Santa’s grottos 2018: the North

Our pick of the best Santa’s grottos 2018 in the North of England…

Christmas Adventure and Santa’s grotto at Stockeld Park, Wetherby
This Santa’s grotto won Britain’s Greatest Grotto in 2010, and this year it’s better than ever, with Santa sitting in a luxury log cabin, all the way from Lapland – BUT be warned, tickets are not sold in advance or online but on a first come, first served basis.
When? From November 2018 (Opening times & prices TBC
Where? The Christmas Adventure, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, Yorkshire LS22 4AN

Santa’s grotto at Ribble Steam Railways, Preston
Meet Santa on his special steam train this year. Get comfortable in your seat for a 40-minute ride on the train, Santa will come and visit you at your seat. All children over 6 months old will get a present and there are festive refreshments for both adults and kids.
When? December 2018 dates TBC
Where? Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Road, Preston, PR2 2PD.

Santa’s Grotto at Housing Units, Failsworth
A great grotto for smaller children, full of magical models and scenes that will enchant and delight little ones before they get the chance to meet Santa himself – and take home a little gift at the end.
When? 2018 dates to be announced soon
Where? Wickentree Ln, Failsworth, Manchester M35 9BA

Santa’s Grotto at the Liverpool Ice Festival
As well as a fabulous Christmas market, Liverpool’s Pier Head will also play host to an ice rink, giant ice slide, ice bar, rides and – of course – Santa. The grotto is run on a first come, first served basis.
When? November and December 2018 dates TBC
Where? Pier Head, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DP

Yorkshire Winter Wonderland at York Designer Outlet
The award-winning festive event is back, and this year promises to be better than ever. Take to the ice rink, marvel at the massive 30ft Christmas tree and round off all the festive fun with a visit to Santa in his magical log cabin grotto.
When? 2018 dates to be announced soon
Where? York Designer Outlet, St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA

Father Christmas at Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Pay a visit to Alnwick Garden for an enchanting experience full of magic and wonder for the whole family. Visitors will not only meet Santa, but also a whole host of elves, Mrs Claus and Jack Frost too! Be sure to book as far in advance as possible for this one – tickets will sell out!
When? From 17th November onwards
Where? The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1YU

Christmas at Beamish, County Durham
Indulge yourself with roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and entertainment at this living museum. Take a turn on the ice rink and visit Father Christmas in his magical fireside grotto.
When? 17th November – 24th December, 10am – 4pm
Where? Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG

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