Murton Park presents

Santa’s Staycation

Murton Park

Experience the enchantment of Santa’s village, elves and an audience with Santa in his cosy Winter cabin. Including Christmas Money to spend in the Magical Toy Shop, and Mother Christmas’ Bakehouse with Mulled Wine, a Mince Pie and Magical Reindeer Food to take home. All of this and more!


Dear Family & Friends, we've been thinking of you ~
In lockdown it's tricky to know what to do,
Things are different these days as we all track & trace,
With Covid precautions for Christmas in place.

Murton Park Christmas

But step through our white gates - we've got it all sorted,
A Christmas surprise that cannot be thwarted,
We're mixing tradition with something brand new
Our Santa Staycation - Santa's "stay home" debut.

With a map in your hand and directions to follow,
We've a 30 minute stroll for you out in our hollow,
As you walk through Elf Village who knows what you'll see?
You might spy an elf hiding - one, two or three!

Murton Elf Village covered in crisp white snow with colourful elves standing there with presents
Murton Santa unpacking presents before a traditional fire place

Arrive at the Log Cabin (at your allotted time),
Santa's coming, very quickly it'll be your turn to shine,
He'll arrive with a chortle and a grin ear to ear,
And hand out "Santa money" the currency here.

Then off to the Toy Shop your next steps must be,
For your very own Santa toy - gifted for free.
And via the eagle, the owl and the kite,
We're off to the railway, our heritage what a sight.

Murton Elf standing outside the Magical Toy Workshop
Cart load full of Mince pies, Lots of Mince pieces, and More Mine pies

It's funny that next we thought most of your tummy!
But a treat's not a treat, without something that's yummy,
Mother Christmas' Bake House has goodies in store,
Mince pies, wine and chocolate - and biscuits galore!

And after your picnic, when it's time you must go,
We'll wish you "Merry Christmas"
With a Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho.

Places Strictly Limited

Restrcted Numbers

Hand sanitiser Stations

Social distancing

One-way system

Book your tickets online with our easy online system. Just click on our “Book Tickets Online” button and you will be taken to our ticketing and payment site where you can make your payment via our secure credit card payment system. Once you have made your payment, check your email inbox for your digital ticket and we’ll look forward to welcoming you to Murton Park on the day! And if you have any problems, just get in touch 01904 489966 or email us at

Adults £10 Each

5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 19th 20th, 21st

Children £15 each

where to find us

On arrival please follow the signs to the car park

We are located to the East of York in the Village of Murton. The postcode is YO19 5UF.

Conveniently this is near the A64, making it incredibly easy by car. You can follow brown signs for ‘Yorkshire Museum of Farming’. If you are feeling energetic we are also on Sustrans cycle route 66.

When you arrive please follow signs showing you where to park.

December 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st

No, this year due to coronavirus everyone will have to have pre-booked tickets at

You can purchase a £10 adult ticket for them instead.

If you have a babe-in-arms (under the age of one) and do not want them to receive a present you do not have to pay for them. However, we do have gifts to cater for that age. We do ask that in the audience with Santa they sit on an adult’s knee.

Yes, it is £10 for an adult. As well as experience walking through Santa’s village meeting the elves, having an audience with Santa and see the birds of prey all adults will receive a mince pie from Mother Christmas’ Bakehouse.

The only exception to this is carers with a valid carers card.

Carers with a carers card do not have to pay but must put themselves down when booking due to our strict numbers to ensure social distancing.

If York is under lockdown or you live in area under lock down you will be eligible to a full refund. If you wish transfer your tickets to the Christmas event next year.

Your tickets can be transferred to the Christmas event next year.

The only circumstance that tickets can be refunded are if York or the area you are visiting from is under lockdown restrictions not allowing your visit to take place or if we cannot run for any reason. If you are self isolating your tickets can be transferred to the Christmas event next year.

Each socially distanced slot in Santa’s Winter cabin holds a maximum of 5 people.

We expect the visit to site to last around 2 hours and possibly longer if you choose to visit the café.

Yes, the Farmhouse Kitchen Café will be open as usual serving a selection of sandwiches, snacks, light meals and drinks. It will also be possible to purchase tasty treats, and hot and cold drinks from Mother Christmas’ Bakehouse.

We operate in all weathers. The audience with Santa, Magic Toyshop and main building where the café, toilets and shop are situated are all undercover. We strongly advice winter clothing.

Yes of course, at Mother Christmas’s Bake house all adults will receive a free mince pie and you will be able to buy additional ones and other tasty treats if you wish.

We suggest you arrive at site around 30 minutes before your booked slot with Santa. You will be welcomed on to Santa’s village 10 minutes before your slot to meet the elves on your way to Santa’s Log Cabin.

Dogs are very welcome at Murton Park throughout the year and Christmas is no different but we ask that they are kept on a lead at all time due to livestock on site. Please be aware that due to the nature of this event there will be a lot of children on site and some may be nervous of them.

Yes the toilets will open. We have a dedicated member of staff on site who will cleaning them throughout the day.

We know little legs can get tired and welcome in buggies everywhere except the audience with Santa, this is due to the spacing and ensuring we keep to social distancing regulations.

When in the inside areas all those over the age of 11 are required to wear a face covering. Unless you are exempt. (see link for exemptions)

This includes audience with Santa, Magic Toy Shop and the main reception building including shop, café and toilets.

We can only fit in a certain number of groups into the audience with Santa to ensure social distancing. If there is space we will try to accommodate you but it may not be possible.

Large parts of this event are outdoors. The audience with Santa, Magic Toy shop and café are under cover but warm outdoor clothing is strongly advised.

It has been a challenging year for everyone. Unfortunately, after over 25 years of doing so, this year we cannot have tours of the elf village as we have done in the past as the crowds would not be covid-safe. It is also not possible for the Derwent Valley Light Railway to run trains in a covid-safe way due to capacity and level of cleaning between passengers.

We have thought long about how this is going to make it work in a covid-secure way and wanted to spread some Christmas cheer at this time. The Yorkshire Museum of Farming and Derwent Valley Light Railway are both charities and value and thank you for your support at what has been the most difficult year since both organisations came into existence.

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