Issued by: Halpern PR on behalf of McArthurGlenn's York Designer Outlet 
Issue date: 24 September 2019

Tickets now on sale with an early bird discount if booked before October 6th

The award-winning Winter Wonderland, York’s favourite festive event, returns to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York, from 16th November to 5th January, celebrating its 15th year in the city and its 10th at the centre.

The Ice Factor, the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink at 975 sq m, once again has a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece. Surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rinkside cafe and a viewing platform, this magical setting makes for the perfect festive experience for all ages.

Step inside the cosy alpine-themed, après-skate café overlooking the ice rink, where you can warm up after your session on the ice or simply sit back and watch the skaters glide past. Sip mulled wine, indulge in the best hot chocolate in town and feast on hot dogs, toasties and sweet treats.

The vintage funfair features rides from the golden era of fairgrounds.  Enjoy speed and thrills aboard 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. Follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland to find his cosy log cabin and collect a special gift.

Shop the perfect gifts for up to 60% less than the RRP from favourite premium brands including Ted Baker, Molton Brown, Joules, UGG and many more. Those travelling in groups can also enjoy a special Christmas cheer with an additional 10% discount at participating stores when they pre-book online (

Mike Thomas, Centre Manager at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York comments:

“This year marks our Winter Wonderland 10-year anniversary and it is our pleasure to be hosting another year of fantastic 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.”

James Cundall, Producer of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland also comments:

“Being able to bring Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland back to York for the 15th successive year is quite a milestone – many young people in and around York have grown up with a trip to the Ice Factor as a part of their Christmas and learned to skate on the rink.  Our event 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.”

Booking Information:

Tickets for a one-hour skating session at The Ice Factor are priced at £11.50 for adults and £9.95 for children and concessions. Family packages are available for families of three, four or five. Tickets for parents and toddlers under 5 are priced at £11.50 from Monday to Friday.  Special packages are also available for parties, schools, clubs and youth groups, with discounts applying to groups of 10 or more. 

An Early Bird saving of £2 per ticket* will apply to those who book tickets by midnight Sunday 6th October and sign up to the newsletter on the website,*This discount is available on adult, child and concession full price general admission tickets only.

Visits to Santa’s grotto are priced at £5 per child.

Booking is recommended for skating at The Ice Factor. Tickets for skating as well as tickets for the funfair can also be purchased on site. For full details of prices and times visit  or call 01653 619169. 

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About Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
First staged in 2005 as The Ice Factor, at the Eye of York near Clifford’s Tower in York city centre, the event moved to York Designer Outlet in 2010 and from then on became known as Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, incorporating a vintage funfair and Santa’s Grotto. 

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About McArthurGlen Group
McArthurGlen Group, Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets, was founded in Europe by the Kaempfer Partners in 1993. The pioneer of designer outlet retailing in Europe, McArthurGlen has since developed 640,000 sq m of retail space. The company currently manages 24 designer outlets in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK delivering total portfolio revenues of over 4.5 billion euros a year.

The centres are home to the most sought-after luxury and premium brands, and offer over 90 million fashion-loving customers year-round savings in vibrant, high-quality shopping environments.

In 2013, McArthurGlen became a joint venture between the Kaempfer Partners and Simon Property Group Co. (NYSE SPG), a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations.

As part of its on-going expansion, McArthurGlen is under way or in planning with new designer outlets in Málaga (southern Spain), the West Midlands (the UK) and Normandy, near Paris (France) and Remscheid (near the German cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf).