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 £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.