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Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland to return this week

The award-winning Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland will be returning to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York this week.

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland to return this week Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is all set to return to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in York this week.

The award-winning festive event brings a popular outdoor ice rink, funfair and Santa’s Grotto.

It will be open from Friday (17th November) and run until Sunday 7th January 2024.

Paul Tyler, Centre Manager at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York, said:

“Christmas at York Designer Outlet just wouldn’t be the same without Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland.

"For many families the event has become a fixture in their festive calendar with fun outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy, as well as the opportunity to tick off the Christmas shopping list!”

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland has been a regular Christmas attraction at York Designer Outlet since 2010, and this year will mark its 18th 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.

It will be surrounded by illuminated trees, log cabins, the rink side cafe and a viewing platform.

[caption id="attachment_79263" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The popular Ice Factor at Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland.[/caption]

This year the funfair will be bigger and better than ever according to organiser Georgi Wood, with new modern rides including an exciting Twist and Waltzer augmenting the perennial family favourite, the vintage Dodgems dating from 1937.

Georgi, who is the Event Organiser of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, said:

“As always, we are delighted to be back at York Designer Outlet, with some exciting additions to Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland this year.

"The new-look funfair will offer some modern rides for the thrill-seekers as well as plenty of rides for children, and our new café terrace right beside the rink will make for an exciting alfresco spot to watch the skaters while tucking into a hot chocolate and bratwurst.

"We will also have some fun new decorations and theming around the event, making it the perfect place for the festive selfie!”

Also new to Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland this year is a terrace overlooking the ice rink, exclusively for patrons of The Chalet café.

Inside the cosy alpine-themed, après-skate café, tasty winter-warming food and drinks as well as sweet treats will be available to purchase, and private parties can also be arranged.

Find out more about Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland including Santa's Grotto availability and Ice Skating times here.

Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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