Winter Illuminations - Light & Lantern Festival

Select dates throughout Winter

  • Light & Lantern Festival
  • Bigger and better than ever before
  • Walk Around Experience
  • Festive fun for everyone
  • Hot food & drinks
  • NEW FOR 2023 - Space Odyssey AND The Spirit of Christmas

Wrap up warm and experience the park after dark as you explore the magic of our illuminated enchanted realms, as we light up the dark nights this festive season!

Winter Illuminations is back for 2023/24 and this year it's going to be out of this world! 🪐

Ticket Type



Senior / Student


Child (age 3-15 years)


Child (under 3)


Disabled Adult*


Disabled Senior / Student*


Disabled Child*


Official Carer for Disabled Visitor*


Park entry upgrade

Off Peak: £10pp
Peak: £12pp (includes entry to Christmas Market & Fair)


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'.

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.


Yes, you can upgrade by adding a daytime entry to the Wildlife Park before your evening visit to Winter Illuminations for only £10pp. 

Or why not choose a day when our Christmas Fair is running and upgrade your ticket for £12pp. These dates are 2nd & 3rd of December, 9th & 10th December and 16th & 17th December.


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!


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. 

Upon booking your wheelchair/mobility scooter you will be asked to choose a 10am time slot. This is a full day reservation which can be collected at any time.

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.


If you are visiting during the day, entry is valid any time from 10am however, you must enter the park by 2pm at the latest. 

Areas of the park will be closed down from 3pm. ALL GUESTS must exit the park by 4pm. 


The Winter Illuminations will run on the following dates:

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November 2023

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2023

Thursday 30th November to Sunday 3rd December 2023

Thursday 7th December to Sunday 10th December 2023

Thursday 14th December to Sunday 24th December 2023

Tuesday 26th December to Tuesday 2nd January 2024

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th January 2024

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January 2024

YWP and the Winter Illuminations will be closed on Christmas Day, 25th December 2022.


We recommend that all tickets need to be purchased in advance; key dates will sell 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 with Annual Memberships.

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

If you are a Gold Annual Member, you will receive a voucher code for one free admission to this event.


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 food and drink or a visit to our gift shop. The trail is a one-way circular route.


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 flat and involves no steps or stairs.


There will be catering outlets open during the Winter Illumination as part of the route where you can buy festive food and hot drinks.

Some of the food items on offer include: Pastries, Pizzas, Sandwiches and Fries.

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.  

Alternatively, Wilds Cafe Bistro will also be open for bookings. Kick back in this casual but elegantly themed dining venue with an inviting atmosphere and great service. Click here to book your table. 

We advise booking in advance for all our restaurants to avoid disappointment. 


Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable after purchase.


The event takes place outdoors, 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 from 4.15pm.


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


Food & Drinks

DeLight in a warming range of food and drink to enjoy during your Winter Illuminations adventure. With plenty of refreshment stops along the route, perfect for picking pick up hot and cold drinks or maybe even some delicious treats. Looking for something a little more filling? Head to Masai Coffee House or iCaramba! for warming bites and delicious drinks.


Brave the cold with...more cold! Indulge in a deliciously refreshing Iced Soft Serve whip!

Outlets opening times

Tsavo Lodge | Open from 4:30pm

Caramba | Open from 4:45pm

Masai | Open all day & Evening

Leopards Donut Den | Open 4:15pm | Weekends open all day & Evening

Hyena trailer | Opens at 4:15pm

Camels trailer | Opens at 4:30pm

Evolution Restaurant

Evolution Restaurant is the perfect place to dine before or after exploring Winter Illuminations! Immerse yourself in a unique themed restaurant experience filled with Dinosaurs and Dragons. Book your table in advance to avoid disappointment.

Reserve a Table

Wilds Cafe Bistro

Unwind in the welcoming surroundings of Wilds Café-Bistro. Kick back at this casual dining venue with an inviting atmosphere and great service, offering inspirational signature dishes in the bistro or a delightful snack at the bar.

Reserve a Table


No need to worry about getting home after your Winter Illuminations visit, the Hex Wildlife Hotel has an out of this world offer you won't want to miss out on! 

Enjoy entry to our Winter Illuminations event, an overnight stay at the hotel, day entry to Yorkshire Wildlife Park PLUS free breakfast at Wilds Café-Bistro with a huge 45% off the whole package!

Click the link below to find out more and take advantage of this amazing deal! 👇

Winter Illuminations Saver