Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor

by Laura Hands

Drayton’s Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor

For some, Christmas starts as soon as the Bonfire cools. For others, Christmas can NOT be discussed before December. For our family Christmas starts as soon as we have taken the children to visit Santa.

Over recent years we have tried a number of grottos and events across the West Midlands, so were thrilled this month to be invited to an experience we’d never tried before – Drayton’s Magical Christmas which is at Drayton Manor until 31st December.

With two children under six, we are huge fans of Drayton Manor and Thomas Land in particular. It would be easy to think therefore, that if you’ve been before then you’ve done it all. This is certainly not the case with Drayton Manor, who seem to have something new to enjoy every time we come. But the Magical Christmas goes beyond anything else we’d expected.

Our day began with a couple of our favourite rides (James’ Big Red Balloon and Harold the Helicopter!) before heading to watch the show. A Christmassy story with Sir Topham Hat kept both children engaged but there is nothing more exciting than snow at Christmas and it was the enchanting snow flurry, which ended the show, that left us all beaming. A truly magical moment that may have brought a tear to this mum’s eyes!

Drayton's Magical Christmas, photo by Laura Hands
Drayton’s Magical Christmas, photo by Laura Hands

After a few more rides and a snack break (there are so many places to eat at Drayton Manor that you can’t go hungry) it was time to head to ‘The Castle of Dreams’ for our slot to meet the big man himself.

Allocated time slots meant that queuing was minimal. The entire queue was undercover, with both heaters and toddler height activities in place. It didn’t feel like a chore to wait our turn. Santa was an absolute delight (I definitely think that this was the real one) and spent plenty of time talking to both children, making them feel comfortable and relaxed. The moment was captured and we headed off with our lovely gift bags.

Leaving Santa behind, the children were excited to discover face painting as well as toys and crafts to explore to continue the magical mood. Sneakily, at this point you also find yourself in a toy shop so be armed with your reminders that they will need to wait until Christmas before getting any new toys!

After a long day, we were excited to discover that the fun would continue with a parade and a fireworks show at 6pm. For us, this turned out to be a little too much and our tired children didn’t enjoy it as much as they had all of the other activities. My advice would be to check the day’s calendar and plan ahead. There is certainly plenty to choose from and it is a day to be enjoyed by all.

Drayton’s Magical Christmas is at Drayton Manor until 31st December. Book tickets here: draytonmanor.co.uk/magical-christmas


Laura and her family were invited to Drayton Manor on behalf of #BrumHour. This isn’t a sponsored post and this is Laura’s honestly held experience.

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