Eleven weeks of Winter Efteling starts 13 November
Skate in fairytale surroundings in a wintry World of Wonders
From 13 November to 31 January 2018, Efteling in the south of Holland will be transformed into a winter world of twinkling lights, bonfires and snow-covered pine trees for its annual Winter Efteling.
For 11 weeks, the theme park, which is open all year round, will offer special winter attractions such as the IJspaleis indoor ice rink and cross-country skiing, while its Fairytale Forest will be cloaked in a wintry atmosphere. All of the park’s attractions will be open as usual during Winter Efteling, aside from the water rides, meaning that winter visitors can enjoy the fun, magic and thrills that Efteling has to offer with an additional winter wonderland touch.
Highlights at this year’s Winter Efteling include:
Ice skating at IJspaleis indoor ice rink
Winter Efteling’s indoor ice rink IJspaleis has a new look for 2017, where visitors can now skate on a frozen pond at the palace of the Snow Princess and Fire Prince in the heart of the park. Children that don’t want to brave the ice can ‘bounce’ on the towers of the castle, or slide down a slope on inflatable tyres. The Snow Princess and Fire Prince will make daily musical appearances to encourage singing and dancing on the ice rink, as well as on their sleigh at the Efteling bonfires.
Winter stories at the Fairytale Forest
The Fairytale Forest, covering around a quarter of the whole Efteling park, brings fairytales to life with attractions, sculptures, and interactive scenes depicting well-known stories, such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. During Winter Efteling, the forest becomes even more magical and enchanting as the temperature drops and snow falls. In the heart of the forest, the Fairytale Tree, which comes to life as children approach him, gives a special winter performance.
Cross Country Skiing
Exclusively for Winter Efteling, guests can enjoy 400 metres of cross-country skiing at the cross country ski track, which weaves around a beautiful Dutch landscape, complete with windmills and granaries.
As dusk falls, the Fairytale Forest is illuminated with an impressive light show on the façade of Villa Volta – Efteling’s indoor ‘madhouse’ that rotates to give a dizzy experience. The 3D projection brings the building to life with the story of Hugo the Buckrider from the eighteenth century.
The Aquanura water show is also particularly impressive in the dark with its 200 fountains, music, fire and light displays.
New Year's Eve Celebrations at Winter Efteling
From 7pm on New Year’s Eve, there will be live performances in various squares around the park, marking an enchanting end to 2017. The Efteling attractions will remain open until midnight, after which the New Year will be celebrated with fireworks and bubbles. Special tickets are available for New Year's Eve, priced at €39.50 (£35), which includes a glass of bubbles, typical Dutch doughnuts and admission from 7pm to 1am.
Winter Efteling is open daily from Monday 13 November 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018; from 11am to 6pm on weekdays and from 11am to 7pm at weekends. During the Christmas period (from 23 December to 7 January), Winter Efteling is open daily until 8pm.On 31 December, the park is open until 6pm. Special tickets for the New Year's Eve celebration at Winter Efteling can be purchased to gain entry from 7pm. The park will remain open until 1am.
Apart from the water attractions, all other attractions are open as long as weather conditions permit.
More information at: www.efteling.com/en/park/events/winter-efteling.
Enchanting overnight stays
After an enchanting day at Efteling, guests can extend the adventure with a stay at the Efteling Hotel or in the holiday homes or apartments in the Efteling Bosrijk or Efteling Loonsche Land holiday villages, directly adjacent to the theme park. An overnight stay at Efteling includes unlimited access to the theme park. A one night stay at the Efteling Hotel for two adults and two children, including breakfast and two days’ park entrance is priced from £323.50.
Efteling is easily accessible from the UK by sea and air.
Sea options include P&O Ferries from Hull to Rotterdam, DFDS from Newcastle to Amsterdam, and Stena Line from Harwich to the Hook of Holland.
Alternatively, visitors can travel by air to Amsterdam and Eindhoven, followed by short transfers by train, taxi, bus or car. Return fares with EasyJet from London Gatwick to Amsterdam are priced from approximately £60.