It’s the time of year when sleigh bells ring and Christmas cheer is in plentiful supply, which must mean that it’s once again time for Alton Towers Resort to host their magical Santa’s Sleepovers. Featuring a selection of Christmas experiences from festive activities, the Resort’s very own pantomime, a selection of attractions within the theme park, and of course a meet and greet with Santa himself, the Resort offers the full Christmas experience. TowersTimes were invited to take a look at 2018’s Christmas offering.

Guests visiting the Resort for a Santa’s Sleepover can enjoy one of three magical Christmas experiences depending on which accommodation they choose to stay in – Santa’s Woodland Grotto; Santa’s Festive Breakfast; or Christmas Party with Santa. Guests staying in the CBeebies Land Hotel or Alton Towers Hotel can experience Santa’s Woodland Grotto. Located in the heart of CBeebies Land, guests are greeted by Santa’s elves who guide them down Mistletoe Lane to discover Santa’s cosy grotto. There, they can meet the man himself in a personal and unique experience within a richly detailed grotto. Younger guests can also choose a toy from the grotto as well as having the opportunity to capture a memorable moment in a family photo ahead of Santa’s big day.

Families who opt to stay in Splash Landings Hotel can experience a Christmas Party with Santa. The experience begins with a festive family activity in the Splash Landings Hotel before guests are led out to the stunningly decorated Christmas Tipi. There, the fairies and elves host a special Christmas party which includes singing and dancing, as well as a visit from both Santa and Mrs. Claus. Adults can enjoy a cup of mulled wine, whilst younger guests can have a mug of hot chocolate.

Whilst last year the Tipi was located next to the Enchanted Village, as construction continues on Alton Tower’s latest accommodation offering; Stargazing Pods, this year sees it located on a section of the Splash Landings Hotel’s car-park. An effort has been made to retain the inviting outside appearance, with a set of planters helping to screen off the rest of the car-park. Whilst this year, starting the experience in the Pizza Cove area slightly lessens the immersion, this does help improve capacity and still retains the audible ‘wow’ from guests entering the Tipi. It is great to see the return of the Christmas Tipi with its unique festive offering and we look forward to seeing it return as part of the Stargazing Pods development in the new year. Once again the Resort has done a good job with both the decoration and entertainment to create a magical festive atmosphere.