The Best Places to See Santa Near Bradford in 2017 - 17/11/17

Christmas is just around the corner and the jolly man with the sackful of gifts, the flowing white beard and a taste for mince pies and brandy will be making his way around West Yorkshire soon. If your kids are desperate to meet Father Christmas and put in their gift requests in person, here are the best places to see Santa near Bradford this year.


Woodbank Nurseries

Harden Rd, Harden, Bingley BD16 1BE

  • Every day except Mondays and Fridays from 11th November
  • Every day except Mondays in December, until 17th.
  • All week from 18th December to Christmas Eve

Wander around the animated Santa Land exhibit at Woodbank Nurseries in Harden, near Bingley, on the way to meet the big man himself. Kids cost £7.50 each, which includes a gift for those aged up to 10. There is a limit of four children and two adults per group. Adults who wish to take a look around the exhibits without youngsters can pay £2 for the privilege, but won’t receive a present. 

Tong Garden Centre

Tong Ln, Tong Village, Bradford BD4 0RY 

  • Weekends only from 18th November to 3rd December
  • Wednesdays to Sundays from 6th to 17th December
  • All week from 18th December to Christmas Eve

Entry for kids over a year old is between £10 and £12.50 at Tong Garden Centre’s Santa’s Grotto, depending on when you visit, and they will receive a gift. A maximum of two adults can visit for free with any child. Tickets for under one-year-olds cost between £5 and £6.25, with a token gift included.

Kirkgate Shopping Centre

Kirkgate, Bradford BD1 1TQ

  • Every day from 18th November to Christmas Eve

Billing itself as ‘Bradford’s only free Santa’s Grotto’, you can drop in to the Kirkgate Shopping Centre in Bradford City Centre for a photo and a chat with the man in red. It opens between noon and 3pm most days, with occasional extra hours in the run-up to the big day.

Broadway Shopping Centre

Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1JR

  • Every day until Christmas Eve

Santa’s positioned himself by Debenhams in the Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford and is waiting for you to pay him a visit. It costs £6.50 per child, with a gift included, and the chance to buy additional keepsakes and photographs too. Pop in between 9am and 7pm between Monday and Saturday, open late till 8pm on Thursday, with Sunday opening running from 11am till 5pm.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Catch the train at Keighley, Haworth or Oxenhope stations 

  • Weekends until Christmas Eve 

Catch the magical Santa Special steam train as it parades up and down this scenic line. There’s sherry for the adults and mince pies for all, with children receiving a gift from Santa. Entertainers work their way through the carriages, as does the grumpy Mr Scrooge, but he’s soon on his way if the boos ring out loud enough!

It costs £18 for adults and children of three and over, with tickets for those between 6 months and 3 years coming in at £8.50.

Shipley Glen Tramway

Glen Rise, Baildon, Shipley BD17 5DD

  • Weekends in December (not Christmas Eve)
  • 26th, 30th, 31st December and 1st January too

Hop on this beautiful tram, easily accessible from Roberts Park in Saltaire, and make your way up Shipley Glen in style. For £5 you get the ride and a present when your child meets Santa at the top.


Of course, Santa is well in demand at this time of year, so make sure you contact the venues ahead of your visit to check availability and potential waiting times. No one wants to be stuck in a three-hour queue with a toddler desperate to tell Saint Nick all about the intricacies of the PJ Masks merchandise they’re absolutely desperate to unwrap on Christmas Day.