Yesterday was our first official start to the festive period and my goodness was I so excited.
We decided to go to the Westfield White City Santas Snowflake Grotto. We went last year however Taliyah was only 5 months so I’m sure she didn’t quite understand what was going on. But this year she’s 17 months (turned yesterday) so I figured she would really enjoy it.
I found out about the event as I am signed up to Westfield kids club, so they send you all events for kids across the shopping malls (goodness saying that was so American). I decided to book it for November because I knew December would be a busy month (we’ve still got two more grottos to go to- yes I know that’s wild but who cares).
First things first if you don’t want to ruin the surprise for yourself don’t read on as I’ll have pictures from inside the grotto.
So we arrived and you get to check in outside the venue, there is a buggy park area as they are not allowed inside. Which is fair and makes sense as it’s limited space.
Once inside the children are greeted with Santa’s helpers and they keep the children entertained with little games and trivia. For younger babies it’s like a giant sensory room; so many lights to get their curiosity going.
Once we land at Santas work shop we meet a few more of his helpers who welcome us to his snow flake factory (it is super warm in there which is great). This time round it was very interactive and the children got to create their on snowflake with their name on it. Which made for a great keepsake and bonus points as it was free.
Once they finish making their snowflake they are free to explore the workshop and get stuck into lots of activities keeping them busy before they meet Santa.
Taliyah got to write a letter to Santa at his special mail room and post it off to him.
Once it was our turn to go in we got to meet Santa in his Grotto and take family pictures with him, we also got given an age appropriate toy as well.
Once you have finished taking pictures with Santa you go through a little maze where it is snowing which was a great experience for Taliyah.
You then get to view your pictures and buy any if you want, we ended up getting a mounted picture then a picture in a bauble which will put on our tree
Tickets for the event were £7 per a person (adult/child) I didn’t think this was too bad for the experience and it was definitely worth it this year round as it was very interactive. Tickets are still available through eventbrite: Santas Snowflake Grotto
I would definitely recommend it for all parents as it’s a wonderful way to get them in the festive spirit, plus you can go for a little shopping trip and lunch day after like we did.
We ended up going to The Real Greek and they had a really good kids menu which included main, drink and dessert and Taliyah was definitely a fan. As were Mummy and Daddy, hope this post got you in the festive spirit.
– Mrs B