On Tuesday night we were invited to a preview of the magical Santa’s Grotto in House of Fraser, in Birmingham. We’ve visited our fair share of grottos, and this one was up there as being one of the most beautiful and magical.
Waiting in a long queue, as there invariably will be can be really boring for children. House of Fraser have this covered, with a beautiful waiting area, where children can get involved in drawing and colouring, or relax and watch a festive film.
We were taken into Santa’s grotto, which is set out as a beautiful and old fashioned snowy street scene. We could glimpse at North Pole life through the windows – Santa’s workshop, his reading room and the elves bedroom. The amount of detail in each room was astonishing, and it really bought Santa to life for the kids. In the middle of the grotto were the reindeers, all with their name labels on. The boys loved reading and spotting their favourite!
We were then shown through to see Santa by one of the elves. The room was beautiful – again, no details had been spared. The boys faces lit up in absolute awe and wonder. Santa was friendly and welcoming, and asked all the usual questions – how old they were, what they wanted for Christmas, if they had been good before posing for a photo with them. They were each given a lovely present, perfect for their ages.
You can’t take your own photos with Santa, but they are available to buy, and prices start from £7. The photo was lovely, and there are all sorts of keepsake options.
Open: 28th November – 24th December
Opening times: 11am – 6pm Monday – Friday, 10pm – 6pm Saturday, 11pm – 5pm Sunday. Extended opening hours from Saturday 19th December – Christmas Eve
Price: £5.00 per person
Tickets can be purchased from till points in Home wear/Children’s wear departments.