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Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland returns this week following covid absence

York’s favourite festive event - Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland - will be making a return to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York this week.

York’s favourite festive event - Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland - will be making a return to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York this week. The popular outdoor ice rink, vintage funfair and Santa’s Grotto was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. But it'll be open from Friday (19th November) until Sunday 9th January 2022 with tickets on sale now. Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland has been a regular Christmas attraction at York Designer Outlet since 2010 and will be entering its 16th season since making its debut as The Ice Factor on the Eye of York in 2005. Paul Tyler, Centre Manager at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York said:

"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!"
Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland 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, hot chocolate, 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 will be open for Christmas shopping. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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