With Christmas day only 3 sleeps away, we have some very excited children in our house, although in truth, they have an even more excited Mummy who can’t wait to see their faces on Christmas morning. I still remember the … Continue reading
For me, the most special time of year is nearly upon us so my family and I were so excited to visit the Christmas Wonderland at Paultons Park. Our favourite family theme park, coupled with Father Christmas… it exceeded all of our expectations.
Our tickets were for 11am and we were told to be at the entrance quarter of an hour before. Santa’s elves greeted us and had a little chat with Harley and Lola before we went in. There is space to leave the buggy at the beginning, if you wanted to but we chose to keep Lola in hers before she started getting fidgety. As you enter the Wonderland, there is immediately a gorgeous bedroom scene, all set up for Christmas Eve. There is even a sleeping child in the bed, where the covers respond to the child’s breathing; it was very realistic. You then walk through a tunnel of glittery stars overhead and into the most magical set up of Christmas scenes.
At every point along the path, there is something beautiful to look at and enjoy, whilst eagerly waiting to meet Santa. All of the animals and creatures are part of some spectacular scenes; most of which have moving parts and even sing along to the Christmas songs. The penguins, polar bears, snowmen and baby seals to name but a few, all create a snowy spectacle as you follow the signs towards the North Pole.
As you edge ever closer, you see Rudolph and the animated reindeers in their stables. Then you enter Santa’s Toy Workshop. A whole host of busy elves are making and wrapping the toys and collecting the children’s letters for Santa. Harley loved watching the teddy bears move along the conveyor belt and stood in awe, gazing at the large pile of wrapped presents at the end.
As we had a buggy with us, we saw Santa in the larger room (there are 2 rooms for children to meet Santa, which I thought was a brilliant idea as it helped the queue to move quicker.) The elf on the door was really good with the children as we waited our turn to enter the room. She chatted to them about what they wanted for Christmas and asked about whether they were excited to meet Santa.
I didn’t know how Lola would react to seeing Father Christmas. At only 9 months, I thought there might be some tears. But I was so wrong, she loved him and he was brilliant with her. After a quick chat, Santa gave Harley and Lola a present, each labelled with their age bracket and girl or boy, which you state when purchasing your tickets.
We unwrapped the presents at home and were unbelievably impressed with the high quality gifts both children received. Harley was given a Monster truck set and Lola, a snuggly comforter and toy. Both gifts were perfect for their age and very well received.
After the Christmas Wonderland we went into the 4d cinema to watch the Christmas film, Sleigh Ride. This was such fun. The chairs move in time with Santa’s sleigh and there is even a hair raising moment when it feels like there are spider legs around your feet as you see the animated spider appear on screen.
Harley kept yelping in joy and saying he was getting wet! I wondered what on earth he was talking about until the 3rd time of him saying it, I realised that it always coincided with a water scene in the film and sure enough a quick spray of water really did take you into the film. (I think my lucky seat must have missed the water spray!) The film ends with a snow scene and foam is sprayed out from the side of the cinema. It made me laugh so much as I thought it was just the 3d effect in the film until the lights went up and I saw foam snow everywhere.
As if all of this excitement wasn’t enough for one day, the entry ticket into the Christmas Wonderland also gives you entry into the whole of Paultons Park and the fantastic Peppa Pig World. Some of the rides are closed for Winter maintenance but it was super to see the spectacular Christmas tree and magical illuminations throughout the park, which all year round, is a firm family favourite of ours. Peppa and George are dressed up in their winter gear which is a lovely touch and we enjoyed the park for the rest of the day.
Theme Park rides; Peppa Pig; meeting Father Christmas; a beautiful, magical Wonderland and Christmas trees a plenty…. I’m not sure if you can get anything better than that for a family day out at Christmas time.
Click here to book tickets for Paultons Park Christmas Wonderland.
Disclaimer: My family and I were lucky enough to receive complimentary tickets from Paultons Park for their Christmas Wonderland event, however all words and opinions are very much my own.
X is for … Xmas
Ok, so technically Christmas starts with a C but can you think of many photos that begin with an X?!
This was a gorgeous moment, captured beautifully. Harley’s first Christmas. We made this photo into some Christmas Cards for friends and family. I smile every time I see the photo. I love it.
I know there are still a few more weeks to go until the Christmas tree can go up and it be considered acceptable, but I’m already starting to get excited. I’ve started a bit of my shopping and have volunteered to have all the family to ours this year for Christmas dinner.
It will be Lola’s first Christmas this year. I can’t wait to see their little faces. Simply magic.
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