Theme Park at Christmas

2020 Info: Due to the on-going pandemic restrictions the hotel complex will remain closed this Christmas. The silver lining? On selected dates through to the new year the park will be open for paying day guests from the local area.

Christmas 2018The theme park throws open its doors to guests this Christmas, with a range of children’s rides open in CBeebies Land to entertain the little ones, along with Santa.

Due to current restrictions, for 2020 the theme park will be open to paying day guests for the first time in many years, though due to the pandemic tier system only guests from the local area are currently able to enjoy the park. Two types of ticket are available for the event: Festive Day Out tickets, which include a visit to Santa’s grotto, and Twinkling Stars tickets, which just offers access to the rides and gardens.

Magic descends on Alton Towers for the season with hundreds of Christmas trees and yards of decorations across the park. The areas around the park entrance and the Towers are open for the event, with the following rides and attractions on offer:

Towers Street, The Towers and Adventure Land

Christmas 2018

As always, Towers Street is where the magic begins and in winter the whole area is filled with Christmas trees! Once darkness falls the trees are lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights.

Heading out into the theme park both Spinball Whizzer is  available for festive fun.


Shops and Facilities

CBeebies Land

CBeebies Land joins in the festive fun with almost all of its attractions available throughout the event.

As well as all your favourite CBeebies characters, during winter Santa also comes to stay in his magical grotto in the corder of CBeebies Land next door to Charlie and Lola.
It's been snowing today in CBeebies Land

Rides and Attractions in CBeebies Land

Shops and Facilities in CBeebies Land

Mutiny Bay

Over in Mutiny Bay the Pirates have gotten into the Christmas spirit, and you can take a spin on Mauraders Mayhem or set sail on Heave Ho.

Attractions in Mutiny Bay

Shops and Facilities

The Towers and Gardens

Gardens Lights Walk: Whispering Souls

Robin Hood was to moved into The Towers for Christmas this year, but alas his Merry Men have fallen foul of Covid and the resort’s panto has ben cancelled . However, The Towers Musical Players will be on hand with live music to keep spirits high on the outdoor stage in Fountain Square.

Meanwhile the garden will be home to two special illuminated trails: the Garden Lights Walk returns for the season, joined by the brand new Festive Lantern Trail, which opens as darkness falls and invites guests to venture down Storybook Lane and into the pages of their favourite fairy tales.


  • Robin Hood ( 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm)
  • The Towers Musical Players (1pm, 3pm, 4pm, 6pm)
  • Garden Lights Walk: Twinkling Stars
  • Festive Lantern Trail (4pm onwards)
  • Cuckoo Cars Driving School
Shops and Facilities
  • Outdoor booths in Fountain Square

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