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News release - Issued by York's Chocolate Story

Santa in the Shambles!

Santa has a new home just off York’s most iconic street!

Santa has returned to York for the St Nicholas Fair with the help of York’s Chocolate Story. The man himself will be sending his builder elves to construct him his very own log cabin to house his workshop and festive study just off the world famous Shambles! Just hunt for the fairy lit snickelway to find him in the Shambles Market.

“Santa’s helpers” will be on hand to entertain little visitors in the queue with iconic brands and fun facts about our chocolate city in Christmases past.
Families will then be invited into Father Christmas’s “old fashioned sweet shop”, where they can take part in some fun chocolate-themed activities.

One family at a time will be called through to Santa in his cosy study where they can make their Christmas requests to the big man himself and pose for a special commemorative photo which will be instantly printed to take home. A special present will then come rolling down the workshop conveyer belt for each child to keep as a reminder of their special visit with Santa.

As a special treat Santa has also managed to get his hands on some special tokens for all good little girls and boys to reward them with a free ride on the attraction of their choice in King’s Square which includes an amazing helter skelter!

Santa in the Shambles

The grotto can be found in the Shambles Market and accessed through the secret snickleway off the Shambles.

3rd – 24th December

Weekdays (3rd-16th December) 12pm – 5pm
Weekdays 17th – 24th December & all Weekends 10am-5pm
£9.95 per child
Siblings an additional £7.95 (one photo per family)
Extra photo prints £2.00
Price of entry includes:
Chocolate-themed Activities
Meeting with Santa
Commemorative Photo
Present from Santa
Free ride on one of the attractions in King’s Square

Guests visiting York’s Chocolate Story itself will be swept back in time on 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!


For PR enquiries, please contact Jenni Shepherd on 01904 527722 or (M) 07896732782 or email