Yorkshire’s ultimate Christmas adventure and award-winning winter light display returns to Stockeld Park in Wetherby for 2023.
Stockeld Park’s highly anticipated Christmas event has seen crowds as big as 125,000 in years past. Doors to the winter wonderland open daily from the 18th November until the 8th of January 2024
The award-winning Christmas festivities at Stockeld Park started as a local Christmas tree shop in Wetherby and over the years has transformed into a unique celebration that expands across the park, whilst also keeping true to its roots of selling family Christmas trees.
With a Winter Illuminations light display as well as activities such as Nordic skiing, ice skating and plenty of opportunities to interact with Santa Clause himself – there’s festivities for the whole family to enjoy!
Light up your Christmas with Winter Illuminations
Stockeld Park’s award-winning Enchanted Forest dazzles with the Winter Illumination light show from dusk every evening at the park. One of the United Kingdom’s largest and most creative light displays – the Winter Illuminations at Stockeld Park transforms the Enchanted Forest into a dazzling winter wonderland. With state-of-the-art animation installations, incredible light displays and immersive soundscapes the Winter Illuminations is not an event to be missed.
Spend time with Santa
Santa Claus is coming to town! To celebrate his return to Stockeld Park and to officially kick off the festive season why not join Santa’s arrival parade, which will take place twice a day during the opening weekend on the 19th and 20th of November. Once he and his reindeer have arrived back at the park, make sure to visit Santa in his rustic and cosy Grotto. Ideal for both kids, and adults full of festive cheer. Keen to spend more time with the jolly man himself? Join Santa for breakfast ahead of the Snow Queen panto show for the opportunity to snuggle up with your loved ones and be transported to a magical world of merriment and yuletide wonder.
Keen to try some winter sports at Stockeld Park? Whiz around the ice-skating rink or try your hand at Nordic skiing. The 630 square meter ice rink is covered from the elements so allows for festive fun snow or shine. The ice rink is conveniently located near the café so treat yourself to a warm hot chocolate after skating around.
Enjoy the Enchanted Forest on skis with the cross-country skiing Nordic trail. The 1.2km ski route weaves through the Enchanted Forest, is suitable for age 6 and above and is open all day. The ideal family activity for both kids and kids at heart!
Select your Christmas Tree at the farm
Grown on the Stockeld Estate – our Christmas tree shop sells real, non-needle drop Nordmann Fir Christmas trees. The Christmas Tree shop opens to the public from the 25th of November and can either be selected in person or online.
Festive weekend tunes
Each weekend in December excluding Christmas Eve award-winning Harrogate brass band Tewit Silver band will bring the festive cheer through song to the park.
Additionally, the adventure playgrounds, Playhive and Snowflake themed maze will be open to guests throughout the festive season.
For an unmissable Christmas experience visit Stockeld Park. Book your tickets today and enjoy the magic of Christmas with your family (insert ticket link once this goes live).
* Additional activities in the park may incur additional costs
Our review of Stockeld Park at Christmas from a previous year:
Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure – We love Stockeld Park at Christmas, there are so many festive activities!
A Great Place for a Get Together
This time we planned our trip to coincide with a reunion – meeting up with old friends with similar aged children and it worked really well. The children had a fabulous time playing in the Enchanted Forest as we caught up on what everyone has been doing over the last year. It would be perfect for an extended family get together too.
Book Your Tickets
Anyway, back to our day out. The first thing I would recommend is that you book your tickets in advance. It’s a few pounds cheaper this way, but the real benefit is that you can jump the queue at the entrance and go to the tiny ‘pre-booked’ queue. It has to be said, the queue yesterday was huge, but thankfully moved quickly, so was nowhere near as bad as it initially looked!
Once in and the obligatory toilet visit done (they are in the main building through the cafe and worth visiting before you do any activities that are further away!) We set off for the Enchanted Forest.
Enchanted Forest at Christmas
The Enchanted Forest at Stockeld Park is made up of a series of really good quality play areas alongside a woodland walk. The whole area is beautifully and atmospherically lit for the Christmas Adventure.
A good tip here is to save the Enchanted Forest till later in the afternoon when dusk begins to fall, to experience the true beauty of it. Or, if you have more energy than I generally do, then visit early on so that the kids get the full benefit of the play equipment in the light, but revisit after dark for a stunningly beautiful treat. If you can, don’t go immediately that it gets dark though as lots of people go then, wait half an hour to an hour if you can and then you’ll be able to enjoy it at a more leisurely pace.
Stockeld Park Christmas
The main cafe at Stockeld Park us huge with lots of seating for everyone. They served hot food as well as paninis and jacket potatoes. There were also sandwich boxes that you made up yourself for the kids.
Festive Outdoor Ice Rink
Stockeld Park has one of the few real outdoor Christmas ice rinks in Yorkshire so make sure you get the kids to give it a go. Don’t forget to take spare clothes with you just in case they spend more time on their bottom than on their feet!
The Illuminated Maze
The kids loved the Illuminated Maze and we spent a decent bit if time chasing them round it. I f it has been wet, make sure you remember wellies. This is something we rarely remember until we are actually there, so I am passing on my wisdom/declaration of my incompetence!
We didn’t take part in the Nordic Skiing, although the children wanted to, it looked far too much like hard work to me. We saw lots of families having fun doing it though!
You can visit Santa’s Grotto while you are there. The outside was beautifully lit and really looked magical. This is Miss H with her Christmas Pudding hat, looking like one of Santa’s elves!
Stockeld Park Christmas Gift Shop
Another real treat is the gift shop. It’s huge and sells lots if regular toys but also a huge selection of fab Christmassy items.
Perhaps have a browse while your other half keeps the kids entertained and then you can wallow in its gloriousness. Stockeld Park also sell Christmas trees which is something to consider taking home if you can fit one in alongside the kids!
All round a lovely festive day out that we all would recommend.
Website – Stockeld Park Christmas 2017
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Stockeld Park kindly invited us to visit and review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
Looking for other Christmas Events in Yorkshire? Then I would recommend:
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland for a Vintage Fun Fair and Ice Skating