Christmas at Thackray


Join Father Christmas on his global adventures

Father Christmas needs your help as he travels the world exploring the different ways people celebrate Christmas and sampling all his favourite foods! Work your way around the museum finding clues, stopping off for some winter crafting and photographs on our very own Thackray sleigh. Then meet Father Christmas for some cosy festive stories and a special gift to take home.

This magical 90-minute experience includes an activity trail around the museum, festive crafts, an audience with Father Christmas plus a gift for each child. Please note that your audience with Father Christmas has been designed to take place one hour after your entry time to allow you to enjoy the museum beforehand.

Booking is essential for this heart-warming festive adventure, suitable for all ages. Due to the nature of the event, these are experience tickets (so annual passes and other museum tickets are not valid) and please note an experience ticket is to be purchased for everyone attending.

BSL Interpreted experiences – Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 December

For sessions booked on these days, the audience with Father Christmas element of the experience will have a BSL interpreter.

Relaxed experiences – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November

Specifically designed for children with additional sensory needs and anyone else who may benefit, these morning sessions will offer a quieter environment and lower capacity. These sessions can be booked separately here.

November 18, 2023 – December 23, 2023

Thackray Medical Museum Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN
Carlton K9 June 24 Gerry Slade photography cropped

June 1, 2024 – June 2, 2024

Carlton Towers, Carlton, Yorkshire DN14 9LZ
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April 25, 2024 – October 31, 2024

Captain Cook Museum, Grape Ln, Whitby YO22 4BA
Himalayan Gardens 5

June 26, 2024 – June 26, 2024

The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, Hutts Lane, Ripon HG4 3DA