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Visit Santa! Vintage Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland

This Christmas make family memories to cherish!

Weekly Opening Times:

Monday 2 – Friday 6 December: 11.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 December: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Monday 9 – Friday 13 December: 11.00am – 6.00pm

Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 December: 9.00am – 6.00pm

Monday 16 – Friday 20 December: 11.00am - 6.30pm

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 December: 8.30am – 6.30pm

Monday 23 December: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Please note - During weekends and the last week of Christmas, visitors may be unable to queue for the ride once the queue length has exceeded a waiting capacity of 2.5 hours. Last admittance is 1 hour before the close of the ride. We reserve the right to close the ride at any time during busy periods.

Wander through a magical winter wonderland of festive activities and snowy scenes before taking a ride on an enchanting vintage sleigh, pulled by two trusty reindeer. Your next stop? Lapland. Meet Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes, receive a magic key and collect your gift from our elf’s toy shop.

So, what’s new for 2019?

  • A walk-through winter wonderland
  • A new toy shop experience
  • Revised pricing structure
  • Reduced admission into the museum for those who want to ‘make a day of it’

Santa’s Top Tip #1 It gets very busy as it gets near to Christmas so avoid the queues by coming to see Santa as soon as you can.
Santa’s Top Tip #2 Remember we are open in term time which is an ideal quieter time to bring pre-schoolers to enjoy their visit.
Santa’s Top Tip #3 Share your visit to see Santa using #visitsanta2019



The Vintage Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland is a separate activity to the museum's permanent exhibitions and museum admission tickets are not required. Entry to the museum is free for Go CV cardholders and heavily discounted admission tickets are available as an add-on to the sleigh experience from £2.

Vintage Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland Ticket Prices

Child (with gift & 2 accompanying adults)  £8
Additional Adults (maximum of 2 adults) £1.50
Child (with gift, 2 adults & museum admission) £10
Additional Adults (sleigh & museum admission) £5
Adult (no gift, includes museum admission)    £5

Sleigh Offers (only when entering the museum)*

Family Simulator Ticket (1 child & 2 adults) £5
Additional Riders £2.50

*payable at the simulator. Please keep your Sleigh receipt to show the attendant.

There are no gifts for adult riders of the sleigh.

This event is drop-in only.

Schools or community groups must pre-book.

Sen sessions

For people with a learning disability such as autism. During these sessions the space will be adapted with a low sensory offer. Please call 024 7623 7523 to book or for further enquiries (weekdays only).

Available on the following dates and times:

Saturday 30 November: 11am – 2pm

Friday 6 December: 9am – 11am

Tuesday 10 December: 6pm - 7pm

Monday 16 December: 9am - 11am

Visitors in a wheelchair can be assisted to the sleigh and with the help of a carer transfer into the sleigh. Please note sen sessions must be pre-booked.


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