This year, things are getting magical now Taylor is of the age to start understanding Christmas a little more. He's super excited about Santa so when we were invited to visit the Santa's Grotto at Intu Derby last weekend, we couldn't wait.
James booked the day off work so we could all go along together. I hadn't been to the centre in a few years, I think it was still a Westfield the last time I went. But I was impressed with the centre itself. It had a great variety of shops, the toilets were modern and quirky and everywhere seemed clean.
We arrived a little earlier than our booked appointment so we had a little look around. We found a snow garden, full of artificial snow, for children to play in. It was fantastic. Taylor loved throwing the snow around, and other children were making snow angels. It was lovely! A member of staff came over, handed us chocolate coins and gave us the opportunity to write letters to Santa and post them in the special box [unfortunately we forgot to do this!]. A fantastic idea! If you get the chance, take your little ones for some snow fun!
When we eventually found the Grotto [Intu is a great centre, but needs to up their game when it comes to directions and signage! ;)] we headed to the desk where the lady elves handed the boys cardboard reindeer antler hats and showed us to the front of the grotto. I was told I wasn't allowed to take any photos inside. I asked if I was able to take any of the experience itself as long as I didn't get any children or members of the public in but was told no, which was unfortunate as would've been nice to show you a little more inside the grotto.
Once inside, we found a space amongst the other families while two elves were on stage performing tricks, singing songs and telling jokes. It was a lovely way to keep the children entertained whilst waiting for Santa. I think Taylor was possibly a little young to understand it all, and a little young for all the waiting around so kept himself amused by attempting to hug the Christmas tree, touch all the decorations and run around the room. :)
We were shown through to a back room where Santa was sat in a little white room. He was a great Santa, he looked fantastic and was very chatty with Taylor and even included Bradley too [at 12, he played along well for his little brothers sake ;)]. It was a brief chat with Santa, Taylor was able to choose a Playmobil toy from one of Santa's sacks and we had a family photo taken with him.
We purchased the photo for £6.00, other photo gifts such as keyrings were available too.
You can visit Santa's Grotto for £6.50 per child, plus £1.00 per adult, and each child receives a small Playmobil toy.
Have you visited Santa yet this Christmas?
*I was invited along to Intu Derby to experience the Santa's Grotto for the purpose of this review.
I ordered an extra adult ticket for James.
As always, all words are my own and are my 100% honest opinion
Many thanks to Intu Derby for inviting us along.
Linked up to: