to meet Santa himself and receive a gift.

You can also book a Santa Special (Breakfast or Lunch With Santa)  Meet Santa, take a tractor and trailer ride and enjoy a Christmas singalong with Rudolph and the elves.

Pre-booking required.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley.  Tel:  01226 790427


Santa Specials at Kirklees Light Railway 2018

1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December

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 for the children.

Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults will be treated to a mince pie and festive tipple and children will enjoy biscuits and juice in the heated marquee.

Children will have an opportunity to write their letters to Santa, complete activity and colouring sheets and, if they want to brave the cold, have a run around on the outdoor playground.

Suitable for Toddlers.  Booking required.

Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West HD8 9XJ.