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Our most magical event of the year returns again in 2017…

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!

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.

Your Santa experience begins as you are welcomed into our Grotto, cleverly hidden away underneath the beautiful Lendal Bridge. Upon entering, the Santa Experience Captain will check all of the children off the special list that we receive from Lapland. If you have any pushchairs, then you are welcome to leave these in the safety of our Reindeer Pen (they will all be away on business with Santa at this time so there will be plenty of room).

You will then be warmly greeted by Santa’s good friend Mary Christmas who will gladly show you to your reserved seating and distribute the magic bells.

And we can’t tell you too much more about what happens next, that would spoil the magic. But we can guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard and the whole family will the most wonderful time on board our Santa Experience in 2017.

Each child will be hand delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.

If you have any questions about our Santa Experience, then you are welcome to call our Sales Office on 01904 628324. However, we hope that you will be able to find the answers here in our FAQs

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TBC for 2017

Dates, Times & Availability

Saturday 2nd Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.
Sunday 3rd Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m.
Saturday 9th Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.
Sunday 10th Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m.
Saturday 16th Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.
Sunday 17th Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m.
Wednesday 20th Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.
Thursday 21st Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.
Friday 22nd Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.
Saturday 23rd Dec 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.

Ticket Terms

All tickets must be pre-booked. Tickets can only be booked through the YorkBoat Sales Office by telephone or in person. Call our friendly Sales Team on 01904 628324 to make a booking or check availability. Full payment, names and ages of children are required at the time of booking so that we can pass these on to the elves in Lapland.

Tickets are non-refundable and non- transferable once booked.

During flooding or icy conditions we are able to offer a fixed landing point and therefore no refunds are offered if we are able to continue to cruise without sailing.

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