Family Days Out

Meet Santa and explore the festive night lights at Eureka!

The Christmas season is in full swing and the big man in red has taken up residency at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire and will be meeting children every day until 23rd December – leaving plenty of time for him to head off to make a few special deliveries on Christmas Eve!

Santa and his helpful elves are busy chatting to excited families in the snuggliest grotto in town, so why not take a break from the Christmas Shopping and pop in for an early gift? Plus, visitors to the children’s museum can also watch a brand new festive show called Night Lights, set on Christmas Eve and all about the adventures of couple of very excited children. This brand new interactive show full of imagination and wonder, ideal for children aged 3-7. It’s Christmas Eve and Charlie can’t get to sleep without his night light. Join Charlie and his brother Alex on a magical, illuminating quest to explore the wonders hiding in light and shadows on a cosy, festive adventure they’ll never forget!


Santa’s grotto is open until 23 December and the festive Night Lights show runs until 3 January 2016. Visits to the grotto cost £3 plus standard admission. Entry to Night Lights is free with standard admission – book both on arrival. It’s worth remembering though not to take a visit on a Monday, because the museum is closed!


Eureka, The National Children’s Museum is a fun-packed place for kids aged between 0-11 with over 400 interactive, hands-on exhibits. For more information, visit the Eureka! website or call 01422 330069. Eureka! is open 10am–5pm at weekends, during half-terms and holidays. Term-time Eureka! is open 10am –4pm Tuesday – Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on term-time Mondays and between 24-26 December.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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