Staffordshire-based family attraction, Drayton Manor Resort, has announced the return of its much-loved Magical Christmas event – with an exciting new addition for 2022.

From Saturday 26 November to Saturday 24 December, 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 himself will be on hand to grant everyone’s 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 the adults.

Brand-new for 2022, guests will be able to dust off their baking skills in an epic Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Mrs Kyndley’s Tea Room, led Mr’s Claus’ magical elves – also included in this year’s Grotto Experience tickets.

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.

The festive fun doesn’t stop there – Santa’s House Party at the resort’s cinema is not to be missed! The 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.

Not forgetting the exciting rides and attractions included in the experience. From Thomas Land and a fascinating 15-acre zoo, to Thor, Sleipnir, Bounty Pirate Ship, Accelerator and so much more; there truly is fun for everyone.

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 to announce 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 and guests can extend the fun to a family staycation with new Stay and Play packages available.




  1. ryanjamar
    If you'd like to come over and play with me, is a great game to pass the time after a long day at work.

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