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Press Release 28th September 2015

Meet Father Christmas in his Magical Grotto at York’s Chocolate Story

York’s Chocolate Story will be welcoming a very special guest this Christmas. Father Christmas and his friends will be settling in to their cozy traditional wooden grotto from 19th November – 24th December to welcome the children of York and to check who has been naughty or nice (probably twice)!
The jolly man himself will be ready to hear Christmas wishes, hand out treats and shake his belly like a bowl full of jelly. Children visiting the Dickensian-style grotto, which will be located in historic Kings Square in the centre of York, will also have the opportunity to post their letter to the North Pole and have a special festive photograph to take home as a keepsake.
Guests visiting the attraction itself will be swept back in time on our fully guided tours to the York of Christmas past where the founding families of the UK chocolate industry walked the cobbles.
Learn about the festive seasons in the factories where hundreds of workers sang carols on the production lines and packed the first selection boxes where you might have had a painted vase or carriage clock included amongst your favourite confectionary!
Move through the ages to the birth of the Rowntree’s Christmas Club through to modern day York, where enough Terry’s Chocolate Oranges are still produced to fill one in every ten Christmas stockings.
Finish your tour by making your very own chocolate creation before watching our master chocolatiers at work producing fresh handmade chocolates. They might even let you do a taste test!
The whole attraction will be decorated throughout to give an extra special festive feel. Warm yourself in our café with an indulgent hot chocolate and mince pie. Put a dent in your Christmas shopping in our shop, stocked with quirky gadgets, unique sweet treats and gifts for every chocolate lover.
York’s CHOCOLATE Story is located in King’s Square in the heart of York. It provides a fascinating fully guided tour for all ages through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations.

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For PR enquiries, please contact Jenni Shepherd on 01904 527722 or email


Notes to Editors:

York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You'll discover chocolate's origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

The journey begins thousands of years ago in the rainforests of Central America and continues through the history of chocolate’s founding families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations. Visitors can learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate, and take a look at the history of York’s most iconic chocolate brands. Then master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it.

We advise booking your attraction tour online in advance at
Grotto will operate a queuing system.