Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor

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One thing we love to do as christmas approaches is have a really brilliant family day out or weekend away. It’s lovely to spend some time together having fun, especially as it can get so hectic at this time of year.  I have visited Thomas Land at Drayton Manor when Molly was very small. We had a lovely day and i thought it would be a brilliant day out no the twins are a bit bigger so I was delighted to be invited to the press day so we could experience first hand the Magical Christmas.
Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

Before I start i do have to apologise for the amount of photographs in this post but I really had a hard time narrowing it down! We had such a great day and the thing which I love about the photos is the look of wonder and delight on the girls’ faces. It really was a magical Christmas and has got us in the mood for the festive season.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

 

I took my three girls on the day out. The twins are 4 and Molly is 7 and this is the perfect age range for children to visit. There is a good range of rides open with some scarier rides like Ben 10 open for older children. For little ones there is lots to do, including a beautiful Carousel which we rode on twice.
Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

We started our day out with the sky ride. This gave a lovely aerial view of the theme park which meant we could plan what to do.
Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

We then had to have photos taken with Rosie train.
Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

It was the first cold day of the season which took me a bit by surprise as it had been so mild all week so I had neglected to bring hats and scarves. School boy error! Luckily the shop sold some lovely clothes as well as toys at reasonable prices so the girls all got an extra souvenir of their day! Rose was particularly pleased with her Rosie Train hat.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

It was really interesting seeing the difference between the twins. Charlotte loved all the fast rides and even went on some by herself. Rose wasn’t so keen but luckily there were lots of different rides so we could find something she liked too.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

One of the highlights of the day was the train ride across the park. We were lucky and got to ride on Rosie train. The train takes you through the park to the zoo where you can see real reindeer and have a cup of coffee in the cafe.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

The area has been transformed into winter wonderland with a sprinkling of (fake) snow across the tracks. It looks really lovely.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

The girls were delighted to spot Santa’s reindeer in the zoo.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

Next we went on one of my favourite parts of the day, the 4D Polar Express film. This is one of our favourite Christmas films.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

I was pleased Charlotte had her big sister to go on the rides with her. I don’t like the ones which make you feel dizzy!

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

The site was decorated really beautifully and looked very festive.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

Even the trains had flashing lights and tinsel.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

We loved the giant Christmas tree. In the evening its lights flashed in time to the music. It was a great place to get a few photos – they will make good Christmas cards I think.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

 

There are also shows on every hour and a Christmas procession. This includes a snow shower and a surprise appearance from the big man himself!
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I loved how this is like the scene from polar Express and they even carried a giant bell.

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The girls all loved to play in the snow.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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One of the rides which was good for all the girls was the car ride. It feels like you are actually driving the car. Rose now thinks driving is easy.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

The day was topped off by our visit to Santa. Some friendly elves ushered us in to a beautifully decorated grotto. Santa was really cheerful and friendly and put the girls at ease. They loved sitting with him on his ornate chairs and happily posed for photos. He gave them a present each and warned their dad that he was just getting socks and pants again this year.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

As soon as we got out the grotto the girls opened their presents. Charlotte dropped hers and it broke! The girls were distraught saying she had broken the first present of Christmas! Luckily the staff were on hand and found her another present. They wouldn’t hear of us buying it, even though it was completely our fault it broke.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

We had a couple of last rides as the night drew in. It was really lovely riding on the carousel in the dusk with the lights glowing.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

As we posed for one final photo the girls saw lights in the ski and were convinced it was Santa flying home.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

As we were leaving we got to watch the amazing fireworks display. What a magical end to the day. This is one day out we will be adding to our Christmas family traditions from now on.

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Drayton Manor Magical Christmas is open:

December: 1st / 5th / 6th / 7th / 8th / 12th / 13th / 14th / 15th / 19th / 20th / 21st / 22nd / 23rd / 27th / 28th / 29th / 30th / 31st

Opening times: Gates will open: 9.45am / Rides start at: 10.30am – 5pm (Mon-Fri) 6pm (weekends)

Prices start at £10 pp – Children under 2 are free

Disclaimer: We were given a family ticket so that we could attend the press day. 

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