Olympic medal winners launchYorkshire Winter Wonderland event at York Designer Outlet

York Press: Olympians Ed Clancey, left, Lizzie Armitstead, and Luke Campbell, who turned on the Christmas tree lights to mark the opening of the York Designer Outlet Winter Wonderland Olympians Ed Clancey, left, Lizzie Armitstead, and Luke Campbell, who turned on the Christmas tree lights to mark the opening of the York Designer Outlet Winter Wonderland

Olympians gave a York shopping centre’s Christmas celebrations a sporting start last night.

Yorkshire-born Ed Clancy, Luke Campbell and Lizzie Armitstead, who earned medal glory at the London Olympics, were invited to launch the third Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at York Designer Outlet.

They switched on the lights on the 30ft Christmas tree at the centre of the rink, organised by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, with visitors being entertained by performances from Russian ice-skating troupe the Imperial Ice Stars and fans having the chance to meet the Olympic stars.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is open until January 6 and will host the Ice Factor rink and Santa’s grotto alongside a funfair.

Centre manager Mike Thomas said: “It has been a great year for Britain and we are particularly proud of our Yorkshire athletes, so we wanted to keep the spirit going by inviting Luke, Ed and Lizzie to open our Winter Wonderland.”

Luke, from Hull, claimed Olympic bantamweight boxing gold, while Barnsley-born cyclist Ed won gold in the team pursuit and bronze in the omnium and Lizzie, from Otley, took silver in the cycling road race. More information about the Winter Wonderland is available at yorkdesigneroutlet.com

Meanwhile, York’s St Nicholas Fayre, now in its 21st year, returns next week for four days of seasonal market shopping.

Wooden huts housing more than 200 stalls will line Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Coppergate, with gifts, crafts and local food on sale.

The event, run by City of York Council and open from November 29 to December 2, will also see Guildhall stage a Made in Yorkshire art and craft market, while a medieval market will be based at Barley Hall and St William’s College will host a market selling handmade items.

More information from yorkfestivals.com

 

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11:56am Sat 24 Nov 12

bob the builder says...

I hope it was 'finished', it looked like a half built travelling fair last Thursday with a couple of sheds tacked on.
I hope it was 'finished', it looked like a half built travelling fair last Thursday with a couple of sheds tacked on. bob the builder
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11:59am Sun 25 Nov 12

JB1980 says...

Agree..... We went on Friday to hopefully see Santa... But I was told he got there at 6.30pm and was gone way before we got there at 6.50pm

Besides the actual ice rink, the rest of it looks rubbish.

I feel sorry for the staff that HAVE to work late just because of the ice rink.... the shops are empty past 5.30pm it's a waste of time and resources.
Agree..... We went on Friday to hopefully see Santa... But I was told he got there at 6.30pm and was gone way before we got there at 6.50pm Besides the actual ice rink, the rest of it looks rubbish. I feel sorry for the staff that HAVE to work late just because of the ice rink.... the shops are empty past 5.30pm it's a waste of time and resources. JB1980
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8:08pm Sun 25 Nov 12

TERRIER3 says...

yep, my wife works there, says theres nobody in the shops after 6, yet she as to work till 8pm and then wait 30 mins for a bus home
yep, my wife works there, says theres nobody in the shops after 6, yet she as to work till 8pm and then wait 30 mins for a bus home TERRIER3
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