Award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park unveils Christmas spectacular with breath-taking light and lantern festival

Yorkshire Wildlife Park last night became a blaze of glory as its celebrated Winter Illuminations returned to light up the gloom.

The magic started when hundreds of thousands of light bulbs and LED lights were switched on.

The illuminations trail, which is the largest light exhibit in Yorkshire, creates a memorable, atmospheric walk through the park, at Branton, Doncaster.

The dazzling lantern display includes a giant T Rex dinosaur, light-up animals, step-on light pads, immersive rainbow lights and many other light creations. 

“We are incredibly excited to have the delight of hosting Winter Illuminations this year again., said Chris White, Head of Guest Experience. “Visitors will be overwhelmed by these giant displays. They truly are breath-taking and we are delighted that we have been able to host the Illuminations.”

“The displays will install the magic of Christmas for our visitors here at the park and we can’t wait for everyone to see it over the coming weeks.”

This year’s trail begins at the Yorkshire Hive and snakes up to the Wallaby Walkabout with visitors experiencing four major themes - Under the Sea, World of Fantasy, Animal Adventure and Fairy-tale Kingdom – along the route.

Families are able to keep warm with food and hot drinks available from takeaway outlets along the way.

The evening festivities are open to the public on selected dates from November through Christmas and into early January. The light and lantern trail is expected to take approximately 60- 90 minutes to complete. 

The park’s animals are not on view during the evening lantern trail but Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be offering daytime bundled tickets to allow visitors to enjoy both a day with the animals and the chance to explore the illuminated trail later on.

Entry is by advanced booking only.                         

Dates & Timeslots 

The Winter Illuminations will run on the following dates:

Thursday 18th November until Sunday 21st November 2021. 

Friday 26th November until Sunday 28th November 2021.  

Friday 3rd December until Sunday 9th January 2022.