With so many stores and supermarkets offering families the chance to see Father Christmas, it can be difficult for families when it comes to finding the perfect Santa’s Grotto for their little ones.
Last week I was looking around Cardiff for a Santa’s Grotto for the Welsh Mummy Blogs family to visit. I wanted our visit to be magical and memorable, I didn’t find the magic I was looking for anywhere. Later that week I received an email, we had been invited to visit Father Christmas at The Finest Toy Shop in the World Hamleys.
Woo Hoo…I could not contain my excitement!!
I read reviews last year of how great Hamleys Santa was, now the Welsh Mummy Blogs family was to experience the magic too.
We were welcomed at the front of the Store by Santa’s elves. Instantly the kids full attention was on the elves. The elves were so welcoming and friendly…I loved how they really got into character!
After introductions we all got into line and took a short walk to Santa’s Grotto at the back of the store. The kids were already smiling from ear to ear as we walked to Santa’s grotto singing a Christmas tune.
We entered the Grotto…Mrs Claus had made the children Christmas biscuits! The elves gave us some icing pens to decorate our lovely Christmas biscuits.
The boys had fun decorating and eating the biscuits, they washed them down with a nice cup of milk.
As we waited for Santa to arrive I explored the Grotto a little. It was homely, festively decorated and full of Christmas charm.
When Santa arrived the kids went wild! Santa asked the smiling, happy, excited children to sit down on the rug…he was to read them a story.
‘Twas the night before Christmas’
The children sat quite and listened; It was like nothing else mattered in the world to them, delight and magic was in every child’s eyes.
After the story; Santa, the elves and the children played party games. They played a game of musical statues, everyone was having a good time…even Mums and Dads joined in with the fun.
The kids then wrote their Christmas wish lists and lined up to have a one to one talk with Santa. Some Grotto’s do not allow photography, I thought it was good that parents and/or guardians could take photographs inside the Grotto and of Santa with the children.
To finish the session, Santa played a few more games and then the elves handed out gift bags to the children.
I was really impressed by Hamleys Santa, he reminded me of Richard Attenborough in Miracle On 34th Street.
My boys were sad to leave, they would have stayed playing games, drinking milk and eating biscuits with Santa all day if they could.
Father Christmas will be at Hamleys in Cardiff until Christmas eve.
I highly recommend a visit to Santa at Hamleys if you are after tradition, fun, magic and theatre. You can book tickets here.
Hamleys provide a generic goody bag that is adapted for ages 2-5 years & 6-8 years.
The contents of the bag includes a Hamleys Bear, chocolate bar, Christmas decoration & book.
Please note – Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys is a group experience with up to 14 children. Strictly 1 supervising adult per child. Each child will get to spend time with Father Christmas.