Have you started planning your family Christmas days out for 2023? We love Christmas at theme parks as they’re always decorated and full of festive fun.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite theme parks to visit at Christmas time in the UK. We’ll also be adding to this list throughout November and December, so do check back if your area isn’t yet covered.
Christmas at Theme Parks 2023
Alton Towers at Christmas 2023
Magical Christmas Stay
- Stay with breakfast & evening meal
- A unique visit to Santa’s Grotto
- 1 Day Entry to family rides & attractions plus Christmas Market
- 1 Day Waterpark
- Read our review of the Santa Sleepover at Alton Towers here.
As an alternative to the Santa Sleepover there is also
Festive Fun at Alton Towers
This December get ready to enjoy a magical festive day out at Alton Towers Resort, with specially selected rides ideal for families, including CBeebies Land and Gangsta Granny: The Ride! Plus get ready to visit our brand-new mega-magical Towers Street Christmas Market and discover over 60 fantabulous and wonderous market stalls! But the festive delights don’t end there.
Plus enjoy a host of seasonal entertainment, meet cheery characters and eat delicious food! Endless fun and delights!
Chessington World Of Adventures at Christmas 2023
Chessington Santa Sleepover
Chessington Holidays are offering ‘Father Christmas Sleepovers’ again this Christmas. Even if you just visit for the day though, there is still plenty of festive experiences to enjoy.
You can visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto and receive an early Christmas gift, you can hang out with the mischievous elves and Santa’s trusty reindeer Willow and Drizzle.
Father Christmas Sleepovers for 2022 are available to book now! Don’t miss out on a roarsome winter adventure with Chessington Holidays Important Information: Remember to book your Father Christmas timeslot while booking your Short Break!
Included in your package:
Enjoy Britain’s Wildest Sleepover and benefit from…
- An overnight stay in a themed Resort Hotels
- 1 day entry to the Winters Tail Event, Zoo & SEA LIFE centre
- Father Christmas Meet & Greet
- Access to Savannah Splash Pool*
- A delicious breakfast
PLUS, all Resort accommodation includes FREE parking and fun-filled evening entertainment!
- Read our review of Chessington World Of Adventures here.
Spend the day at Chessington World of Adventures and meet Santa
Father Christmas and his band of merry elves are returning to Chessington once again for the festive season.
Drayton Manor and Thomas Land at Christmas
If you’re looking for the perfect theme park experience this Christmas, we highly recommend visiting Thomas Land at Drayton Manor. This is one of our family favourites and the ‘Magical Christmas’ makeover at Drayton Manor is worth seeing! Throughout November and December, the park is jam-packed full of Christmas family fun. You can expect guaranteed snowfall throughout the day and spectacular festive shows! If you choose to visit the Castle Of Dreams, you’ll even get to meet Father Christmas and his helpers. We recommend sticking around till the very end because each day you can see the Imagination Parade and a short but spectacular fireworks display.
Discover falling snow, enchanting decorations, a dazzling 35ft symphony tree, cheeky elves frolicking around the park and over 25 child-friendly rides and attractions: including Europe’s only Thomas Land and our 15-acre zoo. Plus, Live entertainment and experience our brand-new live show – ‘A Christmas Wish’.
Then, end your day watching our magical firework display by the lake – featuring Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and the elves for a singalong show like no other!
Don’t miss the most magical New Grotto Experience this festive season, available up until Christmas Eve. The whole family will love this enchanted Christmas walk through the Castle, guided by elves, your little ones can enjoy story time with Mrs Claus, make reindeer food with Father Christmas’ elves and meet Father Christmas himself! As you finish your Grotto experience, the kids will be able to collect their present, along with a hot chocolate and mince pie for the parents! Please note, this is a separately ticketed experience. More info can be found below.
Absorb all the entertainment and attractions the Park has to offer and enjoy the all-new Grotto Experience, with our park entry + Grotto experience ticket.
The whole family will love this enchanted Christmas walk through the Castle, guided by elves, your little ones can enjoy story time with Mrs Claus, make reindeer food with Father Christmas’ elves and meet Father Christmas himself! As you make your way through the castle for your 30 minute Grotto experience, the kids will spend one-to-one time with Father Christmas*, before collecting their present, along with a hot chocolate and mince pie for the adults.
Join us for the most magical Grotto Experience this festive season, available up until Christmas Eve.
*Please note; due to space limitations we advise only up to 8 people can meet Father Christmas at one time.
- Read our review of Drayton Manor and Christmas at Thomas Land here.
Gullivers Kingdom at Christmas
We love Gullivers Theme Park and this Christmas you will be transported to a winter wonderland. Gullivers will be playing host to a great selection of Christmas rides, shows and attractions throughout the theme park. There will be Christmas favourites returning again this year, including the popular Elf School. Kids even get the chance to be an honorary elf and can visit Mrs Christmas in her kitchen where they can cook up some delicious treats to take home.
- Read our review of Gullivers Kingdom here.
LEGOLAND at Christmas
LEGOLAND resort in Windsor is even more magical at Christmas. Spot the Christmas additions in MiniLand (including a Christmas market in Covent Garden), marvel at the twinkling lights and snow-dusted pine trees and take part in exciting seasonal festivities. You might even spot LEGO Father Christmas delivering his gifts!
Not only that, but families can also build together, adding to a festive LEGO scene. There will be a stunning 8 meter high LEGO Christmas Tree towering over Kingdom of the Pharaoh’s and families can take part in the LEGO scavenger hunt before meeting Santa in his grotto.
- Read our review of LegoLand here.
Paultons Park at Christmas
Christmas is a special time of the year at Paultons Park. See Rudolph and the elves, meet Santa in his magical Grotto, experience Peppa Pig World in a festive setting, see the musical Christmas tree, ‘Snow Street’ and illuminations and and enjoy selected rides and attractions, including Lost Kingdom and Critter Creek, across the Park.
- Read our review of Paultons Park here.
Crealy Adventure Theme Park
Crealy is the South West’s top theme park to visit this Christmas. There will be 9 new Christmas attractions for the who family to experience. This year Crealy will feature the South West’s first ever ‘Christmas on Ice Show’. Kids can also visit Santa’s Magical Toy Shop, where every child gets to choose their own present from thousands of wonderful hand picked toys and gifts! Other Christmas experiences include; Mary’s Christmas Bakery, Rudy’s Reindeer Food Making Station, Santa’s Post Office and The Singing Snowmen. There will also be a whole variety of Christmas craft sessions on offer, a Christmas market and so much more.
- Read our review of Crealy Adventure Theme Park here.
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