Father Christmas will be in his grotto at Castle Hill’s Victoria Tower this weekend, Saturday and Sunday December 17 and 18 between 11am and 3pm.

Santa will be sat at the top of the tower in a special grotto with a fully decorated Christmas tree to mark the joint celebration of Christmas and the Winter Solstice.

Castle Hill ranger Julian Brown has issued some advice ahead of Santa’s visit and said: “I would ask everyone who plans to visit to dress up warm, Santa is very popular so we can get very busy, and people may have to queue outside to meet the man himself.”

Clr Naheed Mather, Cabinet member for the environment, said: “Castle Hill is a magical place to visit in any season, but with the addition of our extra special visitor Santa, it’s a lovely opportunity for families to get into the Christmas spirit at our iconic landmark.

“And once again, I’d like to say a big thank you to all staff and volunteers who work all year round to keep the site clean, safe and ready for visitors.”

Victoria Tower is also open to visitors from December 17-23 and December 28-31 from 11am to 3pm.

Admission to the tower on all dates is £2.20 for adults, 60p for children and £4.40 for families (two adults and two children). It’s free for Kirklees Passport holders.