Last week the boys and I boarded the train to go and visit someone special.
They were really excited, we didn’t know what to expect when we got there but even so it didn’t dampen their spirits.
We arrived at Stratford Westfield Shopping Centre 15 minutes late and made our way through the hoards of Christmas shoppers to outside where we was going to see the big man himself, Santa Claus!
As we walked up to the grotto which is situated next to the outdoor ice rink we noticed some very special animals outside, lying down and resting. There were three reindeers in a pen, such magnificent creatures.
I had already pre-booked our tickets on line on their website, costing me £3 per person, which I thought was a good price.
The boys were greeted by some elves at the front door to Santas workshop, we was all taken through the shop to a holding bay which was filled up with soft play items like a big foam Santa and reindeer and lots of square presents. There was a big sleigh to sit on and explore and a small theatre.
We sat in here for 15 minutes whilst the children played an made friends. Santas elves were walking around taking everyone’s photograph, so the boys showed off their cheesiest biggest grins.
We were then all taken through a tunnel of sweets to the theatre ready to watch a 5D Christmas movie.
We collected out glasses and found some seats, the boys sat down the front on some big soft cushions that I must say looked more appealing then the seats 🙂
The movie started, it was about a bad elf stealing presents and throughout the movie it showed everyone who had their photo done faces on the presents. The children loved seeing their faces smiling back at them and shouted out when they recognised themselves. Everyone was laughing and having fun.
The movie ended with the bad elf becoming good and giving all the presents back an glitter falling on the children at the front.
The lights came on and We made our way through to the next room where we met Santa himself sitting in his living room in a big comfy chair with the fire alight next to him and presents in sacks all around.
All the children sat on the floor whilst Santa spoke to them about being good and asked them if they had done my thing nice to anyone this year, to which my Joseph put his hand up and said that he helped a child in school because they hurt themself (aaw bless).
Santa then saw each child or family separately and asked them what they are looking forward to on Christmas Day .
They had their photo taken by an elf and was given a present each.
The boys thanked Santa and waved goodbye to him.
We left the room and walked into a shop where you could buy the photograph that was just taken with Santa. We bought a snow globe as we thought that it make a good Christmas ornament to get out every year. It cost us £10, not bad really just a photograph cost £6.
We had fabulous time at Westfield’s Santa’s grotto, the boys had a wonderful experience and received some lovely gifts from Santa.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is local also you have the added bonus of shopping in some brilliant shops.
The overall experience was about 40 minutes long and we had no queueing!
Everyone was in character and friendly and the atmosphere was lovely. I thought £3 each (even parents) was very cheap for what your getting.
Have you visited Santa with the children yet?
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