Monday 2 December 2019

Festive fun at Snowdome - 3 experiences in 1!

Life has been hectic of late but now we are in December, we've put the tree up and are determined to get in the festive spirit - it is the most wonderful time of the year, after all! My annual Santa's grotto guide is sadly sat in my drafts folder so it'll have to make a comeback next year... but in lieu of this, I do have a fantastic, festive and fun family day out to share with you. It's Snowdome's Winter Wonderland event, on now, and I can tell you first hand that it's fab (#gifted).

It offers three experiences in one action packed visit, and will certainly get you and the kids into the swing of the season.

We headed along on the opening day and really enjoyed it as an immersive seasonal experience. Snowdome is celebrating 15 years of festive fun and his magical winter wonderland in the snow has returned with a few extra magical touches along the way. With real snow, real animals and the all new winter wonderland show, it's the ultimate Christmas adventure for all the family!


So, what is the Winter Wonderland all about?

First, you get to go into the wonderland and play and slide around in real snow as you explore Santa’s Christmas snow trail featuring snow slides, fun displays. There's even falling snow this year! You take a walk through the enchanted forest, can enjoy a fun game of snowballs (which Ethan REALLY did!), hitch a ride on a sledge and have your photo taken and have fun sliding about in the snow tubes. You have 30 minutes to explore and festive tunes play throughout - it really gets you in the mood. Top tip - move round to the other side of the arena when you get in then enjoy exploring from there, so you're a bit more spaced out from the crowds.


Next, it's time to go and see Santa in his big festive performance, The Twelve Days of Christmas. This year he wants a traditional production and with Rudolf's help, plans to wow the audience with a showstopper. It looks like things may go awry however as Shake and Speary, the elves, have their own unique take on the script... traditional it is not! My Mum absolutely LOVED the show, and Ethan found it funny too - definitely something for all ages. Top tip - try and sit in the first couple of rows, and you'll get to slap hands with Santa himself.


Lastly, the third stage of the Winter Wonderland experience is Santa's Christmas village, featuring a brand new traditional children's carousel. Get close and personal with Santa's furry animal friends as you explore the animal area. Step inside Santa's boots when you visit his house, take a photo of his huge Christmas tree and don't forget to write the big man a letter to drop in his talking post box. Ethan wrote a letter from himself and from Sullivan, and it was a nice addition to the day. Top tip - take advantage of the many selfie / Insta friendly spots around the village (but also, do note that children do not meet Santa at his house - there is not a grotto as part of this experience, so worth knowing in case your child expects to meet the man in red).

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and it's hard to think of a better place to go at this time of year. Especially as there is guaranteed snow!


Ticket prices and dates:

Visit SnowDome's dedicated Winter Wonderland page for more details and to book tickets. 

Read our first review of SnowDome from our visit in August 2019.

*Gifted - we received tickets to attend the press launch, all opinions are our own.


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