School Holidays Calderdale

Places to see Santa

Santa’s grottos, breakfasts with Santa and lots of different places where you can see Father Christmas in Halifax, Calderdale and beyond.


Cannon Hall Farm – Santa

Dates: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19-24, 2020

Tickets on sale: October 27, 2020 at 7pm

This year’s Santa experience includes a trip through the elf check-in, a visit to Santa in his enchanting grotto and a high-quality present.

This brand new, entirely outdoors socially-distanced Santa experience will see Santa doing a parade loop around the sheep racing arena. All children will be given a keepsake colouring book featuring our most famous animals, drawn by local artist Elysia Gilman.

Elves will be on hand to ensure social distancing is in place around the track and to move customers in and out of each session.

Tickets include  farm admission, so you can see animals in the undercover barns and roundhouse, visit the reptile house and enjoy the outdoor adventure playgrounds.

Please note: there is no opportunity for children to have a one-to-one meeting with Santa at this event.

Price: £9.95, plus £1 booking fee. Includes farm admission. 

Christmas at Gordon Rigg Garden Centre

Awaiting 2020 details

Santa will join children at the breakfast table at Cotton Weavers Cafe on ten dates between November 30 and December 24, 2019, at 9-10.30am. As well as feasting on a delicious breakfast, children will meet Santa and receive a gift and a selection box, while parents enjoy a free hot drink.

Santa’s grotto will be open every day from November 23 until December 24, where Santa will greet children and give them a gift. Crafts available in the waiting area. £8.99 per child. Tickets to be bought from customer services on the day of your visit.

Weekdays 4pm-7pm
Weekends 11am-4pm
Christmas eve 11am-2pm

  • Gordon Rigg Garden Home & Leisure, 782 Rochdale Road, Todmorden, OL14 7TJ.

Fire & Water, Sowerby Bridge

Awaiting 2020 details

As well as meeting Santa, you’ll get to walk through a Christmas street and experience winter scenes come alive! There will be festive games and treats and for £3 per child receive a gift, drink, snack and a professional photo with Santa.

December 21, 2019. 2-6pm.

  • Fire & Water, 11-15 Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG

Ingleborough Cave Santa’s Grotto

Cancelled for 2020 – check back for 2021!

Follow Santa’s elves through magical underground passages to where Santa will be waiting at his table of presents, and relax by the fire in the Yule Time Yurt. Dates available on weekends from November 30-December 22, 2019. 10.30am-4pm.

This year there will be a mini bus for the elderly and those with very young children.

Tickets £10 adults, £13.50 children over 18 months. £5 children 0-18 months. £8.50 concessions. Includes Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail entry.

  • Ingleborough Cave, LA2 8EA. 015242 51242. Weekends from Nov 30-Dec 22, 2019.

Kirklees Light Railway Santa Specials

Tickets on sale: Already on sale

Dates: 28th November – 24th December 2020

Step aboard the steam-heated carriages of our Santa Specials and be transported to the magical North Pole!

Meet Santa and his jolly helpers inside their cosy grotto filled with sacks full of presents for the good girls and boys.

All Christmas services last for approximately 1hr 30m and are return trips.

The 2020 Santa Specials have been meticulously planned to allow for social distancing on the stations, platforms, trains and grotto.  This means only HALF the usual number of tickets will be available this year.

Price: from £9 – £17 depending on age of child and booking day.

Lotherton Hall – Santa

Tickets on sale: September 9, 2020

Dates: 27th November 2020 – 5th January 2021

Journey into the North Pole to our tree-lined home where Santa and his elves have taken up residency for the final weeks preparation before Christmas day.  Come and meet our elves, help out in the crafts workshop and even make your own souvenir to take away with you.  Our Head Elf will make sure you are looked after during your time there.  While you are there take the opportunity to write a postcard to Santa to make sure he knows what you want, and finally meet the big man himself!

Preschoolers Santa’s Cabin in the Elf Village – An experience for younger visits to see Santa for a present without the full North Pole additions.  Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 11am – 2pm from Monday 2 December, no pre-booking required.

Price: TBC


Piglets Adventure Farm, York

Dates: 21st November 2020 – 24th December 2020

Tickets on sale already

Jump aboard the Magical Sleigh Ride to Santa’s Woodland Village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience with NEW activities for this year!

𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭:
🎅NEW exclusive individual family visits to see Santa
🍪NEW Gingerbread decorating
🧝 Check in at Elf Airlines
🛷 Ride on Santa’s magical sleigh through the twinkling Woodland Village.
🎁 Receive the golden key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop.
🥧 Enjoy festive food and much more!

Robertshaws Farm Shop – Santa

Awaiting 2020 details!

All the proceeds from this Santa’s grotto will go to charity, with the fun beginning on November 30 at 1pm, after Santa and his elves do a tour of the local villages.

Tickets cost £7.50 and dates are available between December 1-22, 2019. Dates and times may be subject to change, please call 01274 833472 for confirmation.

  • Robertshaws Farm Shop, Keelham Hall Farm, Thornton, Bradford, BD13 3SS

Santa at Eureka!

2020 details for a socially distanced grotto coming soon!

Santa’s enchanted grotto boasts some of the friendliest elves in town and you can meet Santa and get a gift for £4 per child.

It will be open from 2.30pm-3.30pm during term time and 11am-4.30pm on weekends from November 23, 2019. Tickets can be booked at the Info Desk.

There’s also an interactive winter show, included with admission/annual pass.

  • Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax. 01422 330069

Santa at Kershaw’s Garden Centre

Awaiting 2020 details

Santa will arrive during a free family fun day on November 30 2019, with face painting, mince pies, balloon modelling, crafts games and more between 2-4.30pm. You can visit Santa in his grotto, discover your elf name, make reindeer food, create a decoration to take home and choose a special Christmas present.

Tickets are £7.99 per child and you can find a list of available times by visiting

  • Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Halifax Road, Brighouse. 01484 713435.

Santa at Newbank Garden Centre

Awaiting 2020 details

Write a letter to Santa and visit his house, where he will read you a story and give you a gift

Child (includes one adult): £9.99. Each additional adult: £4.99. From December 7, 2019.

  • Newbank Garden Centre, Stainland Road, Greetland. 01422 371011.

Santa at Ogden Water

Awaiting 2020 details

Visit Santa’s magical woodland grotto in the woods at Ogden Water, where you can make Christmas arts and crafts, visit Santa and receive a gift.

Tickets from £9. Saturday, December 14, 2019. To book, visit Wheelchair accessible. No dogs.

Santa at Play Palace

Santa will be at Play Palace on Friday, December 7 during its Christmas Fayre. There will be Christmas gift stalls, a photo booth, pop-up shops, bouncy castle, festive treasure hunt, Santa visit and bran tub-style gift.

Complimentary hot fruit punch/mulled wine.

Normal entry fees apply.

  • Play Palace Christmas Fayre, Friday December 7. 11am-2pm.

Santa at The Piece Hall

Dates: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 18-24, 2020

Find Father Christmas at The Piece Hall and enjoy a magical journey of storytelling with The Tellers – funny folk who live under the arches of The Piece Hall telling stories and ringing tiny bells. This year, they’re on a mission to bring the magic of storytelling back to Christmas with the help of Santa himself. Expect a 35 minute interactive experience with jokes, rhymes, laughs and games. Children will meet Father Christmas and receive a Santa Activity Bag.

Price: £13.95 per person. Available for group bookings of 3, 4 or 5 people only.

Santa at Westgate Arcade

Awaiting 2020 details

Santa and his elves will be welcoming children to his magical grotto at Westgate Arcade in Halifax. Kids can give Santa their wish list and get a present and certificate in return.

Santa will be there every Saturday and Sunday from November 30-December 15, 2019, and every day from December 16-24.

Grotto hours are 11am-5pm.

Tickets £5 per child. No need to book. .

  • Westgate Arcade, 28 Westgate, Halifax. 01422 345525.

Santa in the Woods at Oakwell Hall

Awaiting 2020 details

Join Santa and his helpers around the campfire to make Christmas crafts.

Children must be 5 and over and accompanied by an adult. £8 per child.

Pre-booking required.

  • December 20, 2019. 4.30-6.30pm. Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG. Tel: 01924 324761.

The Elf Express- Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Each weekend from November 28-December 20, 2020, December 21-24, 2020

Meet Santa’s Elves, collect your golden ticket then enjoy a magical train ride to Kringle Town’s Winter Wonderland. Each household will get their own private compartment and meet Santa at Kringle Town Station, with singing, laughter and goodies galore.

Tickets include a round trip from Oxenhope, decorated private family compartments on the steam trains, refreshments, a gift, meeting Santa and his friends and a photo opportunity.

Tickets per compartment, from £80-120.

  • Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, from Keighley, Haworth or Oxenhope Stations. 01535 645214

Santa’s Grotto – Tong Garden Centre

November 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, December 2-24 (apart from 7 & 8), 2020

Enjoy a magical journey along an enchanting pathway to meet Santa – and this year it is an exclusive family experience! You can stop along the route to snap memorable family moments, then meet Santa in his grotto and choose your own gift from the North Pole toy shop.

£14.95 per child (two adults free per child). Children under 12 months £12.95.

  • Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, Bradford. 0113 285 3506.

Santa’s Woodland Grotto – Ogden Water

Visit Santa’s magical woodland grotto in the woods at Ogden Water, where you can make Christmas arts and crafts, visit Santa and receive a gift.

Tickets £9 (£8 PTL). Saturday, December 14, 2019. 10am-3.15pm. To book,visit Wheelchair accessible. No dogs.

  • Ogden Water, Ogden Lane, Halifax

Stockeld Park Santa’s Grotto

From November 28, 2020

Visit Santa in his rustic wooden cabin with twinkling lights and lots of Christmas cheer.

You can also see the winter illuminations in the Enchanted Forest (extra cost), and try your hand at the maze!

Price: £12.50 per person. 2 adults free.

  • Stockeld Park, Wetherby. LS22 4AN.

Thornton Hall Country Park – Santa

November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13 & 19-24, 2020

An experience lasting around 2.5 hours. You’ll find six magical walk through areas, an enchanted drive-thru reindeer experience and visit Santa in his grotto to receive a gift.

Price: Varies depending on the date, but ranges from £25.95 for children and £18.95 for adults. Under 1s are cheaper.

  • Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton, BD23 3TS.