December 16th 2017 to January 1st 2018 (except closed Dec 25th)
Open 10.30am to latest entry 4.00pm
(please arrive no later than 3.30pm to include Santa & the panto)
What's on daily.......
Enjoy a visit to the Model Village with some magical miniature Christmas scenes
Mini 'Alpine' Skiing for young kids. Skis sizes typically suitable for 3 to 9 yrs. (Open from 10.30am)
A Christmas character hunt - find all the hidden mini Santas & other Christmas characters!
'A Dream of Christmas' in our 4D Theatre - a 6-minute 3D adventure through Santa's Workshop.See here for restrictions.
Enjoy the animated elves workshop
Don't miss the Sparkling Christmas lights 3.00pm - 5.30pm
What's on at special times - Dec 16th to 24th, from 12noon.....
Meet Santa in his lapland log cabin - from 12 noon (additional charge, includes a present)
Mini Panto - regular shows from 12 noon, plus see the outrageous characters roaming the gardens
TOP TIPS & FAQS:
Please arrive no later than 3.30pm if you wish to include Santa & the Panto, to ensure you have enough time and spaces are available for Santa.
What time does everything close? Santa will finish his final greets shortly after 4pm, the other activities (Panto, Ski, 4D Theatre & minigolf) will finish between 4.30-5.00pm and the gardens/illuminations close at 5.30pm. To ensure you have enough time for all activities we strongly recommend arriving no later than 3.00pm.
Advance bookings are not taken - simply come along on the day suitable for you. Capacity is usually not an issue, but for peace of mind please allow plenty of time - at least 2 hours - for your visit. It is usually quieter before 1pm and December 18th to 21st are likely to be the quietest Santa days.
Free Return- If you want to come mid/late morning, do the activities and see the park when it's quieter and then come back later or another day to see the lights, you can use our 'free return within 7 days'. You need to get a free photo-pass from the shop before you leave (ask for details onsite or see under FAQs for more details). Note: Does not include a free return visit to see Santa.
Santa Visits - When you arrive you will be booked into a time slop. This significantly reduces queue times and means you can be doing other things whilst waiting to see Santa
How long to allow? - If just coming to visit the gardens only then 1.5 hours will be fine, if wanting to do all the activites too (Panto, Santa, 4D, Ski, mini-golf) you need to allow at least 2 to 2.5 hours. Allow a bit more time if stopping for lunch too. We recommend arriving no later than 3.00pm to include all activities.
Light lunches - Our tearoom will be serving sandwiches, grilled paninis, soup and kids sandwiches & mini mac-n-cheese, along with a wide selection cakes, snacks, hot & cold drinks. Open 1030-400, Lunch served 12-3
Will it be affected by the weather? - The Model Village is mostly outdoors, however - visiting Santa, mini-golf, the panto, 4D experience and animated elves workshop are all indoors
Note: we no longer cover the gardens in snow- our winter wonderland event ran from 2006 to 2013.
Please Note: Throughout this winter we are carrying out a major redevelopment of our city scene. We will be adding new models & displays to create an exciting new city display. Much of the garden is open as normal, but this will mean restricted access to a part of the lower garden due to the alterations. Admission prices are reduced accordingly
Adults £8.95, Seniors (over 65s) £7.95, Children 3 to 14 yrs £6.95 (£3.50 extra for Santa), Children under 3 yrs £3.50 for Santa, Family (2A+2C) £29.50
Santa Visit & Present £3.50 extra per child (presents suitable for 0 to 10 years)
For visitors with additional needs click here
UPGRADE TO ANNUAL PASSES for just £10 extra per person.This will enable you to visit as often as you like for 12 months, including for our Easter Egg Trail, Halloween Happenings & Christmas 2018 (up to one year after your purchase date), You can also come and see the NEW CITY, due for completion in the spring. Simply keep your admission ticket and then, before you leave, go into the gift shop to upgrade to annual photo-passes for everyone.
Advance bookings are not taken - simply come along on the day suitable for you.