Santa Claus has arrived at Eureka! the ever-popular children’s museum in Halifax, to meet families in his grotto.

Visitors to the museum can also experience a brand new festive show called “A Place for Winter”, joining a cute hedgehog and sleepy dormouse as they find somewhere to keep safe and snuggly before winter sets in. Visitors to the grotto get to chat to Santa’s elves, before meeting the big guy in red and getting a present to kick off the festive season.

Eureka! is proud to be an autism-friendly venue, and the specially-trained Grotto team are opening the doors an hour early at weekends just for visitors with autism. The team can adapt the grotto to minimise any triggers or dislikes that children may have.

The Eureka! Grotto was named one of the UK’s very best by Netmums for the last two years, and includes regular sessions for children with autism. The NetMums list compiles the UK’s “most wonderful and downright best” places to visit Santa, with Eureka!’s magical Christmas grotto listed alongside the world famous Hamleys in London, Warwick Castle, and even Thomas Land™ at Drayton Manor.

The Eureka! Grotto is open every weekend, then daily from 15th-23rd December. Autism-friendly sessions will run from 10am-11am on grotto days, with bookable 10 minute slots available (book at the Info Desk on arrival). The grotto will open to the general public at 11am. The “A Place for Winter” seasonal show runs every weekend, then daily from 15th December until Sunday 6th January 2019!

“A Place for Winter” is included in the price of admission or free with your Eureka! annual pass. Grotto visits cost £4 per child, and include a small gift.

Find out opening times and more on the Eureka! website;


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