The Christmas markets and twinkling light trails are all sure to be family treats during the festive season.
But Alton Towers takes their Christmas cheer a step further, adding roller coasters and family games to the mix.
So my eight year old daughter Maeve and I went to the theme park in Staffordshire, to explore their Christmas wonderland.
Alton Towers is best known as a destination for thrill seekers and is one of the most visited places in the UK. Amusement park.
But from late November to January 2, it is transformed into a family-friendly holiday.
And the Christmas spirit was evident from the start – as we walked through the gates, we were greeted by dozens of brightly colored Christmas trees and a live band playing carols.
The first is the Christmas market. With over 60 stalls selling everything from bobble caps to alcohol.
There are plenty of food stalls, bars and liqueurs and hot, spiced apple juice stands dotted around the market, as well as small wooden cabins in case you need shelter from the weather.
While most parks and the biggest thrill-seeking attractions close for winter, Alton Tower opened up CBeebies Land for the festive season, the perfect place for young children.
There’s a Go Jetters ride that gently lifts you up and down, or Postman Pat trucks circling the track featuring favorite characters from the show.
We head for the Octonauts Roller Coaster Adventure – a super mini roller coaster that kids over 90cm can try, it’s the ideal introduction to amusement park rides for kids.
But despite its small size, the car sped up pretty quickly, and Maeve and I quickly screamed with delight as we kept our attention on round turns and plunging into small dents.
Finally, we arrive at the Lightopia trail.
At 2km high, this is the longest festival light trail in Europe. Visitors are taken through a series of beautiful scenes and introduced with an all-season tour.
Having joined a number of light streaks over the past few years, this is the part we’ve been most excited about and we weren’t disappointed.
Jungle scenes filled with monkeys and elephants, beautiful butterflies with wings that actually move, and 3D selfie walls with glowing flowers are some of our favorites.
The final show was a light show where the display was made up of an impressive fountain and we watched Santa and his reindeer gallop through the fountain.
A word of warning; Bring your repellent. Unless you can schedule your visit on a clear, dry day, you’ll likely depend on the weather and we had heavy rain and gusty winds for our visit.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly day out that’s kid-friendly and comes with festive markets, a great selection of kids’ games, and a beautiful light trail, then Alton Towers is well worth a visit this Christmas.
Tickets start from £16 for markets and rides, and £20 for Lightopia markets and trails. Admission to the markets, games and Lightopia is from £31.
See altontowers.com/christmas for more information.
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