Where To Meet Santa in Wakefield

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to meet the all-important man in red and check if you’ve made the naughty or nice list. In Wakefield we’ve got plenty of opportunities to meet Santa Claus (and some of his helpers), including going underground or meeting him in his sweetie-themed grotto, so keep reading to find out more…

Santas Grotto at Trinity Walk

Trinity Walk

Saddle up the sled and get ready to meet the man himself in Santa’s Grotto at Trinity Walk! That’s right, come and meet Santa for free in the Trinity Walk’s Christmas Zone near The Entertainer in his bespoke grotto every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the run-up to Christmas. Get a free pink snowball squishy or treat too (while stocks last).

📍 Trinity Walk, Wakefield, WF1 1QS
📅 Friday 17 November – Saturday 23 December, various dates and times
💰 Free – donations welcome for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
🔗 For full dates and times click here.

Santa in the Ridings

The Ridings Shopping Centre

After an amazing and hugely popular visit last year, Santa is back at The Ridings Shopping Centre in Wakefield! Santa is bringing his all singing and dancing show to the centre to bring in the festive cheer. Find him in the main promotional space just opposite Marks & Spencer.

📍 The Ridings Shopping Centre, WF1 1DS
📅 Friday 17 November, 4pm – 6pm
💰 Free

Meet Santa in Wakefield

The Duck Egg Bakery

Have a meet and greet with the main man himself at The Duck Egg Bakery in Normanton! Tickets include a meal and drink from the children’s menu, a visit (and photo opportunity!) with Santa and a gift. Adults can purchase food and drink from the full menu on the day.

📍 The Duck Egg Bakery, Normanton, WF6 1PY
📅 Sunday 19 November, 9am, 11am & 1pm
📅 Sunday 3 December, 9am, 11am & 1pm
💰 Adults: free | Children: £9.95
🔗 Email theduckeggbakery17@outlook.com to book.

National Coal Mining Museum

This Christmas, before Santa goes down your chimney he is going down the mine! Travel 140m underground to join Santa in his unique and atmospheric underground grotto where he will be waiting to meet a few select children. Will the bell place you on the naughty or nice list? Good children will receive a present and certificate while naughty ones will get coal

📍 National Coal Mining Museum, WF4 4RH
📅 Saturday 25 November – Sunday 24 December, various times
💰 Adults: £10 (£11 on Christmas Eve) | Children: £12 (£13 on Christmas Eve)
🔗 Click here for dates, times and booking information.

Santa's Grotto

Castleford Library

Santa Claus is coming to town! Visit Santa and his elves in Castleford Library during Castleford Light Up. While you wait for your turn, why not try your hand at some children’s Christmas crafts and have a go on the tombola?

📍 Castleford Library, WF10 1BB
📅 21 November, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
💰 Children: £1
🎟 Tickets can be booked in person in Castleford Library – cash only.

Pontefract Town Hall

Castleford and Pontefract District Lions Club CIO invite you to meet the big man himself at the official Santa’s Grotto at the town hall during Pontefract Light Up! Children will receive a gift and all proceeds go to local charities.

📍 Pontefract Town Hall, WF8 1PG
📅 26 November, 12pm – 6pm
💰 Children: £5

Father Christmas at Nostell

National Trust Nostell

Come and visit the magical fairy tale house this Christmas and have a chat with Father Christmas. As you explore the beautiful house (which will be fairy tale themed!) you might find him warming himself beside the open fire or having a wander through the rooms, giving out waves and smiles and stopping for chats. His mission is to spread the magic of Christmas before the big day and to light up little faces as he tells his stories and anecdotes.

Please note that this is an informal experience, there are no booked slots with Father Christmas.

📍 National Trust Nostell, WF4 1QE
📅 1 – 3 December, 11am – 3pm
📅 6 – 10 December, 11am – 3pm
📅 13 – 24 December, 11am – 3pm
💰 Adults: From £8 | Children: From £4
🔗 Click here for all dates.

Owl Lane Farm Nurseries

Pick up your perfect Christmas flowers and decorations and then visit Santa in his Christmas Cabin! No need to book, just purchase your ticket at the till before waiting your turn.

📍 Owl Lane Farm Nurseries, Ossett, WF2 6AS
📅 Various dates and times during December
💰 Children: £9 (includes gift)
🔗 Click here for dates and times.

Carlton Lanes

Castleford and Pontefract District Lions Club CIO have put in a word with Santa and he’s coming to Castleford! Come and meet him in his grotto at Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre (you’ll find him next door to Ryman Stationery) and tell him what’s on your list. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

📍 Carlton Lanes, Castleford, WF10 1AD
📅 Saturdays and Sundays, 2 – 23 December
⌚ Saturdays: 9:30am – 3pm | Sundays: 10:30am – 3pm
💰 Children: £5 (includes gift)

Santas Farm Experience

Blacker Hall Farm

Head to Blacker Hall Farm this Christmas and visit Santa and Mrs Claus in their farm grotto on the Little Farmers Trail. The team are lighting up the barn full of festive cheer and the elves will introduce you to some of the animals and invite you to get involved with fantastic craft activities before you meet Santa and receive your gift.

📍 Blacker Hall Farm, WF4 3DN
📅 2 – 3 December, 10am – 4pm
📅 9 – 10 December, 10am – 4pm
📅 14 – 17 December, 10am – 4pm
💰 Adults: free | Children: £19.95
🔗 Click here to book.

Farmer Copleys

Father Christmas is visiting Farmer Copleys this year and he’s bringing some of his elves along too. He’ll be visiting the Nest on dates throughout December. Your admission includes a chat with the elves and 10 minute slot for a private family fireside audience with Father Christmas and a quality Siku or Jellycat gift for your child. The elves will be able to take pictures with your phone/camera.

📍 Farmer Copleys, WF7 5AF
📅 2 – 3 December, 9am – 4pm
📅 9 – 10 December, 9am – 4pm
📅 16 – 21 December, 9am – 4pm
💰 Adults: free | Children: £22
🔗 Click here to book.

Harpins Garden Centre

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what festive season would be complete without a visit to the Big Man himself? Make your way to Harpins Garden Centre’s grotto, where the elves will let you in to the winter wonderland. You will get to take a souvenir photograph, and have a private family audience with Santa Claus himself, so you can tell him what you have put on your Christmas list – and promise that you’ve been very good! At the end of your visit you will receive a wonderful, age- appropriate gift.

📍 Harpins at Ackworth Garden Centre, Ackworth, WF7 7NB
📅 2 – 3 December, 9am – 5pm
📅 9 – 10 December, 9am – 5pm
📅 16 – 24 December, 9am – 5pm
💰 £20 per child, includes gift
🔗 Click here for more information and to book.

The Castle Wakefield

Make Christmas magical this year at The Castle Wakefield. This year, Santa’s coming back to the beautiful Castle Wakefield and he’s inviting little ones to share a magical moment or two during a special Brunch with Santa! The team at The Castle Wakefield have secured some extra special visits from Santa himself where you can expect festive brunch treats for all ages.

📍 The Castle Wakefield, Wakefield, WF2 6AS
📅 Saturday 2 December
📅 Saturday 9 December
💰 Children: £12.95 (includes brunch dish, a drink and an exclusive gift pack) | Adults: Order from the Brunch Menu, dishes from £2.50
🔗 Click here for more information and to book.

Ackworth Parish Rooms

Start the ‘holly-days’ getting creative with Kidspace by Lydia! Children will be able to decorate their own mug, visit the hot chocolate station to create a chocolate cone to take home, paint their own tree decoration and take part in more Christmas crafts before having a one to one with Santa Claus himself. He’ll also be giving certificates and medals for being on the nice list, as well as a small treat!

Please note that this Santa experience is suitable for children up to 10 years old.

📍 Ackworth Parish Rooms, Ackworth, WF7 7JH
📅 3 December, 2pm – 3:30pm
💰 Santa’s Little Helper (one adult and one child): £18.95 | Two Turtle Doves (two children and two adults): £35
🔗 Click here for more information and to book.

Capri Horbury

Santa is coming to Horbury! Visit him at Capri Horbury and enjoy a magical breakfast with the main man himself. Visitors will get the choice of pancakes, beans on toast or scrambled eggs on toast, and will get the opportunity to meet Santa and receive a gift.

📍 Capri Horbury, Horbury, WF4 5QA
📅 9 & 16 December, 10am – 12pm
💰 Children: £15, includes present, breakfast and drink
🔗 Call 01924 263090 to book.

The Old Coffee Mill

Come and visit Santa at The Old Coffee Mill in Castleford! He’s ready to meet children and check to see if they’ve made the nice list. Those on the nice list will then receive a present and sweet treat. The perfect way to get in the festive spirit in time for the big day!

📍 The Old Coffee Mill, Castleford, WF10 2LA
📅 9 – 10 December, 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm
💰 Children: £6.99, includes present and sweet treat
🔗 Click here for more information and to book.

Hampsons Plantworld

A wonderful way to mark the festive season – Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a morning of fun and singing with Santa and his helper Bernard at Hampsons Plantworld. The morning will start at 8:15 am prompt and breakfast will be served. Santa will arrive down the chimney and the elves will be on hand should you require any assistance. Santa will then go around all the tables greeting all the children whilst they enjoy the activities. Once Santa has greeted everyone and breakfast has been cleared away, each table will be taken up individually by one of the elves to meet Santa, have a chat and take pictures with him in his chair.

📍 Hampsons Plantworld, Durkar, WF4 3AZ
📅 9 – 10 December, 8:15am
📅 16 – 17 December, 8:15am
📅 23 – 24 December, 8:15am
💰 Children: £12.99, includes breakfast, table activities, visit from Santa and gift | Adults: £14.99 for cooked breakfast or £9.99 for sausage / bacon sandwich
🔗 Click here for more information and to book.

Pontefract Museum

Meet Pontefract Museum’s special sweet Santa in his liquorice grotto and receive a Christmas gift! There will be a range of festive fun crafts and activities around the Museum to bring you Christmas cheer.

📍 Pontefract Museum, WF8 1BA
📅 Saturday 9 December, 10:30am – 3:30pm
💰 Free

Marvellous Museum Christmas Toy Box

Wakefield Museum

This Christmas Wakefield Museum are opening up the toy box with a relaxed day of free festive activities and crafts. Explore the sights, smells and textures of Christmas. Get hands-on and play with toys from the past. Make your own toy to take away! Father Christmas will also be visiting! You will need to book a timed slot in advance to meet him in his cosy museum grotto, but the craft sessions are drop in.

📍 Wakefield Museum, WF1 2UP
📅 Saturday 16 December, 10am – 3pm,
💰 Free
🔗 Click here to book to meet Father Christmas.

Enchanted Festive Experience

Wentbridge House Hotel

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas with Wentbridge House Hotel’s Enchanted Festive Experience with Father Christmas and his friends. Gather in the Crystal Suite for a delicious Festive Yorkshire meal, before joining Father Christmas’s Elves in their immersive workshops creating tasty gingerbread delights and stuffing teddy bears in their Toy Emporium. Children will receive a gift from Father Christmas and there will be the opportunity for you to enjoy a magical experience with Father Christmas’ Reindeer.

📍 Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, WF8 3JJ
📅 Sunday 17 December, 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm
💰 Adults: £55 | Children: £40 per child | Children under 1 year old: £15
🔗 Click here for booking information.

Visit Santa Claus at Anglers

Anglers Country Park

Santa Claus is making a festive stop at Anglers Country Park, and you’re invited to join him for an enchanting family day. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as you share your Christmas wishes with Santa by a crackling fire, followed by delightful craft activities led by the friendly staff at the visitor centre.

📍 Anglers Country Park, WF4 2EB
📅 Sunday 17 December, 9am, 10am, 11am and 1:30pm
💰 Children: £2
🔗 Call 01924 860280 to book.

King's Croft Hotel

Enjoy a Christmas carvery lunch in the presence of Father Christmas himself at King’s Croft Hotel in Pontefract. Tickets include a 2 course meal, disco with party games, prizes for the best Christmas jumper and a selection box for all children attending.

📍 King’s Croft Hotel, Pontefract, WF8 4HA
📅 Saturday 23 December, 10am
💰 Adults: £25 | Children: £17.50
🔗 Click here to book.

The Santa Experience at Holmfield Arms

Holmfield Arms

Santa is popping in to The Holmfield Arms this Christmas! Dance your socks off at the Party with Santa or enjoy a delicious Breakfast with Santa – or even both!

📍 The Holmfield Arms, Wakefield, WF2 8DY

Party With Santa
📅 Sunday 10 December, 3pm – 6pm
💰 Children: £12.95 (includes disco, party food box and a visit from Santa)

Breakfast With Santa
📅 Saturday 23 December, 10am
📅 Sunday 23 December, 10am
💰 Children: £10 (includes breakfast, gift and visit from Santa)

🎟 Call 01924 231730 or email 4734@greeneking.co.uk to book.

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