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

1. Royal Mail

Friday 4th December (slots from 3pm – 7pm)
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
Friday 11th December (slots from 3pm – 7pm)
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
Friday 18th December (slots from 3pm – 7pm)
Saturday 19th to Wednesday 23rd December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)

Come and join us for a magical storytelling event here in the historic Courtyard of Castle Howard. Meet Santa’s helpers as they guide you through into our festive library, where children will get to meet Santa and settle down to hear a brand new, enchanting winter’s tale ‘The Snowflake’ by popular children’s author Benji Davies.

Each child will receive a book to take home, along with a Christmas activity pack. The special post box to the North Pole will be ready to receive children’s letters, so do bring them along too.

£15.00 per child (plus booking fee), £13 per child for members, accompanying adults are free of charge.

Each Grotto session will last approximately 15 minutes.

Booking: Available on the day from the Ticket Office

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

01653 648333


Meet St Nicholas and Lady Winter in their Yuletide grottos this Christmas 2020.

Our St Nicholas mirrors the Father Christmas of the past. Dress warmly, and gather, socially distanced, in the Northwood kitchen courtyard – where there will be a fire – or in the courtyard marquee. 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 meet St Nicholas in his grotto for a short story with the very experienced story teller. Aimed at the whole family.

Please be aware, if you are looking for a red Santa Claus this isn’t it! This Christmas event will be an atmospheric Christmas of stories, lanterns and imagination.  Children won’t receive a toy but something more meaningful and symbolic instead, a wishing stone as well as chocolate coin. Event runs on: 5th and 6th, 12th and 13th December, 17th to 23th December 2020. At 12noon, 1.30, 3.00 and 4.30pm.

To comply with Covid guidelines, each story session with St Nicholas can hold up to 40 people max, tickets are sold by the “table” that can hold up to 5 (i.e. 8 tables socially distanced in the marquee grotto). The table ticket price is £115 for 5 people (£23pp) and includes the fairy trail ticket, fairy museum with fairy winter display, and like last year includes a magic pebble for making a wish in Lady winters well (virucidally cleaned). Please note – as a small business, there will be no refunds if the sessions cannot take place due to Covid-19, they will instead be deferred to Christmas 2021.

Book online only. Please visit their website here, or follow them on facebook hereButtercrambe Wood, YO41 1AP.


Father Christmas will be flying around the surrounding villages of Malton….

For the Schedule CLICK HERE

Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and therefore, it is proposed that Santa will doing his rounds on a “Drive-By” system.  He will not be stopping to make contact with anyone. Donations can be make online – do keep watching the website and social media for notifications as things could change at the very last minute due to the ongoing situation.

For more details and to check for any changes, please visit their WEBSITE and keep an eye on their FACEBOOK page

Things are a little different at Murton Park in 2020, Santa has decided to have a ‘staycation’ there will be lots to see and do in a safe way with reduced number and one-way systems in place. Your experience will start with you entering Santa’s village. You will meet Santa’s elves as you walk through the village past their houses and workshops.

You will then arrive at the Santa’s log cabin for an audience with the big man himself. To ensure social distancing in here there is a maximum of 5 people per booking. We also ask that all those over the age of 11 (unless exempt) wear face coverings whilst in with Santa. You will then be able to warm yourself by the fire as you wander through Santa’s house. Then you will say goodbye to the village on your way to the Magic Toy Shop where children will be able to choose an early present with the Christmas money they will have received from Santa. There will be Bird of Prey flying demonstrations and the opportunity to hold the birds (assuming coronavirus rules do not change).

Adults will all receive a mince pie and children reindeer food specially made by Mother Christmas herself for you take home and put out on Christmas Eve. You will also be able to purchase hot and cold drinks and other sweet treats.

The Farmhouse Kitchen café will be open as usual selling a lovely range of snacks, hot and cold drinks and light meals. The playground will be open but we do ask that hands are sanitised and different households do not mix. Finally, there will be an opportunity to visit our giftshop where there are a range of gift ideas available.

01904 489966


As always, there are lots of ways you can help the NSPCC this Christmas – and with everything that’s going on, your support is more important to us than ever!  

STORY TELLING WITH SANTA  23rd December This is a fantastic opportunity for little ones to see Santa over Zoom and he will spend some lovely time with children talking about Christmas reading some festive stories and showing the boys and girls around his home at the North Pole. This takes place on 23rd December and is a fabulous little event on the build up to Christmas. The zoom link is free with a suggested donation of £5.

Merry Christmas from everyone at the NSPCC!

Ryedale Lions are delighted with the success of their Santa’s Sleigh tour in what has been a most unusual year with many challenges and changes.

Buckets on tinsel wrapped poles instead of knocking on doors, Santa behind a screen with a microphone instead of children on knees, arranged stops in towns and villages instead of visiting every street, quarantining monies for 72 hours, internet for cashless donations, nothing has got in the way of Santa carrying out his traditional tour of Ryedale

Ryedale Lions President, Frank Hayward, said “ We know  how important Santa’s sleigh is to local communities and children and are over the moon that we have been able find a way to make it happen. In addition to the joy the sleigh brings, the funds raised will all go to help local charities and good causes, so a huge thank you to everyone who has donated”

Sleigh Organiser Ben Hayes added “ This has been a tremendous effort by fellow Lions and the friends who have rallied round to help with the sleigh. The support from residents has been amazing and we look forward to a more normal programme next Christmas.”

Ben went on “ Our Rudolph tracker has been a big hit enabling everyone to plan their time and keep up with Santa’s movements”

Collections this year have raised £4,250  with donations still coming in

Frank said “ This is a fantastic achievement in the circumstances, thank you everyone”

There is still the opportunity to support Ryedale Lions through our Just Giving page

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

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Scarborough SEA LIFE

🎅 Zoom With Santa 🎅
If you’d like to make some magical memories with your little sea explorers from the comfort of your very own home then get ready to dive into a magical online experience this Christmas and Zoom with Santa!
PLUS, every booking includes a free gift- a ticket to your chosen SEA LIFE aquarium. To find out more and book, visit the website.

Open daily from 10am
Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP. 0871 4232110

Santa’s Magical grotto is back at Sledmere for a special 2020 Christmas adventure. Once again, the grotto will be set in the atmospheric, traditional Home Farm buildings and the anticipation and excitement of our magical journey to Santa will be better than ever. Runs 10.00am – 4.30pm on:

  • December – 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th. 21st, 22nd, 23rd

Bookings will be made in ‘Christmas bubbles’. Each bubble can contain a minimum of two people and a maximum six people and there will be 5 bubbles available per half an hour session. Your grotto ticket includes:

  • Entry into the Magical grotto taking you on an enchanted journey to see Santa.
  • Santa’s special story time,
  • A photo opportunity with Santa and his Elves.
  • A gift chosen by the children from our VIP Elf toy store.
  • Free access into the Grounds and Gardens, our Rare Breeds Farm Park and Adventure Play Area.
  • A chance to meet our beautiful herd of Red Deer up close and perhaps even get the opportunity to feed them!

Our Coach House Cafe will be open for hot drinks and offering a delicious winter festive menu. The Woodyard Christmas shop is bigger and better than ever before and is and absolute must!

Find more info including all Covid19 measures and how to pre-book on their website here or facebook event here.

Sledmere House, Driffield, YO25 3XG. 01377 236637.

01377 455187

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Zoom Santa

zoom santa. online video calls this christmas 2020Zoom Santa offers families the opportunity to talk to Santa from the comfort of their own home.

Santa will listen to Christmas wishes and discuss the all important delivery plans ahead of the big day.

All video calls can be personalised. Please visit for more information. You can also follow Zoom Santa on facebook here.

Christmas on the Home Front – Eden Camp

16th November to 23rd December 2020

  • Meet and greet with the Elves
  • A Magical Expedition through a 1940s Winter Wonderland
  • Meet and greet with Father Christmas
  • A Christmas Gift for each child*
  • Photo opportunity to remember your magical adventure
  • A Nice (or Naughty) list certificate!
  • Make a Wish on our Wishing Tree

You can arrive any time from 10am to explore our museum, and then visit Father Christmas at your booked time. The Christmas Experience is located in Hut 5.

£15 per child (with one free adult) aged up to 15 years old (*under 1s are free of charge but do not receive a gift). Additional adults £12 per person.

Eden Camp, Malton YO17 6RT01653 697777

Flamingo Land Christmas Experience

‘The Greatest Christmas Show’ opening Saturday 12th December 2020

With acrobats, jugglers, singers, dancers and even some special appearances in our spectacular open-air show.

Matinees are available on scheduled days and tickets are priced at £20.  Discounts are available for pre-bookings and if purchased alongside a day ticket to visit our animal collection.

Santa’s Grotto opening Saturday 5th December 2020 for family and social bubbles

Flamingo Land, Malton YO17 6UX

0800 40 888 40

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials

Dates: 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December 2020
Pickering Departure Times: 09:15, 11:15, 13:15 & 15:15
Private compartment: £100 for up to 4 people. £25 per additional adult or child (Max 6 people in total). Child 1-16 years old.

  • See Santa organise his Elves and Helpers on this special Santa Train.
  • Interaction with Santa’s Elves.
  • Photo opportunity to remember your visit.
  • Reserved private compartment on a decorated steam train.
  • Travel from Pickering to Levisham Station, return journey (Approx. 60 min).*
  • Present for each child*.
  • Snow Bound Express newspaper.

01751 472508