It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… was the tune that began playing in my mind as I walked into Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas. I was instantly transported from a normal November’s day into a winter wonderland! Christmas trees surrounded every corner and snow showers dusted the ground as we began to adventure around the park!
Drayton Manor Magical Christmas
Jack, my 4 year old son was in awe at the first place we came across; Knapford Station with Thomas and his glorious transformation into Rudolf with his ruby red nose and antlers. Snow surrounding the station and the most dazzling lights shone throughout the tunnel. It was definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! The park has been decorated with snow machines which go off 3 times during the day which keep the festive cheer going. Children squeal in delight as snow begins to fall from above. Festive music also plays throughout the park and I must admit I caught myself having a sing along at various times through the event! The 30ft Christmas tree was also adding to the festivities with its musical light show and numerous children gathering around in awe of the sheer size of it.
Our ride on Thomas took us to Drayton Manor Zoo, a 15 acre zoo filled with flamingos to kangaroos and everything in between. You also couldn’t have a Christmas Zoo without Reindeers! The three reindeers called Buzz, Comet and Star finish the Castle Of Dreams experience in which you meet Father Christmas, have your photo taken and receive a special goody bag containing a Golden Ticket which gives 1 child free entry in the 2017 season, a naughty elf to look after and a selection of chocolates too! Walking into Santa’s castle was delightful. You are immediately greeted by his lovely elves who spend time talking to the children about their Christmas lists and what they would like to ask Father Christmas for and when your slot is ready they then lead you into his room.
With the snowy backdrop and the red velvet chair Jack was instantly enthralled by this new person who sat before him! Santa sprinkled magic dust into Jack’s hand and as he waved it the camera flashed and caught the glisten in his eye.
The Thomas & Friends Exhibition is a must visit for any true Thomas the Tank Engine fan! It features a model of Thomas which follows you around the exhibit as he passes villages, bridges, people and ships! It’s a fabulous way for the older generations to reminisce to the younger fans how Thomas has changed since they were children.
Slide and Glide is an indoor ice rink in the park which is included in the entry price if you really want to get in the festive spirit and also a great way to warm up! There is also a magical outdoor parade in Thomas land with characters and songs and the day ends with a beautiful firework display over the lake. What a way to end a spectacular day!
If you have older children with you, don’t forget to slither down to the reptile house! It homes reptiles of all shapes and sizes, from mini turtles to gigantic anacondas there’s something for you all to admire!
In the past year Drayton Manor’s Thomas Land has gone through an extraordinary £2.5million expansion in which they have added various new rides and also a café. It really is a must visit for any fans of Thomas and his friends!
Drayton’s Magical Christmas will be open on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November, Friday 25th – Monday 28th November, Friday 2nd December – Monday 5th December, Friday 9th – Monday 12th December, Thursday 15th – Friday 23rd December and Tuesday 27th – Saturday 31st December.
Ticket prices for Drayton’s Magical Christmas which include a visit to Father Christmas in the Castle Of Dreams start at £22 for adults, £17 for children and 60+. Children aged 2-3 years cost £12 and under 2’s go in for free. If you would like to attend without the Father Christmas visit prices start from £16 for adults and £11 for children and 60+, with ages 2-3 costing just £6. These prices are available when pre booked online or through the call centre. It is also worth mentioning that if you are serving or non-serving members of the Armed Forces you receive free entry into Drayton Manor.
BLACK FRIDAY DEAL (25TH NOVEMBER)
Drayton Manor is selling 5,000 tickets at just £15 each from 10am Friday 25th November. There will be 1000 tickets allocated to Easter, May Bank Holiday, Whit Week, Summer and Halloween. Tickets will sell out fast so make sure you get in there quickly so you don’t miss out! All offers will be available on the website!
Another fabulous deal they are offering is to make you Magical Christmas that much more special you can receive 30% off overnight stays at the 4* Drayton Manor Hotel, which is convineantly set in the grounds of the theme park and this will be available for selected Thursdays and Sundays during the Magical Christmas Event and they will be extending this to include Thomas & Friends
If you want to make Christmas extra special, Drayton Manor Hotel, set in the grounds of the attraction, is giving visitors 30% off overnight stays on selected Thursdays and Sundays throughout its Magical Christmas event (running through till 31st December). Not only that but there will be rooms available to book with 30% savings for it’s Thomas & Friends™ weekends in February and Thomas Stay & Dine deal up until the 30th March 2017!
Another fabulous offer is that The Grill Inn situated in the park is also offering a child’s 3 course meal for just £1 when accompanied by an adult paying for a main course! To claim this offer simply visit the parks website and purchase a voucher! The voucher runs from 1st December up until 17th February.