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West Yorkshire Santa’s Grotto Guide 2014 

It’s coming to that time of year again when we fill our days with mince pies, trees, gifts and Santa! From Wetherby to Wakefield, Yorkshire Tots brings you the definitive guide to West Yorkshire Santa’s Grottos.  Many of the events require or suggest pre-booking so you will want to make sure there is still space available before you set off.

Wakefield Santa’s Grottos

Santa’s Grotto at Victoria Garden Centre

  • Wakefield Road, Featherstone, Pontefract WF7 6BS
  • 01977 701 560
  • Beginning November 16  
  • £7.50 with a gift
  • Victoria Garden Centre also offers tea or breakfast with Santa beginning December 1 for £11.
  • Pre booking recommended
  • Online booking link here

Grotto and Winter Wonderland at Carr Gate Garden Centre

  • Old Bradford Road, Carr Gate, Wakefield WF2 0SY
  • 01924 823002
  • Beginning Nov 8 weekends, Daily from Dec 11
  • £8.50 Santa visit with gift when booked online
  • Carr Gate Carden Center also does tea or breakfast with Father Christmas from Dec 6 for £9.99
  • Booking can be done online here

Santas Christmas Grotto at Ackworth Garden Centre

  • Barnsley Rd, Ackworth, Pontefract, WF7 7NB
  • 01977 612660
  • Beginning November 15 weekends, Daily in December
  • £10 with gift and photos
  • There will also be a chance to meet Olaf
  • They have a ‘no que system’ – for more information see this link

Santa in the City at Ridings Shopping Centre

  • Wakefield WF1 1DS
  • 01924 787787
  • Weekends from Nov 22, Santa on Saturday, Elf on Sunday
  • Free
  • Chat with Santa or write Santa a letter with the help of Elf
  • For more information see this link

Santa Underground at the National Coal Mining Museum

  • Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, WF4 4RH
  • 01924 848806
  • December 13-14, December 20-23
  • £6 with a present and certificate, £5 adults
  • Visit Santa in his grotto 150 feet underground
  • Booking essential and early booking advised email or call 01924 848806 to book
  • For more information see this link

Breakfast, Lunch or Supper with Santa at Cannon Hall Farm

  • Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT
  • 01226 790270
  • Weekends from Nov 29, plus Dec 22-24
  • £12.95 with food, gift and extras for children – prices vary for adults
  • The day includes breakfast with Santa, a gift, entry to the farm, a tractor ride and Christmas sing-along and more
  • Booking by phone 01226 790427
  • For more information see this link


Bradford Area Santa’s Grottos

Tong Garden Centre

  • Westgate Hill, Westgate Hill Street Cross Lane, Bradford BD4 0RY
  • 0113 285 3506
  • Daily from November 15th
  • £5 with gift, £3 additional for a photo
  • It is advised to arrive 2 hours before grotto closing to ensure a visit to Santa
  • Mixed reviews  – if you go on a weekend be prepared for a wait

Shipley Glen Tramway Santa Specials

  • Prod Ln, Baildon, Shipley, BD17 5BN
  • Weekends in December, weather permitting
  • £4.50 including gift and tram ride
  • Bookings cannot be taken
  • For more information see this link
  • Highly recommended as a family day out and the event is run by volunteers.  We went last year and the kids loved it!

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Santa’s Specials

  • Santa Special from Oxenhope, Haworth or Keighley Train Stations
  • Weekends 29/30th November, 6/7th December, 13/14th December, 20th December (Limited availability)
  • Adults & Children Over 3 £16 – £16.99, 6 – 36 Months £8.00 – £8.49
  • For more information see this link

Kirkgate Shopping Centre

  • Kirkgate, Bradford BD1 1TQ
  • 01274 392663
  • Santa will arrive on November 16th and stay until Christmas Eve
  • Free with advent calendar, reindeer hat and chocolate.  They say, “You can also pay to have a picture taken but there is no obligation.”
  • Kirkgate Shopping Centre says, “We also have a Santa’s post box and every child who writes to Santa gets a reply in the post (parents please make sure the letter has an address on it!)”
  • For more information see this link

Santa Land at Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre

  • Harden Rd, Bingley BD16 1BE
  • 01274 562971
  • Beginning November 15th Tuesday & Wednesday – Saturday & Sunday
  • £6 with a gift
  • Adults without children can tour Santa Land for £2 (no gift!)
  • For more information see this link
  • Mixed reviews on the Santa experience here

East Riddlesden Hall Santa’s Grotto

  • Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, BD20 5EL
  • 01535 607075
  • December 13-14, 20-21
  • £6 with a gift
  • Booking essential 01535 607075
  • For more information see this link


Leeds Area Santa’s Grottos

Santa’s Grotto At Abbey House Museum

  • Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH
  • 0113 230 5492
  • Every Sunday in December
  • £4 with present, does not include museum entrance
  • There will also be craft, music and Christmas fun in the Victorian Streets of the museum

The Grotto at the Leeds Corn Exchange

  • Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7RB
  • Daily December 10-24
  • £6 with present
  • There will also be lots Christmas workshops and events including Baby Raves and breakfast with Santa and Elsa.
  • For more information see this link.

The Wood Beneath The World – Father Christmas Storytelling at Leeds Town Hall

  • Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD
  • Thursday evenings and Weekends from Nov 20, December 22-24
  • £6.50 per child / £3.50 per adult / Family ticket of four £17.50
  • Explore The Wood Beneath the World and listen to storytelling sessions led by Father Christmas!  The experience lasts an hour.
  • For more information see this link.

Santa’s Grotto at Stockeld Park

  • Harrogate Road, Wetherby LS22 4AN
  • Beginning November 15 Friday – Sunday, Daily from December 1
  • Prices start at £8 with a gift, see the price list
  • There is also a new 4D Cinematic Sleigh Sensation Experience as well as ice skating and Christmas trees
  • For more information see this link
  • Stockeld Park was described as being ‘magical’ and having great gifts. We have very much enjoyed other events there but haven’t yet visited the Santa’s Grotto.

Santa Steam Trains at Middleton Railway

  • Moor Road Railway Station, Leeds LS10
  • December weekends, plus Dec 23 & 24
  • £7 under 3, £11 3-12, £8 adult if booked in advance – gift for children, hot drink and mince pies for adults
  • Ride the steam train with Santa (35 min round trip)
  • Booking in advance strongly advised.  For more information see this link

Calderdale Santa’s Grottos

Santa’s Grotto at Eurkea!

  • Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE
  • 01422 330069
  • Dec 2-23 excluding Dec 8 & Dec 15
  • £3 with gift, must have or purchase a yearly pass to Eurkea!
  • Tickets purchased on arrival
  • For more information see this link

Kershaw’s Garden Centre

  • Halifax Rd, Brighouse HD6 2QD
  • 01484 713435
  • Weekends from Nov 22
  • Kershaw’s is also doing a Santa Experience Dec 22 & 23
  • For more information see this link


Huddersfield Santa’s Grottos

Santa’s Grotto at Cathedral House

  • Cathedral House St Thomas’ Rd, Huddersfield HD1 3LG
  • November 29th – December 24th Monday-Saturday
  • £6 with a gift, £10 for two children
  • Every child that visits our Santa’s Grotto includes a free gift from Santa PLUS a free play voucher for Fizzy Lizard Playgym, which is located on the same premises.
  • The Santa’s Grotto will be closed on the 6th December due to our annual Christmas Market ‘Winter Wonderland’ which will have its own grotto the whole day.

Greenhead Park Santa Special

  • Greenhead Park, Trinity Street, Huddersfield HD1 4DT
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays from Dec 3
  • 1:00-3:45
  • Single £1.30, family (up to 5 people) £3.50 plus £1.50 to see Santa and get a small gift
  • For more information see this link

Santa’s Grotto at Armitage’s Pennine Garden Centre

  • Huddersfield Road, Shelley, Huddersfield HD8 8LF
  • 01484 607248
  • Weekends from 16th November to 21st December
  • £4 with gift, all proceeds go to Kirkwood Hospice
  • For more information see this link

Santa’s Grotto at Armitage’s Birchencliffe Garden Centre 

  • 75 Birchencliffe Hill Road, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield HD3 3NJ
  • 01484 536010
  • Weekends from 16th November to 21st December
  • £4 with gift, all proceeds go to Kirkwood Hospice
  • For more information see this link

Kirklees Light Railway Santa Specials 

  • Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ
  • 01484 865727
  • Beginning November 29th and running weekends and Dec 23-24
  • Prices start at £12.50 for adults and £10.50 for children with gift (for a full list see this link).
  • Kirklees Light Railway has Santa Special train that bring children to Santa’s grotto where they will also receive a gift while adults enjoy mulled wine and minced pies.
  • Booking is essential
  • The event received glowing reviews from Yorkshire Tots Facebook users describing it as ‘a brilliant event’ that was ‘so organized’.
  • Claire Riley visited last year and said,”Kirklees Light Railway is excellent! Mini steam train ride from Clayton a West to Skelmanthorpe, then a tent ‘holding area’ for mulled wine and mince pies (there’s non alcoholic drinks too!) then they call you through to FC carriage by carriage. Brill FC and lovely gift in a keepsake bag, then ‘toot, toot’ train back! You need to book in advance but it’s lovely.”

If you’re up for a bit of a drive, the XMas Spectacular at Sundown Adventureland has received rave reviews for being an all-around great family day out as well! Have fun and I’d love to hear about your Santa experiences this year!

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