Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical memory-making Christmas experience.

The excitement begins with Santa’s jolly elves giving each child their own festive activity pack. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine whilst the children are busy writing a letter to Santa and a wish to hang on the Christmas tree. Don’t forget to visit Mother Shipton’s Post Office to stamp and send off your letter to Santa!

If you are feeling creative, you can decorate a gingerbread man for an additional cost. Hot drinks and mince pies are also available. To fuel Santa’s reindeer as they fly all over the world, they will need some food. Fill a bag with magical food to take home and scatter.

Acorn the Toymaker will be working hard to make lots of toys for children this Christmas. Help Acorn to make some traditional wooden toys to fill up Santa’s sleigh before his Christmas Eve journey. As you venture through breathtaking surroundings, immerse yourself in Christmas wonder with Holly Berry the Storyteller who will read you an enchanting tale.

And then to the main event: Chief Elf Chestnut has the important task of warming you up before entering the stunning grotto that leads you through to meet Santa. Receive a very special gift and have a photo taken, which will then be available to buy in the Christmas Shop alongside an array of wonderful gifts and decorations.

PLEASE NOTE – Only part of the park near the main entrance is open for this event. Visitors WILL NOT have access to the Cave, Petrifying Well, or adventure playground.

Tickets to see Santa can be purchased ONLINE ONLY, selected dates from 1st to 24th December. Mother Shipton’s will also be hosting a Champion Day on 30th November for children and adults who would prefer a quieter, more relaxed visit to Santa with no bright lights or loud noises.


OPENING DATES AND TIMES

The dates we are open are highlighted on this calendar. The dedicated Champion Day will be held on 30th November. Tickets can be booked every 15 minutes. Times vary depending on the day you would like to visit.

PRICES

30th November to 15th December
Adult: £6
Child: £19.50
Under 1: £10.00

20th December to 23rd December
Adult: £7
Child: £21.50
Under 1: £11.00

24th December
Adult: £8
Child: £22.50
Under 1: £12.00

Please note: Parking is NOT available during Christmas opening hours. Visitors can park at Conyngham Hall which is across from the entrance to Mother Shipton’s. Information about Conyngham Hall can be found here: https://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/visitor-info/conyngham-hall-long-stay-car-park-p1272601

2018 Christmas Experience Reviews

Little Vikings: https://little-vikings.co.uk/review-mother-shiptons-christmas-experience/

Mumbler: https://harrogate.mumbler.co.uk/mumbler-reviews-mother-shiptons-christmas-experience/

A Yorkshire Girl: https://ayorkshiregirl.com/?p=1272

Girls Around Harrogate: http://gaharrogate.co.uk/santa-at-mother-shiptons-cave/

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FAQs

WHERE CAN I PARK?
Visitors can park at Conyngham Hall which is across from the entrance to Mother Shipton’s. We DO NOT have parking facilities on site during the Christmas event. Information about Conyngham Hall can be found here: https://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/visitor-info/conyngham-hall-long-stay-car-park-p1272601

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE?
The excitement begins with Santa’s jolly elves giving each child their own festive activity pack. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine whilst the children are busy writing a letter to Santa and a wish to hang on the Christmas tree. Don’t forget to visit Mother Shipton’s Post Office to stamp and send off your letter to Santa! If you are feeling creative, you can decorate a gingerbread man for an additional cost. Hot drinks and mince pies are also available. To fuel Santa’s reindeer as they fly all over the world, they will need some food. Fill a bag with magical food to take home and scatter. Acorn the Toymaker will be working hard to make lots of toys for children this Christmas. Help Acorn to make some traditional wooden toys to fill up Santa’s sleigh before his Christmas Eve journey. As you venture through breathtaking surroundings, immerse yourself in Christmas wonder with Holly Berry the Storyteller who will read you an enchanting tale. And then to the main event: Chief Elf Chestnut has the important task of warming you up before entering the stunning grotto that leads you through to meet Santa. Receive a very special gift and have a photo taken, which will then be available to buy in the Christmas Shop alongside an array of wonderful gifts and decorations.

IS MOTHER SHIPTON’S CAVE OPEN DURING THE CHRISTMAS EVENT?
No, only part of the site is open for the event. Visitors WILL NOT have access to Mother Shipton’s Cave, Petrifying Well or adventure playground.

CAN I PURCHASE A CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE TICKET IN-STORE OR ON THE DAY?
No, we can only accept online bookings in advance. Bookings can be made up until midnight on the evening before a visit.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE?
Please arrive half an hour before your booked time slot. This ensures you have enough time for the festive activities before your slot to see Santa.

IS THE EVENT UNDERCOVER?
Santa’s Grotto is located inside, however, the rest of the event is outside. We recommend you wrap up warm with sensible footwear.

ARE DOGS ALLOWED?
Dogs are NOT allowed in any area of the site during Christmas opening hours.

WHAT FACILITIES DO YOU OFFER?
Toilets with baby changing facilities.
Food and drink with sheltered outdoor seating on picnic benches.
Gift Shop.

Posted Wed 21 Aug 2019

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