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Where to meet Santa near you

16 Nov 2018

Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year – but that doesn’t stop most of us leaving everything until last minute! Taking the kids to visit Santa is of course an important date for your diary in the run up to Christmas, and we’ve made it as easy as can be by compiling a handy list of all the places he’ll be setting up his Grotto near you…


Cannon Hall, Barnsley
What’s special? Children will have to pass through the “elf check in” where the hard-working elves will check if children have been naughty or nice!
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The Alhambra Centre, Barnsley

What’s special? Lots of festive singing and dancing is in store, as well as cookies and drinks, whilst the kids await Santa’s entrance (it’s also free!). There’s also a post office staffed by volunteers from Bluebell Wood Children’s Office where kids can send their letters to Santa.

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Worsbrough Mill, Barnsley

What’s special? This year there will also be a Christmas food and gift fair, as well as a chance to take a look inside the workshop where Santa’s elves are making preparations for the big day.

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Meadowhall, Sheffield
What’s special? As well as meeting Santa in his grotto, children can enjoy an “immersive theatrical experience filled with storytelling, stargazing and enchanted encounters” – I’m not quite sure what that entails but it does sound intriguing
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Crystal Peaks, Sheffield

What’s special? You can get into the festive spirit by experiencing a 4D festive film before meeting Santa and his elves.
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Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

What’s special? The gallery will once again transform into the North Pole but the cherry on top is that you can pick a day and timeslot that suits you #noqueueing!
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Bolsover Castle, Chesterfield

What’s special? You get to meet Father Christmas inside a beautifully decorated castle – what more could you want?!

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Market Hall, Chesterfield

What’s special?  Have a chat with Santa and receive a gift in the heart of Chesterfield, and then go and explore the market and get some Christmas shopping in – two birds, one stone!

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Chesterfield Canal, Chesterfield

What’s special? You get to meet Santa on a boat – need we say more??

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Trinity Walk, Wakefield
What’s special? Entry to this grotto is free – donations are welcome and will go to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
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Christkindelmarkt, Leeds
What’s special?  On Saturday and Sunday mornings, you and the little ones can have breakfast with Santa and his elves in the Alp Chalet!
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