Santa in York: Father Christmas at Castle Howard


An Audience with Father Christmas © Andy Bulmer
At the risk of annoyed parents bombarding me with baubles the next time I step out of the front door, we’re talking about Christmas again. Hear me out: the Audience with Father Christmas event at Castle Howard is usually a sell-out, so if I don’t tell you about it now then you might miss out.

Castle Howard is beautiful at any time of year, but at Christmas, with all the lights and decorations, it’s really magical. Children can join Father Christmas by the roaring log fire in the Grecian Hall as he entertains with stories, songs and some magic tricks from his wizard friend WonderPhil. All children will receive a personalised invitation in advance and a beautifully wrapped and individually labelled present from Father Christmas. Ho ho ho!

An audience with Father Christmas – Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December, Saturday 19th to Wednesday 23 December – Various times available throughout the day – £20 per child (including entry to house & grounds; accompanying adults will need to buy a standard admission ticket) – pre-booking necessary; visit the website

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