If you’ve never been to Holgate Windmill, you really should. It’s one of York’s hidden gems, nestled among residential streets, and a quirky place to visit with kids (ours have been talking about it ever since we went a couple of months back). What better time to visit than at Christmas, when a very well known white-bearded, red-suited gent will be greeting children at the top of the windmill?
Father Christmas will be bringing his sack of presents to Holgate Windmill on Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th and Saturday 10th December from 2 to 4 pm, and Sunday 11th December from 10am to 12 and 2 to 4 pm. It costs £5 per child, with accompanying adults enjoying the fun for free. Mince pies, mulled apple juice and free craft activities will keep everyone entertained all the way up this unique grotto.
Top tips: On-street parking in the area is free. There are a lot of ladders, making it unsuitable for wheelchair users to get to the top. If you are taking very young children, bear in mind you will need to carry them up and down!
Holgate Windmill, Windmill Rise, Holgate, York YO26 4TX