School Holidays Scarborough & Whitby

Places to see Santa

Each Christmas, the walled gardens at Burton Agnes Hall, which offer flamboyant seasonal displays year-round, provide the ingredients for some of the loveliest natural decorations imaginable.

  • Christmas twilight weekend

Join us on the weekend of the 6th, 7th and 8th December 2019 for our inaugural Christmas twilight weekend. Enjoy the bountifully decorated Hall with an extended opening until 9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Visitors are offered mulled wine and mince pies on arrival. During the weekend, children can visit Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto and visit a mobile farm, and everyone can enjoy carols in the Hall as well as relishing the Hall’s decorations twinkling in the twilight. Normal Hall admission applies.

  • Meet Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto

Visit Father Christmas in his courtyard grotto, where every child will receive a special Christmas gift. Weekends in December 2019 (except 1st, 28th and 29th) from 12-4pm. £5.00 per child; booking is not necessary.

  • An Audience with Father Christmas and his Head Elf

Join Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and Jingles the Magic Elf for a performance of magic and song, a special gift and photographs. Saturdays 7th, 14th and 21st and Sunday 22nd December 2019. Performances at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm each day. £12.50 child, £10.50 Adult, £10.00 Senior. Limited tickets; booking is essential.

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

T: 01262 490324


Entrance charges to the Hall and gardens: Adults £11.00, OAPs £10.50, Children (4-15 years) £5.50, under 4 year olds free.

Saturday 30th November to Sunday 22nd December 2019

In addition to our popular Father Christmas events in the House, we’ve persuaded the big man himself and one of his cheeky elves to take up residence in the cosy Courtyard Grotto!

Book a timed slot when you arrive at the Ticket Office, enjoy some elf entertainment and perhaps a hot chocolate and a festive treat from the Courtyard Cafe whilst you wait. Make sure you have your Christmas wishes and cameras at the ready when you enter Santa’s magical grotto!

All children can choose a small gift from Santa’s workshop store at the grotto as they leave.

Tickets cost £8 per child (additional to usual admission for non-members and children over 4), available on the day from the Ticket Office.

Please note: adults accompanying children are required to purchase either an inclusive (House & Gardens) or Gardens only ticket. These tickets can be bought on the day or booked online in advance and save 10%. Make the most of your day by visiting ‘A Christmas Masquarade’ House installation, which is perfect for families to enjoy together. Please dress appropriately as the queue is likely to be outside.

Booking: Available on the day from the Ticket Office

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333


A Christmas Masquerade (Saturday 16th November – Sunday 5th January)

Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Inspirational design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked with the theme ‘A Christmas Masquerade’ to produce a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages. The Castle Howard “Christmas Masquerade” celebrates the House’s theatrical roots and the influence of the Italian Baroque on its magnificent architecture and interiors.

The House prepares for a grand masked ball inspired by the Venetian Carnival to be held in the Long Gallery spectacularly adorned as the Grand Canal. Amongst the sumptuous decorations and awe inspiring costumes, a troupe of travelling players prepare festive entertainments for the guests. These ebullient, mischievous characters – Harlequin, Colombine, Pierrot and the Zanni Clown are part of the famous Commedia dell Arte who became the much-loved characters of the pantomimes that remain one of our best beloved Christmas traditions. A magical immersive experience that will embody the spirit of the season in true Castle Howard style.

It is easy to spend a full day here as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, enjoy an array of indulgent winter warmers across our catering outlets and complete your Christmas shopping in our Gift Shops, Farm Shop and Garden Centre.

And don’t miss the opportunity to meet the big man himself as Father Christmas will be making some very special visits throughout December to the Courtyard Grotto.. Details here

(Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Read the 2019 Mumbler Review here

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333



Join Emerald the Elf and her friend Rudolph  – they need your help to rescue Santa in time for Christmas!

The magic of meeting Santa here at Humble Bee Farm begins with an exciting sleigh ride from our car park next to our main reception where tickets must be collected. Then it’s all aboard the special sleigh that will take you on a festive journey and will be the start of this fantastic Grotto experience. At the end of your sleigh ride, you will meet Santa Claus himself and you’ll receive a special gift.

Our lovely yurts will be transformed into magical locations for this fun packed family show packed with lots of interactive games and challenges with many opportunities to join in.

14th December 2019. Shows last 1 hour approx and there will be shows at the following times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm.  You must book onto a particular time slot, and pre booking is essential. BOOK HERE or call the farm.

£10 per child, includes a meeting with Santa and a gift. If booking tickets online, booking fees may apply.

The event is open to the public, you do not need to stay on our site to attend the Santas Grotto event. 

Humble Bee Farm Flixton , Scarborough, YO11 3UJ. 01723 890437.

Visiting Santa in the Grotto


23rd November to 24th December 2019

This year the Elves have been working hard to bring even more magic and sparkle than ever before!

Check-in at Elf Airlines with the Elf Airline Crew. Create your own Piglets Passport before you take off and don’t forget to allow 30 minutes prior to your departure time for security and elf and safety procedures!

All aboard Santa’s Sleigh for a unique ride to his Woodland Village, to see Santa in his Grotto. Children can share their wishes with Santa and they’ll be given a special golden key to unlock his amazing Toy Shop and choose a perfect present. Plus get ready to sing and dance at the hilarious festive ‘Story Time With The Elves’ show.

What will you do next? Mix a bag of reindeer food, leave your Christmas wish on the Wishing Tree in Santa’s Tepee, or visit the Animal Barn to see cute animals. All included in your entry tickets, no extra cost. Plus spend a whole day at the farm and enjoy the heated Indoor Bale Play Baaarn.

Adults can enjoy a free mulled drink after the sleigh ride or for a small extra change try delicious bratwurst in the Departure Lounge or a Pizza in the Woodland Village.

Visit mid-week and you can take advantage of special discounted prices, after-school visits, plus groups, nurseries and schools also get a discounted rate.

Pre-booked tickets only and limited availability, so book online and secure your tickets today, go to

Towthorpe Grange, York. YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499 700

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Ryedale Folk Museum

Saturday 30th November – Sunday 1st December 2019, 10am-4pm

Scampston will be getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas Fair in the Victorian Conservatory.

With a wide range of stalls, including local crafts and traditional festive foods, you’ll be able to find some unique Christmas gifts for your family and friends.

Children will also get the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and put in their requests for the big day.

To add to the merriness, there will be a brass band as well as our café serving refreshments and mulled wine. And don’t forget, Scampston’s estate grown Christmas Trees will be for sale near the Ticket Office!

Scampston Hall, Malton, YO17 8NG

For further information, contact or call 01944 753 105.

More details about Christmas trees and events can be foudn on the Scampston website:

Great fun and bookings taken now for visits from December 1st till Christmas Eve 🎄
Every child will receive a present and we are looking forward to see you soon. 🎄

Phone 01723 586234 or 07979742577

Message through Facebook here

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December 2019 10am & 1pm

£10 per child, one supporting adult goes free, £2.50 for an additional adult.

Join Scarborough Museums Trust and Woodend for a truly festive experience.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience with Father Christmas. Join us for the first time in the historic library at Woodend for stories, a festive treat and a traditional craft. Complete the visit with a special gift and some Christmas sparkle.

Booking essential, call 01723 384500 during office hours
Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW

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Scarborough SEA LIFE

Santa’s Underwater Wonderland runs between 7th December – 22nd December 2019

Embark on a special mission this Christmas and help the Elves find the missing presents hidden around Santa’s Underwater Wonderland. There are lots of stops along the way with lots of wondrous workshops including making reindeer food! Once you’ve found all the presents you’ll be able to enter Santa’s grotto for a special meet and greet experience, and look forward to receiving your own present for Christmas morning.

Don’t forget to stop at our brand new Turtle Rescue Centre where you can rescue your very own interactive turtle, and make sure you head over to our walk-through penguin enclosure where you can learn to waddle with our adorable penguins literally at your feet!

With over 1,000 incredible creatures in over 50 indoor and outdoor displays including Yorkshire’s only Seal Hospital, there is fun to be had for the whole family on a trip to SEA LIFE Scarborough!

Read our review here

Pay once and visit throughout 2019

Open daily from 10am
Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP. 0871 4232110

Santa’s Magic Grotto

Weekends of 30th November, 1st, 7th-8th, 14th-15th & 21st-22nd December 2019

Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Sledmere.

Exciting changes at Sledmere Grotto HQ! A wonderful new location in the traditional Home Farm buildings plus hopefully your experience will be better by getting rid of most of the queuing!

Book your visit online to suit you and bookings can be made up to an hour before each session starts. In small groups you’ll get to explore the Magical Grotto, enjoy some festive fun and games with the Elves, visit Santa to tell him what’s on your wish list this year and also let him know how nice you’ve been in order to be granted access into the Elves VIP Toy Store to choose your very own gift from Santa!

Grotto tickets give you free access into the Grounds and Gardens, our Rare Breeds Farm Park, Adventure Play Area and not forgetting the best bit; a special, festive ride on a tractor and trailer to the Park to see our beautiful herd of Red Deer, who look forward to seeing you boys and girls every year!

Groups consist of no more than 10 children, two adults places are available per child and extra can be purchased on the day at the registration desk if group numbers allow. Please make sure you arrive 10 minutes before your session time starts to allow for registration and to make sure you have the maximum time to enjoy the fun and games in the grotto before it’s your turn so see Santa.

Ticket Prices
Children £10.50
Adult £4.00

Sledmere House, Driffield. YO25 3XG
Contact Number: (01377) 236637


16th November -24th December 2019

At Stockeld Park, we always like to make Santa feel at home and so as always we have prepared him a beautiful, cosy log cabin ready for his arrival all the way from Lapland! 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!As well as meeting Santa, you could go Nordic skiing, enjoy various adventure play areas and travel around the enchanted forest filled with glowing displays.Santa’s Grotto tickets include a Christmas gift which is suitable for all ages, including under-3s.

Mumbler Exclusive offer on pre-booked tickets for 2019 – For an extra 10% off online prices quote: MUMSCARBOROUGH (Excludes 7, 8, 14, 15,21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019)

Pre-booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road.


Ayton Village Hall Children’s Christmas Party

Saturday 21st December 2019 2.30pm

FREE Christmas party for all children with local connections and under the age of 12yrs.

Games and magic from Children’s entertainer Uncle Mal, dancing and a visit from Santa, (small gift for every child).

Food provided (state if any food allergies).

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please ring 01723 862170 and reserve your child’s place asap.

Ayton Village Hall, Wilsons Lane. East Ayton YO13 9HY

Beacon Farm

Santa’s Grotto running every weekend and Wednesday from 30th November 2019

Weekends 11am – 4pm
Weekdays 1pm – 4pm

Visit Santa and walk through his winter wonderland, before receiving a present from his magical fireplace!

Freshly Cut Christmas Trees & Festive Ice Cream Flavours!

Beacon Farm, Sneaton, Whitby
01947 605212

Boyes at Scarborough

Visit Father Christmas at Boyes in Scarborough!
16th November – 24th December 2019
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10.30am – 3.30pm

It is “fairly priced and you get a really decent photograph as well as a toy!” No need to book, just turn up and there is a walk way to the grotto with a display.

“Boyes is good. No agro, cheap and effective. Most importantly does the job!

Mumbler recommended KJ, KB, JP ’18

43-45 Queen Street, Scarborough YO11 1HQ

01723 375331

Filey Lions Sleigh


Sunday 8th December – From 3.30pm – West Rd & Scarborough Rd estates

Monday 9th December – From 5.30pm – Grange Ave and Seadale

Wednesday 11th December – From 5.30pm – Gristhorpe, Lebberston, Muston, Folkton & Flixton

Friday 13th December – From 5.30pm – Hunmanby North (everything right of Hungate Lane is North)

Sunday 15th December – From 3.30pm – Hunmanby South (Everything left of Hungate Lane is south)

Monday 16th December – From 5.30pm – Reighton, Speeton, Hunmanby Gap & Lakeside

Tuesday 17th December – From 5.30pm – Muston and Mill Meadows

Wednesday 18th December – From 5.30pm – Pastures & Silverwood

Friday 20th December- From 5.30pm – Filey Town Centre and surrounding streets

(All timings are estimated and could change)


Flamingo Land Christmas Experience

23rd November – 24th December 2019

For only £16.95 (children), £4.95 (under 1) and £12.95 (adults) we will take you on an unforgettable visit to:

Santa’s Grotto
Select a present from Santa’s magical toy shop
Meet our 2 real reindeer & make some reindeer food
Selection of crafts
See a real life nativity scene
Take a trip on the Santa Express (weather dependent)
Meet and greet Peter Rabbit
Visit our award winning zoo
Enjoy a selection of children’s rides 

Flamingo Land, Malton YO17 6UX

0800 40 888 40

Irton Garden Centre

Opens 17th November 2019 at 10am then every weekend from 10.30am – 4.30pm until Christmas Eve

Santa’s Grotto, The Experience
Chat with Santa, receive a gift, reindeer food making and Christmas Activities
£8.50 per child (1st 2 adults FREE, additional £1.50)

Booking in advance recommended, however, it is possible to walk in (avoid peak times)

Moor Lane, Irton, Scarborough. YO12 4RW
01723 862978

North Bay Railway Santa Specials

Saturday 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd & 24th December 2019.
Evening Santa Express are running Friday 13th and 20th December at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

We also advise everyone to pre book via the website or in person at the North Bay Railway.

Wrap up warm

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

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials

Santa Specials: 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 December 2019

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express where children get the chance to meet the legendary man himself! Children’s Present, Mince Pie & Activity Bag. Pickering/Grosmont Station Departures.

01751 472508

Saint Catherine’s Christmas Fair

Saturday 23rd November 2019 10am – 2pm

Gifts, cards, raffle, tombola and much more!
Santa’s Grotto

Come along and join the festive fun!

Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Throxenby Road, Scarborough

Scarborough Harbour

Santa will be landing at approx 10.30am on Saturday 17th November in Scarborough Harbour and making his way to the Grotto at Boyes where he will be until Christmas Eve.

Scarborough Lions Sleigh


Wed 4th        Osgodby                             5.30 to 8.30
Fri 6th           Crossgates                         5.30 to 8.30
Wed 11th      Burniston & Cloughton   5.30 to 8.30
Fri 13th         Seamer & Irton                 5.30 to 8.30
Wed 18th      Scalby                                 5.30 to 8.30


Tues 10th     Proudfoots Eastfield        09.00 to 18.00
Fri 13th         Proudfoots Seamer          09.00 to 17.30
Wed 18th     Proudfoots Newby            09.00 to 18.00
Fri 20th        Morrisons                          09.00 to 18.00
Sat 21st         Sainsbury                           09.00 to 18.00
Sun 22nd      Morrisons                         09.00 to 18.00
Mon 23rd     Sainsbury                          09.00 to 18.00

Scarborough Round Table Sleigh

Ho Ho Ho!

Santa will be visiting again this year to ensure all the boys and girls have been good and checking his landing sites for Christmas eve.

Here are the nights and locations he will be touring around.

Sleigh will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm each evening.

Santa is back to help Scarborough Round Table collect funds for local charities. Here are the nights and routes:

Mon 2nd Dec Eastfield Area
Tues 3rd Dec Ayton Area
Wed 4th Dec Gladstone Road area
Thu 5th Dec Woodlands Area
Fri 6th Dec Falsgrave Area

Mon 9th Dec Peasholm Area
Tue 10th Dec Crossgates Area
Wed 11th Dec Newlands Area
Thu 12th Dec Victoria Road
Fri 13th Dec Newby/Barrowcliffe


Sunday Lunch with Santa at The Royal Hotel, Scarborough

Sunday 8th December and Sunday 15th December 2019 12.30pm

Enjoy a Traditional Festive Sunday Lunch followed by a Magical Visit from Santa

Adult £10, Children £5, Under 3s go Free

Book in advance to avoid disappointment

To book, call 01723 361774

Victoria Farm Garden Centre

The grotto is open every weekend from Saturday 23rd November 2019

Saturday 23rd November 1pm – 4pm
Sunday 24th November 11am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm.
Every weekend thereafter 11am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm.
Monday 23rd December 11am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm.
Christmas Eve 10.30am – 1pm

Guisborough Road, Whitby,  YO21 1TL

01947 825418

Whitby Christmas Festival and Market

Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November 2019

At the heart of the festival is the wonderful Christmas Market, with a spectacular range of stalls.

Alongside the Market there will be a spectacular range of local talents to entertain the Festival goers, including music, local bands, dance, storytelling, and so much more in the Festival Marquee.

The weekend will open on the Friday night with the magnificent Community Lantern Procession (6pm from Pannett Park). Light Switch on Friday 7.45pm

There will be a spectacular firework display on Saturday 16th (7.45pm) and other activities, including fairground rides will run throughout the weekend.

Santa, his sleigh and the members of Endeavour Rotaty will be there all three days

FREE entry

Harbour Carpark

Whitby Winterfest

Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December 2019, open 10am to 6pm each day.

Whitby Winterfest is a  FREE Christmas event for all the community in the main hall (Northern Lights Suite) of the Whitby Pavilion.

The event will showcase a wide variety of traders selling local produce.

Each day there will be a programme of entertainment from local groups and performers.

As with all great Christmas events Santa will be there in his specially created Grotto for the children to visit.

Whitby Pavilion. West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN. 01947 458899