Last year I wanted to do it, but jayden was too young, he didn't really understand anything.. Now he's nearly 18 months old, and he's walking and talking I decided to take him.
There are plenty of santa's about this time of year, but I opted to go to the one in westfield.
I booked it only, £6 each.. For Westfield I suppose the price fits the location , but seeing as I didn't even get a present, photo or anything.. I think adult tickets should be cheaper.
I can't fault the actually grotto, I was a nice big size, and looked very Christmassy with a modern twist to it.
Clearly with a sleepy I was running late. I missed the slot I booked online for, but luckily the staff were really friendly and put me on for the next time available, which was an hour later, so he was awake by then, and I had time to grab a coffee from Costa while I waited.
Then when the time came, I arrived about 5 minutes early, and put the pram in the little buggy park room, which was indoor, and looked quite safe with shut doors, as always you leave it at your own risk, but it was fine, and I got my buggy back after the grotto so all was well.
We entered into a room, and the elfs took pictures of the little ones and took there names, shortly after a wait for everyone to arrive, we went into a little cinema room.
After that point no personal photography could be used. We then all got 3D adult and baby size glasses. My boy looked super cute in them.. Then we watched a short film only about 5 minutes with all the little kiddies photos in it, in little parcel boxes, it was cute, a nice touch, making the film more personal for the viewers.
Then after it finished we got to the most important part, in the room with SANTA!
A rather skinny one if I must say, I always expect Santa to be a plump one. Anyway ... He spoke to each child asking what they want, then took pictures with each child, and gives them an age appropriate gift as he asks parents with little ones there ages, and asks bigger kids themselves there age.
We then went out the room, and into desk with elves printing the photos with a big board above them with the prices of items.
I ended up paying £6 for a photo in a kind of snowy themed paper frame.
£18 to see Santa for 5 minutes, a book, and a photo.. I wasn't too impressed.
But as long as Jayden liked it, I wasn't too fussy with the money. I think next year, I'll search around for another santas grotto.. The ones I remember as a child .. I suppose, it's all modern now.. Making young old me feeling old !
- Loca x