Serving and retired members of the British Armed Forces can enjoy FREE* entry to Drayton’s Magical Christmas on selected dates from Saturday 18th November**.

Over the past ten years, Drayton Manor Park has given more than half a million visitors 280 days of Magical Christmas memories, including 159,600 Father Christmas meet and greets and endless magical moments.  This year, the festive celebration is set to be more magical than ever before as the park celebrates a decade of fantastic festive fun.

Running on selected dates throughout the Christmas period, families can dig out their favourite woolly hat and gloves and immerse themselves in the ultimate magical experience.

Visitors of all ages are invited to delight as Europe’s only Thomas Land™ once again becomes the ultimate winter wonderland, with guaranteed snow showers up to three times a day. Not to mention sparkling decorations, live shows and magical festive music, sure to get all the family feeling very merry!

In celebration of ten years of Magical Christmas, Drayton Manor Park will be serving up fantastic festive delights.  With sweet treats for everyone including candy canes, mince pies and Christmas cake, and delicious mulled wine sure to warm mum and dad up on even the chilliest of days.

Of course, no Christmas would be complete without meeting the main man himself and little ones can do just that as they enter the enchanted Castle of Dreams where they’ll be greeted by playful helpers before meeting Father Christmas in his Grotto. With Christmas being the time for giving, each child will receive a gift and a Golden Ticket to return for the new season in 2018***.

The magical makeover continues throughout the park, with an enchanting 30 foot Christmas tree taking centre stage and playing festive music to a magical light show throughout the day.

Those looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the park can visit the 15-acre Zoo, home to over 750 animals of 130 different species from all over the world.  Visitors can meet cute reindeer and enjoy live talks and feeds from our Zoo Keeping team throughout the day.

Each day of Magical Christmas will end in style thanks to a dazzling fireworks display that the whole family is sure to love and will even get the biggest scrooge in the festive spirit!

Those looking to turn their festive day out into a magical trip can enjoy a relaxing stay at the 4 Star Drayton Manor Hotel. Set in the grounds of the park, the 150 room hotel has a selection of packages available over the Christmas period including Thomas & Friends themed rooms with Thomas goody bag and Character Breakfast****. For more information, please visit,

Accepted IDs include a valid Military Personal Card, a MOD Card, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces) or an Armed Forces Discount Card for serving personnel. Veterans can also show a Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card or a Leaving Certificate, Proof of War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation Card.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Park join it on Twitter and Facebook


Terms and Conditions

*Park entry only, does not include a meeting with Father Christmas. This can be booked separately at an extra price.

**Drayton’s Magical Christmas will be open on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th November, Friday 24th – Monday 27th November, Friday 1st December – Monday 4th December, Friday 8th – Monday 11th December, Friday 15th – Sunday 24th December and Wednesday 27th – Sunday 31st December.

***Golden Ticket terms and conditions. The Golden Ticket admits one free child during the 2018 season when accompanied by a paying adult.

****All rooms and packages are subject to availability. The armed forces discount is not available on hotel room bookings.