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

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!

Our annual Winter Illuminations feature over 2,400 metres of illuminated trails filled with giant awe inspiring hand-crafted lanterns.  Explore the illuminated lands of Fairytale Kingdom, Animal Adventures, Under the Sea and much more.

This magical night-time adventure sees our walk-through Wildlife Park come alive with an enchanting spectacle of light, promising an experience bigger, better and more electrifying than ever before!

Event dates:

  • 25th - 26th November
  • 1st - 4th December
  • 8th - 11th December
  • 15th - 24th December
  • 26th December - 2nd January
  • 6th - 7th January 
  • 13th - 14th January

Upgrade your Winter Illuminations visit and spend the daytime at Yorkshire Wildlife Park for just £10pp!

  Winter Illuminations ONLY Winter Illuminations INCLUDING daytime wildlife park entry
Adult £22.00 £32.00
Senior / Student £20.00 £30.00
Child (age 3-15 years) £19.00 £29.00
Child (age 2 and under) FREE FREE
Disabled Adult* £16.00 £26.00
Disabled Senior / Student* £14.00 £24.00
Disabled Child* £13.00 £23.00
Official Carer for Disabled Visitor* £6.00 £16.00

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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.


Yes, you can upgrade by adding daytime entry to the Wildlife Park before your evening visit to Winter Illuminations for only £5pp. Show your valid Winter Illuminations booking at our ticket office to purchase. Terms apply. Ask for details. 


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 2.15pm 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 18th and Saturday 19th November 2022

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November 2022

Thursday 1st December to Sunday 4th December 2022

Thursday 8th December to Sunday 11th December 2022

Thursday 15th December to Saturday 24th December 2022

Monday 26th December to Monday 2nd January 2023

Friday 6th January and Saturday 7th January 2023

Friday 13th January and Saturday 14th January 2023


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


If you have not received your email confirmation please send us an email on [email protected] with a contact number, the email address used to book, full name and post code. We can then look into this further for you.


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 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 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 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: Pastrys, Pizzas, Sandwiches, fries, Churros and a hearty menu of light bites, main and children's meals from our Safari Café.

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. 


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.


Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the park and pets cannot be left in vehicles or 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! Induge in a deliciously refreshing Iced Soft Serve whip!

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

Terms & Conditions: This is an external event, therefore, tickets to Yorkshire Wildlife Park are not included. Entry is not included with Annual Memberships, one entry admission included with Gold Memberships.

Bookings cannot be amended after purchase. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Bundled daytime entry tickets are only valid on the same day as the corresponding Winter Illuminations tickets.

Images depicting the event are for illustration purposes only. Actual Illumination displays may vary. Yorkshire Wildlife Park has the right to change the content of this event without prior notice.