REVIEW: Winter Wonderland

Hook a duck at McArthurGlen

Hook a duck at McArthurGlen

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A funfair filled with vintage rides from the 30s and 40s, a huge outdoor ice rink and a visit to Santa’s Log Cabin are all on the menu at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet’s ‘Winter Wonderland,’ which runs until January 2 this festive season.

We headed to the outlet, out near York, this weekend and managed to combine all the fun the wonderland had to offer with a little Christmas shopping in the centre.

We bought a bunch of tokens to hit the Ghost Train and Brooklands Dodgems, tried our hand at hook-a-duck and took a spin on the Monorail. We called in at Santa and had our picture taken with the jolly old elf before heading to PapaKitchen, the Alpine-themed cafe complete with benches draped with cosy furs to enjoy some steaming hot chocolate and hot dogs.

Once we were warmed up, we pulled on some skates for the ice rink, which supplied pengiun ‘assistance’ for little ones, perfect to hold up our two-year-old (and my husband too, a little bit).

There isn’t tons to see and do here, but what is there is rather lovely, as long as you’re planning a little Christmas shopping too, and not just counting on the Wonderland to keep you busy all day.

Visit www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com for details and tickets.

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