Winter Wonderland opens at Drusillas

Two cuddly film stars flicked the switch and lit up 70,000 glittering Christmas lights when the Winter Wonderland was officially opened at Drusillas Park at the weekend.

Characters Sid and Scrat from Ice Age switched on the lights during a ceremony held at the zoo in Alfriston on Saturday (November 30).

Managing director Christine Smith said a few words to mark the occasion before handing over to the duo for a ceremonial countdown and the grand switch on.

Christine said: “We are delighted to see our Winter Wonderland return to the zoo.

“The Illuminations proved a popular attraction last year and we are sure that this year’s display will be equally well received, with all donations given to our Charity of the Year for 2013, Variety the Children’s Charity.”

The illuminations are set within an ice-capped kingdom and feature an animal themed light show synchronised to music. Between 60–70,000 LED lights have been used to create the scene specifically chosen for their low energy consumption and environmental benefits.

The Winter Wonderland Illuminations will now run daily from 4.30pm until January 5.

Father Christmas has also made a return to the zoo. He will be in his cosy cottage every weekend until December 14, and then he will return daily until December 23.

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