DRAYTON MANOR – MAGICAL CHRISTMAS EVENT

WHAT: DRAYTON MANOR – MAGICAL CHRISTMAS EVENT
WHERE: DRAYTON MANOR THEME PARK, NEAR TAMWORTH, STAFFORDSHIRE, B78 3TW
WHEN: FROM NOW UNTIL THE 31ST DECEMBER 2019
COST: TICKETED EVENT

Treat the little ones this Christmas and get in an early visit along to see Santa, give him your little one’s Christmas list, and enjoy the variety of entertainment and rides on offer this December.

The Christmas experience at Drayton Manor is a fully inclusive package with something for all the family to enjoy. You can meet Santa in the castle of dreams and stroll around at your own pace and enjoy the interactive experience, with plenty of elves on hand to assist you with anything you need.

NB:  Please note that the time stated on your ticket is the time that you must join the queue for Santa and not enter the castle.

Enjoy over 25 Thomas and Friends themed rides and attractions at the park and a spectacular white Christmas is guaranteed as there will be snowfall in Thomas Land every day (please note that only selected rides are open during Magical Christmas no thrill rides), the 4D cinema film festival, witness the captivating live shows throughout the day full of music, dance and lights, take a walk through the winter wonderland or meet Rudolf the reindeer plus other furry friends of the park.

Entertainment times are as follows each day:

11am – Merry Christmas Welcome Show

12pm – 2pm – Rusty & Dusty’s Christmas Sing-Along Show

1pm, 2pm & 3pm – The Fat Controllers Jolly Christmas Show

4pm – The Magical Presents Show

For tickets and other information please see the website as there are different prices for different packages on different dates.

The gates on the run-up to Christmas and over it will differ slightly:

  • All dates before December 24th – park opens at 9:30am, rides start at 10:30am, the park closes at 5pm
  • On 24th December only – the park opens at 9:45am, rides start at 10:30am, the park closes at 4pm.
  • 27th December onwards – there will be no Father Christmas on these dates – the park will open at 9:45am, rides start at 10:30am, the park closes at 4pm.

To end each evening with a bang there will be a spectacular firework display lighting up the skies above Drayton Manor Park’s beautiful Lake. Don’t forget to ensure that you stay until the end to witness the Family Christmas Fireworks; a perfect way to finish your Christmas visit to the Park.

The fun doesn’t have to stop when the park closes, you can stay onsite at the 4* hotel and treat the whole family to this Christmas extravaganza.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020

WHAT: FIREWORKS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
WHY: FIREWORKS EVENT TO WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR 2020
WHEN: TUESDAY 31ST DECEMBER 2019 FROM 7PM
WHERE: SIDNEY HARBOUR AND SURROUNDING AREA
COST: FREE – SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

More than 1 million spectators packed the foreshore of Sydney Harbour for this epic event of all ages. The spectacular firework display, choreographed to music, costs in the region of $6 million Australian dollars and is the responsibility of the Foti Fireworks.

2011 New Year Fireworks, Sydney, Australia

The Foti family is one of the original Italian Firework families who have been in the business of manufacturing and displaying fireworks since 1793 and professionalism and safety are at the core of everything they do. Eight generations of Foti have passed on their vast knowledge, love and passion for pyrotechnics and one of their mantra’s is ‘no pyro, no party’ which we have to say, we totally agree with.

Happy New Year... Welcome 2017

Last year, in an unprecedented error, the organisers of the light show inadvertently displayed the words ‘Happy New Year 2018 ‘ in error, but to be fair, this was not under the control of Foti Fireworks.

Here is what you can come to expect from this year’s event:

7pm – Fire Tug Water Display – spraying gallons of water into the sky which creates a magical sight before the setting sun.

7.30pm – Country and Smoking Ceremony – carried out by the indigenous Gadigal Elders – an aboriginal clan of people who welcome the world to the celebrations and offer purification ceremonies for the forthcoming year.

8pm – Aerial Flying display by Matt Hall, a 3rd generation pilot who formerly worked for the Royal Australian Air Force as a fighter pilot and latterly an instructor.  He also won the Red Bull Air Race World Championships in July and will thrill spectators with his death-defying abilities.

8.30pm – Pylon Projections and Lighting Effects – there will be a full light show projected onto all the buildings on the shore and harbour front.

9.00pm – Family Fireworks – this is the first of the firework events and a pre-cursor to the main event at midnight. The fireworks will be launched from barges on the Bay and from the Sidney Harbour Street.

9.08pm – Calling Country – a ceremony with live performances from the indigenous people’s representatives and concert at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

9.15pm – Harbour of Light Parade – all the shops and watercraft in the Bay area are decorated with colour and light in this enchanting choregraphed event.

12.00 – Firework Display from the Sydney Harbour, bridge and surrounding structures which will be televised around the World.

Last year’s countdown on the bridge was brilliantly done and the display met with rapturous applause.

A very happy New Year to all out Antipodean friends.

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BARNSLEY BRIGHT NIGHTS COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

WHAT: BARNSLEY BRIGHT NIGHTS COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS 2019
WHY: BARNSLEY BRIGHT NIGHTS
WHERE: ALL AROUND BARNSLEY TOWN CENTRE
WHEN: THURSDAY 28th TO SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2019
COST: FREE EVENT
COST: FREE – SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

Barnsley is officially on the countdown to Christmas from the 28th November, announcing a four-day Christmas extravaganza, with light installations and shows all around the Town centre, transforming the town into a beautiful and captivating Winter Wonderland.

The illuminated parade will begin at 6pm, lead by the Ski Light Band and a sea of lanterns that have been handmade in the community. The route weaves its way from the Library @ the Lightbox through the Victorian Arcade. It will end outside the iconic town hall where the big button will be pressed and it will be brought to life with a synchronised glittering display of lights and Christmas music before the skies above will be lit up with the dazzling fireworks display.

BARNSLEY BRIGHT NIGHTS COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS 2019

Along the way there are plenty other activities to explore and discover with something for all the family to enjoy. If you can catch a glimpse of the colourful Santa’s Airforce characters and enjoy performances from the mysterious Ghost Caribou before wondering around town to explore the bright lights trail at various venues dotted around.

Highlights of other events include:

  • The famous “night before Christmas” poem brought to life as a giant talking storybook with projections and animations at St Mary’s church. Shows Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th November 5pm-8:30pm.
  • Barnsley College, Old Mill Lane Campus – have the touring artwork of Gaia a replica of the planet using Nasa imagery of the Earth’s surface. This is an opportunity for the space lover amongst you to see the Earth as it may look from space in 2 dimensions. Thursday 28th – 6:15 – 8:30pm / Friday 29 to Saturday 30th November 5:00pm – 8:30pm.
  • Churchfield Peace gardens – as the cold dark night draws in, get warm in the glow of the garden of fire and light. Thursday 28th to Saturday 30the November 5:00pm – 8:30pm.
  • Barnsley Chronicle Offices – the chronicle of dance uses stories from the town with individual performances and interaction with the audience, set in the backdrop of the chronicle. Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th November 5:00pm – 8:30pm.
  • Cooper Gallery, AWEKIDS the garden of light – this is a brand-new addition this year as a digital gallery is installed in the garden of the cooper gallery. Take yourself on a journey of light, music and sound projection and a variety of digital content. Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th November 5-8pm.
  • Mandela Gardens, Arborealis ‘tree of light’ – is the creative installation by artist James Brunt, made using natural materials with everyday objects, creating a bespoke light experience just for the event. Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th November 5- 8:30pm.

To keep everyone fed and watered throughout the evenings you can meet and eat at the Market Kitchen and experience the wide variety of food and drink options available from delicious desserts and scrumptious Indian delights to wood-fired pizza and so much more.

To end the event, and for the finale of the bright lights, there will be the 2nd Christmas lighting in the town at the Alhambra Shopping Centre. From 9am to 4pm, join in the celebration of the family fun day including festive activities, carol singers, face painting and there will be lots of bargains to be had in the local stores so you can bag a few more Christmas pressies for loved ones.

Local radio station Dearne FM will take to the stage, and even the big man himself will be waiting in his grotto for your Christmas lists.

Grab the family and visit the town to get everyone in the spirit for Christmas 2019, and if you need any fireworks for Christmas and New Year’s Eve then come along and see us 🙂

Epic Fireworks Christmas Tree

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