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Christmas IS coming to Yorkshire this year!

Lotherton announces special fifth anniversary Christmas Experience

Listings release: Wednesday 30 September 2020

Contact: Rhiannon Bates - or 07814 865 230

Popular family attraction, Lotherton has announced that Santa IS heading for the heart of Yorkshire this year, for a very special fifth anniversary of the sell-out Christmas Experience.

From 27 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, The Christmas Experience will return for its fifth fantastic year, and the elves have been busy tweaking the tinsel and adding the last sprinkle of festive fairydust to make this year as magical as ever.

Tickets are on sale now and are being snapped up quickly, as Santa’s diary has been given a special makeover to ensure socially distanced festive fun for all the family.

In a year that’s been more glum than fun, visitors young and old will get all the festive feels when Santa and his elves take up residence at the popular destination just outside of Leeds.

The Elf Village has had a makeover and is home to Santa and his most trusted head elves, who will be waiting to greet families and share Christmas cheer for all to hear.

Little ones will first visit Postmaster Pippin McJingles in Ye Olde Post Office Central to send their letter to Santa, before heading to the Reindeer Emporium and collecting their very own magical reindeer feed to take home ready for Rudolph to enjoy on Christmas Eve.

And of course, no Christmas Experience would be complete without a visit to the main man himself. Santa will be in The Elf Village ‘Under The Wishing Tree’, waiting to greet boys and girls, hear their yuletide wishes and give them an early Christmas gift. Pre-school children will also have the opportunity to visit Santa in his cabin during the day.

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

Venturing into the house, visitors will be transported back in time, as they enjoy each room decked out in the traditional festive finery of an Edwardian Christmas. This year, the elves request all grown-ups and children aged 11+ wear a mask to visit Santa and to explore the house.

The Christmas Experience opens on 27 November 2020 and is run by Lotherton and Breeze. Tickets are available now, with a number of visit options, early booking is recommended as spaces are limited and strictly on a pre-booking only, time-slotted system.

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

Fly over to to find out more and book a magical trip.

For more information please contact:

Rhiannon Bates - or 07814 865 230

Lotherton will be holding its popular press preview event again this year, although this has also had a makeover!

To register your interest please email

Notes to editors:

The Christmas Experience is a partnership event with Lotherton and Breeze, which runs the successful Breeze on Tour and Mini Breeze events for children and young people in Leeds during the summer holidays.

About Lotherton:

Lotherton is a beautiful Edwardian country hall and estate set on the outskirts of Leeds. Lotherton houses an expansive collection of artefacts, furniture and artworks in a traditional Edwardian country hall. Visitors can see what life was like in Edwardian times, visit the historic stables and marvel at the carriage displays.

Lotherton’s Wildlife World tells the story of its natural heritage while drawing on the travels of previous owners of the estate, the Gascoignes. 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the Estate’s popular Christmas Experience.

Opening times:

The Christmas Experience opening times unless otherwise specified:

Sunday Thursday - 9.30am - 7pm, last entry 6.30pm

Friday - Saturday - 9.30am - 8pm, last entry 7.30pm

Santa visits are available via pre-booked slots only.

The Christmas Experience will be closed on 25 & 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021. The House will be closed from 25-29 December.

Santa’s last day at Lotherton is 23 December after which he leaves to prepare for his very important journey around the world on Christmas Eve.

Prices: Full details can be found on the website

Two adults per child may accompany children into the Elf Village, with two adults the maximum permitted with up to four children.

All visits must be pre-booked to the entire Estate, including members. No tickets will be sold on the gate and time slots must be pre-booked to visit Santa.

A number of Covid safety measures have been put in place at Lotherton, please see here for more information:

Twitter: @LothertonHall #LothertonChristmas

Address: Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB


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