Magical Santa’s Grottos to visit in and around Huddersfield this Christmas

What would the run-up to Christmas for any Christian child – or atheist child who enjoys Christmas anyway – be without a trip to Santa’s Grotto?

For kids who believe in Father Christmas, meeting Santa is a magical experience. For those who don’t and who realise it’s a bloke wearing a red and white suit, it’s still enjoyable. After all, it’s the chance to get a present before Christmas in earnest – although it probably won’t be that PS5 you’ve been mithering Dad for.

Here is a selection of Santa’s grotto events and events with Santa’s grottos in and around Huddersfield. There’s a chance to meet Papa Noel after a themed ride on a miniature railway or an opportunity to see the Bearded One 140 metres underground at the National Coal Mining Museum.

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Some events are free, some are inexpensive and some require deeper pockets. Generally, the more you pay the more there is to see and do. Prices don’t always include a gift and you may have to pay extra so Oliver and Olivia don’t leave empty-handed. Christmas is all above giving, right?

Here there are in date order.

Mirfield Christmas Fair

When: November 21

Where:Mirfield Community Centre, Water Royd Lane, WF14 9SG

Cost: free

What to expect: Christmas market

More info:here

Santa Underground

When: November 26 to December 24

Where: National Coal Mining Museum, New Road, Overton WF4 4RH

Cost: From £8

What to expect: Meet Santa in a unique, atmospheric grotto 140m underground. They’ll be plenty of presents for good children – and even more coal for naughty nippers.

More info:here

Santa Express

When: November 26 to December 24

Where: Whistlestop Valley, Park Mill Way, Clayton West HD8 9XJ

Cost: From £12.95

What to expect: A return trip onboard the Santa Express from Clayton West to ‘Shelley North Pole’ plus a one-on-one meeting with Santa plus a gift for an extra £12. Fairground rides, ice cream, hot food and edible gifts for children.

More info please:here

Santa at Eureka!

When: weekends from November 26 to December 23

Where: Eureka!, Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE

Cost: £6 including gift

What to expect: The ‘snuggliest grotto in town’ and Father Christmas himself.

More info please:here

Victorian Fair

When: November 27 (from 11am)

Where: Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, HD5 8DJ


What to expect: Craft stalls, unique gifts and refreshments.

More info please:here

Santa’s Magic Button

When: December 3 to 24

Where: Cannon Hall Farm, Bark Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT

Cost: From £11 incl booking fee. Babies go free.

What to expect: Help Father Christmas find his lost magic buttons and receive a toy from his toy factory. Meet the famous farm’s reindeer including Prince and Roger.

More info please:here

Holmfirth Civic Hall Christmas Extravaganza

When: December 3 (from 10.30am)

Where: Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 3AS

Cost: £5.50 incl booking fee

What to expect: Meet Santa and receive a present. Gifts and crafts at Fleur and Grey’s Christmas Market and food at the festive café.

More info please:here

Santa in Honley

When: December 3 (10am – 4pm)

Where: Honley Conservative Club, 8 St Mary’s Square, Honley HD9 6BA

Cost: £3

What to expect: Gift, ‘elf selfie’, face painting, teddy tombola, street entertainment and sweets giveaway

More info please:here

Oakwell Hall

When: December 3 – 4 (from 10am)

Where: Oakwell Hall, Nova Lane, Birstall WF17 9LF

Cost: £5

What to expect: Visit Santa in the hall. The barn and courtyard will be filled with a variety of unique gift ideas, decorations and treats.

More info please:here

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