York’s favourite festive event - Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland - will be making a welcome return to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York this winter, the organisers announced today. The popular outdoor ice rink, vintage funfair and Santa’s Grotto will be open from Friday 19th November 2021 to Sunday 9th January 2022 with tickets on sale now, following a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland has been a regular Christmas attraction at York Designer Outlet since 2010 but was cancelled last year due to government restrictions. This year will mark its 16th season in York; the event made its debut as The Ice Factor on the Eye of York in 2005.
The Ice Factor – the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink at 975 sq. m - will once again have a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece. Surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rink side cafe and a viewing platform, this magical setting makes for the perfect festive experience for all ages.
Overlooking the ice rink is The Chalet, a cosy alpine-themed, après-skate café and an ideal spot to warm up after a session on the ice or to watch the skaters glide past. Mulled wine, the best hot chocolate in town, hot dogs, toasties and sweet treats will be available to purchase, and private parties can also be arranged.
The vintage funfair features rides from the golden era of fairgrounds. Speed and thrills await on the 1936 Speedway, the 1937 Brooklands Dodgems or the stunning 1930s Chair-o-Plane. Muffin the Mule and Hush Hush the train will delight children, as will the games stalls offering prizes galore.
Christmas would not be the same without a visit to Santa and his elves. Visitors can follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland to find his cosy log cabin and collect a special gift.
And of course, York Designer Outlet is the perfect place to tackle the Christmas shopping, with favourite premium brands including Ted Baker, Molton Brown, Joules, UGG 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:
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see the return of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. After the difficulties everyone faced last Christmas, we are very excited to be hosting once again festive activities for all of the family to enjoy. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the previous years and are delighted to know how much it means to the community that Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is back!”
James Cundall, Producer of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland also comments:
“Being able to bring Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland back to York after such a long and difficult interval is very exciting for all involved. Over the years the event has become a magical part of Christmas for many families, so was one of the many things we all missed last year. Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland brings family and friends together at this special time of the year and we look forward to welcoming everyone this November, whether for a glide around the ice rink, to experience the fun of the fair, enjoy a hot chocolate or visit Santa.”
Tickets for a one-hour skating session at The Ice Factor are priced at £11.95 for adults and £10.95 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 £11.95 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 through www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com or directly at www.ticketsource.co.uk/theicefactor - booking fee applies. Tickets can also be purchased on site, subject to availability. Penguin and Snowman skating aids can be hired on site; pre-booking is not available.
Visits to Santa’s Grotto are priced at £5 per child with a £1 family booking fee, and can be booked at www.bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/York. A reservation is required to visit Santa but can be made on the day, subject to availability.
Tokens for the vintage funfair can also be purchased on site at £3 per person per ride/game stall. For full details of prices and times visit www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com or call 07985 331802.
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