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A ‘magical Christmas’ in store for Drayton Manor guests during 2008 winter opening – New live show and Thomas Land ‘in the snow’ are Xmas highlights


Winter opening returns to Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, UK, this year when the park opens for an extended Christmas period.

From November 22nd right through to December 23rd and also from December 27th to January 4th , the park will create Drayton’s Magical Christmas for visitors when it opens its hugely popular Thomas Land area in addition to offering a major new live show, Santa’s Magical Adventure, in the Big Top Theatre, throughout this winter period.

Following a season packed with a variety of newly produced live shows which entertained literally thousands of guests of all ages, Drayton Manor began its winter season with the Spooky Spectacular Halloween show during its late opening half term week, which formed part of the park’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This will be followed by a Fireworks Weekender during the first weekend in November, with the Christmas fun set to begin later in the month.

As well as the live show, however, another major feature of Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas opening will be Thomas Land, the brand new area of the park which debuted at the start of the 2008 season and which has proved an unprecedented success throughout the year. Here guests will be able to enjoy a transformed, festive Thomas Land featuring all the Thomas and Friends themed rides and attractions within this area of the park along with additional features such as reindeer, Santa and all his helpers and real snow to add the finishing touch! Every child aged nine years old and under will also receive a Christmas present.

“We are very much looking forward to Drayton’s Magical Christmas this year, ” commented Drayton Manor’s General Manager Central Services Helen Pawley-Tuft. “When we decided to create Thomas Land we always had it in mind that this would give us an ideal opportunity to do something really special at Christmas time and, coupled with a dedicated live show for the festive period, we will be offering guests a wonderful experience.

“Bookings are going extremely well, ” she continued, “and with many other features such as real snow, reindeer, presents for young children and, of course, Santa and his helpers, we are confident it will be another very successful event for Drayton Manor.”

For further information please contact:

Helen Pawley, General Manager Central Services, Drayton Manor Theme Park
Tel. +44 (0) 1827 252400. Email

Andrew Mellor, leisure industry media and PR, Drayton Manor Theme Park
Tel. +44 (0) 1743 872200. Email

See also:
Red Star to debut The Curse of Skull Rock at Drayton Manor Theme Park
Simworx announces 4D effects theatre for Drayton Manor Theme Park
Drayton Manor Breaks World Record for Longest Thomas the Tank Engine Train Track

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