Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience – 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.
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 Chapel
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!
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 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.