A Visit to Westfields Santa Grotto

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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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A letter to Santa Claus #craft

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

With only 31 sleeps till Christmas and for Santa to be shimering his way down our soot filled chimney, the boys have been thinking of their letter to Santa, of coarse they don’t need any persuasion in do this as they enjoy looking through the Argos and Smyths catalogues for some ideas on what they are hoping Santa will bring them this year.

I know they are hoping for an Xbox 360 and some new books plus the odd Lego and moshi monster product but its always fun to write a letter to the man that wears the red suit.

This year I have made special little felt envelopes for them to place their letter into, we will place them on the Christmas tree sprinkle them with special christmas magic dust so that Santa will get them in time for the 24th December and hopefully the boys have been good enough and have made it to the nice list so when they wake up on Christmas Day and they make their way down the stairs to see if their wishes have come true.

You will need :
Red Felt
Red Cotton
Pen To With
Velcro or Press Stud
Craft pieces to make a Stamp

Cut out a tall house shape on the felt.
Fold it in half but leave the triangle shape on top (finding it hard to explain, see pics below)
Stitch down the sides
Fold over the triangle and attach a press stud or Velcro to keep the flap o the envelope down
Write on the front of the envelope
Make a stamp, we used a small piece of foam and stuck on a star

You could attach some string to them and hang them as decorations from the tree.

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The boys not only have an envelope that they can use year after year but also somewhere special that their letter to Santa will be stored.

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