When I was a child one of our neighbours used to get dressed as Santa and come over on the 24th Of December Christmas Eve with presents for my sister and I.
Today my hubby, boogie and I live in London and there’s no neighbour to return the favour to my parents.
But here there are places we can take boogie to meet Santa! She did meet Santa last year at nursery but this was a daddy Santa and not a very good Santa either! Boogie was quite young as well.
I still wonder if we should lie her about the existence of Santa or not!?! But while we are thinking if to do it or not…we promised that will take boogie to see Santa to one of the places were Santa can be found this year.
Thanks to my copy of Baby London I found out that there are quite a few nice places to go!
1. The Enchanting Christmas House – is situated in Islington so for north Londoners is just a “step” away. The closest tube to get there is Angel but for the full address please visit their website. Each room in the Enchanting house is a new adventure for the little ones: Garden of Winter Wonder, Gingerbread Kitchen , Mrs Claus’s sitting room, The busy Elves Workshop and let’s not forget Santa’s Grotto. They promise that meeting Santa there will be a calm and happy experience. This fabulous place will be open from 26th of November to 24th of December and they advise to book before you go. Prices however are quite high and for a family of four you get to take out of your pocket £129.
2. For a Victorian Father Christmas visit the Museum of London . This is quite cheap option as it only costs £5 to visit and to receive a gift. You can take the little ones to have a look around the museum and then to meet Santa and have a chat. They have a photographer on hand to take photos if you wish but this will cost extra. Santa will be there from 10-23 December.
3. London Wetland Centre in Barnes promises that Santa is a friendly and jolly One and the most convincing you will ever meet. The grotto is set in a warm and cosy log cabin. They say is like being in the Canadian Rockies! Santa will be there only on 10th and 11th if December so make sure you remember is this is your chosen place. It will only cost you £5 to meet Santa it this will be on top of your Wetlands Centre entry.
4. To meet Santa for free you can just visit Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. We visited Winter Wonderland and boogie loved it! The place is huge but we didn’t get to see Santa because he was on lunch. As it is free to meet Santa you might have to wait a while to meet him as it functions on a first-come-first-served system. Winter Wonderland opens today on 18th of November and is open until the 3rd of January! It is guaranteed that you will spend quite a bit of time at Winter Wonderland as there will be lots of activities and shops for everybody. Parents will love it to as they can have a cup of yummy mulled wine while entertaining their kids.
5. Visit Betty Blythe’s Tea Room if you want to take your children to a nice and elegant place. This is a vintage shop that sells wonderful tees and yummy scones or so they say. Santa will be here only for one day-Saturday the 17th of December and for a family visit with two children you get to spend £16.50.
6. For a magical place that feels more like winter and Christmas visit Lapland UK. Even though is situated in South London in Kent’s Bewl Water the organisers created a magical place that has snow, reindeer and secret tree-lined pathways leading to Father Christmas woodland cabin. Instead of spending an exorbitant amount of money to go to the real Lapland pay from £44.59 – £62.50 to visit the UK Lapland. This place will be open between 26 November – 24 December and if you visit you can have a try with toy-making in the Elves workshop and meet Mother Chirstmas in her kitchen. You can even meet huskies and reindeers and post a letter to the North Pole for Santa. Please make sure you will visit their website however as you need to book before you visit!
Whatever you are choosing to take your children make sure you and your family will have fun!