Christmas Experience set to open

A brand new festive event is set to open at Lotherton Hall tomorrow (Friday).

Thursday, 24th November 2016, 11:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:26 am

The Christmas Experience will open in the estate and Edwardian house near Aberford and run until December 23, with an Elf Village and Santa’s Grotto among the attractions.

It will bring together several different areas which include a Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, a Secret Fairy Dell, and Elf Village, where Santa and his elves have taken up residency for the final weeks of preparation before Christmas Day.

In the Elf Village, families will be greeted by Santa’s elves and taken to their workshop, where children can help the elves with their crafts and make a souvenir to take home, before being taken as a family group to meet Santa and tell him their wishes.

Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The Christmas Experience will be a truly special event for all ages, and we are looking forward to opening our doors to families on November 25.

“With just a few days until our Elf Village opens, we are finding that Santa’s diary is already filling up fast, so we are urging families to book their tickets if they want to see Santa this Christmas, with nearly all weekend slots now booked up.

“However, the magic doesn’t stop at our Elf Village, with visitors to the estate also able to enjoy our Twelve Days of Christmas walk and our Fairy Dell in our idyllic grounds for the very first time.

“From beautiful lanterns, to dazzling installations and a full fairy village for children to explore, this will be a truly magical experience that families will want to experience for themselves.”

Visitors to The Christmas Experience will be required to buy an estate entry ticket and then book a slot at the Elf Village.

A maximum of two adults per family can accompany children into the Elf Village free of charge, but organisers warn that Elf Village tickets are limited due to high demand.

The Christmas Experience and Elf Village opens on Friday, November 25.

For more information and to book tickets, visit