Thursday, 11 September 2014

I know it's only September, however. places to book to visit Santa for Christmas 2014. Bookings being taken at various locations. Harrods, Polar Express, Marwell Zoo and many more.

 Some people have already started their Christmas shopping. I did buy a couple of bargain games the other day which were ideal for gifts. So yes I have officially started. I have to or I then end up doing the panic shopping on the week before Christmas and I hate it and buy things that I really haven't put any thought into.

Other people don't even want to think about it and I get shouted at if I dare to mention the C word!

However, before we know it Christmas will be here and the children will be wanting to visit Santa to make sure he knows what they have on their christmas list this year. As well as the various shopping centre and garden centre Santas there are various other places that are now taking bookings for a magical visit to see Santa. I have decided to do a quick round up of a few that I have found.

HARRODS; I have just booked our trip to Harrods for this year. We have been visiting Santa at Harrods since 2007. It became a family tradition and each year we would purchase the photographs to give to family as a small gift. This year we have decided that we won't be taking all of our children but I will be visiting him with Thing 5 and a few friends. Booking lines have now opened for existing reward card holders and the booking line will soom be available for new reward card holders. There is a booking fee of £10 per booking and you can book for up to 10 people. The booking fee is refunded to your reward card once you attend your grotto time slot. Children recieve a book, a badge and a chocolate from Santa and each year the grotto is a different theme with various characters to entertain you whilst you are in the queue. Visit for more details.

PAULTONS PARK & PEPPA PIG WORLD; Bookings are now being taken for the Santa's Christmas Winter Wonderland. Inside the winter wonderland children step into a magical winter dream world. With animated characters and an enchanted winter snow scene. There are singing reindeer from the North Pole and you can also see the elves working hard too. At the end of the journey you get to see Father Christmas and recieve a gift. Peppa Pig World is also transformed with a huge Christmas tree, lots of illuminations and you can meet Peppa and George in their winter clothing as well as watch a 4D movie as they help Santa and save Christmas. All tickets must be pre-booked in advance and include entrance to the Winter Wonderland experience, meeting Santa and receiving a gift, entrance to Peppa Pig World and the rides in the theme park and much much more. 

THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE; This is one I definitely want to try this year. My children love the polar express film and I did want to do this last year but never did in the end. There is two trains running. One is at the Dartmoor Railway and the other is at the Weardale railway. Returning in November 2014 this magical journey starts very much like the journey in the film. You can all arrive wearing your pyjamas and they have characters like the conductor, the chefs dancing and bringing hot chocolate and cookies and the hobo may walk through the train too. The train makes a round trip to the North Pole where Santa is waiting to greet the children as he climbs aboard to hand the children the magical silver bell. 

CHRISTMAS AT MARWELL ZOO; Have a wonderful Christmas experience and join in the festivities as we celebrate with a few special friends. Join the elves in their magical woodland and warm yourself with a glass of mulled wine or blackcurrant and a festive treat. Be enchanted by Mrs Claus whilst she reads the heart warming tale of ‘The Snowman’. Create your own festive cracker before being called to meet Santa in his sparkling grotto and receiving a special gift. Meet our costume character reindeer and enjoy time with Santa’s elves creating some wonderful festive memories. Your experience will last around an hour and includes all of the above as well as entry to Marwell Zoo 

BLUEWATER WINTER WONDERLANDA visit of festive magic awaits your family and friends for a spectacular Santa visit this Christmas at Bluewater’s Winter Wonderland. You’ll be welcomed at our unique Ice Palace by the Ice Guard and Palace Eskimo who will lead you through the magical tree lined pathway. On your way to see Santa, jump into the bauble pods to have your photo taken and marvel at the magical walkway filled with arctic animals and other festive grotto characters. At the entrance to the Palace you will be greeted by the Ice Queen who will lead you to the Palace doors where you’ll be met by Santa’s Ice Elves. They will take you through the Palace corridors and into see Santa who is awaiting your arrival.
During your visit with Santa, each child will be given a luxury, commemorative plush toy and there’s time for a photo keepsake of your visit which you can purchase from the Ice Palace Photo Shop. Filled with magic, excitement and an enchanting atmosphere, this year’s Santa’s Grotto is a very merry must. 
CHESHIRE REINDEER LODGE; Set within the festive surroundings of Cheshire reindeer lodge and the Christmas tree farm right next to Cheshire Oaks. Come along and feed the Reindeer, see where they live all year round,  meet the adorable donkeys, get your photos taken in one of the traditional sleighs, look through the huge range of beautiful Christmas Trees and grab yourself a festive coffee or hot chocolate. Santa's helpers have been very busy creating the 2014 Grotto and there are lots of elves on hand to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and memorable one. 
Two Santa Specials train rides I have also found are here at North Yorkshire Moors railway and the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line 
I am sure there are many, many more fabulous experiences going on across the country. Some need to be booked in advance and others can be booked when you turn up on the day. I hope I have covered just a few of the many wonderful events that our children will enjoy this year.

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