Updated for Christmas 2020 & Covid Restrictions: The below is an extract from the official press release regarding The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall. Lotherton Hall is in a Tier 3 area.

This December, Santa and his elves have taken up residence at Leeds-based family attraction, Lotherton, bringing the magic of Christmas to Yorkshire after months of uncertainty.

From now until 3 January 2021, The Christmas Experience will return for its fifth fantastic year, with a sprinkle of extra magic making it perfect for socially distanced festive fun for all the family.

With Lotherton located in tier three in England’s tiering system, Santa’s elves have been busy tweaking the tinsel and sanitising the sleigh to ensure all guidelines are adhered to and families can visit with confidence and Christmas cheer.

In a year that’s been more glum than fun, visitors young and old will get all the festive feels as they embark on a Christmas adventure filled with magic and wonder, exploring the grounds of the popular House.

Seasonal favourites including the Twelve Days of Christmas Woodland Walk and the Enchanted Fairy Dell return, with a different look and feel, including one-way adventure paths to follow, sanitising stations along the way and social distancing guidelines in place.

Although the House is closed due to tier 3 restrictions, visitors can peek through the windows to see the former family home dressed in all its festive finery. From the gardens, the changing light show creates the illusion of a picture-perfect, traditional dolls house on an impressive scale and is not to be missed. 

The Christmas Experience is run by Lotherton and Breeze. Tickets are available now and are strictly pre-booking only as spaces are limited and a time-slotted system is in operation.

Strict hygiene and social distancing measures are in place to ensure Lotherton is COVID secure. Full Covid safety measures can be found on the website.

Fly over to www.thechristmasexperience.co.uk to find out more and book a magical trip.

Disclaimer: We opted not to attend the press event at Lotherton Hall as we have been the previous two years running. Below is my original review based on 2018 and 2019 Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall, West Yorkshire.

I understand that there is NO ice-skating rink at The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall in 2020 and the house itself is also closed to the public in line with Tier 3 guidelines.


We were honoured to be invited to the launch of the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience. This is the girl’s first Christmas in the UK. As I mentioned in a previous post, my aim is to make sure that this is the most magical Christmas ever. And so far, Yorkshire has not disappointed! 

Lotherton Hall is a beautiful Edwardian country home set in the West Yorkshire countryside. I also just happens to be 10 minutes down the road from where we live. I have shared many pictures of our visits there over the past 18 months. We were super excited to be going to their Christmas Experience event. 

I’m not going to go on too much about all the different things to do, I’m going to show you in pictures. 

Lotherton Hall House

The house itself is stunning inside and out. Here is a video of the light show from the front of the house. 

The Lotherton Hall Christmas Trees! 

The Christmas trees inside the house at Lotherton Hall are just perfect! Every single one is decorated so well 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.

Update: The House itself is closed to the public in line with Tier 3 Guidelines.

Meet Santa at Santa’s North Pole 

The crafts in Santa’s North Pole at the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience are slightly different for 2019. The good news is that they are less messy!

The 12 Days Woodland Walk 

The 12 Days of Christmas Woodland walk is themed around the song, “The 12 Days Of Christmas”. From the leaping Lords to the milking maids, and the 5 golden rings, every single one was perfect. 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. For 2020, I believe there is a one way system in place with regular hand sanitising stations.

The Elf Village

The Elf Village has a number of different stalls selling a variety of different products all perfect ideas for Christmas gifts. They also have a few craft stalls where kids can make their own plates, listen to a Christmas story, and other various Christmas themed activities. 

Ice-Skating At Lotherton Hall, new for 2019.

Note: there is no Ice-Skating at Lotherton Hall for 2020.

As I mentioned above, they have added an ice-skating rink to the Christmas Experience at Lotherton hall for 2019. It’s a 596m2 ice-rink and can hold up to 198 skaters per session. They have penguins for the kids to hold on to, and the girls had the best time! They have since declared that they are definitely good at ice-skating. lol

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall has something for everyone. I’d recommend taking warm clothes, and wellie boots because it’s also quite muddy in places. It also takes at least 3 hours, minimum, to see all the attractions and participate in all the activities so give yourself plenty of time, or make a day of it.

There are a number of different pricing options, depending what exactly you want to do so please do check out The Christmas Experience Tickets page for the various pricing & ticket options. 

More pictures from the 2019, the Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall, West Yorkshire.

If you are looking for a great family day out and Christmas experience in Yorkshire, this one is perfect for the whole family. 

Disclaimer: My family were gifted entry to the launch evening. All pictures, thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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