The Best Santas Grottos in Leeds this Christmas

Fancy treating your little Yorkshire lads and lasses to a meet and greet with the big guy this Christmas? Well, if so, check out our list of the best places to see Santa in Leeds this year!

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 6th Dec 2022

When yuletide celebrations are afoot, it's nearly impossible to contain the littleuns excitement, and they'll inevitably end up in a state of Christmas frenzy (unless you've raised a Scrooge). They'll be jumping at the chance to decorate the house, scouring the web so they can put together the perfect list for Santa, and helping you decorate the tree with tinsel, baubles, and a star on top for good measure - although they usually need help from the adults for that one. Yet, as we're sure you'll agree, one of the most magical memories you can have as a child around Christmas is going to see the big man in one of the Grottos that he tours around the country. 

When looking for Santas Grottos in Leeds, we've got you more than covered. The city of the white rose is no stranger to the man in red and is one of the busiest spots for him in Yorkshire when it comes to meet and greets. From traditional grottos in festively transformed national trust estates; to a bouncing winter brunch with the Clauses in one of the city's best food complexes; to even taking a journey to a theme park where alongside all the incredible rides, you can explore every facet of Santa's yearly process, whilst picking up an early prezzie from the man himself for your kid; the opportunities for your littleun' to see the man in red are plentiful. 

So, scroll down and check them all out! Plus, if you're after more ways to make your festive season in Leeds particularly unique, check out some of the Leeds Christmas Eve and Boxing Day events, also on sale on Skiddle!



Chow Down: Santa's Breakfast 

When: Sunday 11th and Saturday 17th December 2022

Where: Temple Arches in Leeds

Santa’s coming to Temple Arches Winter Village this Christmas, and he's after a proper Brekkie, and Leeds is his destination of choice. So, if you want to join Santa for some serious grub before he heads out supplying the world with gifts, then you have to get yourself signed up. You can also get cosy in the Christmas Tipis as Santa sits in to say hello for a festive chat with the kids, and hands them out gifts before the big day. With festive breakfast food from their resident kitchen, coffee from North Star Coffee, soft drinks and our full bar offering available, it truly isn't one to miss.


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Santa’s Grotto at Stockeld Park

When: Saturday 19th November - Saturday 24th December 2022

Where: Stockeld Park in Leeds

There are few things that make Christmas more magical as a kid than meeting Father Christmas himself, and the people over at Stockeld Park know that all too well. Back for another year, their Santa’s Grotto, set in a beautifully cosy log cabin, will undoubtedly make lasting memories that will be forever cherished by young and old. This is one of the most authentic Santa’s Meet & Greet events in North Yorkshire, and we can't think of many better Santas Grottos Leeds has on offer. 



Web Adventure Park - Christmas Grotto Experience

When: 10th and 11th December 2022, and each day from 17th - 24th December 2022

Where: Web Adventure Park in Leeds

If you're after unforgettable festive memories this festive period, then you just have to head down and enjoy a magical Christmas Experience with the kids at The Web Adventure Park. This wondrous event includes an audience with Father Christmas himself, a run-in with a few cheeky Elves, and a chance to meet two of Father Christmas's real reindeer, Donner and Blitzen. Not only this, but with tickets, you'll also get unlimited rides at their Christmas Fairground, with twelve rides including - the Double Carousel, Helter-Skelter, Balloons, Pony Express, Cups and Saucers, Apple Coaster, Vortex, and more! It's full of Christmassy thrills for all ages!



Santa at the Museum

When: Saturday 10th December 2022

Where: Abbey House Museum in Leeds

If you fancy your festive fun tinged with some historical fun this Christmas, then you can make some magical memories with a visit to Santa in the traditionally decorated Victorian streets of Abbey House Museum. When looking for where to see Santa in Leeds, you and the little uns can meet and greet here with the big man and tell him what you would like for Christmas, pose for pictures and even receive an early prezzie.

outside of the Grotto, the Museum's festive streets of 19th century Leeds will also include traditional decorations, silly hats for selfies, a letter-writing station to give to Santa, plus colouring in and storybooks for some quiet family time. It's a unique occasion that will provide memories for years to come!



Father Christmas at Harewood

When: Every weekend from the 26th of November, and then every day from the 16th to the 24th of December 2022

Where: Harewood House in Leeds

Within the stunning grounds of Leeds' famous Harewood House, Father Christmas will be welcoming families for a cosy festive experience throughout December, settling in their Pastry Room Below Stairs to meet with you and your Yorkshire youngsters for an authentic, atmospheric and memorable encounter.

Small groups will join Santa for half an hour, hear a festive story, have a chat with the man in red himself, and receive a special gift with a family photo opportunity too. Everyone will feel the Christmas spirit among the twinkling lights and beautiful decorations in his rooms, making this an experience you’ll all cherish.



Santa at the Candy Cane Club

When: Saturday 19th November – Saturday 24th December 2022

Where: Merrion Centre in Leeds

If you're looking for a place to see Santa where you won't have to venture far out of the city, then follow your nose to The Candy Cane Club in its new location inside the Merrion Centre. Inside the sugar-soaked winter paradise, you can find Santa, his helpers and all of their presents, some of which your kids may be able to collect early - as long as they're on the nice list!

The Candy Cane Club can be found on the main mall within the Merrion Centre and all visits must be pre-booked. Alongside the Grotto you can also meet the festive performers who will be dancing, stilt walking & skating their way round the main mall to entertain shoppers! 



Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.








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