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Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland now open in York

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7:00am 18th November 2017

It's time to get your skates on as Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland returns to York this weekend.

The four-time award-winning attraction is now open, bringing The Ice Factor - the biggest ice rink in the North of England - to visitors from Yorkshire and beyond until Sunday 7 January 2018. This year the rink is 975 square metres, nearly 100 square metres bigger than last year and, as always, made of real ice.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is a fun event for all the family, winning the Family-Friendly Experience Award at the Visit York Awards in May this year.

Event organiser Maria Farrugia of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions says,

“If your child can walk, then they can skate - with the help of our Bobo the Penguin stabilisers. This year we have added even more Bobos, making a grand total of 20. If you’re a little taller, Buddy the Snowman will be your stable and sturdy friend on the ice.”


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Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland will capture the magic of Christmas with The Ice Factor’s giant 30ft Christmas tree centrepiece and illuminated forest and log cabins surrounding the ice rink. The skate hire chalet has also been given an alpine make-over this year with rustic wooden walls, and windows overlooking the rink to help you get in the mood while you’re waiting to get your skates on.

Skaters and spectators can look forward to warming up in the PapaKitchen café and bar, with its rustic wooden tables and benches, comfy sofas and cosy faux furs.

The funfair will also be returning, with its unique collection of vintage rides and games stalls from the ‘golden era’ of fairgrounds.

No Winter Wonderland experience would be complete without a chance to see Santa. Guests can follow the all-new Polar Express walk to Santa’s enchanting log cabin, meet his giant-size reindeer and sleigh, and little ones will receive a special gift from the man himself.


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James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, says;

“Christmas is a time for family so it’s important to us that the whole family can enjoy Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. That’s why we’ve created an even bigger rink and introduced more penguin stabilisers this year, so smaller children can join in the fun. And of course, away from the rink there will be mulled wine and ale for the mums and dads. Every year we listen to feedback from visitors and work hard to provide the perfect day. We think this weekend will be the start of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland’s biggest and best year yet.”

Mike Thomas, Centre Manager at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York, says;

“We’re extremely excited about Christmas at McArthurGlen York becausethe team behind Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland have done an excellent job of upping the game this year. A visit to Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland offers something for all ages, and of course our superb range of top designer brands offering savings of up to 60% off RRP means it’s the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping too.”

The team behind Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland have also created Christmas at York Museum Gardens, a magical after-dark illuminated trail through the city’s historic gardens, which opened this week.

Booking is recommended for skating at The Ice Factor, as well as for visits to Santa’s Grotto. Tickets for both, as well as tickets for the funfair, can also be purchased on site. For full details of prices and times visit www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com or call 01653 619169.

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