Christmas Comes To Drusillas

Saturday 19th November 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Drusillas Christmas 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Alfriston, as Drusillas Park assembles its magical Winter Wonderland.

Since the start of November, the Estate team have been constructing the Winter Wonderland Illuminations ready for lighting up on Saturday 19th November.

Located in the Events Arena, the impressive Winter Wonderland scene takes approximately three weeks to complete. Around 70,000 LED lights are used to create the display, specifically chosen for their low energy consumption and environmental benefits.

Introduced to the zoo for the first time in 2012, the Winter Wonderland Illuminations have proved a popular Christmas attraction each and every year. Synchronised to festive music, the dazzling display incorporates a host of magical creatures in an ice-capped kingdom including reindeers, penguins, seals and polar bears. There are also mini trees, a 20ft mega tree and an LED waterfall and running stream.

The 2016 show promises to be as spectacular as ever, with a selection of Christmas classics guaranteed to get visitors in the festive swing. However, there’s still a mountain of work to do before this year’s ice-capped kingdom finally comes to light!

The concept of animating lights to music was originally founded in the USA, although it is still quite rare in the UK. The lights will be switched on for the first time today (19 November) and will run every day until Monday 2 January, with a light show at 4.30pm.

This will mark the official start to Drusillas Park’s Christmas Winter Wonderland 2016, which will see Father Christmas return to the zoo and the opportunity to meet Santa’s reindeer and hug a husky on specific days. For more information regarding Christmas events at Drusillas Park please visit

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