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Where to Find Santa in 2018

3ad63163d829a0a4f496ca34b4334292.jpgWe've managed to track down one of Santa's elves and get a sneak peek of his diary for the run up to Christmas! He's got loads of visits planned around the area so we've picked out a few here so that you don't miss him!

So Where’s Santa?

Santa’s Grotto 15 Nov to 24 Dec
See the big man himself in the newly situated Santa’s Grotto at the top of the Peace Gardens. Visit the big wheel in the centre of Fargate with spectacular views the Christmas layout.

Crystal Peaks Santa's Grotto 17 Nov to 24 Dec
Crystal Peaks Santa's Grotto Returns for another year! Twas the Night Before Christmas... ​​​Enjoy a 4D film experience with Santa to get into the Christmas spirit.

Santa's Grotto at Stockeld Park 17, 18, 19, 22 to 30 Nov, 3 to 7, 10 to 14, 17 to 21 Dec
 Grotto tickets include a gift to take home, suitable for all ages, including under 3s. Each child’s grotto ticket also includes entry for up to 2 adults.

Trinity Walk’s Free Santa’s Grotto 17 Nov to 23 Dec ( Thurs, Sat & Sun only)
The famous free Santa's grotto returns for Christmas supporting Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. All children will get a free Trinity Walk pink squishy snowball! Donations of whatever you can afford are welcome and proceeds go to the children's hospice.

Carr Gate & Pennine Garden Centres 17 Nov to 24 Dec
Every child will meet Santa b18a1e541a9d928d530ac781b8e06238.jpgin his special grotto and receive a special present from the man himself.

Wish upon a star with Santa at Meadowhall 21 Nov to 24 Dec
Santa return’s and we're delighted to invite you to join him for a one of a kind magical experience! Let his Wish Gathering Elves transport you and your children to a snowy Wishmas Wonderland where you’ll enjoy an immersive theatrical experience filled with storytelling, stargazing and enchanted encounters, a Santa's Grotto like no other. Christmas wishes will come to life as Wish Gatherers lead children through an interactive world of wonder, help them craft their very own Wishmas Stars, and bring them to meet Santa himself in his Grotto. Here, they’ll receive a little Wishmas Magic and pose for an unforgettable photo to mark the special oment. Book now at

Santa’s North Pole at Lotherton Hall 23 Nov to 23 Dec 
Journey into the North Pole, a tree-lined home where Santa and his elves have taken up residency for the final weeks preparation before Christmas day.  Meet the elves, help out in the crafts workshop and make your own souvenir to take away with you.  While you are there write a postcard to Santa to make sure he knows what you want, and finally meet the big man himself before he visits you again on Christmas Eve.  Max 2 adults allowed in Santa’s North Pole per booking (free of charge). Estate admission required. If you have a pre-schooler who wants to visit 362fb3cf2ae0b8051ae3f631919b7d12.jpgSanta but a full 40 minutes in the North Pole above is too much you can visit him in his cosy cabin in The Elf Village on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am – 2pm. Purchase a ticket from The Little Christmas Shop. 

Santa Underground at National Coal Mining Museum 24, 25 Nov,1, 2,8, 9 & 17 to 23 Dec
Visit Santa is his underground grotto! Child £7.50 (inc gift and certificate). Adults £5.50 Booking essential on 01924 848806

Wentworth Garden Centre 26 Nov to 22 Dec
Father Christmas will be in his toy workshop and would be delighted to meet children of all ages.   £10.95/child includes a present and entry into the Family Farm for up to 2 adults and a child.

Meet Santa at Xscape 29 Nov to 24 Dec
Santa is making a return visit to Xscape this Christmas. Meet him and his elves in his brand new outdoor grotto. Step into the cosy Christmas Cabin, say hello to Santa’s elves and roll up your sleeves for some arts and crafts fun in the activity area before meeting Santa himself. £5 per child (12 years and under). Price includes gift. Book online at

Santa's Post Office and Grotto with Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice at The Alhambra from ​​​​1 Dec
Opening 12pm - 4pm every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Christmas Eve on the run up to Christmas. Children can write their letters before posting them into a special letter box. Once posted, 863c52391d92812811df60b1ecc6b97e.jpgthe children will be able to watch their letter on an enchanted journey to Lapland. Then visit Santa in his traditional Grotto for a personal greeting. Photos are permitted so don't forget your cameras! Entry is just £3 per child. Please note, Children do not receive a toy but will receive a small token gift due to all proceeds being donated to Bluebell Wood.

Santa at the Museum 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 & 21 to 24 Dec
Each year we get a fantastic response to our museum Santa. This December, we’ll once again transform Weston Park’s Arctic World gallery into Santa’s North Pole ho-ho-home. Bring the family along to meet the man himself, who’ll be there with a warm welcome, quality presents and plenty of Christmas cheer.

Kirklees Light Railway Santa Specials 1 to 24 Dec
 Climb aboard the Santa Express and travel to Shelley Station. Santa will be waiting in his cosy grotto with sacks full of presents for the children. Call 01484 865727 or book online

Christmas at the Castle, Pontefract Castle 1 &  2 Dec, 11am – 4pm
Experience a magical Christmas in a medieval setting. There’s lots to do including story telling by Santa, craft activities, meet cute Christmas donkeys, hold wise owls and more! Free

Brodsworth Hall 1, 2, 8, 9 Dec
Christmas tales by the tree, then see Father Christmas and take a photo with the big man himself. There's a gift for 8039072f21d6d8dbc077a078893b144c.jpgevery girl and boy. Pre-booking essential. Please note max 2 adults per child in each session.

Cannon Hall Farm 2 to 24 Dec
Meet Santa or have breakfast or lunch with Santa, various packages available from £8 (Santa only) 01226 790427

Meet and Greet Father Christmas at Cannon Hall  8 & 9 Dec
Sit down one on one to discuss your Christmas wishlist and receive a special gift

Elsecar Heritage Railway Santa Specials ​​​​​8, 9, 15, 16, 21 to 23 Dec
Various times. Call 01226 610700  or visit

Liquorice Santa at Pontefract Museum 8 Dec,10am – 3pm
​​​​​​Kids will love stepping into Santa’s magical liquorice grotto at Pontefract Museum. Tell sweet Saint Nick what you want for Christmas (providing you’ve been good, of course!) and receive a Christmas gift.

Santa Cruises 2018 9, 15, 16, 22 to 24 Dec
Cruise and meet Father Christmas. 1 hour cruise. Present for Children suitable for age. Mince pie and a glass of warm mulled wine or tea/coffee for adults. Squash and biscuit for children.

Father Christmas Grotto at Nostell Priory  8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 Dec
See Father Christmas in his grotto. Pre-booking essential on 01924 866745.  Gardens admission required for everybody. National Trust members have free gardens admission

Meet Father Christmas at Worsbrough Mill  15, 16, 22 23 Dec
Meet Father Christmas in his Worsbrough Mill Grotto.

Father Christmas at Home, Wakefield Museum 15 Dec, 10am-3pm
No need to go 2b42f58dd57b6d3f7739184dfe526475(1).pngall the way tot he North Pole to meet Father Christmas – he’s at Wakefield Museum! Visit him as he relaxes in his cosy home, and feel the warmth of festive cheer… Drop In. Free!

Kids Christmas Party at Tapton Hall 15 Dec
Keep the Kids entertained this Christmas, with a Christmas party for kids of all ages. Entertainment, Food & Drink, Crafts & Games. Plus a visit from Santa!

If you find any places to visit Santa that aren't on this list then please drop us an email to or to let us know about them.

Kerry Goding

Kerry Goding

Editor and publisher of Raring2go! Sheffield and mum to 2 boys. Loves the opportunity to share family experiences with you. There are loads of places to go with the kids and have fun. Hope we can help you find out more....  If you want to know more about how to feature on our website or in our quarterly magazine then drop me a quick email to

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