Winter Illuminations - Light & Lantern Festival

  • Light & Lantern Festival
  • Festive fun for everyone
  • Walk Around Experience
  • Hot food and drink available throughout trail

Our Winter Illuminations are back for 2021, but BIGGER and better.

The Winter Illumination light and lantern trail has returning to Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

  Standard pricing for Winter Illuminations ONLY Standard pricing for Winter Illuminations INCLUDING daytime wildlife park entry
Adult £20.00 £30.00
Senior / Student £18.00 £28.00
Child (age 3-15 years) £17.00 £27.00
Child (age 2 and under) FREE FREE
Disabled Adult* £14.00 £24.00
Disabled Senior / Student* £12.00 £22.00
Disabled Child* £11.00 £21.00
Official Carer for Disabled Visitor* £6.00 £6.00

The Winter Illuminations will run on the following dates:

Thursday 18th November until Sunday 21st November 2021.

Thursday 25th November until Sunday 28th November 2021.  

Friday 3rd December until Sunday 9th January 2022.


YWP and the Winter Illuminations will be closed on Christmas Day, 25th December 2021.


All tickets need to be purchased in advance; key dates have sold out very quickly, so we suggest booking sooner rather than later!


As this is a special event outside our usual opening hours, tickets for the Winter Illuminations are not included in a Membership.

Members are of course welcome to make a reservation to visit during standard daytime opening hours throughout the winter season. 


Yes, we need to clear the park prior to opening the Winter Illuminations event each evening. Therefore if you wish to visit for the day and stay for the evening event, we would recommend booking an earlier time slot to save you waiting around. Alternatively, while you wait why not explore the shops, play areas and restaurants at the Yorkshire Hive!


When purchasing tickets online, choose the number of Winter Illumination tickets for the day and time you require and also select the relevant number of 'Winter Illuminations Park Day Time Tickets' from the 'WHO’S COMING?' section.

As you are attending the Winter Illumination event these tickets are at a discounted price to normal park tickets, only for the day you are attending the light and lantern festival.

Daytime park tickets purchased along with Winter Illuminations entry are valid any time from 10am (until the listed park closing time) on the day of your visit.


On average we are expecting it to take around 90 minutes to walk around the light and lantern themed trail, this does not include stopping for a drink or something to eat or even a visit to our gift shop. The trial is a one-way circular route around 2.4km in length.


The Park is fully accessible for wheelchair users.  Some areas of the Winter Illuminations may be over mildly uneven ground. Certain areas of the trail may be dimly lit. The full one-way circular Winter Illuminations route is around 2.4km in length. The route is flat and involves no steps or stairs.

We have a limited number of manual wheelchairs available to pre-book free of charge. Click here to book.

Alternatively, you can hire a mobility scooter for a small fee per day. Click here to book a mobility scooter. Hire is for the full day from time of collection. 

If all wheelchairs and mobility scooters are fully booked on the day you are attending, please ask on arrival if we have any availability, however we cannot guarantee there will be any for you to hire, so please try to book in advance where possible.


The route will begin at the Yorkshire Hive and go through the park in a circular loop up to Wallaby Walkabout, then returning to the Yorkshire Hive.

Please arrive at the Yorkshire Hive entrance to begin your fantastical festive light experience!


All our catering outlets will be open during the Winter Illuminations, see below for more details, where you can buy festive food and drink.

Evolution restaurant will also be open, so if you fancy a meal in a uniquely themed restaurant make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Click here to book your table.  


The following catering outlets will be open during the event. 

Sealion Kiosk & Hyena Snack Den 

Serving Hot and Cold Drinks, Cookies and Brownies

Leopards Snack Den 

Serving Cooked Donuts, Hot and Cold Drinks, Ice Creams

Masai Coffee House 

Serving Pepperoni and Margherita Pizza Slices, Hot and Cold Drinks, Muffins, Doughnuts and Traybakes. Range of Sandwiches and Salads. Wines and Beers

Main Carousel Area

There will also be a charcoal BBQ in this area serving Piri Piri Chicken BBQ served on Flatbread with Salad.


Burritos, Nachos, Dirty Fries, Chocolate and Hazelnut filled Warm Churros and Hot and Cold Drinks

Anteater Snack Den 

Serving Dole Soft Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream Swirl Option, Dole Soft Serve Floats and Hot Drinks


Due to capacity restrictions, tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable after purchase.


The event takes place outdoors, and there may be a short queue to enter or at our catering outlets.  Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter weather. The events will only be cancelled in the extreme event of wild weather which causes a health and safety concern. 


The event will run on timed entry slots, these will take place every 15 minutes from 4pm. The Park will close and the event will end at 10pm.


As the Winter Illuminations are being held on an evening, we are afraid you will not be able to see the animals as it will be dark, and they will be tucked up in bed.... you may however be fortunate enough to hear them. 


Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the park and pets cannot be left in vehicles or in the car park.


R.Ell.See - Trip Advisor Dec 2020

Only one word can describe this event.... MAGICAL

Lynne W - Trip Advisor Dec 2020
Had a fabulous experience at the Winter Illuminations at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park on 17th December. 
The illuminations were brilliant, amazing - fabulous! A different array of animals, flowers and imaginary creatures. I loved it.
Redfern-Hill - Trip Advisor Dec 2020
Great New Years Eve at the park, good to see the park in different seasons
The Winter Illuminations were fantastic and have recommended to friends that have now booked tickets. So worth the visit

🎟 Book Winter Illuminations Tickets

Make it a full day to remember ADD Wildlife Park daytime entry onto your visit for only £10 extra per person!


*Actual lantern displays may vary from the ones depicted in website imagery. If you're visiting the Wildlife Park in the day we ask that you arrive no later than 14:15.


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