We we’re invited to see santa and travel through the polar expedition this week. The twins myself and Neil went along. Upon arrival you just show you pre booked tickets to the elf on the door or pay at the counter. The entrance is all decorated with trees and animals and really set the tone for a magical trip to come.
Once in the line you wait till the elf opens the door to the first part of your expedition. As you enter there is a very lovely elf waiting to greet you in what is decorated like a stable yard for the reindeers. There are lots of benches to sit down on. The elf then starts to tell you a story and introduce a baby reindeer to you. I won’t give away to much but the boys enjoyed this. Maybe a little much for younger children if busy. The Elf is fabulous and stay in character all the way through.
After this we are taken through a stable door we’re the boys love the moving polar bear. It’s like a holding area if you like that has a moving display. It is also all lit up with lights and quite magical. The boys were mesmerised by it.
We were then escorted in groups to the next stage of our expedition. This was the virtual reality room. We were sat on and iceberg and lots of animals pop up to see you. The big screen in front makes it look like the animals actually come and sit next to you. The boys loved this but also it was a big room for kids to run riot in especially younger ones.
After the polar experience you get to meet the big man himself. As usual in these kinds of grottos there are several Santas working. It was extremely well organised though so no miss haps of seeing two and awkward questions from the kids.
Santa was fab, the boys are still young and a bit weary of him. He made them feel at ease and spoke to them and they even sat for a picture, first time ever. They both received a little playmobil gift and were extremely happy with that. The grotto is in partnership with Playmobil this year so all the gifts are Playmobil for the relevant age of your child.
Once you leave santas grotto you go back to the main entrance we’re you are able to purchase your picture. You can buy lots of different things like cups, key rings, baubles. They don packages as we ll as individual items. We didn’t get a picture on this occasion as we had bought one when visiting with Kaitlin and Jack.
Overall we had a great time, I think it would be hard work for little ones as the boys didnt really understand parts of it they are nearly 3. I think 3 and above would be a perfect age and magical experience.
Just to note you cant take your own pictures in the grotto or with Santa. I understand not with Santa but its shame about the actual grotto itself as you could take some magical memory pictures.
For further information and booking details check out our event page for the Polar Expedition in Barton Square at the Intu Trafford Centre.