Excellent festive news for those of you who love a spin around the rink at Christmas: Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland will return to York Designer Outlet for 2023 with 975 sq m of real ice to glide, slide and wobble around. Surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rink-side cafe and a viewing platform, it’s a lovely festive experience for all ages.
Hungry/thirsty/cold after your exertions? Fear not – 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, hot chocolate and plenty of warming snacks will be on offer, and you can even have your birthday party there. The Winter Garden, with heated covered picnic tables, offers an alternative outdoor eating area, and The Dog Haus cabin will sell a range of hot dogs and festive drinks.
Booking is recommended for skating at The Ice Factor, and an Early Bird discount of 10% off these prices is available now until 30th September, by using the code EARLYBIRD10 at checkout, either through www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com or directly at www.ticketsource.co.uk/theicefactor. Online booking fee applies. Tickets can also be purchased on-site once the event opens, subject to availability. Penguin and Snowman skating aids can be hired on-site for £5; pre-booking is not available.
A funfair and a visit to Father Christmas
While you’re there, why not tick your visit to Santa off the festive to-do list? Father Christmas and his elves will be in the cosy log cabin grotto, where a warm welcome and a special gift for children awaits. This year the funfair will be bigger and better than ever with new modern rides including an exciting Twist and Waltzer augmenting the perennial family favourite, the vintage Dodgems dating from 1937. There’ll be children’s rides as well as game stalls offering prizes every time. If you’ve still got any energy left, you’re in the right place for some Christmas shopping too!