Christmas at Longleat Safari Park
We had a fantastic time at Longleat Safari Park enjoying not only the Christmas event but the Festival of Light displays.
Lesson learnt….. when it comes to Christmas events you need to book your slot as soon as tickets become available. The best times and days will go quickly.
We booked via the Longleat website our tickets for the Santa Train Express and ice skating. The children really loved the Santa Express Train which was covered in decorations and playing Christmas music. The train makes it way to a wooded area which has been designed to feel like Santa’s grotto. A friendly snowman was there to entertain the children, fake snow, a log fire pit and even a sleigh.
When you book your tickets online you choose a time slot but need to arrive at the train 10 minutes early to allow everyone to board. Once you arrive at the grotto you line up to meet Santa. It was a lovely grotto with lots of space for all 5 of us, Santa had helping elves, a large tree and fire place. I had ordered the presents online too and requested presents for the children’s ages.
The presents were actually really good, Harry got 3 monster trucks, Mae got a gem design kit and Emmie got a wooden 3D puzzle. Once the Santa visit was done we went outside to play with the friendly snowman and wait for the train. There was a nice fire burning outside which made it feel very Christmassy.
Outdoor Ice Skating
IMPORTANT – it is essential that you pre-book your support seal for your ice skating session. You must book it one hour before your scheduled ice skating session otherwise they will all go.
The ice skating was fantastic, the area where you put on your skates got very busy as there is not enough room for everyone. The skating rink is very good and music is played while you skate. Harry had a seal and really loved being pushed around.
The Singing Christmas Tree
Just behind Longleat House was the large outdoor Christmas Tree which was beautifully decorated. At scheduled times the tree put on a music display where the lights on the tree would dance to music being played. This did get busy as people gathered to see the show but we were able to watch it from a distance and enjoy.
Festival of Lights
As part of the Chinese celebrations Longleat Safari Park organised a fantastic display of Chinese art which was lit up at night time. These displays were amazing and the children really enjoyed seeing them.
It is a good idea to visit the Longleat Safari Park website and sign up for alerts and email notifications. Once the notification comes about their Christmas event it is worth going online and booking.