Visiting Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is one of our favourite family traditions before Christmas, and this year was no exception. As soon as November hits, the kids are asking when we are going ice skating. Last year, I made a video of our day out:
We love Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet on the outskirts of York. We went along at the weekend, and our first port of call was to visit Santa.
The grotto is surrounded by Christmas trees absolutely covered with ‘snow’, which you queue through.
Inside, the grotto is very festive and Santa had a nice chat with our daughter before having an official photo with her (you can buy these at the end, I took my own photos) and handing her a present.
After we had seen Santa, we headed into the shopping centre itself. There are loads of shops, but we have a few favourites that we visit frequently. Master T always likes to visit the Cadbury’s shop for obvious reasons, while I can often be seen in Cath Kidson or the Clarke’s outlet! Miss H loves Claire’s (they have some great Christmas accessories at the moment!).
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland York Designer Outlet Review 2019
Later on the children took to the ice rink. They like to hire a Snowman, as otherwise they spend a lot of time sitting down on the ice! There are penguins for the smaller ones too. Afterwards consider heading into The Chalet for a nice hot drink or snacks while you watch the other skaters glide around.
We were booked in for lunch at Pizza Express at 1pm which meant time for some fun at the fairground. It’s a beautiful vintage fair, with a (very fast!) Speedway, bumper cars and spinning chairs, as well as rides for little ones. We also had a go at Hook a Duck and Miss H brought home a plushie snake (I miss the days when she loved unicorns!).
After all the fun of the fair, we headed in for lunch at Pizza Express. I would recommend booking a table, especially over the Christmas period when the centre gets very busy. We were shown to a nice cosy table and ordered our lunch. The kids menu is good value at £7.25 for three courses plus a bambinoccino. Oh and if you collect Tesco vouchers, don’t forget to use them here too.
A few photos from our meal, including Miss H’s kids’ meal dough balls and pasta. She loves pesto and although it wasn’t on the kids menu they whipped it up especially for her.
Winter Wonderland has it all really, Santa, ice skating and a fair as well as some great shopping and lots of places to eat too. We always go during the day but I think it really comes alive at dusk, so I’d recommend going then!
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland invited us to visit and review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
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