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Families prepare for a Magical Christmas as Drayton Manor event returns

Staffordshire-based family attraction, Drayton Manor Resort, is getting ready for the return of its much-loved Magical Christmas event.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas
Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

It launches on Saturday and runs through until Christmas Eve and guests can expect a world of festive cheer with live entertainment, dazzling decorations, falling snow, a magical Grotto experience and an all-new gingerbread decorating workshop.

Father Christmas will be on hand to grant Christmas wishes during the Grotto Experience at the Castle of Dreams, giving little ones the chance to write a special letter to send to the North Pole.

They will join Mrs. Claus for a magical story time, and even get the chance to choose a toy from Father Christmas’ Toy Shop, with a hot drink at the ready to treat adults.

Guests will be able to dust off their decorating skills in an epic Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Mrs Kyndley’s Tea Room, led by Mrs Claus’ magical elves – also included in this year’s Grotto Experience tickets.

Drayton Manor Magical Christmas

Thomas fans can enjoy a host of festive entertainment in the Island of Sodor, with live shows from Sir Topham Hatt and his mischievous sidekicks, Rusty and Dusty, as well as the chance to meet and greet the playful characters after each show.

Santa’s House Party also takes place at the resort’s cinema. A 20-minute show will run every half-hour throughout the day, where guests will join Father Christmas and his loyal elf sidekick as they bake a surprise cake for Mrs. Claus, and help to clean up the mess before she gets home. The interactive show will be full of singing and dancing for the whole family to enjoy, with a sprinkle of Santa magic to finish.

To top off the festivities, families can gather around the stunning 35ft musical Christmas tree in the park for half-hourly shows, enjoy guaranteed snowfall in Thomas Land, and end their day with a magical sing-a-long with Father Christmas, Mrs. Claus and the elves.

Victoria Lynn, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Resort, said: “Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year here at Drayton Manor, and this year we’re even more determined to make it one to remember.

“We’re delighted that Magical Christmas is back – bigger and better – with all our festive family favourites, as well as wonderful new additions for this year.

“We look forward to welcoming Christmas fans to join us for the celebrations, where they will have a magical experience like no other!”

Tickets for Magical Christmas are on sale now at

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