Award-winning Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York experiences most successful opening in 16 years

York’s favourite festive destination – Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York – is back and better than ever. The popular attraction, which comprises an outdoor rink of real ice, a Santa’s Grotto, as well as a vintage funfair, has returned with a bang, with its sixteenth season marking a record-breaking opening. Despite challenging weather conditions, the iconic attraction saw an excellent start to this year’s festivities with:

*Statistics taken on 9 December 2021

A regular attraction at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York since 2010, this year’s Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland boasts a family-friendly Grotto, where visitors can walk through a snowy enchanted woodland to visit Santa and his Elves. Guests can also view six decorative themed cabins including The Night before Christmas and The Gingerbread House or take photos alongside Santa’s sleigh laden with presents.

In addition, The Ice Factor skating rink – the North of England’s largest outdoor rink at 975 sq.m - makes for the perfect festive outdoor activity, with its stunning 30ft tall Christmas tree positioned as the centerpiece.

Those not particularly inclined to show off their skating skills can keep warm in The Chalet, a cosy alpine-themed, après-skate café selling a selection of festive goodies such as mulled wine, hot chocolate, Yorkshire sausages, truffle parmesan fries and sweet treats.

Guests can also look forward to an iconic funfair experience, with rides such as the 1936 Speedway, the 1937 Brooklands Dodgems or the stunning 1930s Chair-o-Plane promising a fun-filled outing for adults, teenagers, and children alike! The funfair, which is currently experiencing its best season to date, also caters to younger children, with popular options such as Muffin the Mule and Hush Hush the train, while the Hook-a-Duck and Sharp-Shooter game stalls offer a prize every time.

Alternatively, visitors wishing to combine fun with practicality are invited to tackle their Christmas shopping at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York. With favourite premium brands including Ted Baker, Molton Brown, Lindt, UGG and many more available on sale for up to 60% less than the RRP, guests are likely to find the perfect gift even for that special person in their life.

James Cundall, Producer of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland also comments:

“In 16 years, this is the busiest season we’ve ever had with weekends having sold-out ice-skating sessions back-to-back, proving that festive shopping and a magical outdoor experience make the perfect pairing!”

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