Discover winter at Center Parcs

22 November 2021

Discover winter at Center Parcs

Winter is the most magical time of year at Center Parcs. Have you ever wondered what the differences are between a Winter Wonderland break, Christmas and New Year breaks and, new for 2022, our Winter Forest Lights experience? Here’s a quick overview of each experience, showcasing the highlights and giving you some inspiration for your next festive family getaway.


Winter Wonderland

The name says it all: a magical festive experience where the forest transforms into a winter wonderland. The village is covered with snow, twinkling lights and Christmas decorations – a picture-perfect backdrop for those festive family photos. Little ones will be delighted by our stories featuring Nutmeg the reindeer, and even grown-ups will feel like a child again.

Our Winter Wonderland breaks run from early November until Christmas Eve. At the heart of the Winter Wonderland experience is Santa’s Woodland Village, where you’ll find:

Santa’s Woodland Workshop: the highlight of a Winter Wonderland break for many families, you can meet the big man himself and take home a family photo to treasure

Toadstool Cabins: nestled around Santa’s Woodland Village are our new Toadstool Cabins featuring moving elves in festive activity scenes - little ones will love to take a peek inside!

Forest Festive Fayre: warm up with a hot drink and tasty treats whilst you explore

Photo opportunities: you’ll find plenty of picture-perfect moments to take snaps with your loved ones

Playful elves:  meet new elf friends as they wander through the village. They might even show you their playful tricks and dances!

Singing reindeer: yes, you heard correctly – our famous singing reindeer will entertain little ones and grown-ups alike with Christmas songs. You will find the singing reindeer near the Village Square at Sherwood Forest.

Whilst on a Winter Wonderland break, the whole family can join in with our special festive activities - from Design a Giant Christmas Stocking to Elf Academy, where children can learn how to be one of Santa’s elves!

Little ones can write a letter to Santa - make sure they post it in our special Santa post box so they can receive a magical reply from Santa himself whilst on your break!

In the evening you can visit our immersive Enchanted Light Trail and stroll through thousands of twinkling lights dancing among the trees to a Christmas soundtrack. Head back to your cosy lodge and settle down on the sofa together to watch our very own animated storybooks on your lodge TV, including little games the whole family can enjoy together. On a scheduled evening during your break, keep an eye out for Santa on his Village Tour as he passes by your lodge spreading festive joy. Santa’s Village Tour happens every Tuesday and Saturday from 6.30pm.

Book your Winter Wonderland break here.

Christmas breaks

Imagine the feeling of settling down in your own cosy lodge on Christmas Eve, and then waking up in the forest on the big day itself. Our Christmas breaks offer a magical experience for the whole family to celebrate Christmas Day. Discover a magical playground featuring all the festive elements from Winter Wonderland, including Santa’s Woodland Village and the Enchanted Light Trail.

You could start your Christmas break a little early and experience our festive activities up until Christmas Eve. Little ones will love waving goodbye to Santa and his elves on Christmas Eve on his Village Tour as he sets off for his biggest night of the year delivering Christmas presents.  

Wake up in the winter forest surroundings with your loved ones and spend Christmas Day your way. Let us do the cooking and head to one of our restaurants for a delicious Christmas Day Lunch - or if you prefer a traditional home-cooked Christmas dinner, our well-equipped lodges have everything you need to cook a family feast with all the trimmings. Take a stroll around the lake to burn off some of your lunch, enjoy an activity or make a splash in our Subtropical Swimming Paradise. There’s something quite special about a Christmas Day swim…

Carry on the celebrations into Boxing Day, whether you decide to go all out with exhilarating activities, enjoy a peaceful Pottery Painting session or even treat yourself to a trip to Aqua Sana Spa. Get ready for our Boxing Night Party and continue the festivities with children’s entertainment and the all-important Boxing Day buffet! (Only available at selected villages.)

Book your Christmas break here.

New Year break

Celebrate in style on a New Year break in the forest. The village is filled with twinkling lights, a dusting of snow and festive decorations. Soak in the magical atmosphere and admire all the wintry displays on a relaxing stroll or cycle through the forest.

Enjoy all our usual facilities, activities, and restaurants for a memorable New Year break. See in the New Year at one of our New Year’s Eve celebrations with loved ones. Visit our Enchanted Light Trail on New Year’s Eve - an immersive light and sound display that will delight little ones and grown-ups alike.

Wake up in the forest on New Year’s Day and start the year with our First Mile event. Get the whole family together to run, jog or walk your first mile of the year through the forest – with prizes available for the winners! Who knows, a New Year break at Center Parcs might even become a new family tradition…

Book your New Year break here.

Winter Forest Lights

Our brand-new winter experience during January and February is the perfect way to blow away the winter blues.

During Winter Forest Lights the village transforms into a sparkling winter playground with light sculptures, decorations and a dusting of snow. The Wishlight Village is at the heart of our new experience, and is home to pixies, owls and other magical woodland creatures. Explore the village with a delicious hot chocolate from Forest Fayre and spot the pixies in Toadstool Cabins nestled in the forest. Discover our fun photo opportunities to take snaps of the whole family for that special memory book.

As night falls, head to our Enchanted Light Trail. Follow a trail through the forest with thousands of twinkling lights shining in the trees and nestled on the forest floor, all dancing to a wintery soundscape – an immersive and mesmerising experience. You can visit the Enchanted Light Trail every evening of your break for free, with no need to book.

Our usual activities and restaurants will be open for you to enjoy, including our Subtropical Swimming Paradise.

Discover our new storybook The Winter Forest Lights, where Luminessa, the forest light-catcher, and her pixie friends catch children’s wishes to light up the forest during the dark winter nights. You will be able to buy our new story book from ParcMarket, along with watching the animated version on your lodge TV. Your whole family can cosy up beside your log fire and enjoy the perfect bedtime story.

Read more about our new experience here.

Will you be one of the first to visit our new Winter Forest Lights?

Book your Winter Forest Lights break here.

Emily Rushworth

Emily Rushworth

As Marketing Executive at Center Parcs, I love sharing exciting stories and top tips with our guests about our beautiful villages, to make sure you get the most out of your family break.