Santa’s making his list and as we get closer to the big day there is the opportunity to meet the man himself at some imaginative locations.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway: The Santa Express is a 75-minute journey where the man himself will visit children for a chat and a present. His helpers will also be on board telling Christmas stories and adults can enjoy a mince pie, hot drink and alcoholic tipple. They run on selected dates from Dec 1-23, nymr.co.uk
National Coal Mining Museum: Meet Santa in his cosy grotto 140m below the surface. Mini miners get to have a chat and receive a gift and a certificate. Children under five, who are not normally admitted, can go underground to meet Santa. The grotto is open on selected dates until Dec 23, ncm.org.uk
York Castle Museum: Step back in time to a Victorian Christmas and a special Christmas trail. Activities include gingerbread making and crafts and Father Christmas is waiting with a traditional gift. Selected dates to Dec 23. New this year are evening dates, 4.30pm-7.30pm. Yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Thorp Perrow Arboretum: Follow the festive trail into the woods to find Santa in his cosy grotto. His elves guide young visitors through the Winter Wonderland to Santa’s log cabin home for a chat and a gift. Open from Dec 8-24 with special Autism Friendly slots on Dec 20. To book a slot go to thorpperrow.com
Cannon Hall Farm: Tuck into breakfast or lunch with Father Christmas at the farm’s Santa Specials. Every child will be given a personalised passport to the North Pole to meet Santa for a gift. Elves will check if children have been naughty or nice – with their special elf check-in scanner. Available through Dec, cannonhallfarm.co.uk