Leeds’s Lotherton Hall gets ready to unwrap its Christmas delights

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Families in Leeds will be guaranteed a simply wonderful Christmas time if they take a trip to Lotherton Hall over the next few weeks.

The grounds of the popular country house attraction at Aberford in the east of the city are playing host to the Lotherton Christmas Experience for the second winter in a row.

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Getting under way tomorrow, it will feature everything from an elf village to a Twelve Days of Christmas-themed woodland walk complete with interactive installations.

Youngsters will also be able to visit Santa’s North Pole, explore a secret fairy dell or grab an Edwardian-style selfie in Lotherton Hall itself.

And, for people left thirsty by the day’s excitement, mulled cider and hot chocolate will be on offer in an enchanting Christmas courtyard.

A seasonal shop will also provide an ideal opportunity to snap up some extra stocking fillers and decorations.

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Leeds City Council leader Coun Judith Blake said: “The Christmas Experience at Lotherton was a fantastic occasion for visitors of all ages last year and we’re thrilled to see it return this Christmas.

“Christmas is all about bringing people together and so many visitors enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of Lotherton last year and the estate looked absolutely stunning.

“The festive season is always a really special time in Leeds and I look forward to seeing thousands of visitors enjoying the fabulous attraction once again.”

The Lotherton Christmas Experience runs until December 23 and general admission is included in the normal estate entrance fee of £6 for adults, £4.80 for concessions and £3 for children.

Activities including storytelling and seasonal crafts carry an additional cost of £3 each or £10 for four.

Visits to Santa’s North Pole, meanwhile, are priced at £10.95 per child on top of the estate entrance fee.

People planning an outing to the Lotherton Christmas Experience are strongly advised to book in advance.

For further information, visit the www.thechristmasexperience.co.uk website.

Last year’s extravaganza attracted an estimated 65,000 visitors.

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