New festive grotto announced for White Rose and ice rink returns

White Rose Shopping Centre is heading full steam ahead for the 2023 festive season with the announcement of its brand new enchanting steam train-themed grotto and decorations, and the return of its popular family-friendly ice rink.

The wonderous new grotto, where visitors can meet Santa in his vintage train carriage en route to the North Pole, will open daily from 10am from Friday 10 November 2023, with little ones able to share their Christmas wishes right up until Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December. Guests can check they’re on track to remain on the Nice list, and each child will receive a special gift from Santa to take away.

The grotto will also host sensory-friendly sessions from 10–10:30am every Tuesday throughout December, during White Rose’s weekly Quiet Hours from 10am–12pm.

Steven Foster, Centre Director at White Rose Shopping Centre, said:

“Christmas is truly one of the most magical times of the year here at White Rose, and we’re so excited to unveil our brand new Christmas decorations to our guests.

“Our grotto is sure to get visitors in the Christmas spirit and, alongside hundreds of shops and restaurants, plus free thousands of free parking spaces, White Rose is the perfect festive family day out.

“Guests will also be pleased to see the return of our outdoor ice rink this year. Thankfully skate aids are on-hand for those of us that need them, and our restaurants in The Village will be serving refreshments to warm up chilly skaters.”

White Rose’s ice rink, returning due to popular demand after its introduction in 2022, will open from Tuesday 21 November until Sunday 7 January, with special events and bundles yet to be announced.

Booking is required to visit Santa at White Rose’s grotto, with tickets priced at £6 per person including a gift for each child and the option to purchase photography of the magical moment.

Grotto tickets went on sale exclusively via the White Rose newsletter on Wednesday 13 September, with a general sale to follow. Ice rink tickets go on sale from Thursday 5 October. Visit to sign up and for more information.


This post is based on a press release issued by White Rose Shopping Centre


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