City Cruises Santa Experience

Christmas Event

The Boatyard, Lendal Bridge, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7DP

Tel: 01904 628324

City Cruises Santa Experience


We are having some tickets become available for our Santa Experiences. Please continue to check the website for tickets.

We have also setup a waiting list for tickets. If you would like to be added to this waiting list, please send an email to and let us know your preferred date and time, plus how many adults and children are in your party. Please also include a contact telephone number. We will then contact you should any tickets become available. Thank you.

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse! And tickets for 2020 are on sale now!

Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas and he tells us that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.

Santa and his team have made a few changes this year, to make sure that we can offer you a secure and comfortable visit, without missing out on any of the fun.

You will join Santa and friends aboard the Captain James Cook, our largest boat, meaning that there will be more space for groups to socially distance.

Each group will be seated at their own table for up to 6 guests.

Any group of 6 or more will be sat on socially distanced or partitioned tables with a maximum of 6 per table.

There will be transparent screen between all tables.

All touch points will be cleaned regularly, staff will wear appropriate PPE, and hand sanitiser will be available around the vessel.

Social distancing will be in effect during queuing, boarding and disembarking.

Each child will receive an individual colouring and activity pack.

Each family group will have an opportunity to spend time with Santa in his grotto area and photo opportunity (no charge for photos - please bring your own camera).

There will also be a competition held aboard each cruise with fantastic tourist attraction entry tickets to be won!

This is a pre-booked event only. You can pre-book tickets online up to 1 day before the day of travel, subject to availability.

For full details go to our website.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Tickets from£15.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Road Directions

Your Ticket includes a map. The nearest parking is:Esplanade Car ParkMarygate Car Park

Public Transport Directions

The Boatyard is only a few minutes walk from York Railway Station and various Park and Ride Bus Stops.

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