Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Welcome to another Christmas!! Last year our Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2017 was the most popular post of the entire year. And rightly so; Christmas is a wonderful time. This year we are spoilt yet again with a variety of fantastic events. Where are you thinking of going this year? This post is going to feature # of the best, big days out and events. They’ll be even more – our Sheffield grottos list is up, but they’ll be top markets, theatre & shows, and many more lists so make sure you’re subscribedTop 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Some of these top days out also come with a little mini review from real parents. Thank you to everyone who sent them in over on our community group. Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Events are listed in order with date starting with soonest-latest towards Christmas.

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure, 25th October* – 7th January

Stockeld Park have it all. After dark, park is lit up and becomes a magical Christmas wonderland. A Christmas Day out at Stockeld Park is one that is very raved about and popular with families of all ages. Open 10.30am-8.30pm there is a covered real ice rink, woodland cafe, Nordik ski trail, illuminated enchanted forest and maze, santas grotto and much more. All activities cost £16 per person, or can be booked individually.  Check dates as some days in November are not open*.

Olivia’s review: “We see santa here every year. We do the enchanted walk when all the playareas are open when we arrive, then have a hot chocolate and warm up while we watch the ice skaters, then see Santa. We never feel rushed when you’re in with him, the photo is fab and they let you take your own as well as buy one. Then we do the walk again in the dark when its all lit up. We love it its our Christmas tradition. For the walk and santa for 5 of us its about £50. The Christmas decoration shop is lovely for a look around too. 5/5″

Chatsworth House at Christmas – Once Upon a Time, from 10th November-6th January

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Christmas at Chatsworth is a very magical time and one of the most talked about days out of the season.

Storytellers with the air of the Pied Piper will roam the halls enchanting visitors young and old as scenes from a selection of favourite tales leap off the pages, from classics like Snow White and Cinderella to contemporary stories like James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web. A family trail is available. Timed ticketing in place. Christmas adult tickets are £25, Christmas child £15 and include House/Garden/Farmyard admission.

Kirsty recommends this day out & tells us, “last year’s house was incredible. My son was absolutely in awe. In fact, we went 3 times during the Christmas season! His favourite bits were the interaction from people as characters – they were so involved and got him involved too – and the story corner in the Green Room where we read some of the stories by Charles Dickens on a pit-stoo during the tour.  The previous year, they had ballet dancers and a few people playing music in the main hall with the stairs. We watched for ages and Finlay wanted his photo with the ballet dancers after they had finished. It was very magical! I can’t wait to see how they use their theme this year!”

Chatsworth Christmas markets are free and on from 16 November 2018–4 December 2018. Car parking charges apply.

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Wentworth Garden Centre and family farm, Rotherham, Christmas shop open now.

The place to go for your Christmas decorations! Wentworth Garden Centre is a beautiful place during winter, with 16  acres of lawns and beautiful gardens all Christmassy. The Christmas displays and gifts are so picturesque and well worth seeing. At the family farm is a Christmas grotto open daily from December 22nd, and weekends from 17th November. Santa arrives on his horse drawn carriage on 17th November at 10:45am. Father Christmas is priced at £10.95 per child and includes a present and entry into the Family Farm for up to 2 adults and a child.

A 12m x 22m super-glide rink Festive ice rink open daily from 17th November at 45 minute sessions. Penguin skate aids are included and full skate hire at Under 3′s £2.00, Children £4.50 and Adults £6.00.

Santa, Elves & Sleigh Bells at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre. 17th November-24th December

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Eric and his grandma at santas grotto, tropical butterfly house

We love it here, it’s a lovely day out and the Santa’s grotto is decorated beautifully!  Santa and his Elves will be at The Tropical Butterfly House on the following weekends:- November 17th, 18th, November 24th and 25th; then in December between 10.00am-4.30pm on the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th.

Meet Santa in his Grotto, Take a Tractor Sleigh Ride, Visit the Elf Craft Room and take part in our animal encounters. Enter the Christmas Jumper Competition or visit Rexy the T-rex. Plus outdoor play, tropical house and more.

Rufford Abbey Christmas Weekend, 17th-18th November

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Free entrance! Only £3.50 to park at the Christmas weekend at Rufford Abbey Country Park. Get into the festive spirit at our first Christmas event of the season. With unique gift opportunities with a selection of craft stalls, located in the courtyard… “we also have hot food, from wood fired pizza, hot dogs and hot turkey rolls with all the trimmings and a licensed bar serving mulled wine in our entertainment Zone Located on the Abbey Turning Circle”.

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Sundown Adventureland Night Before Christmas. Daily from 17th November

Sundown Adventureland at Christmas with toddlers
Sundown Adventureland at Christmas with toddlers

Sundown Adventureland is a unique theme park just for under 5’s. There is so much to do there, it’s a pretty fantastic place! And Christmas at Sundown Adventureland is one of the best Christmas days out for toddlers in the area. Think Christmas rides, Santa’s grotto, festive disco, decorations and more.

Ticket prices are £14.50 for adults, £16.50 for kids over 90cm and £3 for children under 90cm. Price includes admission to the whole park and on all the rides, indoor play and Santa visit. Book for a Santa visit slot.

The Twelve Days of Christmas at Castle Howard, York. Saturday 17th November – Monday 31st December 

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Lots going on at Castle Howard this year. “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.” Book online for 10% off. Prices are over 4’s £11, £19.50 adults, under 4’s free.

The 12 Days of Christmas’ includes a fun indoor Children’s trail. Outside enjoy the Christmas markets, garden centre, farm shop and more. There is a drop in santas grotto daily, or you can book in advance for An Enchanted Evening with Father Christmas. 

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

 

Wish Upon A Star at Meadowhall, Sheffield – Wednesday 21st November – Chistmas eve

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Wish Upon A Star Elves will transport you and your children to a snowy Wishmas Wonderland. An immersive theatrical experience filled with storytelling, stargazing and enchanted encounters. Children can craft their own Wishmas star to take to Santa in his grotto. Children are £6.00 booked online (+60p booking fee per ticket) for a 40 minute experience. No walk up slots available, make sure you book online!

Lotherton’s Christmas Experience, 23rd November-23rd December

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

“Steeped in Christmas magic and excitement. Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk through the Captains Wood around the estate, make the turtle doves fly, walk through the five gold rings and be one of our drummers drumming! Uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden. Visit Santa in the North Pole and meet our elves helping in their workshop. Marvel in the splendor of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery. Wander down to the Elf Village where young ones can join the elves in making craft activities or listen to stories, and everyone can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or warm snack under our twinkling canopy.”

Tickets start from £7 an adult and £14.45 a child, both with North Pole visits and general admission.

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Santa Underground at National Coal Mining Museum for England. Weekends from 24 November then daily from 17th December.

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

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. There is an indoor play area in the museum, adventure playgrounds, nature trail and cafe.

Prices: Child £7.50 (incl gift and certificate), Adults £5.50, Booking Fee £2

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Magna Family Christmas Fayre, Rotherham 24th-25th November

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Magna’s Family Christmas Fayre 2018 will include a santas grotto this year. The fayre is open Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November 2018 10am-4pm with over 60 stalls, family entertainment, plus entry into Magna and outside play areas. 2.50 per adult and includes one free child. Additional children are £1. Free parking. Grotto costs an additional £4.95 per child and includes small child’s gift.

Read Kirsty’s review of the fayre from 2017 here.

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Sheffield Christmas Trail, Santa’s Post Office & Christmas Markets

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A new Christmas trail is coming to Sheffield this year with the help of Breary Bear. The Sheffield Christmas Trail will run from 24 November – 24 December. You’ll be able to use the Sheffield Christmas Trail app or Brearley’s Little Book of Clues to help complete the trail across shops in the City Centre to receive a free gift.

Combine this with a visit to the free Santa’s Post Office and Sheffield Christmas Markets with a grotto in the peace gardens for the ultimate festive day out.

Piglets Adventure Farm, York. 24th November-24th December.

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

A truly unforgettable Christmas experience at Piglets Adventure Farm, with Elf Airline Sleigh Rides, meeting Santa in his grotto, getting the golden key to Santa’s Toyshop and lots more. Jump aboard the Magical Sleigh Ride to Santa’s Woodland Village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience. Includes new story time show, free mince pie & mulled drink for adults and entry to the farm/playgrounds. Tickets start at £10.95 with sleigh ride for children and £7.95 for adults.

Heather’s review: “We went to piglets adventure farm last year and absolutely loved it! The staff put a lot of effort in to make it seem authentic and inclusive! The toys you got to pick from were of good quality – my little girl still plays with the tractor she picked! We also had to change our booking twice for different reasons and the staff were very understanding and accommodating for us which meant we didn’t need to miss out!

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Santa Specials at Kirklees Light Railway, Selected dates 1st December- 24th December

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

A festive train ride to Santa’s grotto, where he’ll be waiting with a sack full of presents for the children! Adults are treated to a mince pie and hot drink or festive tipple whilst waiting to see Santa. Children can write letters to Santa, be entertained by the elves or brave the playground outside. Adults £15, 1-2 years £14 with gift. £9 for under 12 months. Prices change for twilight specials & Christmas weekend, check here. Many are sold out so be quick!

Zoe visited last year and told us, “We have been to Kirklees light railway for the last few years and have booked to go again this year. The staff are great from booking all The way until you leave. The train ride to ‘the North Pole’ is lovely and cosy with Christmas carols playing and the tunnel is decorated with Christmas lights. You are called to see Santa by the name of your carriage so while you are waiting you can go and sit in the marquee area which has mulled wine and mince pies for adults and biscuits, juice and colouring pages for the children. Lots of photo opportunities with elves walking about and Santa is absolutely amazing so friendly and he has a real beard.

The grotto is decorated differently each year (last year or the year before it was an old fashioned sweet shop). You can take your own photos which seems to be rare. The presents are fantastic quality and come in fabric bag instead of wrapping paper. We go on the last train on Christmas Eve so that includes a sing a long with Santa and a small firework display and Santa waves goodbye from the station. There is also a barbecue food cabin that sells hot dogs etc and hot drinks. A tip would be to make sure you have cash if you want to buy anything as there is no card machine at Shelley station.” Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

YWP Christmas Fair 2018 at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, 8th-9th December, 15th-15th December

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Enjoy a festive day out at Yorkshire Wildlife Park where admission includes the Christmas fair and all the park. They’ll be lots of Christmas rides at the fair, food, drink and stalls to browse. £12.50 adults and children £10.50, annual pass members free. Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Elves Workshop at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley. Selected weekends in December

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Meet Santa’s mischievous elves at Cannon Hall Farm and enjoy a truly amazing festive adventure. “Santa’s elves have moved from the North Pole to our custom built Elves Workshop in this truly magical experience that is sure to delight and dazzle. Every child visiting the Elves Workshop will be led through the experience by a team of diligent elves. There will be plenty of chances to join in a sing-a-long as well as learning the top tips for being a great elf in our brand new Elf School. This half hour experience will allow children to finish in the Workshop where they can choose which teddy they’d like to make to take home and keep, then join the elves on the production line to make it!”

Prices £19.95 per child, adults £6.95 under 2’s £13.95. This does not include the grotto which is a different event (see below).

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Meet Santa at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley. Weekends in early December, daily from 27th December.

Visit Santa at Cannon Hall Farm and enjoy an enchanting grotto experience. Every child visiting Santa will be given a passport to the North Pole, and will make their way through our elf check in… “Our diligent elves will check if children have been naughty or nice – and to make doubly sure children will have to pass through the special elf check-in scanner. They can then make their way to our magical grotto to meet Santa himself. A high quality gift is included”. £14.95 child, adult £6.95.

Magical Makers Emporium at Kelham Island Museum, 1st December & 2nd December.

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

This year’s Kelham Island Museum Christmas Market, now known as the Magical Makers Emporium, is looking to focus on the heritage and future of making in Sheffield. 

Santa will be at Kelham Island Museum Christmas markets on December 1st and 2nd. Magical Makers Emporium will feature over 120 stalls, food, family crafts, carnival workshops, performers stage and much more. Adults cost £6 into the markets, and last year the grotto was an additional £3 per child. There is real reindeer!

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Enchanted at Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster. 6th December – 22nd December

Best Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

A magical after dark experience suitable for all ages. Take a trail through the fairy themed wonderland where you can meet a talking cedar tree, illuminated archways and enchanted gardens. At the end of the trail is a traditional fairground, food and drink stalls and BBQ. Inside the hall is a Santa’s grotto, with 45 minute long sessions which are essential to book on early. NEW for 2018: don’t miss ‘Fungi-topia’ the magical illuminated giant sized fairy toadstools, the perfect place to have your photo taken.

Or have a go at making music with ‘Halo’ – a 3 meter tall interactive light and sound installation which responds to touch. £12 adult non member and £7.50 for 5-17 years.

and don’t miss An Audience with Father Christmas at Brodsworth Hall, Sat 1 – Sun 9 Dec 2018, weekends only. Gather around the Christmas tree for a story with Santa. Each child receives a gift. Selected time slots of 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. £5 per child (normal entry to Brodsworth Hall applies).


Phew, anyone christmas-ed out yet?!

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018


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Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

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