Winter Season

The main season may be over but the resort is open this winter to offer a wide of activities and themed weekends to escape those long chilly nights.

While the hotels and their attractions are at the heart of the Winter Season, the park also has limited opening hours and ride availability over Christmas as part of the park’s winter packages.

The weather can be quite wintery and it can snow a lot more in the Staffordshire Moorlands when it might not be snowing elsewhere, so be sure to prepare your car for the weather and take lots of warm clothes; little fingers and toes don’t like being too cold!

On a budget? The Winter Season can be an excellent time to experience the hotel attractions at a fraction of the price. Outside the main theme park season there are often plenty of good deals to be found for a stay at Alton Towers.

Christmas Breaks

This year, as well as the traditional Santa Sleepovers and Festive breaks, on selected dates over the Christmas holidays the theme park will be open for paying day guests to experience the Christmas Markets and Lightopia Christmas Wonder as well as a selection of the theme park’s family rides.

Theme Park at ChristmasYou can add a little bit of extra magic to Christmas this year by taking a short break at the Alton Towers Resort – the fantastical Christmas event is a must for all those with a young family.

Event Dates

Santa’s Sleepover Dates:

  • 25th – 27th November
  • 2nd – 4th December
  • 9th – 11th December
  • 16th December – 23rd December

Festive Breaks:

  • 27th December 2021 — 2nd January 2023

Visiting Santa

PhotoDuring your Santa Sleepover you can visit Santa’s Woodland Grotto, from which Santa will be posing for pictures as well as giving out gifts.


Santa only visits the Resort before Christmas, as he requires some rest after the big day itself. However after Christmas all the other attractions, except the Christmas Market, are still available during the Festive Break period.

Things to See and Do

The usual resort activities are open for the Christmas event so you can take a splash in the Alton Towers Water Park, which is always pleasantly warm, or play a frosty round of Extraordinary Golf.

There is also Christmas entertainment as well as meet and greets with your favourite CBeebies characters. For older children and adults there is also light entertainment in and around the atrium of the Alton Towers Hotel.

Top Christmas Tip! The Dragon Bar and Atrium can get very busy between 6.30pm and 10pm. Be sure to grab a seat early on to avoid missing the show.


Food and Drink

Christmas fare can be found in the restaurants across the hotels but for all the Christmas trimmings with an extra loop, why not consider the Rollercoaster Restaurant, which is also open during the event serving Christmas dinner in its own unique style!

For lunch you can grab some food from the Christmas Market when it’s open, or choose something from the lunch menu at the hotel restaurants. There is also food served in the Water Park.

The Dragon Bar is open until late into the night offering a whole range of drinks. As this is a family event we would recommend that any groups of adults bare in mind that children may still be around.

Hotel Christmas Gallery

New Year’s Eve

The resort has yet to announce a New Years Event this year, so it is unlikely there will be an event this year. The resort last celebrated New Year’s Eve in 2019, with the following line-up. Let’s hope that one day they are able to celebrate in style once again.

Welcome 2020 in style with a short break at Alton Towers Resort, including tickets for both the waterpark and theme park, where selected rides will be open around CBeebies Land and Mutiny Bay. Guests staying for New Year’s Eve will be able to see the resort’s pantomime and a round of Extraordinary Golf is also thrown in.

For the big night itself guests have a choice of one of four different options to see in the new year.

Dancing With the Stars

The dance professionals from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing return to the resort to strut their stuff for the annual Dancing With the Stars weekend in March.

The event is immensely popular and  includes demonstrations, lessons from the professionals, a black tie ball and a Q&A with the dancing stars. If your a strictly fan then this is the weekend break for you!

Event History

Over the years Alton Towers Have hosted all sorts of events during the Winter Season. Here are just a few of the Winter Weeks that have previously been held in the resort.

Caribbean Beach Party

Beach-Party-CarouselIt may be cold outside but its always warm in Splash Landings Hotel where the Caribbean vibe was stepped up a notch during the Beach Party weekend, including  a family disco for young ones to dance the evening away, a Limbo Dance competition to test your flexibility, and flower garlands for all guests to wear!

In it’s final season (the 2015-16 winter season) the event was known as the Caribbean Carnival.

Pirate and Princess Weekend

Pirate weekends are back for 2015!If the thought of sailing the seven seas is your idea of a fun, then escape from the normal routine with this weekend.  Both Alton Towers Hotel and Splash Landing Hotel get a complete swashbuckling makeover for this weekend of festivities. Meet wild pirates and beautiful princesses, whilst enjoying special themed drinks and entertainment (including a pirate fancy dress competition for the kids).

The final Pirate and Princess Weekend took place in 2016 – the event still runs however, though now swash-buckling troop now takeover for February Half Term instead.


UK Street Dance Challenge and Fit JAM Weekend

  • Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November 2015
  • Friday 26th – Sunday 28th February 2016

Brought to the resort by the team at Dance Jam, the UK Street Dance Challenge, is a weekend of competition and workshops where street dancers from across the UK can come to show off their moves and learn a few new ones too.

Also from the team at Dance Jam, the Fit JAM weekend brought dance and fitness professionals from around the world to the resort to present a series of workshops across many disciplines during the weekend of 29th-31st January 2016.