Last Friday we had our annual Santa visit, which also turned out to be N’s first of many – I hope! There are two great Santa’s nearby but we decided to visit the one at Silica Lodge Garden Centre as we really enjoyed it last year and it looked much more magical this year. I’m not sure who was more excited to be honest! J wasn’t really too fussed last year as he wasn’t really aware of who Santa was, but he is a lot more so this year and so he kept saying “Going Santa’s house” before we went.
The garden centre also has reindeer there up until Christmas so it was a great chance for J to see Rudolph in real life. Though they also had donkeys and pygmy goats there which he was mesmerised with – he does love watching animals in general though.
I’m glad we chose to go on a weekday rather than at a weekend as we were able to go in pretty much straight away and there was no queue. The visit to Santa starts with an enchanted train ride through a magical winter wonderland; past deer, Eskimos, polar bears, Santa himself, the elves, and we even encountered some snow! J didn’t want to go near Santa at first – I think he was a bit surprised at seeing him in the flesh! – but he eventually spoke to him after some encouragement from me. He told him he wanted dinosaurs for Christmas, and that Noah just wanted a present, bless him. Once we had seen Santa, we got to visit Santa’s toy shop where the boys could choose their own present. there was a great selection to choose from and J chose a clockwork train set, whilst we chose a ‘my first camera’ for N.
Before leaving we visited the animals again and had some photos taken on Santa’s sleigh, out of which J decided he wanted to try and steal a ‘present’! We put it back of course…
For £6.50 I think it is a very reasonable price as J absolutely loved it and wanted to go on the train ride again. I’m just wondering if they can beat it again next year!