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Making Magical Memories with Merlin this Christmas

November 25, 2018

As parents, we want to give our children the world, and at Christmas, this is all too apparent. However, the pile of gifts sitting under the Christmas tree come Christmas morning is wonderful, but will they remember these in years to come. This Christmas switch your focus to creating magical family memories with a trip to one of the Merlin attractions to enjoy the festivities.

Whether you are looking to visit Father Christmas to explain that you have mainly been good, looking to combine festive fun with some rides or making a night of it with a festive sleepover, Merlin has it covered…

The Ultimate LEGO Christmas at LEGOLAND Windsor

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Festive fun is back at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort this Christmas season. Families can meet Father Christmas and discover over 30 rides, attractions and LEGO® Christmas activities.

Jump aboard the Brickmas Express before following the twinkling lights and snow-dusted Christmas trees to discover an enchanted Christmas land, where little ones will meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto and receive a LEGO® Christmas gift. In Miniland, Christmas will come to life with miniature LEGO festive additions to London and Scotland, from a bustling Christmas market in Covent Garden to Father Christmas flying over Big Ben in his sleigh.

Father Christmas’ elves will be on the lookout for little helpers to write letters to Father Christmas and build LEGO candy canes and festive decorations. Take part in a LEGO scavenger hunt and marvel at the stunning 8 metre high LEGO Christmas Tree before heading to Mrs Christmas’ Toy Shop where they can build their very own LEGO Christmas decoration to take home. Plus, costume characters Ollie the Dragon and LEGO Santa will be on hand to spread the festive cheer.

A special Secret Shopping Service will be in action for guests stocking up on LEGO goodies during their festive visit. On hearing the word “Rudolph” LEGOLAND staff will jump into action and help mums and dads keep their purchases under wraps with a range of fun diversionary activities to keep the little ones occupied.

More information and booking: www.legoland.co.uk/christmas

Santa Sleepovers at Alton Towers Resort

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Step inside to the Alton Towers Resort this festive season and experience a magical Christmas escape with a Santa’s Sleepover! Santa, Mrs Claus and all of their friends are preparing the Alton Towers Resort for the most wonderful time of year and the only thing missing is you! 

Now is the perfect time to secure your place and enjoy the fabulous treats we have in store for your entire family. With an amazing combination of selected rides and attractions in the Theme Park, including CBeebies Land, Christmas activities to keep all the family entertained, and a full schedule of festive entertainment, a Santa’s Sleepover is the perfect way to treat the family to a special getaway at the most magical time of year! Plus, enjoy our fabulous pantomime, Alice in Wonderland, brand new for 2018.

Each magical Santa’s Sleepover includes:  

  • An overnight stay in our amazing accommodation
  • A unique visit to Santa (experience dependent on accommodation) 
  • Our fun-filled Pantomime, Alice in Wonderland 
  • festive evening meal – choose from one of our restaurants including Rollercoaster Restaurant
  • A delicious buffet breakfast
  • One day Waterpark tickets 
  • One day Theme Park tickets with selected rides and attractions including CBeebies Land! 
  • Evening entertainment including character meet & greets, shows, a Christmas cinema and a farewell from Santa Claus!
  • 9 holes of crazy, zany Extraordinary Golf

More information and booking: www.altontowers.com/christmas/

Chessington’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’

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This Christmas at Chessington celebrate with the Gruffalo, visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto, plus enjoy some family favourite rides, including Vampire and meet Chessington’s amazing animals at Chessington’s Zoo and SEA LIFE centre.

Visit Chessington World of Adventures Resort for a full day of festive fun, or as the sun sets and the lights twinkle, for Chessington’s Twilight opening. 

More information and booking: www.chessington.com/christmas/

Christmas at the Castle

Join Santa and his merry Elves for a magical group storytelling experience under the magnificent 20 foot Christmas Tree in our Great Hall. Pull on your wellies, button up your coats and wrap up warm, as you wander through the grounds to discover a host of crazy clues and foul festive facts about Christmas’s past, finally leading you to a merry reward.

Over in the Princess Tower, join Princess Felice, the true love of Guy of Warwick, to help her solve Christmas riddles and reunite the couple in time for their Winter Wedding. Plus, marvel at the twice-daily Winter Birds of Prey Show with the Castle’s beautiful and powerful creatures swooping low over the Castle grounds. All included in Castle admission.

More information and booking: www.warwick-castle.com/explore/christmas-at-the-castle


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  • Nina November 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I love it when theme parks do Christmas themed events! I used to go to Legoland all the time when I was little and I’m sure I would’ve loved it over the festive period!

  • Kelsey November 26, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    These all look like so much fun! I think if I had to pick out of the bunch though I would go with Legoland!

  • WhatLauraLoves November 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I thought only Disney Land did Chritsmas themed events, this looks absolutely amazing. My stepson would love it xxx

  • Kara November 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I really want to do the Legoland experience, it sounds such fun

  • Jenni November 26, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I really want to take my son to LegoLand in Windsor but it’s a bit far for us. The Alton Towers sleepover sounds great

  • Kirsty November 26, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I really would love to experience Lego land at Christmas. I bet seeing all the Christmas theme in lego would be amazing. Plus the idea of shouting Rudolph and seeing the staff jump into action would be fun when shopping

  • Nayna Kanabar November 26, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    What a fabulous idea to be able to spend a night in this fantasy world. I am sure it would appeal to all ages not just kids.

  • Super Busy Mum November 27, 2018 at 10:39 am

    You can never beat magical experiences and this place looks like it has it in spades! I mean, the lego Santa blew my mind nevermind anything else!

  • Rachel November 27, 2018 at 11:20 am

    So magical and I have always wanted to do the Santa Sleepover at Alton Towers, it sounds amazing x

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