And what better way to kick off the celebrations with a visit to Santa’s Grotto? We were invited along to come to Santa’s Grotto in South West London‘s Wimbledon Eddie Catz. Being a “play centre”, we were not sure what to expect from a Grotto at Eddie Catz, but were pleasantly surprised at quite how lovely an experience the kids had (excuse our slightly blurry photos, it was dark in there!!)
Tucked away in the corner of the hustle and bustle of the play centre… is a small sign and post box pointing the way.
The kids waited patiently (whilst munching cookies and sipping hot chocolate) for their turn to go in.
They were met by super friendly elves, that quickly put them at ease, as the them down and gotten writing the all important letters to Santa. Surrounded by snowy pine trees and deer, the kids got to work.
Next they got to make some magical Reindeer Food – with strict instructions to sprinkle in the garden on Christmas Eve.
The kids seemed to really enjoy this part of the visit and I would say it certainly makes it stand out a little from “other grotto visits”.
We finally arrived “at the big moment and went in to see Santa himself. A beautifully decorated room with a wonderfully jolly Santa awaited us. The kids turned shy (but in a good way) and respectfully approached Santa. My daughter had made him a special card and carefully handed it over.
We then had some photographs taken and the children received a lovely little plush toy. I received the momento photos (lovely!) and then we went off for a play. Well, a cappuccino for me, Darling, and a play for the kids.
All in all a wonderful experience an a grotto worth visiting – find out more on London’s Santa Grotto and book before they fill up!