The Christmas Experience returns to Lotherton Hall in Leeds for 2020

Santa Claus is still coming to town at the Lotherton Hall in Leeds.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 11:45 am

The beautiful country house's annual Christmas Experience will still be held this year despite the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes after other much-loved events such as the Leeds German Christmas Market was cancelled after organisers decided social distancing rules and hygiene measures could not be implemented while maintaining the "warm and cosy" atmosphere of the market.

Lotherton Hall, in Aberford, will be putting on its much loved 12 Days of Woodland Walk, visits to the Reindeer Emporium, and of course giving children the chance to meet Santa and his elves.

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The Christmas Experience is returning to Lotherton Hall this November.

However, there will be some new measures in place to keep everyone safe while they get into the festive spirit.

The Christmas Experience will be pre-booking only and guests cannot purchase at the gate.

Members of Lotherton Hall must book their free date and timed arrival tickets in advance too.

All visitors aged over 11 must wear a face mask or covering when visiting the Elf Village, house, shops, toilets and when leaving Wildlife World.

A young boy enjoys The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall.

Visitors aged eight and up are encouraged to wear a face covering.

The Christmas Experience will open with a reduced capacity to encourage social distancing and have a one-way system in place.

Santa’s North Pole has been relocated into the Elf Village which is now solely accessed with a ticket for either Santa’s Cabin or Under the Wishing Tree.

Craft activities in the Elf Village will not be available this year.

Both Santa experiences will be socially distanced.

Elves will wear visors when in close contact with visitors.

There will be a perspex screen between Santa and the children, he will not be wearing a mask or visor.

Only two adults are allowed in to visit Santa with the children.

Dogs are still allowed but must be kept on leads.

The Christmas Experience starts on November 27 until January 3 2021.

The Christmas Experience ticket costs from £4.15 per person.

Access to Santa's Elf Village is from £12.95 per child.

Visit the Lotherton Hall website www.thechristmasexperience.co.uk for more details.