We went to see Father Christmas on Saturday courtesy of the lovely people at Hop Farm in Kent! I know, it’s only flippin November and Christmas Comes Far Too Early! However, it was absolutely brilliant and worth the 70 mile journey with a 3 year old in the back alternating between ‘where is Father Christmas’ and ‘are we nearly there yet’!
In the past, we’ve been to a local Santa’s Grotto and we also went on a Santa’s Steam train but neither of them compared to Santa’s Magical Kingdom. It was a bit of a trek for us but once we got there it all ran very smoothly. I was impressed by the whole set up. You make your way through 9 checkpoints, with naughty elves to entertain you along the way.
Our journey began at the 4D cinema, that’s not a typo, it’s a 3D cinema but they pump in the smell of chocolate and bubbles. It was absolutely magical watching Madame trying grab the 3D objects that came flying past.
Then we made our way through the Enchanted Forest, with a little something for the dad’s, a drop dead gorgeous Snow Maiden! I love the smell of pine trees.
We had to make a quick stop at the Post Office to write our letter to Santa and post it up the magical chimney. Madame has asked for all the Toy Story Characters and a Fish in a Bowl?? Hubby has vetoed the fish as he says that water and electrics don’t mix. He’s such a party pooper.
We then wandered through the North Pole to meet Santa’s Reindeer, including two new babies born this year? I wonder what their names are. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer?
We were greeted in the Craft Workshop by Mother Christmas and we busied ourselves making a decoration to take home.
Mrs. Christmas then read the children a story in the Story Room and can you guess whose daughter kept shouting out during it??
Madame got up to a bit of mischief with one of the naughty Elves on the Ice Walkway! Parents are treated to Mulled Wine and Mince Pies in the sweet shop.
Don’t miss my favourite, the singing and dancing Yeti! What a scream!
Then it was time for the Grande finale, Father Christmas! Once my husband stopped making jokes about the hallway looking like a brothel in Amsterdam, not sure how he knows this, we made our way into see Santa in cosy, private study. I was truly impressed and he was a good looking Santa, if you know what I mean. He took a good 5-10 minutes talking to Madame and then gift tumbled down the chimney for her. It was a pink and white stuffed puppy that she hasn’t parted with since.
Thanks to everyone at Santa’s Magical Kingdom for a brilliant day out and one we won’t forget!
Disclosure: We received 3 tickets compliments of Santa’s Magical Kingdom