Santa’s grottos 2019: the North

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Don't miss these festive Santa's grottos, for a fabulously fun December afternoon with the whole family.

Our pick of the best Santa's grottos 2019 (opens in new tab) 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 full of twinkling lights. BUT be warned, tickets are not sold in advance or online but on a first come, first served basis. When? 16th November - 24th December Where? The Christmas Adventure, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, Yorkshire LS22 4AN Visit: stockeldpark.co.uk (opens in new tab)

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 2019 dates TBC Where? Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Road, Preston, PR2 2PD. Visit: ribblesteam.org.uk (opens in new tab)

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? 11th November - 18th December Where? Wickentree Ln, Failsworth, Manchester M35 9BA Visit: housingunits.co.uk (opens in new tab)

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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? 16th November 2019 - 5th January 2020 Where? York Designer Outlet, St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA Visit: Yorkshirewinterwonderland.com (opens in new tab)

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? On selected days only between 23rd November - 23rd December Where? The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1YU Visit: alnwickgarden.com (opens in new tab)

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 -  grotto tickets should be purchased on the day at the entrance. When? 16th November - 24th December, 10am - 4pm Where? Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG Visit: beamish.org.uk (opens in new tab)

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