York’s award-winning festive destination – Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York – is back for its 18th season with a new look.
The popular attraction, which comprises the North of England’s largest outdoor rink of real ice, a Santa’s Grotto, as well as a funfair, had its ‘lights switch-on’ for the 30ft high Christmas tree last night, with the rink open for invited guests, before the first day of public skating today, Friday 17th November.
A regular attraction at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York since 2010, this year’s Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland brings a new terrace overlooking the ice rink, exclusively for patrons of The Chalet café, enabling them to get closer to the thrills and spills of outdoor skating, and providing the perfect spot from which to enjoy a warming mulled wine or hot chocolate.
With its Christmas tree at the centre of the 975 sq m rink, The Ice Factor is surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the cafe and a viewing platform, creating a magical setting for all ages to enjoy the perfect festive activity.
This year’s event also introduces a larger snow-covered Winter Woodland complete with decorative candy canes, gingerbread men and illuminated reindeer. Visitors can stroll through the Winter Woodland to visit Santa and his Elves in his cosy log cabin Grotto, taking photos along the way in the sparkling light tunnel and in front of the giant letters adding JOY to those Christmas selfies!
Also in the Winter Woodland are picnic tables for those wishing to linger longer and enjoy festive refreshments in the snowy setting. Nearby is The Dog Haus cabin selling tasty Yorkshire bratwurst hot dogs and warming drinks.
Alternatively, a range of winter-warming food and drinks is available inside The Chalet, a cosy alpine-themed, après-skate café selling mulled wine, hot chocolate, Yorkshire sausages, truffle parmesan fries, mouth-watering mince pies and an array of tempting sweet treats.
This year the funfair will be bigger and better than ever according to organiser Georgi Wood, with new modern rides including an exciting Twist, Waltzer and Miami joining the family favourite, the vintage Dodgems dating from 1937. In addition, there will be plenty to enthral younger visitors with four children’s rides as well as the Hook-a-Duck and Sharp Shooters game stalls offering prizes every time.
For those seeking a festive retail experience, a boutique Christmas market makes its debut at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland this year, with six wooden cabins selling unique gift ideas including The Yorkshire Gift Company, Fairfax Distillery & Chocolates, Leo & Lil children’s clothing and toys, Nelly’s Fudge and Black Star Crystals.
And of course, York Designer Outlet is the perfect place to tackle the Christmas shopping, with favourite premium brands including Clarins, UGG, Tommy Hilfiger, Ted Baker, Sweaty Betty and many more for up to 60% less than the RRP. Those travelling in groups can also enjoy a special Christmas cheer with an additional 10% discount at participating stores when they pre-book online (yorkdesigneroutlet.com).
Paul Tyler, Centre Manager at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York comments:
“Christmas at York Designer Outlet just wouldn’t be the same without Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. For many families the event has become a fixture in their festive calendar with fun outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy, as well as the opportunity to tick off the Christmas shopping list!”
Georgi Wood, Event Organiser of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland also comments:
“We are very excited to be opening Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland for our 18th season, and are feeling very Christmassy with the decorations and snow-covered trees everywhere! We like to create something different each year and are delighted to introduce our new café terrace right beside the rink as well as the gingerbread-themed Winter Woodland, and hope all our guests will enjoy the new look.
She adds, “A visit to Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland has become a tradition for many families and a special part of their Christmas. We hope we can help new visitors create new memories for their perfect festive experience too.”
Tickets for a one-hour skating session at The Ice Factor are priced at £14.50 for adults and £13.50 for children and concessions. Family packages are available for families of three, four or five. Tickets for parents and toddlers aged 4 and under are priced at £14.50 from Monday to Friday during term time. Special packages are also available for parties, schools, clubs and youth groups, with discounts applying to groups of 20 or more.
Booking is recommended for skating at The Ice Factor, either throughwww.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com or directly at www.ticketsource.co.uk/theicefactor. Online booking fee applies. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office on site, subject to availability. Penguin and Snowman skating aids can be hired on site for £5; pre-booking is not available.
A reservation is required to visit Santa’s Grotto and can be made atwww.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com or directly at www.bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/York. Tickets are priced at £6 per child (including gift) with a £1.50 family booking fee.
Santa’s Grotto Opening times are:
Weekdays, 17 & 24 November: 11am – 5pm; 27 November to 8 December: 11am – 5pm, 11 December to 22 December: 9.30am – 5pm.
Weekends, 18 November to 17 December: Saturdays: 9.30am – 6pm & Sundays 9.30am – 5pm
Christmas Eve: 10am – 3.00pm
Tokens for the funfair can be purchased on-site. For full details of prices and times visitwww.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com
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