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Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, Leeds, 2019

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience – Get set to step into Christmas as Yorkshire family attraction, Lotherton, has revealed icy plans for its magical Christmas Experience and launched its sought-after tickets.  With the region set to experience a wave of early Christmas cheer, Lotherton is skating ahead of the competition with the addition of a very special ice-rink to this year’s festive experience.

From 22 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, families can enjoy a festive day out like no other, embarking on adventures with fairies, elves and Santa himself.

The Christmas Experience will include seasonal favourites such as the Elf Village, the Enchanted Fairy Dell, the Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk, and the Christmas Courtyard.  Exploring the house will transport visitors back in time, as they enjoy each room decked out in the traditional festive finery of an Edwardian Christmas.  And, of course, Santa will take up residence in his very own North Pole, where little ones can help the elves in their workshop before visiting Santa to share their festive wishes.  As well as these family favourites, brand new this year will be a 596 square metre ice-rink for visitors to get their skates on and enjoy a frozen fairytale on the ice.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, said: “This is a truly special experience for families to enjoy from across the county and beyond. Santa will be taking up residence in the North Pole and the beautiful Edwardian house will be decorated in traditional Christmas decorations. Families will be able to take part in a range of festive activities, taking place across the Estate.

“But the magic doesn’t stop there, families can also enjoy a Twelve Days of Christmas walk through the Estate’s mysterious woodland, or dress up as Edwardians and use one of the traditional backdrops to take a family portrait – it’s certainly going to be a fantastic day out for the whole family to enjoy.”

The Christmas Experience opens on 22 November 2019 and is run by Lotherton and Breeze. Tickets are available now, with a number of visit options, early booking is recommended.

Skate over to to find out more and book a magical trip. Be quick, tickets go faster than Santa travels the world on Christmas Eve!


Here is our review for the year before last!

It was a cold afternoon so we all made sure we had packed our layers as we headed to Lotherton Hall, Leeds for their Christmas Experience.

Book the North Pole Experience for Santa in Advance

We hadn’t booked, and not surprisingly the place was very busy and the North Pole experience to see Santa was fully booked but there was still plenty to see and do without it feeling too cramped.  We paid £18 for a family ticket and had to queue in the car for 5 minutes to get in.  The car park attendants were helpful and organised and there is plenty of space for everyone to park safely and the whole place is pushchair friendly.

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

Christmas Courtyard

We met up with friends at the Christmas courtyard which had an indoor and outdoor seating area.  We sat outside under the canopy where it was tastefully decorated, all the chairs had fleeces and blankets creating a cosy place to drink hot chocolate, mulled wine or have a bite to eat.  The homemade mince pies were a good size with a nice marzipan topping.

The toilets were just around the corner and there were plenty of cubicles so thankfully not much queueing in the chilly weather.

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

We thought we’d look around the house but as it was busy and we were in a big group the staff suggested we came back in 15 minutes.  We didn’t go far and found ourselves in the old chapel that was extremely well-heated and the children thought they would re-enact their school nativity for us.  It was a fascinating little church full of history that we wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, Leeds, Yorkshire

Soon it was time for us to go back to the house and this time we were allowed entry (but were asked to leave a backpack in the locker).  The ground floor was dressed for an Edwardian Christmas and was very child friendly with interactive displays and lots of dressing up.  There were Christmas trees in every room and we all agreed our favourite was the Yorkshire tree decorated with White roses, Yorkshire tea bags and Yorkshire puddings!

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

12 Days of Christmas Illuminated Walk

Next, we put on our hats, scarves and gloves and ventured down into the 12 Days of Christmas walk.  It was daylight when we started (3:30pm) and dark when we finished.  We would recommend seeing it in the dark as the lights were fantastic and created a wonderful festive atmosphere. This was much more than a lit-up street though.  It’s a proper path through the grounds and as well as their usual wooden trim trail there are interactive spaces showing the 12 days of Christmas.  I won’t say too much so as not to spoil it, but it really brings a festive smile to all members of the family.

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

Lotherton Hall Winter Wonderland

We finished the trip by a walk through the fairy dell. This was the only bit that had steps, so you may want to keep toddlers close by (there was another exit for those with pushchairs or dodgy knees) but this area was a truly magical experience. The lit-up fairy houses that speak as you go past really wowed the younger members of the party and at the end there was a wishing well supporting the charity Candlelighters.

Sadly, we had ran out of time, but we would definitely go back to visit the elf village, to see the penguins in the wildlife world and to do the whole walk in the dark.

Lotherton Hall Prices

A family of four for the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience was £18.

Have a look at our list of other Christmas Events in Yorkshire.

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