Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland

York's favourite Ice-Rink is now open!

Tickets on sale.

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland

Join us this Winter at our award-winning Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland! Everyone’s favourite festive event is returning to the centre from 17 November 2018 to 6 January 2019.


Home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, The Ice Factor, with a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centerpiece, this magical setting is perfect for a fun family day out. The rink boasts an impressive 975 square metre surface and is surrounded by an alpine skate hire chalet, rink side café,  illuminated log cabins, reindeer, Christmas trees and a viewing platform.  Snowmen and penguin stabilisers are aplenty, and a  team of highly experienced ice marshals are on hand to get everyone skating.


PapaKitchen, the cosy alpine-themed, après-skate café with windows the entire length of the ice rink, is the ideal place to warm up after a session on the ice and watch the skaters glide past. The fully licensed bar offers mulled wine, York’s finest ales and the best hot chocolate in town. The brand-new menu from a popular local café, The Perky Peacock, offers a variety of delicious homemade dishes including chilli and chips, and for those with a sweet tooth, cakes and cookies.

New for 2018 is the children’s party packages and dedicated party area inside the café, making every celebration even more special. 


The popular vintage funfair returns with rides dating from the golden era of fairgrounds. Visitors can enjoy a rare Brooklands Dodgems from 1937, a stunning 1930s Chair-o-Plane, a recently renovated and scary Ghost Train dating from the 1950s, an exhilarating 1936 Speedway and two exquisite children’s rides: a 1947 Muffin the Mule Autodrome and Hush Hush the Monorail, the oldest ride, made in 1933.  Plus there are game stalls offering prizes galore!

Visit Santa

No visit to Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland would be complete without seeing Santa and his elves. Follow the path through the snowy enchanted woodland, where fairy-tale creatures glow in the dark and trees sparkle with lights to find his cosy log cabin and collect a special gift for every child. 

Skating Times

09:30 – 10:30 13:00 – 14:00* 18:00 – 19:00
10:30 – 11:30 * 14:15 – 15:15 19:15 – 20:15
11:45 – 12:45* 15:30 – 16:30 20:30 – 21:30
16:45 – 17:45

Please arrive 20 minutes before your session to fit skates. If you arrive
late, you may join the session for the rest of its duration but will not be
able to switch to another session.
*Specified school sessions Monday to Friday from
19 November to 14 December 2018

Funfair Opening Hours

Saturdays & Sundays: 11am – 8pm
Weekdays 19 November – 14 December: 3pm – 8pm
Weekdays 17 December – 4 January: 11am – 8pm


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