School Holidays in Ryedale

Places to see Santa

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Burton Agnes Christmas Opening

Join Father Christmas and Jingles the Magic Elf for a magical performance at Burton Agnes Hall this Christmas

Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and Jingles the Magic Elf will be thrilling children, and adults alike, this Christmas with magical performances of magic, song and storytelling.

Children will be greeted by Mrs Claus in the Great Hall and guided through spectacularly decorated rooms to meet Jingles the Magic Elf, who will perform a show of exciting festive magic. Father Christmas will then greet the children and each child will be presented with a special Christmas gift.

The Audiences with Father Christmas will take place on Saturdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Each event lasts approximately an hour, with an opportunity afterwards for photographs. Tickets are £12.50 per child and include admission to the Hall and gardens. Booking is essential and each child must be accompanied by a paying adult (tickets £10.50 each, which includes admission to Hall and gardens).

Father Christmas will also be visiting Burton Agnes Hall in his courtyard grotto every weekend in December (except Sunday 24th December), from noon until 4pm. Children are invited to post their Christmas wish list and receive a special Christmas gift. There is no need to book, just come along.

After visiting Father Christmas, families are welcome to explore Burton Agnes Hall. The beautiful Elizabethan home will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, every room gloriously decked with unusual and handmade decorations.

In the courtyard, the cafe will be serving a festive menu, and unusual decorations and Christmas presents can be found in the courtyard shops.

‘An Audience with Father Christmas’: Saturdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. £12.50 per child, booking necessary: call the estate office on 01262 490324. Each child must be accompanied by an Adult, tickets £10.50, includes admission to the Hall and gardens

Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto at Burton Agnes Hall: every Christmas opening weekend in December, from noon to 4pm. £5.00 per child; no booking required.

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

T: 01262 490324


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Castle Howard

“Angels on High: Christmas at Castle Howard” 18 November – 23 December 2017

The Christmas Market opens on 18th November and it promises to be lovely.

A small gift from Castle Howard to you. Spend over £5 at our Christmas Market during our opening weekend from 18-19 November and receive a free Christmas Decoration.

Discover the Angels on High in the house without meeting Father Christmas. It is a truly magical setting and so beautiful. There is still plenty for children to see.

Mumbler recommended JB, CG, NP Sept ’17

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333


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Castle Howard Boathouse Grotto

New for Christmas 2017

Santa is taking up residence in the cosy Boathouse Grotto.
In addition to our popular sold out Father Christmas events in the House, we’ve persuaded the big man himself and one of his cheeky elves to see even more children than we’d originally planned. Due to huge demand we are creating an extra opportunity for children and young people to visit Santa in his magical lakeside grotto, down by the Adventure Playground.

Book a timed slot when you arrive at the Ticket Office, hop on the Christmas Express that runs between the Courtyard and the Boathouse, enjoy some elf entertainment and perhaps a hot chocolate and a festive treat from the cafe whilst you wait. Make sure you have your Christmas wishes and cameras at the ready when you enter Santa’s magical grotto!

All children can choose a small gift from Santa’s workshop store at the grotto as they leave.
Saturday 2nd Dec
Sunday 3rd Dec
Saturday 9th Dec
Sunday 10th Dec
Saturday 16th Dec
Sunday 17th Dec
Saturday 23rd Dec

10.45am – 11.45 slot
11.45am – 12.45 slot
12.45pm – 1.45 slot
1.45pm – 2.45 slot
2.45pm – 3.45 slot

Each session will open at the specified time on your ticket (eg queue opens at 10.45) You can drop in any time within your hour time slot. Your meeting with Santa will take place within the hour session time slot, but please do dress for the weather and expect to queue outside.

Additional Information:
Price: Tickets: £5 per child (additional to usual admission for non-members and children over 4), available on the day from the Ticket Office.
Booking Information:
Tickets available on the day at the Ticket Office. No pre-booking online available.

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Cedarbarn Santa Express

Farm shop, café and miniature railway situated between Pickering and Thornton le Dale.

The Santa Express is a lovely way to see Father Christmas incorporating a ride on the train with a lovely café on site where you can enjoy lunch, snack or afternoon tea.

See the “Party Page” for details of a unique children’s party at Cedarbarn Farm.

Cedarbarn Farm Shop, Thornton Road, Pickering. YO18 7JX
Lunch bookings 01751 475614

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City Cruises York Santa Experience

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the river Ouse!

Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas and he tells us that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.

Your Santa experience begins as you are welcomed into our Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge. Upon entering, the Santa Experience Captain will check all of the children off the special list that we receive from Lapland. If you have any pushchairs, then you are welcome to leave these in the safety of our Reindeer Pen (they will all be away on business with Santa at this time so there will be plenty of room).
You will then be warmly greeted by Santa’s good friend Mary Christmas who will gladly show you to your reserved seating and distribute the magic bells.

And we can’t tell you too much more about what happens next, that would spoil the magic. But we can guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard and the whole family will have the most wonderful time on board our Santa Experience in 2017.

Each child will be hand delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.

Prebooking required by telephone or via the website.


T: 01904 628324

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Father Christmas and Further Festivities at Scampston’s Christmas Craft Market

Father Christmas and Further Festivities at Scampston’s Christmas Craft Market on the 3rd December 2017 

On Sunday 3rd December, Scampston will be kick-starting festive celebrations with a Christmas market taking place in the Victorian Conservatory from 10.30am -4pm.

Children, both naughty and nice, will also get the opportunity to get to meet Father Christmas and put in their requests for the big day.

Scampston will become the go-to destination for unusual Christmas gifts with a wide range of stalls including local crafts and traditional festive foods.

Scampston Hall, Malton, YO17 8NG

For further information, contact or call 01944 753 105.

Further information can be found about Christmas trees and events on the Scampston website:


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Father Christmas in the Woods

Come and visit Santa’s grotto in the woods,

Saturday, December 9 at 10 AM – 12 PM at Fox Fields, Wilberfoss, Pocklington

Price to include forest school session first followed by walk in woods to Santa’s den to say hello and collect a present.
Toasted marshmallows (weather dependant) on the fire and hot drink for parent.
All aged welcome
Booking essential,
£10 per child

Gazelle’s Woodland Tribe 07878 389600

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Flamingo Land Story Time with Santa

For fifteen days during November and December, Santa and his elves will be turning The Exploratorium into a spectacular Grotto, complete with their very own reindeer.

At 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, all the good boys and girls will have the chance to enjoy a traditional storytelling session.

Santa and his elves will be delighted to meet each child, providing the opportunity for a photograph with Santa and they will also be handing out a special age and gender appropriate gift.

Story Time with Santa is available for £10 per child, in addition to Winter at Flamingo Land general admission. A parent or guardian will be welcome to accompany each child during Story Time with Santa at no additional charge.
Each Story Time with Santa session provides around forty-five minutes of entertainment, including meeting Santa.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December
Saturday 16th until Sunday 24th December

Whilst our theme park attractions will be closed from 30th October 2017 until mid March 2018, our award-winning zoo will be open to visitors every day*.
Flamingo Land Zoo will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. This extends to Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail’s playgrounds, Children’s Planet, Reptile River, Muddy Duck Farm, Treetop Walkway and The Aquarium.
Our lemur and lorikeet aviary walkthroughs will be open from midday until 2:00pm. You can visit the Wallaby Walkway between 10am and 4pm.
Access to the sea lion area will be available from 12:30pm until 2:00pm each day.
There will be Keeper Talks too, plus Meet a Creature sessions in the Education Centre at 3:15pm.
Weekends & School Holidays
On Saturday, Sunday and throughout the school holidays we will be adding further attractions and events to our weekday offer. These include a Sea Lion Show at 2:00pm and a Bird Show at 12:00pm.
Our Peter Rabbit™ and Lily Bobtail characters will also be out and about, with two meet and greet sessions available each day at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. So, don’t forget to join them at the Peter Rabbit™ Adventure playground.
A small selection of rides for younger children will be available too, including the Muddy Duck Tractors, Jungle Carousel, Mischief Mansion and Wacky Races. We’re sure this will provide another great way to keep them entertained.

0800 40 888 40

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Malton Lions Santa Sleigh Schedule 2017

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

Sat 2nd Dec – Scampston, Rillington, Scagglethorpe, Settrington.
Sun 3rd Dec – Bulmer, Welburn, Crambeck, Huttons Ambo, Milton Ridge.
Mon 4th Dec – Wentworth Street, Horsemarket Road, The Mount, Middlecave Road, all roads to Castle Howard Rd.
Tues 5th Dec – Hovingham, Fryton, Slingsby, Barton-le-St, Appleton-le-St.
Wed 6th Dec – Station Way, Welham Rd, St.Nicholas St, Sutton St, St. Peter’s St & Crescent, town end of Langton Rd.
Fri 8th Dec – Broughton, Broughton Rd Est, Showfield Lane Est., Old Malton.
Sat 9th Dec – Lilling, Flaxton (Blacksmiths Arms), Thornton-le-Clay (White Swan), Foston, Westow.
Sun 10th Dec – North Grimston, Wharram, Duggleby, Luttons, Wolds villages up to Weaverthorpe.
Tues 12th Dec – Scarborough Rd from Autospares, Arbour Way, Redrow & Westfield Estates.
Wed 13th Dec – Thixendale, Leavening, Burythorpe, Langton, Birdsall.
Thurs 14th Dec – Beverley Rd Est, Hambleton Est, Langley Drive, Stables Est, Millside, The Ridings, Langton Rd to St Peters Church.
Fri 15 Dec – Deansfield Court, Furlongs Ave, Beverley Rd, Dean Rd, Howe Rd, Eastfield Rd,Mill St, Commercial St, Parliament St.
Sat 16th Dec – Swinton (part), Amotherby(part), Habton, K.Misperton, Barugh, Brawby, B1257 through Amotherby/Swinton (at end of route)
Sun 17th Dec – East Mount, Highfield Rd, Peasey Hill.
Mon 18th Dec – West Knapton, West Heslerton, Sherburn, Wintringham, Thorpe Bassett.
Tues 19th Dec – Sheriff Hutton, Terrington, Coneysthorpe.

For more details and to check for any changes, please visit their website.

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Piglets – Magical Sleigh Rides

Every day from 25th November until 24th December
For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, visit Piglets Adventure Farm this festive season!
Pick your sleigh flight time and book your tickets now!
Check in at Elf Airlines with our Elf-hostesses and look out for your name in lights on the live departure board. Arrive half an hour before your sleigh time so you can write your letter to Santa.
All aboard Santa’s Sleigh for a unique ride through trees and twinkling lights to his Woodland Village where you will be greeted by Mrs Claus and taken to see Santa in his Grotto.
Children can share their wishes with Santa and they’ll be given a magic key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop and choose a perfect present from a huge selection.
You’ll see our festive animals in the Nativity Scene and can enjoy a warm mince pie in Santa’s Tepee with a cosy log fire. Write your Christmas Wish and leave it on the Wishing Tree. And don’t forget to keep a look out for the donkeys in the stable!


Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST

T: 01904 499 700


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Ryedale Folk Museum

Yuletide Museum at Night
Friday 1st December, 5pm-8pm

FREE ENTRY! A rare chance to visit a selection of the Museum’s atmospheric buildings at night – all ready for Christmas. Dressed in traditional styles, you can wander through the buildings and find out about festive traditions in a preview of our Victorian Christmas Weekend.
Treat yourself to a wassail punch, mulled wine or a hot mince pie served from the Victorian range and browse for great gifts and stocking fillers from the Museum’s shop.
Wheelchair accessible. Dogs on leads welcome.

A Victorian Christmas
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December, 10am-4pm

FREE ENTRY! Discover the splendour of a Victorian Christmas all around the Museum!
Get hands-on with some festive crafty fun, making mangle-print Christmas cards in the old Wash House. Dress-up in the Daylight Photographic Studio and pose for pictures in your favourite Victorian costumes. There will also be dancing, carols, storytelling and more!
You can visit Father Christmas in his traditional green garb (£3 per child, includes a small gift, 11am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3pm each day).
Wheelchair accessible. Dogs on leads welcome.

Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, YO62 6UA
Phone 01751 417367
Website for a full programme, details and timings

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Ryedale Lions Santa Sleigh Schedule 2017

Father Christmas will be flying around the towns and villages of north Ryedale over the next fortnight to make it a Christmas to remember for hundreds of children who come out to see him.

Saturday, December 2
Pickering Lights Switch On 4.30pm
Sunday, December 3
Helmsley (South) 4pm
Helmsley (North) 6.30pm
Monday, December 4
Rosedale School 4.40pm
Cropton 5.40pm
Wrelton 6.30pm
Aislaby & Middleton, Holme Farm 7.40pm
Tuesday, December 5
Beadlam 5.30pm
Nawton 6.45pm
Kirkbymoorside (Lund Lane & Parkers Mount) 7.45pm
Wednesday, December 6
Appleton 5.30pm
Spaunton 6.10pm
Lastingham 6.40pm
Hutton-le Hole, Crown Inn 7.20pm
Keldholme & Kirkby Mills 8.10pm
Thursday, December 7
Oswaldkirk 5.30pm
Ampleforth 6.50pm
Friday, December 8
Thornton Dale 5pm
Saturday, December 9
Kirkbymoorside (East) 5.15pm
Sunday, December 10
Pickering (South West) 4pm
Pickering (East)6.30pm
Monday, December 11
Nunnington 5.30pm
Harome 6.30pm
Wombleton 7.50pm
Tuesday, December 12
Kirkbymoorside (West) 5.15pm
Wednesday, December 13
Wilton 5.30pm
Ebberston 6.15pm
Allerston 7.30pm
Cayley Arms 8pm
Thursday, December 14
Salton 5.30pm
Normanby 6.10pm
Marton 6.50pm
Sinnington 7.30pm
Friday, December 15
Pickering (North) 5.30pm
Saturday, December 16
Pickering Market Place 11am – 2pm
Sunday, December 17
Gillamoor 5.40pm
Fadmoor 6.20pm
Gt Edstone 7pm

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Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Sat 18 November 2017 – Sun 7 January 2018

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland – home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, The Ice Factor – returns to York Designer Outlet from 18th November, and this year boasts the biggest rink ever, at an astounding 975 sqm! That’s nearly 100 sqm bigger than last year!

Also larger this year is the family of Bobo the Penguin stabilisers – there are now 20 of the friendly penguins to help little ones take their first steps on the ice.

The rinkside café PapaKitchen once again offers a cosy après-skate ambience and the perfect location for warming up after skating or having a party with friends.

The vintage funfair will delight children and adults alike with its stunning rides from the golden era of fairgrounds as well as games stalls offering prizes galore. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Santa, so follow the new Polar Express walk to his enchanting log cabin, with giant-size reindeer and sleigh, and collect a special gift for every child.

Four-time award winner, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland most recently won the Family-Friendly Experience Award at the 2017 Visit York Awards, securing its place as one of the best events to visit with your family at Christmas.

York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, Fulford, York YO19 4TA
T: 01653 619169

Beningbrough Hall – Storytime with Father Christmas

Open weekends from 2nd – 17th December 2017, with sessions at various times from 11.45am – 3.15pm.
Meet Father Christmas in the library in the hall. As a small group he will read you some stories, every child can go to see him, have a photograph taken and receive a gift.
Price is £7 per child with one adult place (extra cost for more).
Normal admissions charges also apply – free to National Trust members and under fives.
Booking essential
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
01904 472014.

Boyes at Scarborough

Visit Father Christmas at Boyes in Scarborough!
18th November – 24th December 2017.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10.30am – 3.30pm

It is “fairly priced and you get a really decent photograph as well as a toy!” No need to book, just turn up and there is a walk way to the grotto with a display.

“Boyes is good. No argo, cheap and effective. Most importantly does the job!

Mumbler recommended KJ, KB, JP Sept ’17

43-45 Queen Street, Scarborough YO11 1HQ

01723 375331

Christmas Fair

Saturday 18th November 11am – 2pm

Turkey sandwiches, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Stalls & various other stalls


Live Music with The Salvation Army Band

Housemartins Garden, St Michael’s Street, Malton

Craft Fair

18th & 19th November 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Celebrating the very best of local arts, country crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery and ceramics to tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates. There’s also a visit from Santa, traditional music and children’s craft making activities.

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. YO21 2NB

Helmsleys Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 2nd December 2.30pm – 9.30pm

Lots going on in Helmsley to mark the occasion including late night shopping until 6pm.

Brass Bands, Santa’s Grotto, Town Crier and the Pantomine.

Helmsley Market Place

Murton Park

Dates and times still TBC by Santa.

Fun filled Santa visit with a trip on a train for the children to receive their presents from Santa. Followed by a Baubles tour of the elves village which includes a play with lots of jokes for children and adults alike. No need to book in advance but does get busy later in the day so get there early. Wellies required.

Mumbler recommended SJB, CG Sept ’17

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
T:01904 489966

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials

*Booking Open*

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.

Trains depart Pickering on: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 19 & 20 December 2017

Tel: 01751 472508

Norton Santa Fun Run & Christmas Lights Switch On

19th November

Commercial Street, Norton

Entertainment, Live Music, Hot Food, WInd Up Horses, Santa’s Grotto, Santa Sleigh

Races at 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm.
Santa’s Elves (4-8yrs)
Santa’s Little Helpers (9-14yrs)
Santa Fun Run (Adults 14+)

Free Santa Suit, Medal and Certificate
Entry Fee £6, Children £12

Christmas Light Switch On at 4.30pm

Nunnington Hall – Visit to Father Christmas

Saturday 25 November – Sunday 17 December, 11am – 4pm (weekends only)
Christmas is on its way and we have a special visitor coming to Nunnington.
Come and meet Father Christmas in his grotto and tell him your Christmas wish.
£7 Booking essential, 01439 748283.

Nunnington Hall Visit to Father Christmas

Christmas is on its way and we have a special visitor coming to Nunnington Hall. Come and meet Father Christmas in his grotto and tell him your Christmas wish.
25th / 26th November 2017
2nd / 3rd December 2017
9th / 10th December 2017
16th / 17th December 2017
11:00 – 16:00

Nunnington Hall – 01439 748283

Santa in Leavening

Santa will be in Leavening with his sleigh on Wednesday 13th December at approx. 6pm

Stockheld Park Christmas Adventure

Join us for our Christmas Adventure11th November 2017 – 8th January 2018. We open 10.30am – 8.30pm and after dark the whole park is magically lit by thousands of twinkling lights!
Entry to our Woodland Cafe, Gift & Tree shop is free during our winter season. Plus, guests can choose to buy tickets to enter our exciting Adventure Zones, including our Real Ice Rink, Nordic Ski Trail & Illuminated Enchanted Forest.


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

T: 01937 586333

The Reindeer House

Selected dates between 2nd December – 24th December (see website for details)
We are a magical Santa’s Grotto in our amazing yuletide Yurts on the edge of the City of York, and we have REAL REINDEER! Visitors will be able to meet Santa’s Elves, including the Grand Master Elf, some of the Reindeer, and a gaggle of festive goats as well as the Big Man himself!
Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, Wigginton, York, YO32 2RH
T: 07469 240334

The Rock of York – Narnia Christmas Grotto

9/10/16/17 Dec
From the warm welcome of our generous time-giving volunteers to the delicious, freshly prepared food in the café, the unforgettable journey through Narnia to Santa’s breathtaking grotto is sure to give you that Christmassy feeling we all love and look forward to each year! Tickets available via the website.

The Rock of York, Priory Street, YO1 6ET
T: 01904 659475

Tong Garden Centre – A Magical Journey to Santa

50 min drive from Malton
Santa is waiting in his magical land, a place where wishes come true!
But how do we get there? Just follow the path and you’ll journey through…
Santa’s little helpers can’t wait to meet you! With their help – and a magical wish or two – you’ll make your way through Santa Land to the grotto where you’ll meet Santa to make your very own wish for Christmas and receive a gift from his toyshop!
Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, BD4 0RY

Wolds Christmas Festival

17th December 2017

Santa’s Grotto, Reindeer, Pastiche Choir, Face painting, Vintage Funfair, bar, food, drink, crafts, gifts, wreath making demo, Vintage Tearoom.

Plus…Free Bouncy Castle, Free Rodeo Penguin, Free Donkey Rides & Free Kids Arts & Crafts

£3 per adult, U16’s free, free parking

Driffield Showground

Wyevale Garden Centre – Breakfast or Tea with Santa

18th November – 24th December
Bring your Little Diggers along and enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea! The whole family meets Santa, children decorate a festive biscuit and then choose their very own present to take home! Book ticket via the website.
Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, York North Yorkshire YO26 6QE
T: 0844 288 5067