Best Christmas events at UK theme parks including a Santa sleepover at Legoland and Alton Towers

CHRISTMAS is making its way to some of the UK’s best theme parks this year.

From Santa’s grotto to live shows, families can make the most of the festive season when theme parks are usually closed.

We've rounded up the best Christmas events at theme parks in the UK this year
We’ve rounded up the best Christmas events at theme parks in the UK this year

Alton Towers, Legoland and Drayton Manor are just some of the parks that will give kids the chance to meet Father Christmas, as well as receive a gift from the man himself.

Some events will even let families stay overnight, with fireworks, performances and rides open in the evening.

So if you’re looking for something festive for all the family, here are the best Christmas attractions to head to this year.

Alton Towers

Families at Alton Towers can stay the night for an extravaganza of events
Families at Alton Towers can stay the night for an extravaganza of events

Guests at Alton Towers can stay over at the theme park for Santa’s Sleepover.

Kids will be able to stay for one night in a themed hotel, and enjoy a unique visit to Father Christmas.

Also included are tickets to CBeebies Land, the indoor waterpark, Robin Hood pantomime, and a nine-hole crazy golf course.

A festive dinner and evening entertainment, as well as a buffet breakfast, free gift and a farewell from Santa, are part of the experience too.

The event runs on November 24, as well as December 1, 8, 14 and 23.

Ticket prices start from £215 for a family of four.

Drayton Manor

Thomas the Tank Engine features at Drayton Manor's Christmas event
Thomas the Tank Engine features at Drayton Manor’s Christmas event

Drayton Manor is opening their Magical Christmas event for another year on selected dates between November 16 and December 31.

Kids can meet Father Christmas at the Castle of Dreams as well as meet reindeer at the zoo.

Thomas the Tank Engine has a new live show themed around the festive season, while a 4D screening of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas will also be airing.

Families will be able to watch the Magical Christmas parade show with a fireworks display in the evening.

Tickets start from £21 per person.

Chessington World of Adventures

Meet the Gruffalo at Chessington World of Adventures
Meet the Gruffalo at Chessington World of Adventures

Visit Chessington between November 23 and January 6 for their Winter Tails event.

On selected dates, kids can meet the Gruffalo as well as Santa in his grotto while decorating festive treats in the Gruffalo Kitchen.

Tickets start from £18.50 per person.

Legoland

You can build you own train with Mrs Claus at her Lego workshop
You can build you own train with Mrs Claus at her Lego workshop

From November 30 to December 24, kids will love the festive events all made from the iconic bricks.

On selected dates, the Brickmas Express train will travel throughout the park.

Miniland will feature miniature Lego Father Christmas and his reindeer, while a show at the Christmas Kingdom will include a special Lego gift from Santa.

You can also see Mrs Claus to build a Lego train at her toy shop.

Tickets start from £36 per person.

Paultons Park

Peppa Pig is also ready for Christmas this year at Paultons Park
Peppa Pig is also ready for Christmas this year at Paultons Park

Christmas at Paultons is hosting a one-off late-night opening on December 18.

Kids can watch the festive lights throughout the park as well as visit Santa in his grotto – with a gift for both kids and parents.

Peppa Pig World at Christmas will also be transformed with fairy-lights, seasonal music and giant Christmas trees.

Tickets start from £10 for kids and £30.75 for adults.

We’ve also rounded up the best Christmas markets across the UK this year.

There are also some great deal for Christmas holidays in December too.

British Airways’ Christmas Market deals start from £99.

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