Drayton's magical christmas

Join us for a truly Magical Christmas experience this festive season, from Saturday 19th November for selected dates until Saturday 31st December with selected rides open throughout.

With guaranteed snowfall over the Island of Sodor and so much to see and do, from meeting Father Christmas, catching a ride on Thomas and dancing along with The Fat Controller and all his Fungineer friends. You can also make Christmas arts and crafts, marvel at the Christmas Tree light show, enjoy the thrills and spills of The Polar Express in 4D for a 15 minute experience and to end it all, each day finishes with a fantastic firework display.*

We even have real life reindeers in our 15-acre zoo, along with an indoor Slide and Glide ice rink as well.

Please note: Thomas Land, the Zoo and selected smaller attractions will be open. The main theme park and all thrill rides will remain closed.

Opening times


Dates – 28th Nov, 2nd Dec, 5th Dec, 9th Dec, 12th Dec, 15th Dec, 16th Dec

Opening time: 9.30am                 Ride Opening time: 10.30am                              

Closing time: 5.00pm


Weekends and Holidays – Prior Christmas Day

Dates – 26th Nov, 27th Nov, 3rd Dec, 4th Dec, 10th Dec, 11th Dec, 17th Dec, 18th Dec, 19th Dec, 20th Dec, 21st Dec, 22nd Dec, 23rd Dec.

Opening times: 9.30am                 Ride Opening time:10.30am

Closing times: 6.00pm


Post-Christmas day

Dates – 27th Dec, 28th Dec, 29th Dec, 30th Dec, 31st Dec

Opening time: 9.30am                 Ride Opening time:10.30am                              

Closing time:5.00pm

So with live shows, carols, presents, light shows, Father Christmas and everyday ending with a magnificent fireworks display plus much more, we advise to book early to avoid disappointment.


                         Standard Tickets                                                        



Pre-book your tickets online or through our call centre

Park entry with Father Christmas visit

Pre-Booked Park Only

On the day*

Aged 12+




Aged 4-11 & 60+




Aged 2-3




Under 2's




Disabled or Carer**




*Not including Father Christmas visit, this must be pre-booked, limited slots will be avaialble to upgrade on the day at Guest Services.

**Only available to book via our sales team, please call on 01827 287979 or email guestservices@draytonmanor.co.uk. Price per person. 

Please note that all Father Christmas visits need to be pre-booked. A maximum of 6 people can visit Father Christmas within one time slot.

All children under the age of 12 will not be admitted to visit Father Christmas unless accompanied by a paying adult (Father Christmas Visit Ticket) 18 years or over and must be supervised at all times.

For more information about Magical Christmas, please click here to see our FAQS.


  • All Thomas Land rides
  • The Carousel
  • Jolly Buccaneer
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Mission Coaster (weather dependant)
  • 4D Cinema - The Polar express
  • Slide & Glide 
  • The Zoo (closes at dusk)

The last train from Knapford station will leave at the following times:

On days the park closes at 5pm it will leave at 4.45pm.

On days the park closes at 6pm it will leave at 5.45pm.

Please note: If the park is closing at 5pm, please note there is a parade and show from 4.30pm with fireworks at 5pm. If the park is closing at 6pm, the parade and show is from 5.30pm with fireworks at 6pm.


Please note all Season Pass Plus Holders need to pre-book their Father Christmas visit via our sales team, please call 01827 287979 or email guestservices@draytonmanor.co.uk.

Don’t miss out on creating fun family memories this Christmas and BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

Father Christmas visits may be available as an upgrade on the day of your visit at a cost of £6. However, this is subject to availability. 

Please follow the steps on the links below. 




Did you know that you can make a stay of it? With an amazing 4-star hotel right on site, why not book a Stay & Play package? With up to 30% off on selected days over Magical Christmas this can be the perfect family getaway to kick your Christmas season off in style.


Terms and Conditions 

To read our full park terms & conditions please click here 

Subject to availability. Magical Christmas is available on selected dates: November: 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, December: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st. 

*Live shows and entertainment are subject to change, rides and attractions are subject to weather conditions. Selected dates and rides only. To visit the Castle of Dreams with a Father Christmas slot you must pre-book this, limited upgrades will be available on the day. Maximum of 6 people per Father Christmas visit. All children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by a full paying adult over the age of 18 to enter the park. Those under the age of 12 wishing to enter the Castle of Dreams to visit Father Christmas must be accompanied by a paying adult (Father Christmas Visit Ticket) at all times.