School Holidays Ryedale and Thirsk

Places to see Santa

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

1. Royal Mail

Freshly cut Christmas trees will be available from Wednesday 29th November 2023!

Santa will be there on weekends (10am – 4pm) and Wednesdays (1pm- 3pm) from 25th November 2023. This year we will be implementing a booking process for weekends. Book your visit by calling us on 01947 605212. Our booking line will be open 12pm-4pm everyday

Tickets are £10 per child and £1 per adult, this is payable when booking. Tickets include a short walk around Santa’s winter wonderland, before visiting Santa and his magic fire place where each child receives a quality age appropriate gift

Sneaton, Whitby

01947 605212
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Experience Burtree House’s Magical Winter Event:
Discover the charm of Burtree House, a North Yorkshire gem offering a winter wonderland from December 9th to Christmas Eve. With guaranteed snow and festive activities, this event promises an enchanting Family Christmas experience. Set across the grounds and inside their winter tipi and licenced festive folly bar, this is the perfect Christmas activity for the whole family.

Festive Adventures Await:
Included with each ticket is a complimentary mulled wine, mince pie, and a Christmas drink for the little ones. The kids will love meeting Father Christmas and receiving a gift, writing cards to Santa, making a snowman with our guaranteed snow and being entertained in the enchanted gingerbread house. They can also enjoy a pony ride with Mary & Joseph and in the evening explore Burtree’s illuminated Christmas wonderland. Finish your trip with a visit to the Christmas disco and play all your favourite party games, sing karaoke and you can even have a dance with Santa!

Hungry? The Folly Bar will be serving Traditional treats like Homemade Christmas Cake and Port and Buffet Style Christmas Dinners with all the trimmings.

Dates, Pricing:
Please see our website for all available dates and times, each session is 3 hours and either morning, afternoon or evening. The affordable ticket pricing includes family-friendly group discounts.

Burtree Country House, set in 65 acres of grounds, invites new families to their winter wonderland, where Christmas spirit thrives. Book at or call Dawn at 07803174133.

Burtree House, Hutton Sessay Thirsk. Y07 3AY

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Before we know it, winter will be here and Castle Howard is all set to help make magical memories this Christmas. The entire Estate will be transformed into a winter wonderland as Tinkerbell sprinkles fairy dust over the Castle and Grounds, creating a Christmas day out like no other. The main House will be transformed into a Peter Pan-themed odyssey, with beautiful decorations, installations, and projections.


Christmas in Neverland

Take the second star to the right, and straight on to Castle Howard! This Christmas, get lost on a magical adventure in Neverland as we invite you to a Christmas experience like no other.


Father Christmas in the Castle – House Show

Make magical memories, and meet Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and jolly WonderPhil at Castle Howard this Christmas. Watch a joyful performance bursting with jingle bells and Christmas spirit, sing Christmas songs together, and enjoy a special, individual moment with Father Christmas himself.


Santa’s Grotto – in the Courtyard

Share a laugh and photograph with Santa in our Courtyard Grotto this Christmas. Enjoy a short show bursting with puppetry, energy, and Christmas joy, before that all-important meeting with the man himself.

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

01653 648333
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Emerald the Elf and Father Christmas 2023!

  • Saturday 2nd December at 12pm/2pm/3.30pm
  • Sunday 3rd December at 10.30am/12pm/2pm/3.30pm

Come and join Emerald the Elf as she gets ready for Christmas – there is always something she needs some help with in our interactive show suitable for all ages.

Ticket prices remain at £5 per person and include our interactive show, a visit to see Santa afterwards and a gift for every child.

The show lasts roughly 30 minutes.

We strongly recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
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Meet Santa

Santa’s village is the perfect winter wonderland! You’ll meet Santa in the Long House (along with other children) and you’ll get some special money to spend in the toy shop! Plus, you can take a train ride with Mother Christmas and much more!

Dates: Weekends in November / December

Tickets: £10* per adult, £20* per child and £5* for 0–1-year-olds.

Tea with Santa

Introducing Tea with Santa, where you’ll enjoy a one-to-one with Santa and a delicious meal from The Yorkshire Barn Café.

The experience will include:

  • A one-to-one with Santa.
  • A one-course meal and drink
  • Crafts, colouring, and a Christmas present for each child
  • Meet Mother Christmas and one of Santa’s elves.

The meal will be taken alongside other ticket holders and during the evening, Santa’s elf will take your family to meet Santa.

Dates: Wednesday 13th and Tuesday 19th December from 5pm-7pm.

Tickets: £15 per adult, £20 per child and £5 per 0–1-year-old (if you would like them to have a present).

01904 489966
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Join our Magical Sleigh Rides this year at Piglets Adventure Farm!

Check in with our Elf-hostesses at Elf Airlines and find your name on the live departure board
Send off your Christmas wishes to Santa in the Polar Post Office
Enjoy the new pre-take off Elf and Safety Film
Climb aboard our Magical Sleigh pulled by our tractor to Santa’s Woodland Village
Take in the twinkling lights and snowy trees on your ride to the Woodland Village
Meet Santa himself and tell him all your Christmas wishes
Unlock the Toyshop with Santa’s Magic Key
Choose a gift from Santa’s Toy Shop to take home
Learn the Elf Promises in the Elf Academy Show
Treat yourself to some sweets from Mrs Claus’s Sweet Shop
Mix up some Reindeer Food to leave out on Christmas Eve
Adults will enjoy a delicious mince pie & warming cup of mulled wine
Meet our furry festive friends in the Woodland Village

Book today at using your special Mumbler Discount Code MUMBLER20 for 20% off all tickets

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane YO32 9ST

01904 499183
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15th,16th,17th December 2023
22nd,23rd December 2023


Sheriff Alpacas are hosting 2 rather special Christmas events… set on an alpaca farm in the outskirts of York expect to experience a quiet, magical experience for all.  During the days you can enjoy a festive walk with an alpacadeer in the wintery woods and meet some baby alpacadeers.

On an eve, the farm is beautifully lit up with a stroll through the farm to meet Santa and the alpaca deers. Plenty of opportunity to meet and feed the alpacadeers and keep warm by the fire with marshmallows.

£20 children, £10 adults (children under 3 go free)

When booking, please only book for guests aged 3+ but please let us know if any under 3’s are attending

Goodness Farm. Sheriff Hutton Road. Strensall. YO32 5TP


07884 430958
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Sledmere’s Magical Santa Experience 2023: The Great Reindeer Mystery – festive fun for all the family!

Weekend Tickets – pre booked time slots – open from 9.50am – 5.30pm: 25th & 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd December.
Weekday Tickets – pre-booked time slots – open from 1.30pm – 8.30pm: 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd December.

It’s a busy time of year and all hands are on deck – Santa is programming the Santa Sat Nav whilst putting some last minute touches to the sleigh, Holly Berry is finishing off some present wrapping and the reindeer are getting ready for the biggest night of their life! But all is not as it seems in the reindeer stables…Dancer has lost their sparkle, Blitzen their fire and Comet their speed!

Join lovable Rudolpho, the newest of Santa’s reindeer friends, in an exciting quest to solve the mystery and bring back the magic to Christmas – all in time for Christmas Day!

Take part in fun interactive activities with charming Christmas characters and enjoy spotting the clues to solve the mystery before having the chance to meet Santa himself!

Don’t forget to visit the toyshop before hopping on a tractor ride to see Sledmere’s herd of red deer in person. With plenty of festive cheer and excitement within the Christmas Village at the Sledmere Barns too – there’s fun for all the family!

There will be two ‘Relaxed sessions’ on Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th of December at 9.50am, with reduced capacity to help make the experience a little calmer.

Time slots are for The Great Reindeer Mystery, which then leads on to meeting Santa. Please ensure you arrive 5 minutes before your time slot at the sign-posted. The Christmas Village area can be accessed throughout the day.

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

01377 455187
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A Magical Story Telling Christmas Quest for all the family to enjoy!

There is a BRAND NEW experience at Spilmans Farm this Christmas and you can BOOK NOW to get the best slots…

Jack and Lilly are busy preparing for Christmas on the Farm. Watch them as they embark on a magical adventure, when they find a mysterious family treasure in their attic! Enjoy a festive tale like no other, as they find themselves on a winter wonderland adventure and welcome you along to join them.

This is a two-part live stage show production where the audience are invited to move through the farm to follow this festive tale.

Throughout the experience, children are invited to take part and join in the festive fun & adults get a welcome drink too!

Find out more on the Spilmans Website….


Church Farm, Sessay, YO7 3NB

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18th November 2023- 8th January 2024

Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure is back this Winter, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before! ☃️

Experience the magic this festive season and see the park transform into a magical Christmas wonderland – the perfect day out for the whole family over the Winter months! ✨

Make magical memories with their incredible festive attractions, including:

✨ Winter Illuminations in the Enchanted Forest
🎅 Santa’s Grotto
⛸ Ice Skating Rink
🎭 Grinchilocks & the three elves show at the Stockeld Theatre
❄️ Illuminated Snowflake Maze

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

01937 586333
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Come and visit the fantastic Christmas experience at The Whole Hogg Farm, activities for the kids and a visit to Santa too.

Get ready for a jolly good time as Rocket the Reindeer pays a special visit to The Whole Hogg!

From Saturday, November 25, 2023, Rocket arrives for a festive event like no other. Rocket, Santa’s most spirited reindeer, will be here to spread holiday cheer and bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

The Whole Hogg will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with farm style Christmas decorations, crafts and plenty of festive treats to enjoy in the tea room which will serve delicious seasonal snacks and warm beverages while immersing yourself in the joyous atmosphere. It’s the perfect way to kick-start the holiday season!

The event sold out on most days last year so be sure to book early as tickets are limited. Tickets are £15 for a child and £5 for an adult. BOOKING ESSENTIAL on the website HERE

Christmas wreaths and Christmas Trees available NOW. They will have a variety of sizes available and your chosen tree will be netted ready for you to take home.

They also have Christmas treats covered and gifts too. Christmas hampers – both personalised for customers and prepared, starting from £15. Christmas order book covering meat, vegetables, fruit, treats and much more is now open.

Howe Bridge Farm, Low Marishes, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6RQ


01653 669469
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Experience the magic of Christmas at William’s Den, every weekend from 2nd to 24th December 2023. So what’s on the Christmas List this year?

  • NEW for 2023 – A new show starring Father Christmas! Watch him prepare for the big day in our new play! (SEND & BSL friendly available 2nd Dec 2.30pm show).
  • Choose your own present – Every child will go home with a toy they’ve chosen from our Christmas toy shop and a free child’s return ticket for another play date!
  • Decorate a festive home-baked gingerbread – “Bauble ze Baker” is back for 2023 by popular demand!
  • Toast marshmallows around our firepit & Mulled wine & homemade mince pies for grown-ups.
  • Head outside for our Reindeer quiz trail. Follow the clues and see if you can find them all!
  • NEW for 2023 – Giant Snow Globe Photo Moments*. Gather up the whole family and step inside our giant snow globe.
  • NEW for 2023 – Create your own Christmas bauble* that will make you smile year after year, every time you get the decorations out.

Festive Food & Drink* – Why not indulge in some delicious hot chocolate, festive sweet treats and our fabulous woodfired pizzas and home-made food. Plus unlimited play all day indoors and out the William’s Den way.

*additional cost applies to some additional items

Tickets are on sale now, and have been frozen at 2022 prices. Book here.

Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS.

01430 472230

Friday 17th November 2023 to Sunday 7th January 2024

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland will be returning to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York.

The Ice Factor – the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink at 975 sq m – will have a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece, surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rink side cafe and a viewing platform.

This year the funfair will be bigger and better, with new modern rides including an exciting Twist and Waltzer.  There will be 5 children’s rides and game stalls offering prizes every time.

Also new this year is a terrace overlooking the ice rink.  Inside the alpine-themed café, tasty food and drinks will be available to purchase, and private parties can be arranged.

The Winter Garden with its heated covered picnic tables offers an alternative outdoor eating area, with The Dog Haus cabin selling a range of hot dogs and festive drinks.

Christmas would not be the same without a visit to Santa and his elves, and this year visitors can enjoy an extended snowy woodland walk to his cosy log cabin grotto where a warm welcome and a special gift for children awaits.

07985 331802
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Beetle Bank Farm Santa’s Grotto

Santa is back in his cosy Grotto. Dates are 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December 2023. Times may vary, each family has a ten minute time slot with the big man himself, and each child can choose their own good quality present. The barn will be open for cuddles with Rabbits and Guinea Pigs and the cafe will be open for lunch with homemade cakes and Christmas treats!

£22 for the first child and each consecutive child £15. Each under 2s not receiving a present are free of charge and accompanying adults £1.50 each (Members free of charge). Please book in advance.

Beetle Bank Open Farm, Moor Lane, Murton, York YO19 5XD
01904 488796

Christmas at the Castle, Sheriff Hutton

10th to 23rd December 2022

Santa is coming back to the castle! He will be holding enchanting audiences with children in the stunning medieval hall. A thrilling opportunity for adults and children alike to experience a magical Christmas event and meet Santa at this beautiful historic venue.

Castle Farm, York YO60 6ST

Driffield Father Christmas Sleigh

Father Christmas will be out in Driffield on his sleigh to see everyone this year. This year it will be run by the Driffield Showground team and raising money for local causes as usual

2022 details TBC 

Flamingo Land Christmas Experience

Christmas events running every weekend during December 2023including:

  • Santa’s Grotto, Santa’s Toyshop & Mrs Claus’ Kitchen – meet Santa and share your Christmas wish, choose a toy, and make some festive cookies with Mrs Claus.
  • Merry Marshmallow Making & Magical Milkshakes – make some festive treats.
  • The Decoration Station – make a personalised decoration to take home or hang it on our tree.
  • A Letter to Lapland – write a personalised letter to Santa before posting it in the special postbox.

Events will need to be booked online to guarantee a place.

Flamingo Land, Malton YO17 6UX, 0800 40 888 40

Langlands Garden Centre Meet Santa

Monk Park Farm Christmas

Selected days from December 2nd to 23rd, 2023 (selected times are sensory friendly sessions)

Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, make creative Christmas crafts with Mrs Claus, make reindeer food with the friendly farm elves, see the real life Nativity, visit the Elves’ Toy Shop and lots more!

Plus all the usual farm activities.

Tickets for Santa’s Grotto start at £10.95 (including a gift, the festive activities and access to the farm all day)

Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk
01845 421124

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials

Dates: 25 & 26 November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 December 2023
Departure Times: 10.00 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3.15 pm.
Location: Departing from either Pickering or Grosmont Station.
Fare: £30 per person with a present for each child aged 1-15. (Under 1s free.)

Tel. 01751 472508

North Yorkshire Water Park Christmas Events

Santa’s Grotto & Workshop on the weekends of 2nd, 3rd, 9th or 10th of December 2023, visit Santa & Mrs Claus along with their Elves to have festive fun and create lasting memories. Grotto is £12.50 per child, Grotto and Workshop is £22.50 per child.

Breakfast with Santa only on 17th December 2023, 10am. £10 per person – must be booked in advance.

Festive Afternoon Tea is available from 7th November 2023, with festive treats starting at just £14.95

Long Causeway Rd, Wykeham, Lakes YO13 9QU

Nunnington Hall Christmas Activities

Christmas Through the Ages – Friday 24th November – Sunday 17th December Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am – 4pm (last entry 3.15pm). Step into the opulence of the Georgian era, the splendour of the Victorian golden age, see a Tudor feast fit for a King, or relive the exuberant 1980s parties. Envision Christmas as it may have been celebrated by the families who once called Nunnington Hall their home.

Festive Evening – 9th December 2023, 6.00 – 8.30pm. Grab a mulled wine and listen to a visiting choir around the firepit. There might even be a magical encounter with Father Christmas himself!

Normal Nunnington Hall admission prices apply. National Trust members and under fives FREE

Nunnington Hall, York YO62 5UY- 01439 748283

Pickering Christmas Light Switch On

Saturday 25th November 2023, 2 – 6pm. There will be stalls, food, games, entertainment, fairground rides. Santa will be arriving at 4.45pm and lights on at 5.30pm

Scampston Hall Christmas

Scampston’s Annual Christmas Charity Fair – Sat 25 Nov 2023 – Sun 26 Nov 2023 – is here to kick start the festive season, including a special visit from Father Christmas and the Fairy Godmothers. A wide range of stalls selling high quality produce, gifts and crafts in the Conservatory and Café.  Special visits from Father Christmas, 11am-12:30 pm and 1:30pm-3pm (there will be a small fee for this, gift included)

Christmas Trees at Scampston Hall – 22nd November – 17th December 17, 2023 – Pick up your real Christmas Tree from Scampston! Come and buy your Christmas tree from Scampston Walled Garden this year. We have been growing Christmas trees for direct sale to the public for decades on our farms at Scampston, near Malton, North Yorkshire.

Scampston Hall, Scampston, Malton 01944 759111

Thirsk Lodge Barns Christmas Experience

Father Christmas will be here on Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, and then Wednesday 14th to 22nd December 2022.  Before and after seeing him, there is plenty to do including seeing the reindeer, the guinea pig nativity scene, arts and crafts (for an additional fee) and a colouring competition.

He can welcome up to 5 children and two adults during each visit. Tickets are £20 per child and must be pre-booked. Email or call 07815 560782 for more details.

Thirsk Lodge Barns, Newsham Road, Thirsk, YO7 4DB

Thornton-Le-Dale Lights Switch On

Saturday 2nd December 2023 4.30pm – 7pm. Santa arrives at 5pm, Switch on at 6pm, plus an evening filled with music, food, tombole, mulled wine, hog roast and more.

York Bird of Prey Centre – Christmas

17th – 23rd December 2022. Meet Father Christmas in his homely grotto (all children receive a gift), meet our elves in their workshop and receive a gift which the elves will help you build!  Also dazzling light displays, giant inflatables, crafts, games, hot drinks and snacks plus much more. Tickets start at £10.

York Bird of Prey Centre, Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833 214

Yorkshire Wolds Railway Christmas

Father Christmas will be visiting Fimber Halt on the 2nd and 9th December 2023, 10am – 3pm, and you can also buy a Christmas tree. Prices vary depending on the package you want, you can pay £40 for a family ride on the train, refreshments and a Christmas tree. Or you can just buy a tree for £30.  Visits to Santa’s Grotto cost £5.  For more information call 01377 338053 or email