intu Lakeside - Santa's Grotto | Christmas Street

We was kindly invited to attend a VIP blogger event at intu Lakeside for this years Christmas Grotto, I certainly couldn't give it a miss, I was keen for us to visit Santa this year now that Isla is that bit older and also being Archie's 1st Christmas too! 

We all met inside and then was taking out to the Christmas street which is where Santa's grotto and the German Christmas market are located. Santa's grotto is a giant gingerbread house with a ramp for access so perfect for pushchairs and wheelchairs. They also have a buggy park so you can leave your pushchair. While you are waiting to see Santa the grotto has funky mirrors and interactive games on the walls to keep little ones amused while they wait, my favourite was the naughty or nice game. The elves were also very friendly and interacted with the children to help the time pass while we waited, this definitely helped with a impatient 2 year old. Santa's grotto is open from 16th November - 24th December and is £6 per child. 

Santa was friendly and tried to spend as much time as he could with us, it didn't feel rushed and it was nice he was asking about the children. We had a couple of photos taken and then Santa gave the children their presents. We bought our photo and it was £6 although they did lots of bundles if you wanted more, or even key rings and snow globes. The presents were books which I was so happy about, children can never have too many books. Isla got a Tinkerbell sticker book which is her favourite type of book, and Archie got a rhyme book - both were great and I was pleased with them and the quality.

On Christmas Street you will also find a German Christmas Market with many stalls, there was a stall selling Donuts, Crepes and sweets, one selling burgers and German sausages and another with warm drinks, sweets, gingerbread and chocolate. They also had a Hook-A-Christmas-Duck which was £3, and a ride which was £2, Isla really enjoyed the ride and went on twice and both times it was quite a long go which was good! It definitely got us in the Christmas spirit and added to the excitement of visiting the grotto. 

We had such a lovely time and I can highly recommend visiting intu Lakeside for the ultimate Christmas experience. We also love that the Christmas street was right near the car park and the parking is free which is awesome too! For more information on times and booking click here

Location - M&S Food Hall - Car Park 9

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  1. This looks like a lovely experience, and Santa looks fab :)
    I can't wait for our first visit to Santa this year!


  2. What a memorable Christmas experience... we're still looking for a santa grotto to visit this year, so confusing as there's loads out there to go to. Great Review! #TriedTested

    1. Yes there definitely are a lot, hope you find a good one x

  3. It looks like a lovely place to visit Father Christmas. We're looking forward to seeing him ourselves this weekend.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

  4. This looks like a lovely grotto with plenty of extra things to see and do. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. It was brilliant! Highly recommend if you have a intu shopping centre near you x


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