Where to see Santa in 2018 - 27/11/18

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

  • Tuesdays - Fridays from 27th Nov - 21st Dec.
  • Saturdays & Sundays from Sat 10th - Sun 23rd Dec.
  • Christmas Eve until 2pm. 

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 13. 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 

This year, you can get a limited time tour to see Santa in his magical grotto! Santa's personal assistants will take you behind the scenes in this grand tour where you'll get to meet Santa and, if you show your backstage pass, then you can enter his toy shop to pick your own gift. 

The tour takes 30-40 minutes and includes an interactive journey before meeting Santa in his grotto and receiving a gift.

VIP Tickets are £12.50  for children and £6.25 for those under 12 months.



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 - Breakfast with Santa

Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1JR

1, 8, 15, 21, 22 December9am – 10am, 10am – 11am, 11am – 12pm

Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for Breakfast. With his special elves on hand, Santa will meet all the children tell a story and give them early Christmas present!

Admission is free but you must book in advance from Customer Services by email or telephone. Limited spaces are available.


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 latest L.O.L doll they’re absolutely desperate to unwrap on Christmas Day.