A FORTH Valley safari park is preparing to launch its Christmas extravaganza later this month.

Blair Drummond Safari Park will launch the festive extravaganza on Friday, November 19.

Running until December 23, the family-friendly central Scotland destination is going all out to make sure this year’s Christmas event delivers an unforgettable festive experience filled with animal magic, a German-style Christmas market, Scotland’s biggest Christmas tree, a twinkly fairy garden, Festive fairground rides and, of course, dinosaur illuminations.

Food and drink will feature in abundance with firepits for roasting marshmallows, wood-fired pizza ovens and, for the adults, a gin bar from local Stirling Gin.

Of course no festive attraction would be complete without the main attraction and Santa Claus will be travelling through the safari park in his sleigh to add to the excitement.

Liz Gunn, head of marketing at Blair Drummond Safari Park, said: “This year we set out to create something truly special and we cannot wait to throw open our gates and watch the excitement unfold as little ones marvel at our festive dinosaurs, toast marshmallows on the fire pits, squeal with delight at the Christmas lights and watch with wonder as Santa glides past Scotland’s biggest Christmas tree on his sleigh.

“It is our favourite time of the year, and this year is even more special.”

Blair Drummond Safari Park’s animals will also be part of the festive day-out with majestic lions, leggy giraffes, zippy zebras, and mischievous lemurs among the many two and four-legged friends adding to a truly special Christmas experience.

Early bird tickets are available now and are priced at £10.

Visit blairdrummond.com to book tickets.