Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas has returned – and it’s certainly giving youngsters plenty of early festive cheer.
The theme park’s popular ThomasLand attraction has been transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with regular ‘snow’ falling from the skies around a suitably twinkly Knapford Station.
The familiar sight of the Rev W Awdry’s iconic trains is always enough to bring a smile to youngsters, but the added ingredient of things such as Christmas songs – even in November! – and themed performances from the Fat Controller and pals just adds to the joy.
The Troublesome Trucks rollercoaster remains a favourite whatever the time of year, while the spinning Toby Tram also proved popular with our little ones.
While ThomasLand might hold an appear to the younger visitors, even the slightly older kids will be able to stay entertained with the Ben 10 rollercoaster and the 4D cinema open, while a ‘slide and glide’ rink is also a welcome addition to the fun.
But in an age where shopping malls and garden centres have cornered the market on meeting Santa, Drayton Manor have really stolen a march with a moment which even had the eldest of our children – firmly in the “I’m not sure about all this naughty and nice list” – begin to wonder about whether she should heed Father Christmas’ advice and tidy her room after all!
The walkway, complete with Santa’s helpers and the themed castle were all the perfect setup for the big meeting itself. And it was nice to see Mr C capturing the imagination of the kids as he discussed what he already knew about them.
I won’t spoil Santa’s surprise, but even the gift given to the children had a charming tale and gave them an extra reason to get excited about December 25.
There’s no doubting that for families with youngsters ThomasLand is always a firm favourite – but The Magical Christmas is more than enough of a reason to sneak in another visit before you hear the sound of sleigh bells.
The event runs until December 31. To book tickets visit the Drayton Manor website.