We Met Santa At Hamleys Cardiff!

Now we have children one of the highlights of our festive season is making a trip to see Santa. For the last couple of years we have been to see Santa in Hamleys in Cardiff and we have loved it every time. We were so excited when we were invited back this year to visit Santa again.

This year is a bit of a weird Christmas for us. Bean is 10 and I’m feeling like it might be the last year where she believes in the full magic of Christmas which makes it really emotional for me. Little Boy is 3 now and it’s the first year he has really started to understand Christmas so that’s lovely too. Little Miss J who is 6 is at that lovely age where she is fully and totally immersed in the whole magic of the season!

This is why I really want to make Christmas this year something extra special. I’ll be hanging fairy lights everywhere I can put them, buying Christmas duvets and getting into the festivities of the season as much as I can. And meeting Santa is one very important part!

The Santa experience at Hamleys starts right at the door where you are greeted by Santa’s Elves who entertain the children until your whole group arrives. Each child gets a name sticker before singing and dancing their way down to the party room. There’s of course a secret word to get into the special Christmas party room, but I can’t give it away!

When you get into the party room the elves chat to everyone and seat them at the party table where there is a Christmas craft for everyone to do. I was really impressed with the craft – it was really easy to do and really effective meaning that all my children loved doing it and Little Boy could do it too! He’s not normally into crafts so it’s amazing to find a craft that kept him sat still!

Then the children take it in turns to meet Santa and he gives them a present each. The gift was really lovely – a gorgeous Hamleys Teddy Bear, a Christmas Tree Decoration a book and some Hamleys colouring pencils.

There’s no chance for the children to get bored while waiting to talk to Santa because they are given a letter to write their Christmas list on which keeps them busy!

Santa then read them a story and got up and played games with the children which they absolutely loved. They were traditional party games like musical statues with a Christmas twist. It was such a fun experience and unlike any other Santa experience – the Santa is brilliant and so active and jovial with the children. Again, all three of my children joined in and enjoyed playing with Santa!

When it was time to say goodbye to Santa the children weren’t too sad because they got to choose some sweets from the Pick n Mix in store – a real treat so they were delighted!


The Meet Father Christmas experience at Hamleys costs Β£19.99 per child and lasts 45 minutes. Personally I found it great value as the children had such a lovely time and the gifts were brilliant. You can book online here.

We made a little video of meeting Santa for our YouTube channel – you can watch it below…

A big thank you to Hamleys in Cardiff for inviting us to meet Father Christmas. Our experience was complimentary and all opinions are honest and our own.



  1. December 5, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I would have loved to go to something like this as a child! It looks so festive and exciting

  2. December 5, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Looks like you all had a great time, I miss the trip to see Santa now, used to be one of my favourite things to do with the kids x

  3. December 5, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Now this sounds like an awesome sounding time, I bet it was such fun getting to meet Santa and at such a great store as well!

  4. December 5, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Oh wow! I never knew Hamley’s did this.. I’ll look into it for my son. He’d love it!

  5. December 5, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    This looks so fun. I used to love going to see Santa when i was a kid

  6. December 6, 2017 / 7:58 am

    It looks like you all had an amazing time! I do love this time of year. πŸ™‚

  7. December 6, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I remember going to visit Santa loads when I was a kid, although I’ve never been into a Hamleys before x

  8. Joanna Davis
    December 6, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    This looks like a really fun event! I understand what you mean about the magic of Christmas. But even if your children grow up, they can still believe in the spirit of Christmas because they have a mom who makes sure they always have special holidays πŸ™‚

  9. December 6, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Oh wow that looks amazing! I considered going to the one in Manchester a while ago but it was SO expensive! I can see it’s a very special experience though!

  10. December 6, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    It looks like you all had a great time. No Christmas is complete without a trip to see Santa!

  11. sparkles81
    December 6, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Wow meeting santa has certainly changed since I was a wee girl! I am actually a tiny bit jealous lol xx

  12. December 6, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    What a lovely experience with gifts to take away too, that santa has got a good beard!

  13. December 7, 2017 / 10:41 am

    What a fantastic experience with Santa! The children look like they absolutely loved every minute πŸ™‚

  14. December 7, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    I love doing all Father Christmas things even at my age so it’s so lovely to see your post. Have a lovely Christmas with your family x x

  15. December 7, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Sounds like a great time was had by all, and don’t worry about Bean, even if she doesn’t believe next year, the older ones are fabulous at keeping the magic alive for the younger ones and it just means you can get a little help organising things!

  16. December 7, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    My children are grown now and so Christmas just isn’t the same! It looks like you all had a great time taking part in all the festivities. Being on the grandchildren!!!

  17. December 9, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    What an adorable experience for the kids! Would love to go to something like this

  18. December 9, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Ah this sounds amazing! I love Hamleys and I don’t even have kids! I do have a nephew to buy for, though, so it’s nice to pop in

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