This weekend Drayton Manor opened its doors the its festive Magical Christmas event with its official launch yesterday and we were thrilled to have been invited to see just what it had on offer.
Even the weather was getting into the spirit of the season with its minus temperatures!
When we arrived we were thrilled to see Thomas Land draped in festive accessories and supporting festive music, fairy lights and even the odd blast of snow with its snow machine!
All of the Thomas Land rides were open to the public and several of the main parks eateries and facilities were still open, however we were unaware that the big rides and shops would be closed, however we loved it this way, so much quieter than a standard Saturday and far less queuing than any other trip we had been on before at Drayton Manor and we loved it!
For those of you slightly more agile than this 7 month pregnant women there is a fantastic outdoor ice rink (£2 charge for 15 minutes) that I was rather gutted I wasn’t able to go on! However we all totally loved the 4D film The Polar Express that was showing a 15 minute version of the film which was utterly fantastic!
No Magical Christmas is complete without a visit to Santa and it was no exception yesterday as we visited the enchanted Castle of Dreams where Joshua got to visit Father Christmas himself, after being escorted into a beautifully decorated room with chimney decorated and a festive tree, Santa was sat waiting for Joshua to visit, where he chatted with him about Christmas and he seemed in no rush to get us out even though there was a queue which we were touched by …. however what touched us more was Joshua’s little face as he looked in awe at the big fella himself!
Joshua was given a special present that was a giant gold chocolate coin, a really beautiful money-box and a golden ticket for him to return in 2016! … we thought they were lovely gifts and even though they were generic in the fact all the children got them they were still so gratefully received by everyone that we came across.
At the end of each day, there are planned fireworks displays, however with a fair drive home we unfortunately missed this at the end of the day.
Both my husband and I were thrilled with the Magical Christmas event and on discussing it in the car on the way home we both felt the same way in that it was one of the best visits to Drayton Manor we’ve had and are even planning to book in advance for next years with a possible stay at the Drayton Manor hotel thrown in.
That’s it folks we can now officially start our Christmas 2015 … and what a wonderful way to mark it!
Further Details On Drayton’s Magical Christmas Event
Drayton’s Magical Christmas will be open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays*** from Saturday 21st November to Monday 14th December, then every day from Thursday 17th December to Wednesday 23rd December and Sunday 27th December to Thursday 31st December. Pre booking Christmas tickets is essential due to demand.
Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets in order to visit the park, however all thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.