Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas Event
Last weekend brought some really cold temperatures, cold enough to remind us that Christmas is just around the corner and what a wonderful way for us to get into the Christmas spirit by a family day out at Drayton Manor Parks Magical Christmas event!
We attended this event for the first day on the 21st November giving us the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of Sodor at Christmas.
Prior to becoming an Ambassador for Drayton Manor Park I had spent the previous 2 years taking my children to this event with friends as a member of the public, purely on the basis that this is such a fantastic event and a great way for your child to celebrate Christmas with Thomas The Tank Engine.
We arrived for our day at Drayton Manor at midday of which we then spent the next few hours taking in all the sights of Christmas in Sodor, enjoying the rides of which Thomas Land has to offer and also seeing the animals in the Zoo.
This year Drayton Manor also has an indoor Ice Skating ring which is covered up in the dodgems area of the theme park. Ideal for if it rains so you can skill enjoy the fun of skating. The ice skating is perfect for all ages to enjoy for children in a shoe size Infant9 and above priced at £2 per person. This includes skate hire and 15 minutes on the ice with skate aids included, if required.
After we finished Ice Skating we headed for a hot drink to warm us up and then went straight into a viewing of Polar Express at the 4D cinema, a very popular Christmas film with 3D glasses and special effects such as, water sprays and chair movements. Entry into the 4D cinema for this viewing is included in your ticket price so I really do recommend you don’t miss out!
Next up it was time for our visit to see Santa, located in the Castle Of Dreams we joined a short queue at the kids got to have a chat with Santa, tell him if they had been naughty or nice this year and also tell him what gifts are at the top of their lists this year. Each child got to take away a bag with a special gift inside and we also paid to have a special photo of Lewis and Leah with Santa. A lovely visit as always.
When we left the castle the sun had gone in so we got to then take in the sights of Sodor at night…
Sodor at night is such a lovely sight, trees were lit as well as the bandstand, houses and Sodor Airport. Even Knapford Station is decorated for Christmas and Thomas is all lit up with his additional antlers and red nose which did make Lewis and Leah chuckle as “Thomas is a train Mummy, not a reindeer!!”
At 6pm the rides stop working and the fireworks begin, to signal the end of a lovely festive day at Drayton Manor. In previous years the fireworks have taken place over the Castle Of Dreams but this year they took place over the lake which made a nice change as the fireworks do look lovely with their reflections over the water.
A couple of things to mention which we sadly missed out during out action packed day, there are a number of Thomas Land shows held above Knapford Station from the Fat Controller and his crew and some extra special Chritmas Shows happening outside Maithwaite Station and the Bandstand, regular snowfalls happening throughout the day also in Sodor and a late afternoon Christmas Parade.
Magical Christmas is taking place now over weekend periods leading up to Christmas, head over to the Magical Christmas webpage now to check dates, book tickets and also book a slot to visit Santa at the Castle of Dreams. Ticket prices start from £15pp, with no Santa Visit or £20pp, including a visit to Santa and a gift. All ticket prices includes full day access to the park, a chance to see Polar Express at the 4D cinema, free parking and access to the Zoo.
A fun and special day out for all the family in the lead up to Christmas, don’t miss out – We’ll be back next Christmas as always!
**This is not a sponsored post, we were invited along to Drayton Manor Magical Christmas as part of our Ambassadorship role. All words and opinions are our own.