Back for 2020! Lotherton Hall, Leeds – The Christmas Experience

Lotherton Hall The Christmas Experience, Leeds – Lotherton announces special fifth anniversary Christmas Experience 

Yes, it is going to be back for 2020!  (If you haven’t been before, make sure you scroll down for our video and review from last year!)

Popular family attraction, Lotherton has announced that Santa IS heading for the heart of Yorkshire this year, for a very special fifth anniversary of the sell-out Christmas Experience.  From 27 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, The Christmas Experience will return for its fifth fantastic year, and the elves have been busy tweaking the tinsel and adding the last sprinkle of festive fairydust to make this year as magical as ever. 

Tickets are on sale now and are being snapped up quickly, as Santa’s diary has been given a special makeover to ensure socially distanced festive fun for all the family.   In a year that’s been more glum than fun, visitors young and old will get all the festive feels when Santa and his elves take up residence at the popular destination just outside of Leeds.

The Elf Village has had a makeover and is home to Santa and his most trusted head elves, who will be waiting to greet families and share Christmas cheer for all to hear.  Little ones will first visit Postmaster Pippin McJingles in Ye Olde Post Office Central to send their letter to Santa, before heading to the Reindeer Emporium and collecting their very own magical reindeer feed to take home ready for Rudolph to enjoy on Christmas Eve.

And of course, no Christmas Experience would be complete without a visit to the main man himself. Santa will be in The Elf Village ‘Under The Wishing Tree’, waiting to greet boys and girls, hear their yuletide wishes and give them an early Christmas gift. Pre-school children will also have the opportunity to visit Santa in his cabin during the day.

Seasonal favourites including the Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk and the Enchanted Fairy Dell will return, although with a different look and feel, including one-way adventure paths to follow, sanitising stations along the way and social distancing guidelines in place.

Venturing into the house, visitors will be transported back in time, as they enjoy each room decked out in the traditional festive finery of an Edwardian Christmas. This year, the elves request all grown-ups and children aged 11+ wear a mask to visit Santa and to explore the house.  The Christmas Experience opens on 27 November 2020 and is run by Lotherton and Breeze. Tickets are available now, with a number of visit options, early booking is recommended as spaces are limited and strictly on a pre-booking only, time-slotted system.

Hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place to ensure Lotherton is COVID secure. Full Covid safety measures can be found on the website.

Fly over to to find out more and book a magical trip.


Our review from last year:

This week we visited Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience for the first time and we loved it!  It reminded us rather of Lapland UK but of course, being in Yorkshire it was a fraction of the cost!  The activities are payable separately, so you can then choose whether you would like to ice skate too or see Santa. 

The house and gardens are beautifully decorated with lots and lots of Christmas trees and thousands of lights!  

Lotherton Hall The Christmas Experience Leeds

We had a quick wander around the house as we were only there for the evening and we wanted to try all the outside delights.

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Lotherton Hall The Christmas Experience, Leeds, 2019

Lotherton Hall The Christmas Experience Leeds

Next we headed to The Elf Village where there are market stalls around a central seating area with tables.  It’s beautifully lit with fairy lights as you can see.

The Elf Village at Lotherton

There are food and drink stalls here so you can have a relax and something to eat.  I’ve taken a photo so you can see what is available and what the prices are like.

Food Prices at Lotherton Christmas Experience

There were also crafts for the children to do here and face painting (you will need to pay extra for these).  Then there were lots of stalls selling Christmas decorations and homewares like these cushions.  The stallholders were very friendly and I promised to include their photos!

Just beyond the Elf Village you will find the brand new Ice Skating Rink.  It has lovely lights around it and you can stand watching the skaters.  There are penguins to hire for the less able skaters.

Ice skating rink at Lotherton

After our skating the kids were hungry and we were in need of a drink so we headed back to the cafe.  There is lots of inside seating as well as lovely outside seating complete with tealights and cosy blankets.  

It’s always nice to have a nosy at what is available and prices ahead of time, so here that is.

Lotherton Cafe Menu

After our pit stop it was time to visit Santa in his North Pole workshop.  You approach through this lovely wintry wonderland (top tip, hang back if you want a photo alone here, or take advantage later on while waiting to see Santa himself, head back slightly for the best photos!).

Santa's North Pole Workshop

Your first adventure in the North Pole is a lovely immersive workshop where the children make a personalised ‘Santa Stop Here’ plaque that they then get to take home.

Santa's North Pole Workshop

After this they are taken to write their Christmas wishes before meeting Santa.  While we were waiting we coaxed this cheeky elf into having their photo taken with us!

Then it was time to visit Father Christmas himself! I must say I do get to see Santa a lot and he was really on very good form at Lotherton.  You can see how smiley and engaged the girls are!

Father Christmas at Lotherton

He chatted to them and made them laugh before inviting us all in for a photo, and finally giving them (a very good) gift each!  The girls were thrilled!  (Here is another great photo opp – get them to stand with their present before you leave).

As we were heading away from the North Pole and outside the cafe, there is a snow blower that gave the girls some fabulous entertainment!

A perfect photo would have been completely in front of the lovely snowy scene, but they were far too excited to help me out with a perfect photo at this point!  Hopefully you will have better luck with your children!  

There are lots of other things at Lotherton that we just didn’t have time for, like the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ woodland, the Enchanted Fairy Dell, the Edwardian Selfie Studio and weekend events of family magic shows. There is plenty for a fabulous family Christmas day out.  Take your camera and have a lovely time!


We were invited to attend the press night opening of Lotherton Christmas Experience.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.


Also have a look at our big round up of Ice Skating and Christmas events in Yorkshire.   We also have a round up of Christmas events in Manchester and Cheshire if you are in West Yorkshire.