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Our Top 9 Christmas Activities for Families – Theme Parks

04 Nov 2022 by Sophie White

*Blog updated 05/12/2022*

Head out to a theme park this Christmas and forget your worries and stresses!  

With thrilling rides and magical festivities, they’re great places to spend time with family and friends at this time of year.

Want to make memories and enjoy some family Christmas days out? 


Check out our top 9 theme parks to visit this Christmas!


1. M & D’s Scotland’s Theme Park, Strathclyde Country Park 

26/11/22 – 24/12/22 On selected dates.

See website for pricing.

This amazing theme park has much to offer this Christmas.

There are outdoor rides and indoor entertainment, a festive Christmas Land Train, Santa’s magical circus, Santa’s Grotto, festive storytelling and even an ice rink (with Bavarian bar and festive food)!

And there’s more – check out their website!


2. Alton Towers Christmas Adventures

1/11/22 – 31/12/22.

25/11/ - 2/1/23 (for Lightopia).

See website for pricing.

There’s all sorts going on at Alton Towers this Christmas – it’s packed with family Christmas fun.

Spend the day and enjoy the many famous rides and attractions. Visit the Christmas market with its wonderful gifts and festive treats, walk the magical illuminated trail ‘Lightopia’ and be uplifted by this year’s themed attraction ‘Christmas Wonder’ which takes you on a new route through the park.

Visit Santa’s Woodland Grotto.

Or extend the visit with ‘Santa’s Sleepover’ – an overnight stay in a themed hotel which includes all the above plus a delicious evening meal and breakfast.

Enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled festive day out with the family this Christmas on one of Alton Towers’ many rollercoasters. Photo by Jeremy Thompson via Flickr. Some rights reserved.


3. Sundown Adventureland Christmas Fun, Nr Retford, Notts

19/11/22 – 24/12/22

10am – 2.45pm

£18-21 adult, £22-25 child (incl gift)

Concessions available.

This lovely theme park for the under 10s promises a magical experience for visitors this Christmas.

There’s the memorable ‘Night Before Christmas Train’ that takes you through the enchanted forest to visit Father Christmas, a Winter Wonderland where you’ll see Mrs Claus and a special ‘Four Seasons Arena’ where you get to meet the elves. Plenty of festive treats for all.


4. Lapland UK, Ascot, Berks

For prices and times visit the website.

You won’t be disappointed by a visit to this award-winning venue.

Be immersed in a fantasy world within an enchanted forest, a toy factory, Mother Christmas’ Kitchen and the Elven Village!

Memorable interactive fun.


5. Gulliver’s Theme Park Christmas Adventures

3/12/22 – 30/12/22  on selected dates.

Range of ticket options & packages.

This is a chain of lively theme parks: Warrington, Matlock, Milton Keynes and Rother Valley.

They also offer family-friendly accommodation for those wanting to stay a little longer.

At Christmas, there are exciting festive rides and attractions, the North Pole Express and Santa’s Grotto.


6. Woodlands, Totnes

26/11/22 – 18/12/22   every weekend.

19/12/22 – 23/12/22   daily

From £14.95

This delightful theme park in Devon has indoor play areas, water rides and a zoo farm and it is transformed at Christmas into a magical winter wonderland.

Let the Elf Guide take you through the enchanted forest where you’ll pop into the toy workshop!  Then visit Father Christmas in the Woodlands Christmas Grotto and receive a gift.

Lots of festive treats to enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Woodlands Park.


7. Legoland Christmas Experience, Windsor

26/11/22 – 3/1/23

From £32

Legoland is transformed into a winter wonderland at Christmas time.

Enjoy live shows and a pantomime. See Father Christmas on his sleigh through the park and visit him in his cabin.

There’s an option to stay over in the themed resort’s hotel.            

Join in with the festive family fun at Legoland Windsor this Christmas. Photo by Rob Young via Flickr. Some rights reserved.


8. Paultons Park Christmas Fun, Hampshire 

3/12/22 – 23/12/22  on selected dates.


10.30am – 4.30pm.

You’re guaranteed a memorable time at Paultons Park this Christmas!

Beautifully decorated throughout, there is so much festive entertainment here.

Peppa Pig World is transformed!

There’s a Christmas show with singing and dancing, a musical Christmas tree and magical illuminations.

Spot the snowman, reindeer and elves!


9. Drayton Manor Christmas Experience, Tamworth, Staffs      

26/11/22 – 24/12/22

From £26.50 adult, £24 child

Lots of fun, family-friendly rides at Drayton Manor at Christmas.

This Christmas come and enjoy the grotto experience, Thomas Land with exciting live entertainment and ‘Santa’s House Party’.

How about joining the elves at the gingerbread decorating workshop?


These are our top 9 theme parks at Christmas UK wide. Some are well-known, others less so, but they’re guaranteed to lift the spirits and offer you some quality time with your family and friends at this busy time of year.


Drop us a line if you decide on one of them or if you find another…. there are lots more around the UK.


And if you’re enjoying a family Christmas at home instead, take a look at our family Christmas hampers, packed full of treats for the whole family to enjoy.


Have fun!