Best Christmas Events East Yorkshire & North Yorkshire 2021 – Meet Santa and More

There are some magical events happening this Christmas in the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire and some are yet to be confirmed. I’ve put them into one big post so you can search for the best Christmas events near you – where you can meet Santa and more. Don’t forget to book in advance this winter.

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events. Please check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit. Please also double-check the event descriptions on the attraction’s website as the below information could change. It is essential that you read their own information carefully.

12 + Best Christmas Events East Yorkshire & North Yorkshire 2020 – Meet Santa and More

CHRISTMAS EVENTS EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE AND NORTH YORKSHIRE 2021

Beetle Bank Open Farm – Visit Santa in his Grotto – North Yorkshire – To be confirmed

Info from a previous year – Santa is in his Grotto from 11am to 3pm on the weekends of the 5/6  –  12/13 and 10/20 of December. It’s £8 a child and 2 of his Reindeer will be joining him all being well.

Beetle Bank Farm

Address: Moor Ln, Murton, York YO19 5XD

When? TBC

How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC


Bolton Abbey – Father Christmas – North Yorkshire – Dates confirmed

Info from a previous event – This year, families are invited to find Father Christmas tucked away in his festive village nestled near the entrance to Strid Wood, where, with the help of our cheeky elves, our young visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Great Man himself and receive a special Christmas treat.”

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Father Christmas is returning to Bolton Abbey this year. More information coming soon

Bolton Abbey

Location: Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL

Dates: November 27 and 28. December 4 & 5. December 11 & 12. December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

How much? TBC


Brimham Rocks Activity Farm – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Come and meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, all the elves, and not forgetting the reindeer before their busiest time of the year! Visit Santa in his Grotto before you make your way into the Christmas Village where there’s plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy! Have a story with Mrs. Claus in her cosy library, decorate gingerbread with the elves in the kitchen, decorate your own plant pot and plant your very own Christmas tree to take home with you! Don’t forget to visit Santa’s real-life reindeer and choice a special gift from Santa in his toyshop!

Brimham Rocks

Location: Fiddlers green HG3 3HB

Dates: Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adult £9.95, children 18 months to 15 years £23.95.


Burton Agnes – Christmas – East Yorkshire – On Sale Now

The house will be decorated with original, handmade decorations, with many crafted from flowers and foliage cropped and dried from the walled garden. This year, thousands of dried helichrysum flowers in jewel shades will adorn the Great Hall, and the hydrangea flowers that encircle the house in autumn will be brought indoors, too. There will be many pieces crafted in paper, card, and other recycled and sustainable materials, and the Long Gallery will have an iridescent theme for the first time. There will be a trail of giant, hand-carved and painted candy canes in the woodland behind the house. With 24 giant canes – one for each day of advent – hidden in the branches, will you be able to find them all?

Burton Agnes

Address: Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB

When? From Sunday 14th November to 23rd December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Adult £10.90 without donation, child £6.36.


Castle Howard – Christmas in Narnia – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Step through the wardrobe into a magical adventure this festive season. An ice spell has been cast on this mystical land where it is always winter, but will Christmas spirits be restored and will warmth and joy return?

The grand interiors of Castle Howard will be lavishly decorated, and a series of theatrical installations, lighting, projection and soundscapes will evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Your ticket will include timed access to the magnificent Christmas installation inside the House, full access to the Gardens & adventure playground and also the Stable Courtyard and retail outlets and cafes. Tickets for any of our Father Christmas events should all be purchased separately.

Castle Howard

Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

When? 13th November 2021 to 3rd January 2022

How much/Do you have to prebook? Pre-booking is essential. Tickets from £26.50 per adult, £15.90 per child.

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City Cruises York – Santa Experience – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

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 or Ernie the Elf, who will gladly show you to your reserved seating.

City Cruises

Address: York YO1 7DP

When? Various dates in November and December

How much/Do you have to prebook? An adult ticket is £13-15 and £16 to E18 for a child.

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Eden Camp – Christmas on the Home Front – North Yorkshire – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Join us in a home away from home for an exciting adventure as an evacuee at Christmas! Christmas during the Blitz is hard work for Father Christmas and his helpers. With children spread all over the country through evacuation, the team here at Eden Camp thought we would lend Father Christmas a hand and invite the children to come to him!
Explore a 1940s bedroom, hear the story of an evacuee first-hand and explore the Winter Wonderland on the way to finding Father Christmas.

Eden Camp

Address: Malton YO17 6RT

When? TBC

How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC


Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway – Santa Specials – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Premium Compartments are available to book for up to 6 or 8 people. You will enjoy the exclusivity of a private compartment for you and the rest of your party whilst still enjoying the experience with music. Duration – 1 hour roundtrip.

About: Premium compartment up to 6 or 8 people! Mince Pie on arrival! Steam train ride! Santa will visit you on the train! Each Child will get a present! Adults Get a Bottle of beer or wine!

Classic compartments are also available

Address: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AF

When? Selected dates in November and December.

How much/Do you have to prebook? Pre-booking is essential. Prices vary.


Lightwater Valley Christmas – Lightwater Valley North Yorkshire – Event confirmed to be going ahead

2021 will see the return of the Alice in Winterland giant lantern display and festive fairground fun. Stay tuned for more details coming soon! – Info from a previous event Be enchanted by the fantastical family-friendly Alice in Winterland giant lanterns display as the sun sets over the park. Visitors of all ages can follow the luminous trail and immerse themselves in a glowing garden with massive mushrooms, illuminated tulips and even a flamingo or two.

Lightwater Valley

Address: Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT

When? From 20th November – 23rd December 2021.

How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC

12 + Best Christmas Events East Yorkshire & North Yorkshire 2020 – Meet Santa and More

Mother Shipton’s Cave – Christmas Experience 2021 – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical, memory-making Christmas experience. Wander through the gorgeous winter woodland to see the enchanted Christmas Village, festooned with festive delights and merry displays to marvel at along the way. Chief Elf Chestnut will be delighted to meet you and lead you to see Santa Claus. The excitement of Christmas starts here; Santa will be keeping warm in his cosy grotto, and you can come along to say hello or take an ‘Elfie with the big man himself!

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Address: Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much/do you have to prebook? Pre-booking is essential. If you are arriving by car it costs £31 for 5 people in 1 car. Additional people are £11.


Northwood Fairy Trail – Christmas at Northwood – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale soon

Dress warmly, and gather, socially distanced, in the Northwood kitchen courtyard – where there will be a fire – or in the courtyard marquee 15 minutes before the start time to allow us to guide each “table” to Lady winter and onto St Nicholas grotto. 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 a short story with St Nicholas, a very experienced story teller, aimed at the whole family

Northwood Fairy Trail

Address: Unnamed Road, York YO41

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Prices from £


North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Trains – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Join Santa and his special team of elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! This enchanting Christmas experience sees Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages, giving children a chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train, and gifting special presents to the children onboard – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Address: 12 Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ

When? 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December

How much/Do you have to prebook? The Adult or Child fare is £26 per person and includes a present and backpack for each child.


Piglets Adventure Farm – Magical Sleigh Rides – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

Jump aboard the magical sleigh ride to Santa’s Woodland village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience with lots of activities for this year. Reduced visitor numbers throughout the experience including on Santa’s sleigh. Santa’s cheeky elves will greet you and take you and your family to see Santa in his grotto for a new exclusive and truly personal experience. Plus much more.

Piglets adventure farm

Address: Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST

When? 20th November to 24th December

How much/Do you have to prebook? From £10.95-20.95

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RHS Harlow Carr – Glow 2021 – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Come and enjoy an illuminated adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Now extended to include the entire length of Streamside, Glow lights up winter nights with a touch of sparkle and magic. Wander the enchanting trail around magnificent trees and shrubs and see some of Harlow Carr’s iconic features, including the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk and Kitchen Garden, glow with festive colour.

RHS Harlow Carr

Address: Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB

When: Selected dates from 18th November until the 29th of December

How much/do you have to prebook? A standard adult ticket costs £12.95, children £6.95. Other pricing options are available.


Sewerby – Winter Woodland – East Yorkshire – On Sale Now

A brand new event, unique to the area, will brighten up December at Sewerby Hall and Gardens this year: Sewerby Winter Woodland will take you on a magical outdoor journey of spectacular sounds and lights.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Address: Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED.

When? 3rd to 23rd December.

How much/Do you have to prebook? Early Bird tickets are available until 31 October, and will cost £10 for adults, and £6 for children, with a family ticket (two adults and two children) costing £25. Prebooking is essential.


Sledmere – Santa’s Magical Grotto – East Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now

Santa’s most entrusted Elf will greet you and take you to Santa’s cosy reindeer study where you will meet the big man himself, hear all about the magic of Christmas and tell him what’s on your wish list this year. Explore the Christmas Village, meet all the animals, play festive games, do some Christmas crafting and listen to all the exciting stories from the North Pole. Enjoy a festive tractor and trailer ride to see our beautiful herd of Red Deer and a chance to see if you can spot Rudolph while he waits for Santa with his friends and more

Sledmere

Address: Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG

When? 27th/28th Nov, 4th/5th/11th/12th/18th to 23rd Dec

How much/Do you have to prebook? £17 per child, £10 per adult.


Stockeld Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

What was once but a simple Christmas Tree shop, from this small acorn, grew what came to be Stockeld Park’s most famous adventure season. Join us for Christmas fun, get active and discover large themed outdoor playgrounds within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park. Watch the Enchanted Forest come alive after dusk with our famous winter illuminations! This truly is the home of Christmas magic.

Stockeld Park

Address: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN

When: Selected dates in November and December

How much/do you have to prebook? Tickets from £16.50 per person.


Thornton Hall Country Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Our 2 hour fun filled Christmas adventure was a huge success and the feedback has been amazing. Santa and his Thornton Hall Elves are currently hard at work to bring you an all NEW and unique 2020 adventure. More information will be added soon.

Thornton Hall

Address: Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS

When? TBC

How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC


Thorp Perrow – Santa’s Grotto – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale for season ticket holders

Follow the festive trail through the Arboretum to find Santa’s Grotto. Mrs Claus will welcome you and guide you through our winter wonderland, where you will meet the donkeys, take a sneaky peek into the elves bedroom and the bustling miniature ski village. Can you spot the woodland creatures on your way?

Thorp Perrow

Address: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS

When? Selected dates in December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Children £8.50 each for the grotto


Wensleydale Polar Express – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now – SELLING FAST

Your journey begins just like the 2004 motion picture when THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will pick you up at Leeming Bar station to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet the characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully, dressed in PJs, will experience a fun-filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole.

Don’t forget to have a bite of your cookie and authentic hot chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Santa will join you on board and, if you are on the nice list, hand you your first gift of Christmas, a Silver Sleigh Bell just as in the motion picture we all love. You will get to speak with Santa.

Wensleydale Railway

Address: Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AR

When? Various dates from 19th November until 23rd December.

How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets from £24.95 to £31.95.

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York’s Chocolate Story – Christmas is coming – North Yorkshire – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – We know you are excited about Christmas already, and we can’t blame you! We heard that our elf cousins at the North Pole are busy working on this year’s Christmas plans but they are so super-secret that even we don’t know what they are yet!

Address: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD

When? TBC

How much/Do you have to prebook? TBC


Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Murton Santa – North Yorkshire – On Sale NOW

Step this way for a magical Christmas experience in Santa’s village. Meet the big man himself in his cosy winter cabin where children will receive Santa money to spend in the Magical Toy Shop. Then take a walk through the village and be enchanted by the elves and peek inside their homes and workshops.  

Murton Park

Address: Murton Ln, York YO19 5UF

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? £10 per adult, £17 per child

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Best Christmas Events East Yorkshire and North Yorkshire 2021