Reviewed by: Mojomums Carolynne and family
What they say: Recapture your inner child as you bring the little ones to meet and greet Father Christmas in the Castle of Dreams (pre-booking essential), experience the Polar Express in 4D and don’t forget to stop and say hello to Rudolf, Dasher and the rest of the reindeers in our 15 acre zoo before they set off on their long trip delivering presents on Christmas Eve.
Plus enjoy our festive activities, decorations and music whilst taking advantage of over 25 rides and attractions in Thomas Land that all the whole family can enjoy.
This year, Drayton’s Magical Christmas will also include the following:
- Our giant Christmas tree light show at specific times throughout the day
- Our dazzling magical fireworks at the end of the day (5pm on Monday & Friday, 6pm on Weekends)
- Guaranteed snow fall three times a day in Thomas Land
- Our very own ice skating rink – perfect for all ages to enjoy (extra charge applies – £2 to be paid on the day)
- Live Christmas shows in Thomas Land
- Christmas parade every day
- FREE Car Parking
- Plus even more magic and fun
What we say: It was the coldest day on Saturday but we wrapped up warm and headed to the Christmas experience at Drayton Manor. We haven’t been before so the kids were all very excited! It was incredibly Christmassy when we walked in and as it grew dark later on, the whole park came alive with lights… it was very magical. Drayton Manor is geared towards younger children which I liked. There are some rides for older children but these are all closed now for the winter.
We headed to the zoo first and even though it was small, there were plenty of animals to see, the kids loved it. This led on to the Dinosaur park which fascinated my 6yr old twin boys because they have a collection of life size dinosaur statues. Next we queued up for the Thomas the Tank Engine train which took us on a 5 minute trip straight into Thomas Land through a Christmas wonderland, complete with snow and creatures. Thomas Land was wonderful. My daughter went on her first little rollercoaster, well the first one she hasn’t screamed on and hated anyway! Suffice to say she wanted to go on it again and again! My boys ran around everywhere and wanted to try out everything. There is so much packed into a relatively small area and a big effort was made in terms of festivities. There’s even a short Christmas show every so often above the little station!
We went to see the 4D cinema to watch The Polar Express. This is free once you’re inside the park and I would definitely recommend. The ice skating isn’t real ice it’s the synthetic tiles, which makes it a little easier for the kids who all enjoyed it and of course, not as wet if you fall over!
Then it was time to visit Father Christmas who was situated in an enchanting fairy tale castle names Castle of Dreams! Again, this was beautifully set out and very enticing. It led on to a secret cosy elf workshop where the kids could do some arts and crafts, go in Santas sleigh and meet Santa’s helpers.
My children loved this gorgeous Christmas tree with it’s amazing lights that completely changed colours.
At the end of the day there was a lovely fireworks display which were set off over the lake! It was beautiful and the perfect way to end our fabulous day.
To find out more and to book your tickets visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk