Last Friday I went to watch the Thursford Christmas Spectacular with my friend. Neither of us had been before, so we were really excited to check it out.
From the moment we arrived it was just magical. Trees covered in lights everywhere you look, from the carpark guiding you in and as you walk through an archway into Thursford the magic only increases. With animatontric huskies barking their greeting and even more lights than you would have thought possible.
As a true Christmas lover I am always to embrace the festive spirit, but even for me November is a little early so the Thursford Christmas Spectacular had to be amazing. It didn’t disappoint at any turn. The magic we felt when we arrived just got better and better as the evening progressed.
There are a few little shops to meander round, christmas decorations and gifts a plenty, as well as an ice cream parlour and food options. It’s lovely just have a little round and soak up the atmosphere, inside the shops is busy, really busy, but there’s plenty of space outside to enjoy the lights and soak it all in. people with tickets to the Spectacular can also access Fantasy Land for a discounted price of £5. This wonderful area is just filled with festive delights that forms part of the Santa’s Magical Journey experience that children (and quite frankly adults) can book to enjoy separately to the show. We didn’t have time to take it in sadly, but I would reccomend taking the time to see it if you can.
As for the Christmas Spectacular itself I’m not sure I can do it just in writing. Not sure at all. It is a spectacle, a sight to behold, 3 hours of magical and breathtaking entertainment. There is certainly something for everyone.
The stage itself is the largest stage I have ever seen, there is almost too much to see. Not only is the stage large and beautifully decorated but the whole room is wonderfully festive. Above you, behind you, to each side. Literally everything and everywhere is decorated and it is wonderful.
During the show we were treated to amazing vocals, from classic choral pieces to more modern tunes the singers were amazing. The orchestra was stunning as well and getting to listen to them and watch the fun they were having reminded just why i love music so much. There were pipers and an organ player and everything from full strings to electric guitars.
There was spoken sections, a ventriloquist, acrobats, chorus lines, dancing that verged on a magic trick, the roller skaters from the Cirque du Soleil were breathtaking, pyrotechnics and confetti. Every single part of the show was just that, a show. Superbly smooth and flowing from one thing to the next perfectly, with more costume changes than I thought humanly possible. You can get an idea of everything that we saw from the official Thursford Christmas Spectacular video above.
It doesn’t matter where you are sat you are in for a treat. Every possible space is utilised with the cast regularly appearing in the aisles to make sure everyone has a special experience. I’ll be honest when we first got to our seats, which were right to one side of the stage I was a bit worried. So far from centre how would be able to get a good view? But it genuinely didn’t matter, I felt just as immersed in the show and at points we were making eye contact with the performers they were so close to us.
Whilst there were parts of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular that weren’t entirely my cup of tea, a bit too cabaret in style for my tastes, they we few in comparison to the bits I loved. I was wowed on more than one occasion, be it the lights that dropped from the ceiling and bobbed about, the jaw dropping stunts, watching a Riverdance style Irish dance line up or doves brushing my head as they flew over I left entranced.
The final part of the show, which the orchestra took centre stage for and the carols started being sung left me feeling as Christmas had really started and I was swept away by it. Just magical.
The three hour show is split into two sections and you get a 25 minute interval. The time just flies by and it honestly didn’t seem like we had been there for 3 hours when we left but due to the length of the show I would have a good think before bringing younger children. Though we did see plenty of children at the show it’s only going to work for some kids, not all.
The organisation of the event was impressive, even leaving the car park surrounded by coaches from across the country and car drivers all desperate to head home wasn’t hard at all. Everyone was more than polite and jyst so lovely. We even got to have a quick chat with a couple of the female cast members after it had ended, who despite having just performed for three hours for the second time that day had time for us, real time for us, to talk and and check we had enjoyed ourselves. We saw several other stopping for photos and chatting with other people too, it just made it that bit more special.
I honestly think this is a must see, at least once, regardless of your tastes and preferences the whole show is just such a marvellous experience and the perfect way to kick of the Christmas season, even if it is only November!!
We were lucky enough to have been gifted our tickets, but don’t worry there are tickets available if you fancy going just head to the Thursford Box Office, make it quick though as availability is limited.
Disclosure – I was gifted two tickets so I could attend and share my experience. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own apart from the video which was created by Thursford.