Today we’ve had a very exciting start to the school holidays. We went to our local Stewarts Garden Centre to visit Father Christmas. I was really looking forward to this as I was to ill to take the boys last year and it was Darcey’s first visit to see Father Christmas.
I was really pleased that I managed to get tickets. In my usual disorganised state I had left it to the last minute to book. Luckily they had a few available dates as other schools are yet to break up. It wasn’t too expensive £8.95 a child and £1 per adult.
Stewarts Garden Centre
Stewarts is a local Garden Centre and I’ve taken the kids here to visit Father Christmas before. It’s such a lovely place to visit all year around. We met Grandma and Nanny there for lunch first in the restaurant. Then we had a nice look around the Christmas decorations and Christmas scenes.
They have real reindeer that the children can see before they go into the Father Christmas which is a nice extra. Outside the grotto are all the Christmas trees for sale, it’s like a mini forest which adds to the magic.
Meeting Father Christmas
At the allotted time we queued up to see Father Christmas, we were met by a friendly elf. There was a short walkway through an enchanted setting with lots of snow and animals to see. They only let a certain number of people in at a time so it wasn’t crowded. We had plenty of time to stop and look at everything without holding people up.
The children met with Father Christmas and told him what they wanted for Christmas. I wasn’t sure if Darcey would cry meeting Father Christmas but she was fascinated by him. The children each received a lovely gift, Darcey got a rag doll and the boys received wind powered cars to make.
It was a lovely afternoon out and I’m so glad I got to take the children this year.
Have you been to visit Father Christmas this year?