Have a magical Christmas with a visit to see Santa

7th November 2023

Dive into the magic of Christmas with a visit to see Santa 

It isn’t Christmas without paying a visit to Santa. Although he is hard at work getting ready for Christmas with help from Mrs Claus and his team of elves, he’s taking some time out to see you in Leeds. There are lots of opportunities to come and say hello. Find out more below… 

Christmas Market, Leeds Corn Exchange - Tom Martin (20)

Meet Santa at Leeds Christmas Market
1 to 22 December. 5:00-5:30pm Monday to Friday and 1:00-1:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays
As part of the NEW Leeds Christmas Markets, Santa will be calling into Leeds Corn Exchange this December to open the giant advent calendar! Pop down to the gorgeous Corn Exchange to see what’s behind the door that day and Santa might even give you a gift too.
A visit to Santa is free and has no ticket requirement. 

Visit Father Christmas at White Rose Shopping Centre
10 November to 24 December, 10am – 6pm 
Santa’s Grotto returns to White Rose this year with an extra festive twist. The little ones can board The White Rose Express, the unique grotto held in a vintage train carriage, for a magical meet-and-greet with Santa. They will also leave with a gift to keep the Christmas magic alive!
A visit to Santa costs £6 per child in addition to a booking fee.
Reserve your ticket on the White Rose website.  

Santa at DoubleTree by Hilton
Every Saturday and Sunday in December, between 11am and 6pm
Come along and meet Santa outside DoubleTree by Hilton’s Snow Globe! Find him in the outdoor area and have a magical, festive experience down by the waterside.
A meet-and-greet with Santa costs £15 and is valid for up to three children to visit.
Book your ticket.  

Meet Santa at The Mansion. Roundhay

Greet Santa at The Mansion, Roundhay Park
25 November to 23 December, sessions at 12 noon, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm 
Santa Claus is once again setting up his Secret Yorkshire HQ office in The Mansion! Santa and his team will be arriving in Roundhay Park, bringing along all their post bags and plenty of festive cheer. Santa will be making time to meet with children and their families, and the little ones can also indulge in a delightful children’s afternoon tea. As a special treat, every child will be able to take a wonderful Christmas present home with them to remember the occasion, as well as being able to take a picture with Santa.  
Tickets are priced at £19.95 per adult, £24.95 per child, and £11.00 for 12 months and under.
Find out more.  

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton
25 November to 7 January  
Meet Santa and his elves and do some crafting with Mrs Claus as part of The Christmas Experience at Lotherton. A magical journey that promises something for all the family! Explore the Christmas Traditions Woodland Walk and Fairy Dell, or warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine whilst browsing the Christmas stalls on a weekend visit.
A Christmas Experience ticket costs £6.00 per child or £5.00 with a Breeze Pass.
Book your ticket.  

Christmas at Temple Newsam
Every Saturday and Sunday, and 21st December (closed Christmas Eve)
The beautifully decorated house will get you in the festive mood with an array of crafts, activities and more available throughout December. Meet Father Christmas with options for a relaxed session including for baby’s first Christmas. New for 2023, meet Mrs Claus in an interactive experience to help her get Temple Newsam ready for Christmas. Enjoy a mulled wine, mince pie and hot chocolates in the pop up café too.
Book your ticket.

Santa at The Candy Cane Club at the Merrion Centre.
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 24th December
Follow your nose to The Candy Cane Club at the Merrion Centre to find Santa, his helpers & all of their presents! At The Candy Cane Club you can enjoy a visit with Santa, maybe you’ll choose to get a present & definitely take lots of photos in our sugary sweet wonderland at The Merrion Centre this year.
Book your ticket. 


Find out more about other Christmas activities happening in Leeds here.  You can also discover Christmas shopping in Leeds and other activities to entertain both children and adults. 

  • * This blog was originally posted in December 2022 and has been updated for 2023.