The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall 2023 runs from 25 November 2023 to 7 January 2024 and is one of the best places to see Santa in Yorkshire. The Christmas Experience 2023 is set to be bigger and better than ever, with exciting new attractions added to the usual lineup. Tickets are on sale from Friday 15 September.
New this year, visitors will travel back in time to Christmas past in the Lotherton Hall house itself to get a glimpse of how the Gascoigne family and their staff celebrated the festivities in Edwardian times.
Family favourites that are back by popular demand include gingerbread decorating in the Hall with Mrs Claus, the Enchanted Woodland Walk, Fairy Dell, Christmas crafts with the elves and Santa and the wishing tree.
The official Press Release for The Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience 2023 shares sneak peeks of what to expect this year:
Santa and his most trusted elves will take up residence in a truly magical new look snow-filled North Pole. Little ones can adventure through the winter wonderland to find Dizzy Bells in the elf workshop and collect a very special Christmas key for Christmas Eve, they can then visit Pippin McJingles at the mysterious wishing well, before seeing the main man himself.
Santa will be waiting to greet boys and girls, where he will hear their yuletide wishes and give them a special early Christmas present before the big day. Pre-school children will also have the opportunity to visit Santa in his cabin during the day.
Visitors can catch a glimpse of Christmas past in the Hall, being transported back in time to explore the lives of the Gascogine family from the late 1700’s and marvel at the festive finery of an Edwardian Christmas. And family favourite, Mrs Claus will return to the hallowed Hall’s kitchens for dashings of festive fun decorating freshly baked gingerbread, all liberally sprinkled with Christmas cheer.
Venturing outside, festive revellers will quite literally step into Christmas on the mesmerising woodland walk around the Estate’s stunning grounds. Exploring the winding paths filled with twinkling lights and enchanting larger than life installations of Christmas traditions, families will celebrate pulling a giant cracker, racing reindeer, and playing hide and seek amongst towering presents! Tread carefully and they may even hear the fairies giggling and whispering in the enchanted festive Fairy Dell.
No Christmas would be complete without some mischief with the cheeky elves, who will take up residence in the enchanting Elf Village in Lotherton’s stunning grounds.
Little ones can take part in Christmas crafts and make their own reindeer food to take home and sprinkle on Christmas Eve, or be enthralled by a magic show in the Yuletide Yurts while grown-ups enjoy a festive tipple.
More About Lotherton Hall and their brilliant Christmas Experience in Yorkshire: Lotherton Hall is a beautiful Edwardian country home set in the West Yorkshire countryside. I also just happen to be 10 minutes down the road from where we live. I have shared many pictures of our visits there over the past five years. We were super excited to be going to their Christmas Experience event.
Here’s a look at what you can expect from last year (I’ll update this after it’s open for 2023).
The Lotherton Hall Christmas Trees!
The Christmas trees inside the house at Lotherton Hall are just perfect! Every single one is decorated so well that it instantly gets you into the festive spirit and makes you want to go home and redecorate your own tree to within an inch of its life.
Meet Santa and Mrs Clause at The Christmas Experience 2023
Santa has help from Mrs Clause in the Elf Village. Whilst she’s manning the Gingerbread decorating activity, the kids can meet Santa too. They have taken up residence under the wishing tree. There are some lovely crafting stations with the elves too.
The 12 Days Woodland Walk at Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience 2023
The Lotherton 12 days of Christmas Walk has had an upgrade. It features some great interactive stops, as well as some fun facts along the way. The lighting takes your breath away. I would definitely recommend starting with this because if you leave it until the end of the evening, you might not finish.
Top Tip: pack your wellies, it can get a bit muddy. You can take your pushchairs on the walk, but it could get very muddy.
The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall has something for everyone. I recommend wearing warm clothes and wellie boots because places are also quite muddy. It takes at least 3 hours to see all the attractions and participate in all the activities so give yourself plenty of time, or make a day of it.
How much are tickets to the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience 2023?
Depending on what you want to do, there are several different pricing options, so please check out The Christmas Experience Tickets page for the various pricing & ticket options.
The Christmas Experience opening times, unless otherwise specified:
- Sunday – Thursday: 9.00am – 7pm, last entry 5.30pm
- Friday – Saturday: 9.00am – 8pm, last entry 6.30pm
Santa visits & Mrs Claus visits are available via pre-booked slots only; Elf Crafts booking is preferred but can be purchased on the day.
The Christmas Experience and the House will be closed on 25 & 26 December, 2023 and on 1 January 2024.
Santa and Mrs Claus’ last day at Lotherton is 24 December, after which they leave to prepare for Santa’s very important journey around the world on Christmas Eve.
The pictures in this post are a mix from the past few years.