Santa experiences can be a mixed bag. You book with fingers crossed that you won’t be at the mercy of a sarcastic elf or find yourself in the presence of a Santa with a wonky beard. But when you find a truly enchanting one, it’s a delight for both young and old. So here are some of the best places to visit Santa at Christmas in Scotland.
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Santa comes to tea, LIVE online Christmas experience
It’s Christmas magic for the kids at home this year….
This LIVE interactive session is broadcast from Santa in the North Pole direct to your living room and will light up any little ones with excitement this Christmas.
Each session is 40 minutes and will be restricted to 30 on the session. From £12.99
The Woodland Experience
Thisyear The Woodland Experience are delighted to launch Santa@Home, a fun-filled experience that will ensure your family can still enjoy Santa’s magic this year from the comfort of your own living room! www.woodlandexperiences.co.uk
Santa at the Woodland Experience in 2019
The Woodland Experience is located on North Ballochruin Farm, Stirlingshire. The private woodland is on the edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, about 40mins drive from Glasgow and 30mins from Stirling.
The Woodland Experience has a winning combination of a brilliant location (on a Christmas-tree farm) and the fact it includes a tractor-ride. When we visited the staff were wonderful; engaged and friendly – they gave the impression they had all the time in the world to help our two choose their Elf Names. The shed where you wait has lovely food, burgers and gorgeously spicy pulled pork from local renowned local butcher Skinner of Kippen. You can toast marshmallows, get the kids’ face-painted or have a bounce on an inflatable tractor – there is a small charge for all of these activities. When it was our turn to go the kids’ peered out into the darkness until a tractor arrived (beeping Jingle Bells as it went), festooned with fairy-lights. Each group gets its own Elf to keep you company on the tractor-ride through the woods, update you on Elvish gossip and tell bad jokes. As we bumped along the track it occurred to me that Patrick, our 4-year old, would have been delighted by this ride alone. Peeking out of the forest are naughty elves, slacking off from their festive duties amidst living Christmas trees decorated with outsized baubles.
The tractor arrived in a clearing and we disembarked to follow the Elf along a little path, past Santa’s voluminous washing hung out to dry, before arriving at a wooden cabin. We rang the doorbell and after a suitably exciting wait, Santa himself answered the door. And he was a terrific Santa. The cabin was really lovely, a vintage carousel twinkled in the corner, little stools were dotted around Santa’s chair for the kids to sit on, and a huge messy pile of presents strewn around. Santa told us the elves had had a party the night before and hadn’t tidied up yet. After a long chat (you really never feel rushed), he then called each child forward by name to receive a wrapped present. This was to be placed under our Christmas tree so that Santa would know where to put the presents on Christmas Eve. Then with a sigh Santa complained about the mess and asked if the boys and girls could help him tidy up by taking a toy home. Cue disbelieving looks from all the kids, could they really be allowed to choose anything? Patrick headed straight for a giant dinosaur and Edie a rag-doll. All the presents looked great. The magic continued when Santa asked everyone to do some of their own, we all had to sing Jingle Bells as loud as possible, and when he opened the cabin door it was snowing outside.
Quite hard to return to reality after that but after a bouncy return journey and a few more renditions of Jingle Bells we were back in the real world. Two extremely happy kids and two slightly glowing adults. At £16 a child and £8 for adults it’s not cheap but for a truly rural Santa Experience, I think it’s a real find.
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