We rarely see Father Christmas in the same venue twice and having already done the Santa Train, Hamley’s and the High Legh garden centre Santa in previous years, we were on the hunt for somewhere different.
So, the four us of headed over to Liverpool to the famous ‘bombed out church’ in the city centre, otherwise known as St Luke’s and currently transformed into a Winter Wonderland, including Santa’s grotto.
This was a visit in five exciting stages. First was craft-making with Mrs Claus, where the children made cards, baubles and wrote their Christmas while we enjoyed a mince pie. The second stage was storytelling with the elves. Third was ‘Elf Yoga’ – a first for all of us – followed, randomly, by a limbo dancing contest.
Then it was time for the silent disco, where we all donned our wireless headphones and danced (like no-one was watching) to some classic Christmas music. This was my favourite bit, but the highlight for the kids of course was meeting the big man himself.
In addition to checking if they were on the good list and asking what they’d like for Christmas, he also asked if they’d be leaving some refreshments out on Christmas Eve.
“Carrots and a mince pie!” shouted my 5-year-old.
“Red wine!” said my 8-year-old. Great that he’s remembered Santa’s penchant for Rioja.
Now ordinarily at the end of the visit, you’d receive a framed photo of the children with Santa, but on this occasion, their printer had broken so more elves were being drafted in to fix it. Each of the boys received a gift and we were sent the photos in the post a few days later.
All in all, it was a successful visit and a nice way to spend an hour and a half on a chilly December evening.
BY CATHERINE LAWLER