There are some truly magical plans for Thomas Land this Christmas. There’s plenty to do whether you’re visiting as a whole family, coming for a winter day out with friends, or just treating the kids. Make the most of your visit by getting the lowdown on all the special events, taking place on selected dates, in advance of your Christmas theme park visit.

All your favourite attractions

All your favourite Thomas Land rides will be open for your day out this winter. On a chilly December day, the best way to keep warm is surely a thrilling ride on Thomas Land’s most exciting roller coaster, Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster.

Dare to face the drop on Cranky Crane? Give the fire engines a hand on Flynn’s Fire Rescue, and learn to fly at Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy. Whatever you love best in Thomas Land, all your favourite Thomas and Friends™ attractions will be open in the theme park around Christmas.

White Christmas

In Thomas Land every visitor, every day, is guaranteed a white Christmas! Where else can you get a promise like that? Enjoy a live Thomas Land show every day at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm, after which you can meet some of your favourite characters at Knapford Station where the snow is guaranteed to fall every time. Why not watch the snow as you enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate, available from catering outlets throughout the park?

Every day a parade will take you on a magical journey through the park, starting at the Band Stand in Thomas Land and finishing at the Christmas tree for a short show. The parade begins at 4.30 or 5.30 depending on our closing time, so check the schedule to avoid disappointment!

Elsewhere in the park…

The Castle of Dreams

Start your day out at Drayton Manor Park by taking a short trip outside Thomas Land by visiting Father Christmas at the Castle of Dreams. This immersive experience will delight both children and adults! Guests are greeted by elves and go through the magical Castle of Dreams before meeting Father Christmas himself.

Remember— Father Christmas is now welcoming more boys and girls into the Castle of Dreams from 17th December until the 23rd December, so make sure you don’t miss out and book your tickets now!

Festive film experience

Forget 3D—your mind will be blown with thrills of our 4D cinema experience! You can never be sure quite what will happen next, even if you have seen the film before. Be transported right into the heart of the Christmas extravaganza with our 4D Polar Express film, a specially abridged 15-minute version exclusive to the 4D cinema. It’s the perfect way to relax during your Christmas theme park visit.

Santa’s real reindeer

One of our very favourite things to do on a Thomas and Friends day out at Christmas time is a trip across the park to visit Father Christmas’ real-life helpers, the reindeer. Guests can take an extra-special ride on Thomas the Tank Engine across Drayton Manor to the Dino Trail and 15-acre zoo. Keep your eyes peeled for a red nose among the antlers: you never know, Rudolph could always make an appearance!

Classic family fun

Here’s another Christmas theme park favourite for your visit to Thomas Land: the Slide and Glide! Take a trip into the main park and challenge your friends and family members to see who has the steadiest legs on the rink. The Slide and Glide at Drayton Manor provides the traditional family fun of a Christmas day out. Don’t miss your turn to take a spin!

End with a bang

Every Christmas theme park visit ends with a bang! Thomas Land is lit up with the dazzling lights of our nightly firework display until the end of December, played out in the skies above Drayton Manor Park’s beautiful lake. Be sure you stay for the final celebration and enjoy our fantastic Christmas fireworks with the whole family. It’s a winter-wonderful way to finish off your perfect Christmas theme park visit.

Make a night of it

The fun doesn’t have to end when the park closes. Make a mini-break out of your trip and take advantage of our stay and play offer! It’ll be such a treat for the kids to stay in their very own Thomas and Friends themed room complete with bunk beds and individual DVD players. You and your family can fully relax in Drayton Manor’s onsite 4 star hotel. Spend a night with us and wake up ready for your Christmas day out with Thomas and Friends! What better way to treat the family this Christmas?


Find out more about your Christmas at Drayton Manor and Thomas Land here.