School Holiday Ideas

Christmas – Grotto’s & Places to Meet Santa

There are lots of places in Hull and the East Riding to see Santa! Visit a Santa’s Grotto or meet Santa at an event or for breakfast, lunch or tea. Find a handy list on the Hull & East Riding Mumbler here

let loose winter wonderland in woodmansey, christmas adventure for familiesStart your Christmas with a Magical Adventure! Something for everyone of all ages. This family experience promises to get you into the Christmas Spirit in style.

Wrap up warm for the Christmas Train Ride, a Wonderland of Pine Trees and Glittering Lights, discover Christmas round every corner. Father Christmas will be waiting with a Special Gift for you. A Magical Carousel ride will finish your treat and leave you with lasting memories. You may linger for up to 1 hour extra in our themed Cafe, write a letter to Santa and post it in our post box for Express Christmas Mail to Lapland or buy a selection of Sweets & Treats to take home with you. What’s Included:

  • Baby Ticket: Christmas Train, Forest of Lights, Christmas Scenes, Father Christmas Grotto & Gift and Carousel Ride with an adult. Please purchase at least 1 Adult Ticket with this ticket.
  • Child Ticket: Christmas Train, Forest of Lights, Christmas Scenes, Father Christmas Grotto & Gift, Carousel Ride. Please purchase at least 1 Adult Ticket with this ticket.
  • Adult Ticket: Christmas Train, Forest of Lights, Christmas Scenes, Father Christmas Grotto, Carousel Ride. Please purchase at least 1 Child or Baby Ticket with this Ticket. Maximum 2 Adult Tickets per order.

Accessibility:  Pushchairs and wheelchairs will be able to go on the Christmas Train and the rest of your Christmas Adventure is accessible for both wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Find out more and book tickets on their website here, or follow them on facebook here.

Let Loose! Yorkshire. Hull Road, Woodmansey, Beverley, HU17 0RS

comedy lounge santa visits december 2021We know your little ones deserve an extra special treat this year. So, we’ve flown in the man himself to surprise them this Christmas at the Comedy Lounge with Samster his elf.

Treat them to a magical visit to meet Santa and his naught Elf They’ll be popping in every weekend leading up to Christmas at 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm on the 4th , 5th 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, also 20th-24th of December 2021 (inclusive), so book now for a memory the kids will never forget.

You will be shown to your own table where you will be served with Mrs Clauses home baked festive treats along with Hot Chocolate cream and marshmallows , whilst being entertained by Santa’s Helpers then each child will be invited to meet Santa and his Elf where they will receive a gift.

Adults £6. Children £15. Tickets must be booked in advance, call 07835 054873 or email for booking details, or book direct on their website here.


112-116 George St, Hull HU1 3AA

web adventure at christmasChristmas Festival at the Web Adventure Park. Make lasting memories with your family at our magical and unique Christmas Experience.

27th and 28th November. 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th and 18th – 24th December 2021.

A wondrous event including an audience with Father Christmas himself, meeting his Elves and his reindeers Donner and Blitzen as you wander round the animal park and enter the Winter Wonderland. There you will find Father Christmas planning his Christmas Eve adventure, maybe check if you are on his “Nice List!” If you are very lucky the Elves may have a gift for you too. Dazzling Darren and Michael Jordan will showcase his Christmas Magic performances, six in total including our Elf on the Shelf show. A jam-packed day with lots of laughs and wows guaranteed.

Then take a walk into our Christmas Fair for unlimited rides on our Double Carousel, Helterskelter, Balloons, Pony Express, Formula, Miami, Sizzler, Apple Coaster, Cups and Saucers, Bulls and new Waveswinger – fun for all ages. If you need to warm up head to our indoor play with ample to keep the children amused from babies through to bigger children. Parents can relax and enjoy a hot chocolate or glass of wine!

There is also the fun of outside adventure park, where children can let off steam and enjoy all the activities available. Twinkling lights, Christmas trees and Festive Characters. A full day of family fun with lots of activities and Christmas joy, not to be missed!

More information on their website here.

Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH

Da Gianni on Princess Avenue, Hull, and both Pasco’s Italian Restaurant’s (Cottingham and St Andrews Quay Hull) will be having opportunities to meet Santa at their restaurants this December!

St Andrew’s Quay Pasco’s Dine or Lunch with Santa:

  • Dine with Santa on Tuesday 14th & 21st December, 4-6pm
  • Lunch with Santa on Sunday 12th December, 3-5pm.

£8.50 per person and includes meet Santa, a present, kids pizza or pasta and a soft drink.

Call 01482 848419 (option 3) to book.

Cottingham Pasco’s Meet Santa on Thursday 9th December, 3-5pm:

  • Hi Santa – chat with Santa, photo opportunity and gift, £4.50
  • Meal Deal, includes the Hi Santa package, plus a homemade mini pizza and a drink, £9.95

Call 01482 848419 (option 2) to book.

Find more information on their website here or their facebook page here.

santa experience on humber street, christmas day out in Hull for familiesSanta Claus and his elves are coming to the Fruit Market – and you can join them for a unique Christmas experience! This hour-long adventure will take families on a wonderful festive journey.

It begins with an interactive performance featuring the chief elves training the audience to be Santa’s newest helpers. After they’ve been put through their paces, learning the songs and participating in the story, children will join their grown-ups at craft tables. There they will prepare reindeer food before getting their chance to meet Santa for a giftbag and photo opportunity and those essential elf selfies!

During the event grown-ups can also relax with a complimentary festive mulled wine and Christmas treat.

Dates: November 27th & 28th and December 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Four performances each day beginning at 11:30 am, 1:45 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:15 pm, each lasting an hour.

Tickets are £15 per child (including gift bag) and just £5 for grown-ups (free mulled wine and festive treats). Book now!

The Santa Claus Experience, The Humber Fruit Brokers, 66-68 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TG

For further information visit the website here or follow them on facebook here.

gino d'campo restaurant hull santaSeeing Santa and sharing their Christmas wishes with him, is a truly magical experience for your little ones. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that Father Christmas will be visiting our restaurants again this year!

Each 30-minute visit with a small group of children will include storytime with Father Christmas, a photo opportunity, and a gift for your little ones. Adults can sit back and relax with a hot drink whilst their little ones enjoy their visit. Visit Times: 11.30am – 12pm 12.15pm – 12.45pm 1pm – 1.30pm. Dates: 5th and 12th December 2021, book by emailing

Tickets: Adults Club Individual members price: £12.50 Non-members price: £17.50 Children under 11: Club Individual members price: £15.00 Non-members price: £20.00. Download our app & become a member by following the link here & using the code SOPHIEB as promotional code.

Join us afterwards for lunch & the children’s meals are on us! *All bookings require a full pre-payment at the time of booking. Children eat free when dining from the bambino menu only. Children under 1 can attend free of charge however if you wish for them to have a gift and a photo with Santa, there will be a £5 charge.

Kingswood Retail Park, Althorp Rd, Hull HU7 3DA. 01482 820666

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Murton Park at Christmas

murton park santa27th November to 22nd December 2021 (weekends and Mon 20th – Wed 22nd daily) 

Santa loved his staycation at Murton Park so much last year, that he’s decided to do it again and invites you to join him.

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.

Of course, a Murton Park staycation is not complete without a visit to our Bakehouse up at the Derwent Valley Light Railway. Adults will have the opportunity to tuck into their complimentary mince pie and children will be given reindeer food, especially made by Mother Christmas herself to take home and put out on Christmas Eve. All of this and so much more!

Santa’s Staycation will run on selected dates in November and December and tickets are £10* per adult and £17* per child. Book tickets now here.

Call 01904 489966, email or visit their website here.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York, YO19 5UF

P&O ferrys hull dine with santa christmas party eventsThe magic is back this Christmas at P&O Ferries! Santa is taking a well-earned break from all of his Christmas preparations and sailing into Hull this December 2021.

Join Santa and his elves on board for a day full of family festive fun. Head to our Show Bar for some Christmas crafts, get your festive face paint on, join in our jingle disco games and listen to a magical Christmas story before meeting the big man himself. Plus! A special little gift awaits for all the boys and girls who have been extra good this year. Don’t forgot your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities for your little ones. That’s not all, we have a delicious buffet lunch included in your ticket price, with lots of yummy Christmas delights to choose from. Our Show Bar will also be open to purchase soft and alcoholic beverages and any additional snacks. Dates:

  • Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December 2021
  • Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December 2021

With the option to book the 11:00, 12:00 or 13:00 sitting to see Santa. Prices: Adult £14.99, Child £19.99, Infant Free of Charge. Book online here.

Location: Hull port event – ship to remain in port. P&O Ferries, Terminal 1, King George Dock, Hedon Road, Hull, HU9 5QA

sledmere magical santa experience christmas 2021A magical Santa’s Grotto experience for all the family! 27th, 28th November and 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd December 2021

Our 2021 magical Santa experience is one not to be missed, bringing you a day of festive cheer and excitement with a pinch of magic and sleigh loads of fun for all the family….

Santa’s most entrusted elves 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. (The time you book is for your visit in to see Santa only, please make sure you are at Elf reception 5 minutes before your session starts, all other attractions can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day).

Head over to the VIP elf toy store to choose your very own present from Santa. 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. Your ticket also includes have full access to the beautiful walled garden, grounds rare breed farm park, adventure play area all day!

Tickets cost £17 per child (ages 6 months to 14 years ) and £10 per adult. The time you book your ticket for is to see Santa and the rest of the festive activities can be enjoyed at any point throughout the day. Pre-book on their website here or facebook event here.

Also at Sledmere, brand new for 2021 The Christmas Barn – ​Brimming over with so many beautiful and carefully selected gifts, decorations, lighting and homeware. Christmas Trees also on sale.

Sledmere House, Driffield, YO25 3XG. 01377 445187.

stockeld park christmas adventure, meet santa20th November – 4th January

The Christmas adventure is back at Stockeld Park, Magical festive fun to have from morning ‘til dark!

What to do first, ice skating or a nice warm drink? Feeling so happy as you skate around the rink!

Time to get lost in the giant snowflake maze, Let’s hope you’re not stuck in there for too many days!

The forest holds so much fun, you can travel by ski or foot, So many adventure playgrounds, you won’t know where to look!

And when it gets dark on those magical Christmas nights, The forest lights up with pretty illuminations, that twinkle so bright!

Of course, you can meet the man, Santa himself, And even have breakfast with him and his elves!

If you’re looking for Christmas magic, Stockeld Park is the key, You can even take home your own Christmas tree!

Presents, tinsel, and pretty green holly, You’re sure to leave Stockeld Park feeling very Jolly!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW. Suitable for toddlers.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN

Brigg & Hornsea Garden Centres Santa’s Grotto

20th November to 24th December 2021.

Meet Santa and Mrs Claus, receive a gift, as well as a Christmas decoration, magic reindeer food and a mini Christmas Tree to decorate at home. Grotto tickets are £14.95 per child, and includes two free adult tickets. All tickets must be booked online. For information on how to book call 01652 650484 for Brigg or 01964 543040 for Hornsea.

There is also an amazing Virtual Reality Christmas Ride around the World which is priced separately, £25 for 6 people or £5 per person and available to book on the day.

Brigg DN20 9HE, Hornsea, HU11 5QL.

Cherry Lane Garden Centre Breakfast & Tea with Santa

Breakfast with Santa – 5th, 12th & 19th December 2021, £10.99 per child which includes breakfast, entertainment and a special gift; adult tickets are £6.99 and include breakfast.

Tea with Santa – 22nd December 2021, £10.99 per child which includes tea, entertainment and a special gift; adult tickets are £6.99 and includes food.

Must be booked online, call 01482 869522 for more information.

Hull Bridge Road, Tickton, Beverley, HU17 9RS

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

elf on the shelf ideas - playing unoIt’s getting close to Elf time! Ours is currently quarantining after his journey from the North Pole. I usually get really enthusiastic about our Elf on the Shelf for the first few days then run out of ideas and hate it, so here are LOADS of tried and tested elf ideas to help through 24 days of elf antics. Read the full list here.

Hall Farm Park Santa’s Grotto & Live Nativity

Santa’s Grotto – 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st December 2021 between 1 and 2pm. Come and visit him and receive a present – £5 per child. You can also make magical reindeer food between 11.30am & 12pm (£1.75 extra).

The Live Nativity will be taking place on Thursday 16th December at 7pm. This very special evening tells the story of Mary and Joseph with real people and animals. Everyone welcome, free of charge with refreshments served afterwards in the tearoom. Please come warmly dressed and bring a torch.

Caistor Road, South Kelsey, Lincolnshire, LN7 6PR call 01652 678822 for more info.

Highfield Driffield: Meet Santa

Wednesday, 22nd December 2021, between 10am and 5pm. Meet Santa Claus this Christmas at Highfield, with a magical fireside story and song in the Great Hall with Mrs Claus and their naughty Elf, then Santa will arrive and each child will get chance to sit with him. Food and crafts also available. Tickets from £10 with 3 time slots available, for more info call 01377 256231 or email

Highfield, Windmill Hill, Driffield, YO25 5YP

Home Farm Breakfast with Santa

Santa’s Secret Breakfast Hideout is available weekends on these dates, 27th & 28th Nov, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, and 20th-24th December 2021. Two sessions available, 9-10am or 10.30-11.30am. Call 01482 645285 to book.

Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 0JA

Hull Wyke Round Table – Santa’s Sleigh

The Hull Wyke Round Table Santa’s Sleigh tours streets locally every year in the lead up to Christmas, this year from 5th-9th & 12th December 2021. Full details and routes (including tracker on the dates) are on their facebook page here.

  • 5th December, 4.30pm – North Ferriby
  • 6th December, 6pm – Willerby
  • 7th December, 6pm – Wold Road
  • 8th December, 6pm – Hessle
  • 9th December, 6pm – Brough
  • 12th December, 4.30pm – Swanland

You will be able to make donations online or by text and details will be announced soon, they are also accepting cash donations. Every penny raised is given to charities and good causes, usually for children but always in our local area.

Langlands Meet Santa

Langlands Garden Centre Shiptonthorpe organised several opportunities for children to meet with Santa and the mischievous elves. Please visit their website for details and booking.

This year we also got a brand new North Pole virtual reality sleigh ride, great fun for the whole family!

Langlands Garden Centre, on the A1079 at Shiptonthorpe.

Lotherton Hall’s Christmas Experience

27th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Steeped in traditional Christmas magic and excitement, Lotherton is pleased to host The Christmas Experience once again for families to enjoy a festive trip out. There are lots of different activities for the children to get involved with, including Santa’s Elf Village-Under The Wishing Tree, Santa’s Cabin, Elf Crafts, Gingerbread Decorating, Festive Woodland Walk and the Fairy Dell. And new for 2021 are the Yuletide Yurts and a Magic Show.

Everything needs pre-booking online, call 0113 2959 2019 for more information.

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB.

Normanby Hall Breakfast and Tea with Santa

Breakfast and Afternoon Tea with Santa – 4th, 18th, 20th, & 21st December 2021 Enjoy a hearty breakfast with Santa, Storytime with Mother Christmas and a personalised gift before seeing Santa’s deer being fed. Or enjoy afternoon tea with Santa, Storytime with Mother Christmas and a personalised gift! Tickets must be booked online, selling fast.

Santa’s Grotto – 5th, 19th, 22nd & 23rd December 2021 (SOLD OUT)

A car parking fee of £4 applies for non membership holders. Book your places by calling 01724 720588.

Normanby Road, DN15 9HU

North Bay Railway Santa Special

Santa Specials on the North Bay Railway are going ahead on the 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd & 23rd December 2021. Fun for all the family – all aboard the magical Christmas Express, immerse yourself in festive wonder as this very special train takes you on a journey to Lapland Central.

Adult £13, Child £15, Infant (under 1) £9 – tickets must be booked in advance, call 01723 368791 or email for more info.

North Bay Railway, Burniston Rd, Scarborough, YO12 6PF

North Point Shopping Centre Santa’s Grotto

Free Santa’s Grotto every Thursday to Sunday from 25th November to 24th December 2021. Every child receives a gift from Santa!  Call 01482 825956 for more information.

North Point Shopping Centre, 5 Goodhart Rd, HU7 4EE

Piglets Adventure Farm at Christmas

Christmas experience at Piglets Adventure Farm in York – Magical Sleigh Ride and Meet Santa.

Runs 20th November to 24th December 2021. Book online in advance.

Towthorpe Grange, York. YO32 9ST. 01904 499700. 

Pink Pig Farm Christmas Experience

Meet Santa on his sleigh, every weekend from 4th December 2021, then everyday from 19th to 24th December 2021, receive your present down the chimney then join Mrs Christmas for gingerbread decoration. £6 per person.

Christmas Afternoon Teas, 15th November to 24th December 2021 (closed Tues & Wed) £7.99 per person.

All must be pre-booked online, entry fee is not included in the price, email for more information.

Pink Pig Farm, Holme Lane, Scunthorpe, DN16 3RE

Pocklington Santa’s Sleigh with Rudolph

Santa and Rudolph will be travelling around Pocklington and the surrounding areas throughout December. They are in Pocklington on the 28th November, 6th, 8th, 20th & 22nd December 2021. For exact dates and locations visit their Pocklington Lions Christmas Facebook page.

Princes Quay Santa’s Grotto

Princes Quay shopping centre Hull is back with a Santa’s Grotto for 2021.

Opens 21st November 2021

Rand Farm Park Christmas Experience

The Real Christmas Experience runs from 27th November to 24th December 2021, various time slots available. With Santa’s Grotto, Reindeers, decorating biscuits with Mrs Claus, secret toy shop, elf academy plus much more.  Tickets are limited and booking in advance is highly recommended.

Breakfast with Santa, 18th & 19th December 2021 – limited availability.

On The Farm with Santa, a week day term time activity for toddlers, available from 29th November to 17th December 2021.

For more information call 01673 858904 or email

Rand Farm Park, Lincoln, LN8 5NJ

Skirlaugh Garden & Aquatic Centre Christmas Family Event

Join us for our annual Christmas Family Event on Sunday 5th December 2021 at 10.30am. Free gift from Santa & balloon for all children, free hot chocolate & mince pie for all visitors, free Face Painting & Bouncy Castle, free Fir Cone Trail with special prize, live Christmas carols, tombola & raffle, decorate your own Christmas Wreath, prizes for best fancy dress, many special offers and discounts on the day

Hull Road, Skirlaugh, Hull, East Yorkshire HU11 5AH. 01964 562413

Sundown Adventureland Christmas Spectacular

20th November to 24th December 2021 As Christmas draws near, the park is converted into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas theming throughout and the annual opening of the wonderful ‘Night before Christmas’ ride. Climb aboard one of Santa’s sleighs and take a magical journey through the enchanted forest to arrive in style at Santa’s Magical Grotto. Tickets must be booked online.

Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford, Notts, DN22 0HX 01777 248274

The Beech Tree Breakfast with Santa

Arrange for the kids to sit down with Santa Claus in front of the comfort and glow of our fireplace, available on the 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th December 2021, from 10am. £6.99 per child which includes breakfast and a small gift from Santa. Requires advance booking.

The Beech Tree, Southella Way, Hull, HU10 7LS 01482 654350

Toby Carvery Breakfast With Santa

Santa will be visiting Toby Carvery on 11th-12th, 18th-19th and 20th-24th December 2021 from 9.30am, pre-booking is essential. For £6.99 (£7.99 on Christmas Eve), your little ones can meet Father Christmas, and enjoy a cooked breakfast and a juice.

Toby Carvery Willerby, Beverley Road, Hull, HU10 6NT. For info on how to book call 01482 651518

Warton Arms Breakfast With Santa

11th, 18th & 23rd December 2021 from 9.30am. Breakfast with Santa which includes a picnic style snack breakfast with a hot sausage bread cake and a drink, an activity with Santa, a Story and presents at the end.  Tickets are £7.50 per child and must be purchased in advance from the Bar.

The Warton Arms, Woodmansey, HU17 0TH 01482 679700

York City Cruises – Christmas

Our most magical event of the year returns again in 2021! Running from 27th Nov until 23rd December 2021.

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse.

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. 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 and distribute the magic bells.

Find out about the Covid-19 safety measure that have been put in place this year on their website and pre-book tickets. For more info call 01904 628324 or email