11 Best Santa’s Grottos in and around Sheffield 2017

11 Best Santa’s Grottos in and around Sheffield 2017

There are so many fantastic festive events this year for families in Yorkshire, do check our best Christmas days out list here for 30 great days out. This list has 11 Best Santa’s Grottos in and around Sheffield 2017 so you and your little one’s can find the perfect place to meet the man himself. Don’t forget your cameras! Ho, Ho, HO!

Please note: once I published this blog post, I had it sadly confirmed that two grotto’s (both very popular in previous years; Atkinsons’ and Meadowhall) were not on this year. Both of them were included in this list, and had to be taken out. At the moment, I’m in the process of replacing them with another 2 great Christmas grottos; please bare with me until this post is updated. Thank you.

Santa at Wentworth Garden Centre

Santa is arriving at Wentworth Garden Centre on Saturday 18th November at 10.45AM on a horse drawn carriage from Holy Trinity Church.  He’ll be in his workshop each weekend until Sunday 24th December with late night opening times available. Check the times here.

Santa at Those Cherished Moments, Hillsborough

From December 2nd, those cherished moments shop in Hillsborough will be transformed into a magical Santa’s grotto with magical lights, decorations and Father Christmas. It’s open every weekend running up to Christmas 11am-4pm, and it’s only £5.00 to see Santa (includes a gift). There will be gifts on sale, lunch, non-alcoholic mulled wine, fresh popcorn, tuck shop and more.

Santa’s reindeer parade at Meadowhall

11 Best Santa's Grottos in and around Sheffield 2017
11 Best Santa's Grottos in and around Sheffield 2017
11 Best Santa's Grottos in and around Sheffield 2017
11 Best Santa's Grottos in and around Sheffield 2017

PLEASE NOTE: This has since been edited as it did include the Santa’s grotto (which Meadowhall have done in previous years) but after publishing this got the confirmation that there is no grotto this year. I am keeping the parade included in this list but please note there is no grotto.

Don’t miss the free Santa’s puppet reindeer parade running daily from 22nd November-18th December which is a magical experience and free with no booking necessary. At the parade you can follow santa and festive characters through Meadowhall in the lower arcade. On the 20th December there is a chance to have a meet and greet with santa.


Santa’s grotto at Sheffield Christmas Markets


Open daily from November 15th Until Christmas Eve, the Santa’s grotto at Sheffield Christmas Markets is in the city centre at the top of Fargate. Opening times are:  10am-6:00pm Sunday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm Thursday-Saturday. Prices last year were £4.50 a child and with photo at £7.50 including a gift.

Crystal Peaks Christmas Grotto

This year’s theme is gingerbread man and there is a gingerbread craft room to keep kids busy. Children can meet santa, receive a gift, make an elf hat and this year, a brand new skate rink is at Crystal Peaks. Prices for santa start at £5.50 child including a gift and skating rink priced separately.

Santa Underground at National Coal Mining Museum For England

On selected dates from 25th November-23rd December. Santa’s grotto is underground down at the National Coal Mining Museum which promises to be a very unique and festive experience! The grotto is 140m underground with mini miners and their friends. There are time slots throughout the day which are on the hour and on the half hour. Children under 5 are free and welcome to go underground, too. Visits to Santa include a gift.

Weston Park Museum Santa’s Grotto, Sheffield, throughout December

On Saturdays throughout December Santa will be at Weston park museum in the igloo at arctic world gallery, waiting for children to meet him. The museum is free and timed tickets to see Santa have to be bought from the reception at £6 a child which includes a gift.

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley Santa special

Santa Special at Cannon Hall Farm
Santa Special at Cannon Hall Farm

Selected days throughout December this Santa special includes breakfast or lunch with Santa on timed slots, trailer rides, singalong with elves, reindeer, personalised passports from the North Pole and much more. Prices start from £16.95 pp and include the breakfast or lunch, farm entry and Santa Special experience.

Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield

Santa, Elves & Sleigh bells at Tropical Butterfly House with Santa’s grotto on selected dates in December: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 20-24th, 10am – 4:30pm, normal admission and admission includes santas grotto.

Families can enjoy a Christmas tractor ride, farm barn nativity scene, animal encounters, elf workshop and more. All activities and play areas included in admission as well as santa’s grotto visit.

Christmas At Eureka!


Santa’s grotto at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is the best-rated grotto by Netmums. The museum in Halifax has the Santa’s grotto on daily from 30th November to 20th December and is included in admission prices. If you have already visited the museum this year and have an annual pass; this means a visit to the grotto is free! Children can meet the friendliest elves in town, see santa himself and receive a gift (for an extra £2)

Looking for more grotto’s and Christmas days out? Don’t forget to check our top 30 Christmas days out for 2017 in and around South Yorkshire here!

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