Overview & description

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is home to the North of England’s largest and best-loved outdoor ice rink – The Ice Factor – with its magical setting, giant Christmas tree and rinkside Alpine-themed café. 

With a unique collection of vintage funfair rides and games stalls dating from as early as 1933, Santa welcoming visitors in his enchanting log cabin, live weekend entertainment and of course Christmas shopping at York Designer Outlet with designer brands for up to 60% less, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland really does have something for everyone..

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is home to the north of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, The Ice Factor, complete with a 30ft high Christmas tree and a Christmas village, this year inspired by Narnia.

PapaKitchen is the new Alpine-themed café at The Ice Factor, which will offer an après-skate ambience of rustic wooden tables and benches complete with cosy furs and the warming scent of Glühwein. With a menu of delicious homemade fare – including hot dogs with Scandi-relish - and a licensed bar serving mulled wine, ales and hot chocolate, it’s the ultimate location for warming up after a session on the ice.

For the very first time, the funfair this year is solely comprised of vintage rides from the golden era of fairgrounds. Visitors can enjoy rare rides like the Brooklands Dodgems from 1937, a stunning 1930s Chair o Plane and a Ghost Train dating from the 1950s. The funfair will also include an exhilarating 1936 Speedway and two exquisite children’s rides, a 1947 Muffin the Mule Aerodrome and Hush Hush the Monorail, made in 1933. The rides have all been lovingly restored over the last few years by a team of local craftspeople.

Of course, no Winter Wonderland would be complete without Santa. Guests will find his log cabin set at the end of a Christmas tree walk, with his giant reindeer and sleigh.

The Ice Factor will be open daily from Saturday 18th November 2017 until Sunday 7nd January 2017. Family packages are available for families of three, four or five people. Special packages are also available for parties, schools, clubs and youth groups, with discounts applying to groups of 20 or more.

Booking is recommended for skating at The Ice Factor, as well as for visits to Santa’s Grotto. Tickets for both, as well as tickets for the funfair, can also be purchased on site. For full details of prices and times visit or call 01653 619169.


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Type Price
Child £8.95
Concession £8.95
Adult £9.95
Family £34.00

Facilities available at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

  • On-Site Parking