Getting into the festive spirit with Christmas at Drusillas

The light display for Christmas at Drusillas.

We love visiting Drusillas Park so it was great to visit at the weekend to see what it has to offer this Christmas. Especially as one of the challenges I’ve set myself on my 40 before 40 list is to be less of a Grinch!

There are a fair few festive additions this Christmas at Drusillas. These include the opportunity to meet huskies, a beautiful light display and some seasonal treats. Not to mention Santa’s Grotto.

As soon as we arrived, it was clear that the people at Drusillas are well into the Christmas spirit already.

The signage outside the entrance featured some of the zoo’s most popular residents Photoshopped into Santa hats!

As well as Christmas trees, elegant decorations and twinkling lights throughout the park, there were some nice little touches.

For example, the backdrop in the enclosure the mice live in had been replaced with images of a house decorated for Christmas.

The kids were most excited about meeting the huskies so, after visiting some of their favourite animals including monkeys and meerkats, we headed for their cave. All three children loved stroking them.

I’ll readily admit that I’m not a dog person, but they were such friendly, gentle creatures and it was lovely seeing the kids interact with them.

After a ride around the park on the Go Safari train, the kids enjoyed taking the reins of Santa’s sleigh. If the big man struggles in four weeks’ time, they look ready to step in!

Then it was time to go back around the zoo. Youngest was particularly enthralled by the penguins and, from the look of this photo, they were pretty intrigued by us!

Along the way, the boys enjoyed completing their animal spotter books. As well as taking part in the Zoolympics events dotted around the park.

These included standing on one leg flamingo style, yelling in a phone box to compete with various animals’ decibel levels and jumping like a serval.

Youngest, meanwhile, loved keeping an eye out for all the Santa statues. Spoiler alert: here’s one of them!

After burning off some more energy in the Go Wild! and Go Bananas! playgrounds and some lunch, we went on some of the rides.

These included a gentle spin in Hello Kitty Secret Garden and a go on Go Safari Flying Cheetahs.

The hours flew past and it was soon time to go home. We all had a great day and the kids are still enthusing about meeting the huskies a couple of days later!

Christmas at Drusillas runs until Tuesday 1 January. Santa’s Grotto tickets can only be purchased at Drusillas on the day of your visit.

Disclosure: we received entry to Drusillas Park in exchange for this blog post.

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