A couple of weekends back we visited the Christmas village at INTU Lakeside in Essex. We had already been along to the opening of the ice skating rink one evening back in November which was lovely but sadly only for over fours. This time we went to check out the whole village and pay a visit to Father Christmas of course.
When we arrived at our allocated slot time we were greeted by a friendly elf who gave Bella a token to use on one of the interactive games while we waited for our turn. Inside the grotto was very dark which made it quite tricky to take any decent photos sadly. We didn’t have to wait too long before it was our turn to meet the big guy in red. He was super friendly, as were all of his elves. He chatted to Bella about what she’d like for Christmas this year (she requested a baby, I told him I had this covered already and not to worry 😉 HA)
Bella was given a lovely Playmobil set from Father Christmas which she was made up with and we had our photo taken by one of the elves before departing. I was a bit disappointed with our photo as the camera flash made us all look a bit shocked/unwell but alas I bought it anyway. The cost of the grotto is £6 per child which I think is definitely worth it as the presents were lovely and the photo was an extra £7.
After we left the grotto Bella went on a couple of the rides which were fairly reasonable at about £2-3 each. One thing to note is that there is no card facilities in the Christmas village so it’s worth getting some cash out beforehand. Overall we had a lovely morning although in future I think I would try to go in the afternoon/evening to really get into the Christmas spirit as it was all a bit quiet when we were there mid morning. The Christmas village is open until the 1st January so if you’re local I would totally recommend popping along.
*We were invited to visit the Santa’s grotto free of charge as part of our role with intuVIB although all opinions are of course my own*