We recently had the pleasure of visiting Intu Lakeside and their brand new Christmas Grotto.
One of the first to experience the new grotto, Lamb was welcomed by Santa’s lovely elves who escorted him through the grotto offering yummy treats along the way and playing different games.
This Christmas Grotto is different to others we have visited. It’s much more like you would imagine a grotto to be like, toys and bright colours, lots of elves. Grottos at garden centres are often made to look like winter wonderlands, so this one was a nice change to what Lamb has seen before.
Lamb was given around 10 minutes to chat to Father Christmas, telling him what he would like him to bring on Christmas Day. He of course asked for Paw Patrol toys (as I’m sure most kids are this year!) and Father Christmas ensured he would bring some as long as he stayed on the nice list.
As we were leaving Santa gave Lamb a little present to which he replied “where’s my Paw Patrol toy?” We had to explain that this was a little gift from Father Christmas early for being good, but his main presents would of course arrive on Christmas Day. Not easy to explain to a nearly 3 year old!
We really enjoyed our evening at Santa’s Grotto. There’s something really magical about watching your child’s eyes light up as they meet Father Christmas. This is the first year Lamb truly understands and it’s so lovely to see.
As Lamb had been such good boy I let him open his present from Father Christmas. To all of our surprise he had been given a Paw Patrol sticker book! He was absolutely blown away, as was I! He got exactly what he asked for! Either that was an amazing coincidence, or we really did meet the real father Christmas!
As we left the Grotto we met up with the PR team and had a group photo with all of the other bloggers. It was really nice to go in a large group. It made the evening much more enjoyable and exciting for the kids. As you can see, Lamb ran straight to the front of the group holding his sticker book which he was so proud of.
One thing I think is great about Santa’s Grotto at intu Lakeside this year is the fact you can book online. I know from previous years the line can get quite long, so being able to book online ensures you won’t waste a journey if it gets too busy.
You can buy personalised photo products after you have seen santa. We paid £6 for a mounted photo.
If you want to find out more about the grotto you can read more on the intu Lakeside website here.