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Stories with Santa in the Courtyard Grotto

Fri Dec 4 Wed Dec 23

Stories with Santa in the Courtyard Grotto

It has now been confirmed that North Yorkshire will be a Tier 2 region following the end of the national lockdown on 2nd December. For Castle Howard, this is good news as it means that our Father Christmas events and extended Courtyard opening can go ahead, however our thoughts go out to those organisations and individuals who find themselves in Tier 3 and have had to change their plans.

This event has now sold out, apologies for any disappointment caused.

Come and join us for a magical storytelling event here in the historic Courtyard of Castle Howard. Meet Santa’s helpers as they guide you through into our festive library, where children will get to meet Santa and settle down to hear a brand new, enchanting winter’s tale ‘The Snowflake’ by popular children’s author Benji Davies.

Each child will receive a book to take home, along with a Christmas activity pack. The special post box to the North Pole will be ready to receive children’s letters, so do bring them along too. Santa’s Grotto is produced in partnership with Castle Howard, Engine House Theatre and Story Craft Theatre; two of the region’s well-loved children’s theatre companies.

Please Note. Only 2 bubble groups will be permitted to visit Father Christmas in his grotto time slot. Each booking should only consist of one family bubble/support group. You should not book for families from 2 different households to attend the grotto in the same booking. If you are wanting to attend the grotto with individuals from another household, they should book separately but for the same time slot (subject to availability). All children must have a valid ticket.

A max of two accompanying adult tickets will be offered per booking. If you require an additional adult ticket for another in your household bubble/support group then please book the 2 tickets and then use the contact us link in your confirmation email to request the additional adult ticket.

Santa’s Grotto tickets do not include grounds admission.

£15.00 per child (plus booking fee), £13 per child for members, accompanying adults are free of charge.

Each Grotto session will last approximately 15 minutes.

Available Dates

  • Friday 4th December (slots from 3pm – 7pm)
  • Saturday 5th December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
  • Sunday 6th December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
  • Friday 11th December (slots from 3pm – 7pm)
  • Saturday 12th December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
  • Sunday 13th December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
  • Friday 18th December (slots from 3pm – 7pm)
  • Saturday 19th December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
  • Sunday 20th December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
  • Monday 21st December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
  • Tuesday 22nd December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)
  • Wednesday 23rd December (slots from 1pm – 7pm)

In previous years this event has been a walk-up event however this year due to COVID-19 we have decided to make this a pre-sale event in order to manage capacity.


Fri, December 4 2020
Wed, December 23 2020
£13 – £15
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Castle Howard

York, YO60 7DA United Kingdom
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