Lakeside Winter Wonderland 2023

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Lakeside Winter Wonderland is back for 2023! This Christmas wonderland attracts loads of visitors from all over and is a highlight in the calendar for locals during the festive period.

We’ve got all you need to know about Lakeside Winter Wonderland 2023, so buckle up and brace yourselves for a lovely festive atmosphere.

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Lakeside Winter Wonderland 2023

Christmas Fairground
Lakeside Winter Wonderland is one of the biggest Christmassy attractions in the UK and is one of Lakeside Shopping Centre’s most popular outdoor events!

The Winter Wonderland hosts numerous visitor attractions, from ice skating, Christmas lights and a Christmas market to a fun-filled funfair. Not forgetting the most delicious and exciting festive food and drinks!

You can enjoy a seasonal snack and mulled wine with festive music as you stroll around. The family will be in a merry mood in no time! It’s a place full of family fun!

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Where is Lakeside Winter Wonderland 2023?

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The Lakeside Winter Wonderland is located at the Quay at Lakeside Shopping Centre.
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Christmas Wonderland Lakeside
The Quay Lakeside Shopping Centre, Grays RM20 2AD

Opening Times

From 15th November 2023 - 3rd January 2024
Monday to Friday 15:00 - 21:00
Saturday 11:00 22:00
Sunday 11:00 - 20:00


Free entry to Winter Wonderland

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Rides at Lakeside Winter Wonderland 2023

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There’s something for everyone here. Especially with a huge collection of rides, everyone will have a favourite ride!

Don’t miss a turn on the iconic Giant Wheel! We heard you can observe the most spectacular views of the magical winter wonderland from high above. For the little ones, climb aboard the Santa Train for a festive adventure.

If you’re after a little whizzy, dizzy, spinny ride, we suggest the Snow Dome! A brilliantly lit-up, exciting ride that will have your head spinning round and round! For a more gentle ride try the Christmas carousel – a childhood classic.

Alternatively are you more of a thrillseeker? Then have a spin on the Waltzer. You will find all sorts of fun rides for all the family.

Keep a look out for any breaking news as Lakeside is continually updating information about new rides and attractions for 2023!


Rides are £1.20 each

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Ice Skating at Lakeside Winter Wonderland 2023

Ice skates
Welcome to the largest ice rink outside of London!

The huge ice rink at Lakeside Winter Wonderland is even under a giant igloo, so you can glide and skate anytime!

It’s an activity for all the family to enjoy, even beginners! Why not hire a skate aid if you are new to the ice? You can choose from an adorable seal or penguin design skate-aid to help you keep on your feet. A great idea for little ones who want to test the waters.

It’s especially beautiful when the lights at night illuminate the darkness… It’ll be an unforgettable evening, which is why we 100% recommend it!

However, don’t forget to pre-book your ice skating, to avoid disappointment.

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Christmas Market at Lakeside Winter Wonderland 2023

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There’s a small Christmas market at Lakeside with a variety of stalls selling traditional holiday items.

You can find some great last-minute gift ideas and a couple of stalls selling cute festive decorations, such as snow globes and candles! Whether you’re grabbing stocking fillers or the main gift.

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Food and Drink at Lakeside Winter Wonderland 2023

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It’s the season to be merry! And what makes us all happy? Delicious food!

Make sure you arrive at Lakeside with an appetite because you won’t want to miss all the tempting festive treats on offer. Pick up a seasonal savoury snack with German sausages, loaded fries, tasty toasties and even a Yorkshire pudding wrap with fantastic fillings!

For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll love walking around all the food stalls and choosing from sweet crepes, Nutella waffles or toasting marshmallows!

The Apres Ski Bar is an ideal spot for taking a break from the rides and shopping. Make a toast to the festive season with mulled wine, beers and cocktails.

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We hope you have found our guide to Lakeside Winter Wonderland useful! It’s time to make some magical memories this Christmas.

Don’t forget to check out our other Christmas blogs! You’ll find all sorts…from the Festival of Light in Longleat Safari Park to the immersive Wishmas in London! We don’t stop there though, you can grab all the info you need about the Christmas event here.

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