Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland, York

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Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York’s magical festive experience, returns to the grounds of McArthur Glen’s York Designer Outlet this winter incorporating outdoor ice skating on the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, a traditional funfair, Santa’s grotto, Christmas shopping and exciting new Scandi-licious treats from PapaKitchen.

Tickets for ice skating at The Ice Factor are on sale now and pre-booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Funfair Opening times:

Saturdays & Sundays: 11am – 8pm

Weekdays 21 November – 16 December: 3pm- 8pm

Weekdays 19 December – 2 January: 11am – 8pm
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  • This was a great place to sit and enjoy mulled wine while the kids enjoyed gliding around the christmas tree! We went several times, but it was best during the week as weekends were a little too crowd...  more »
  • This is becoming a family tradition for us. This time our daughter had a snowman to help her skate which was great. The best thing was the skates as they gave her some that went over her own shoes so ...  more »
  • For a fun and nostalgic Christmas time experience, visit York in Decenmber. There is so much to do with the Christmas Fairs and street shops and Winter Wonderland. You will feel a bit of Dickens Chris...  more »
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  • The ice was a total mess, if it survives the weekend I'll be surprised. £27 for 2 adults and 1 child with skate hire, although you're paying to have your feet in pain for an hour. I don't think they've changed the skates since they first started doing the Ice Factor in York. The lining is all worn out and the casings are bent up meaning they need to be really tight to be secure, but the casings dig into your foot. Also the ice was totally overcrowded with only 6 penguins available for kids to use (£2 extra hire fee). It's crazy that it's advertised as a family attraction but there's no where near enough aids for kids. Also you don't know there's not enough until you get there and have already pre booked. Overall it's crazy how poor the experience was, especially considering you can pay a lot less to skate in central London with comfortable Bauer skates, a bigger rink & a dedicated kids learning area.
  • The rink was very good and cafe next door was delightful. Worth every penny.
  • The rink was good and nice cabin to have a mulled wine in. Rides were all closed though which was a shame
  • Nice ice skating rink. Bit pricey.
  • Ice skating was really good but very cold, wrap up warm if your going here.

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