Family Pets Visit Santa Paws at Drayton's Magical Christmas

Published on: Wed, 21/11/2018 - 11:33

Santa and a visiting dog

After being inundated with requests from pet-loving members of the public, Staffordshire-based theme park Drayton Manor Park offered some of its guests the opportunity to bring their furry companions to meet Father Christmas* at the start of the park’s award-winning Magical Christmas** event.

On an exciting one-off occasion, the family owned and run theme park opened its doors to a variety of four-legged friends, meaning they too could really get into the spirit of Christmas and join in with the festive celebrations with their owners.

Father Christmas and his elves were in attendance to welcome the families to his grotto and presented the pets with a special Christmas present, including a festive water bowl and a selection of tasty treats too.

After meeting Father Christmas, the families and their pets were invited to enter Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which has been beautifully adorned with sparkling decorations as far as the eye can see and enjoy the accompanying festive music to fully immerse themselves in the ultimate fairy-tale setting. Based on the popular Thomas & Friends™ books and children’s TV show, this themed area becomes the ultimate winter wonderland, with guaranteed snow showers.

William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park, comments: “We understand that pets are an extension of the family unit and they should be able to enjoy some all-important family time with their loved ones and owners at this festive time of year. 

“It was a pleasure to offer some of our guests the chance to create fun family memories with their much-loved pets.”

Drayton Manor Park’s Magical Christmas recently received an award for the Best Tourism Experience of the Year in the Enjoy Staffordshire Awards, so visitors can be assured of a wonderful day out to make those precious memories last a lifetime.

For more information about the park and its magical Christmas visit:

To book a stay at Drayton Manor Hotel, visit, call 01827 285551 or email

*Please note that Father Christmas will only be with Drayton Manor Park up until 24th December, 27th – 31st December will be park only. Father Christmas visits are subject to availability.

**Drayton Manor Park’s Magical Christmas will take place on Friday 23rd – Monday 26th November, Friday 30th November – Monday 3rd December, Friday 7th – Monday 10th December, Friday 14th–Monday 24th December and Thursday 27th – Monday 31st December.