The Christmas Bus | Our Experience

We was invited to go to the Christmas Grotto bus today at Tollgate Shopping Centre in Colchester, we had such a great time at this free event and think it was the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. I only took Isla with me as I knew she would enjoy it a lot more and is a better age for all the craft fun that they had on board. The bus will be open tomorrow 11am - 5pm and then it will be gone so if your local or in Essex and want some free fun to go to, then definitely head down there. It took us just under an hour to get there by bus and we had such a lovely time, Isla really enjoyed it and after over coming her shyness she really got into it. You can read more details about the event here.

When we arrived we had to wait around 45 minutes to get on the bus, Isla waited so patiently in line and was excited about the bus. We were finally called forward by an Elf who was very friendly and asked Isla what she wanted for Christmas. We got onto the bus and sat down at a table, they were big enough for a family of 4 and there was 4 tables all together and at the back 2 sets of seats for you to wait to be called up to see Santa.

When we sat down a Elf came over and gave us a clear bag and tag, she told Isla to pick her favourite reindeer and using the board to create the reindeer food. Isla picked Rudolph and so we looked to see what food he would like in his food. I thought this was a really nice way of doing it, but Isla couldn't resist and put some silver decorations in hers so hopefully Rudolph wont mind! 

After we had finished the food it was time to write on the tag, I wrote Rudolph on one side and let Isla draw on the other side. She loved getting involved with the activity, and had so much fun putting all the food into the bag. A Elf came over and very carefully tied the bag up and we attached the tag to the bag of food, we then went and sat on the chairs to wait to see Santa.

Upstairs the bus was transformed into a winter wonderland, it was so lovely with snow on the floor, lots of decorations and a giant polar bear. Isla was amazed by it all, she was extremely shy with Santa, but he was so patient and asked her lots of questions. We had a quick photo with Santa before going back down and heading to Costa for a warm drink!

We had such a lovely time, I think this is such a great service especially being free! I do think that some sort of slot system should be in place, either booking online or maybe just getting a number ticket and coming back at a certain time slot in groups of 4. It was a long time to wait in the cold and I noticed a lot of children were getting irritable. But otherwise we had such a lovely time and today has added to the Christmas magic, Isla is so excited to leave her reindeer food out on Christmas Eve for Rudolph, she has proudly shown all the family her creation and is happy with it. I would definitely recommend if your local to go along, its such a great free activity to do with your children.

*Sponsored post - We was invited to review but all thoughts and opinions are always honest.

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