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Places to See Santa

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Boston Park Farm – Christmas at the farm

From 12th December, there will be a festive hunt around the nature trail and a special Christmas take-away menu.

Then from 19th -22nd Santa will be in his outdoor grotto! See him every hour on the hour from 11am-2pm for socially distanced selfies.

Tickets must be booked in advance (all Christmas activities are included in normal admission)

Visit the Boston Park website for tickets.



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Countdown to Christmas in Doncaster 2020

Town Centre Lights and Illuminations

Visitors to Doncaster town centre might have seen the lights are up and the Christmas Tree in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

Whilst the usual Countdown to Christmas event can’t take place, there will be a video of the lights and new installations to watch from home. Special video footage will include:

  • The Mansion House
  • Cusworth Hall
  • Corn Exchange
  • Doncaster Minster

On Wednesday December 2nd at 6.30pm the film will be premiered and we hope you’ll join us online.

If you’ve missed them, you can see them  here

We’ve also been filming with Father Christmas too!

Storytime with Santa

There will be some amazing Storytime with Santa films, online EVERY Friday in December and a very special one on Christmas Eve! All will be shown at 6.30pm.


Santa’s Storytime Week 1

Santa’s Storytime Week 2 

See the Visit Doncaster website for more information and follow @DN1Events and @visitdoncaster on facebook

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Santa’s Grotto -The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park

Open from 21st November 2020 

Our Santa’s Grotto is the most wonderful experience for both adults and children. With twinkling lights and Santa in a rustic wooden cabin, the whole family will feel the festive cheer here!
Stockeld Park really is the true home of Christmas! So make sure you don’t miss out on all the festive fun!
Subject to availability.
Also, brand new for 2020: FaceTime with Santa: 
We know that because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, some of you will be unable to visit us this Christmas. But don’t worry, all is not lost! We have upgraded to the latest North Pole Technology and you can now schedule a FaceTime call with Santa himself, direct from his magical, cosy grotto here at Stockeld Park!
Visit website 

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Lakeside Village – Santa’s Surprise Visit

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit from Santa Claus, would it?
Thankfully, we have it on good authority that Santa himself will be calling in at Lakeside Village this month, for a series of socially distanced surprise visits.
After what has been a tough year for Santa and his Elves, isolating at the North Pole, Santa has now been given special permission to travel during the Christmas period and he will be calling in at Lakeside Village on the following dates:
– Saturday 12 December
– Sunday 13 December
– Daily from 19-24 December
Unfortunately, he won’t be able to bring his grotto with him. However, along with his elves, he’ll be more than happy to pose for photographs from a safe distance.

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Santa’s Woodland Workshop – Frenchgate Centre

Santa’s Woodland Workshop will be opening on Thursday 3rd December 2020 at Frenchgate!

Santa and his elves have been hard at work in their secret Woodland Workshop making toys and gifts for all the good boys and girls.

Enjoy a visit with the man himself, then journey into Santa’s workshop where an extra special treat awaits you. Once inside, you will be invited to choose your own gift from the toys on display – the elves will help you!

Bookings only – book in advance online or scan the QR Code at the Grotto entrance to book a time slot on that day.

See opening times here

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Sunnybank Gardens & The Yorkshire Ice Cream Farm Christmas Grotto

Update 2nd December 2020
We are delighted to announce that we can offer our Christmas Grotto , however needless to say like everything this year it will be different to previous years, all bookings must be pre booked and paid on booking by telephone ONLY 01302 842954, where you will be offered an allocated time slot on Saturdays 12th & 19th December/Sundays 13th & 20th December.
1/ Arrive 10 minutes before allocated slot
2/ Park in one of the Santa’s Stop here Bays outside the Cowshed Cafe.
3/ Put your Child’s full name on a piece of paper in the windscreen of your car, an Elf will then come and get you when Santa is ready to see you.
4/ Only 2 accompanying Adults with children this year, sorry .
5/ Santa and his helper will talk to your child, however Children must remain 2 metres away from Santa, children over the age of 11 must wear a face mask as must parents/guardians
6/ Children will receive a present from Santa and 3 Gift Vouchers, 1 to return to play Crazy Golf, 1 for the Playbarn and one for the Go Carts.
£12.95 per child
Sunnybank Gardens, Bawtry Road, DN7 6PH

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Visit Santa at Ackworth Garden Centre

21st November – 24th December 2020 (selected days)

This year we’re keeping the magic of Christmas alive by opening our Christmas grotto, however, they’ll be a few changes to keep everyone safe and sound!

Our grotto visit includes a reindeer hunt around our store, inside and out, and a chocolate lolly when you find them all!

Afterwards, you will make your way through our magical winter wonderland grotto, and be able to take pictures on Santa’s sleigh and on your winter wonderland walk.

You will then have a private family audience with Santa Claus, where you can tell him all your Christmas wishes – and promise him that you’ve been very good this year!

You will also receive a photo memento of your visit, and, with the help of Santa’s elves, you can choose a brilliant, well-deserved gift from our range of award-winning gifts in a tin, a new offering for 2020!

We advise you to book your ticket in advance by visiting our website here

Covid-19 Measures

As usual, you can purchase a ticket online through our website, and you can choose a time and day that suits you best. However, to establish social distancing we have had to reduce the number of slots available this year, and so we strongly encourage pre-booking your ticket to avoid disappointment as we anticipate having very few tickets available on the door.

For more information on please visit our website.

Mumbler Anna visited with her family in December 2019 and sent us this review … click here

Ackworth Garden Centre, Barnsley Road, Ackworth, WF7 7NB

01977 612 660





Brigg Garden Centre – Santa’s Grotto

Announcement November 26th 2020
“Dear Grown-Ups, we are so sorry that we are not able to host Santas Grotto at Brigg Garden Centre this year. We are as disappointed as you are. We have taken this decision to ensure we help to keep everyone as safe as possible during the festive season. Please pass on our sincere apologies to your little ones. We are open, so we hope you will at least be able to bring them to the centre to see the Christmas displays. Thank you for your support and continued custom, from everyone at Brigg Garden Centre and of course Santa who is safely shielding in Lapland.”

Brigg Garden Centre, bigby High Road, Brigg, DN20 9HE

Cannon Hall Farm Santa Parade

Watch Santa as he makes a loop of the sheep racing arena.

There is no opportunity for a one-to-one meeting with Santa, however you can spend the day at the farm, see the animals and meet the Reindeer.

£9.95 per person plus £1 booking fee (all paying children get a keepsake gift)

General Winter farm tickets £2.95 plus booking fee.

Open 10am-4pm



Doncaster Lions: Santa’s Sleigh route 2020

Get your child a personalised letter from Santa posted to your home. Just go to click on the letter from Santa. Fill in the form with your child or grandchild’s details. Click the link to give us a donation so we can continue our amazing work in the community



Father Christmas at Wentworth Garden Centre

‘Wentworth World of Christmas’ giftware department now open.  Five brand new and exciting themes for 2020… ‘Pink Forest’, ‘Wild Glam’, ‘Wonderful Time’, ‘Christmas Eve’ and ‘Mountain Lodge’.
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we have taken the decision not to operate Santas Workshop this year at the garden centre.
We understand that this is not the news many of you would be hoping for, but we are sure you will understand this is the best decision for keeping everybody safe during these uncertain times.
We look forward to welcoming you and your families back to see Santa in 2021

Wentworth Garden Centre, Hague Lane, Wentworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S62 7TF

Hare & Hounds Fishlake, Santa visit

Santa visits available

  • Friday 11th December 5-7pm
  • Saturday 12th December 2-5pm
  • Sunday 13th December 2-5pm

The pub remains closed, however there is a gazebo in the beer garden and Christmas themed backdrop for photos.

£10 per child, to include 5 minute allocated time slot with Santa (socially distanced), Gift from Santa, Christmas Cupcake.

To book call or text 07783 400021

Holmes & Gardens – Santa’s Grotto

Information for 2020 not yet released, please check back

Holmes & Gardens, Belton Road, Epworth, DN9 1JL


North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Trains

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21 & 22 DECEMBER 2020

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

Departing from Pickering and Grosmont Stations, the Santa Express brings Christmas to life and gives children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

Once upon a Wentworth Christmas

Sadly this event is cancelled, however Wentworth Woodhouse have their open gardens event.

The gardens at Wentowrth Woodhouse are well worth a visit (lots of things for the Children to look out for including a bear hunt, mud kitchens etc – see our Mumbler Review from ealier this year here. 

Rufford Abbey Christmas & Reindeer Rescue Christmas Trail

To keep Santa and his elves as safe as possible until Christmas Day, we have decided its better if they stay at home as much as possible, just like everyone else, so

BUT christmas is not cancelled, the tree is up and the lights are shining and we have hot chocolate to keep you warm on a wintery walk.

See Spectacle of Light Information 

Christmas markets are still going ahead:

5th & 6th December 10am-4pm

12th & 13th December 10am-4pm

19th & 20th December 10am-4pm

Rufford Country Park, Newark, NG22 9DF


Santas Grotto at Loversall Farm

Unfortunately it is with great regret that we have had to cancel this years Santas Grotto at Loversall Farm due to the unprecedented circumstances that we are all facing. (Update 29.9.20)

The Barn, Loversall Farm, Mexborough, DN11 9DD

Glorious Christmas Greetings: Sundown Adventure Land

Statement November 26th 2020

” It is with great sadness that we have had to make the hard decision of remaining closed this Christmas. Due to being in tier 3 we cannot offer the magical Christmas experience which you have all come to love.

We will be updating the website with full details on what options you have regarding your tickets on Monday along with office opening times.
We thank you in advance for your patience whilst we deal with all our guests and we look forward to welcoming you all back next year. Stay Safe Sundowners”

The Christmas Experience at Wheelgate Park

Information not yet released for 2020, please check back

White Post, Farnsfield, Newark, Notts, NG22 8HX

01623 882773

The Christmas Experience – Lotherton

Returning for 2020 are:
  • The 12 Days of Christmas Woodland Walk, enjoy this enchanting interactive walk through the Captains Wood, discover the fairies in their secret hideaway Fairy Dell, listen to the giggles and whispers as you tip-toe through. Marvel in the splendour of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery.
  • Visit Santa and the elves in the Elf Village for either the 40 minute ‘Under the Wishing Tree’ experience where families will get to interact with the elves and personal Santa visit, or for the smallest of little people (pre-schoolers), pop in to Santa’s Cabin on a weekday lunch time for a short one to one and present from the man himself.
Our relaxed visits to Santa, for young people with additional needs, are back for 2020 too! On Tuesday 1st & Tuesday 8th December you can meet Santa and join our elves under the wishing tree in a friendly and accessible experience.
Come on a journey that’s free flowing and reduced capacity, and don’t forget to bring your letter for the man himself! Call 0113 376 0318 to book your slot.

Lotherton, Lotherton Hall, Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB


Tropical Butterfly House, A Christmas Trail

Information for 2020 not yet released


Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, S25 4EQ

Walkers Nurseries – Santa’s Grotto

Breakfast and Santa , Supper and SantaVisit Santa – Due to Covid19 we have made the difficult decision not to operate our Santa’s Grotto or Breakfast with Santa events this year. – update October 2020

Walkers Garden Centre, Mosham Road, Doncaster, DN9 3BA

YWP’s Christmas Fair & Santa’s Grotto

Christmas Fair dates yet to be released.

See NEW Winter Illuminations at YWP here 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Lane, Doncaster, DN3