Seeing Santa at the Sea Life Centre

Where to see Santa in the West Midlands in 2017

Halloween has been forgotten and we are well on our way to Christmas now, December is just around the corner – it is time to think about visiting the big guy in red, and plan your Christmas shopping… or if you are really organised, buy the last few bits & pieces! Taking the girls to visit Father Christmas is one of my favourite things about… Continue Reading “Where to see Santa in the West Midlands in 2017”

Christmas Celebration Weekends at Cadbury World

Christmas Celebration Weekends at Cadbury World

On Saturday we headed to Cadbury World to check out their Christmas Celebration Weekends, and we all had a great day out at the chocolate factory. For Christmas, Cadbury World have a Santa Show and a Pantomime on, as well as a special festive menu.… Continue Reading “Christmas Celebration Weekends at Cadbury World”

Seeing Santa at the Sea Life Centre

Seeing Santa at Sea Life B’ham

On Sunday we headed to the Sea Life Centre to visit the penguins and check out their Christmas “Meet Santa” event. The girls never get tired of visiting the centre, so they were eager to go & check on their favourite sea creatures, and find Santa in his grotto!… Continue Reading “Seeing Santa at Sea Life B’ham”

Christmas at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Christmas at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

On Sunday morning we headed over to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to check out their Santa’s Grotto. Both Georgie and Lydia were very excited to see Santa (they can’t get enough of the big guy!), and we enjoyed a lovely lunch in the tea rooms afterwards, and spent some time in the Mini Museum too.… Continue Reading “Christmas at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery”

Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World

Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World – 2016

On Saturday we headed down to Hatton Adventure World to check out this year’s Enchanted Christmas Kingdom programme. We took Sophie, one of the girls’ best friends, with us, and the three of them had a whale of a time exploring everywhere and enjoying all the different festive activities.… Continue Reading “Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World – 2016”

Where to see Santa in & around Birmingham in 2016

There are so many options when you are planning your trip to visit Santa in the Birmingham area. We’ve been to a few in the last few years, and will be reviewing several here on the blog over the next few weeks. If your child wants to write a letter to Santa this year I made some free printables last year which are ideal for… Continue Reading “Where to see Santa in & around Birmingham in 2016”

Magical Lantern Festival

Magical Lantern Festival at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

On Wednesday evening we went along to the launch event of the Magical Lantern Festival at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  There are two themed lantern trails around the beautiful gardens, with festive Christmas lanterns, and a series of Wildlife & Nature lanterns. In addition to these, there is a fantastic lantern to represent Birmingham; a glowing bull – a replica of the Bullring sculpture. Visitors enter… Continue Reading “Magical Lantern Festival at Birmingham Botanical Gardens”

Merry Fishmas! Visiting Santa at Sea Life

We went along to the Sea Life centre a week or so ago to visit Santa, watch the Polar Express film in the 4D cinema, and of course the penguins & other sea creatures that reside there. The girls love to visit every month or two and see how much has changed since our last visit.… Continue Reading “Merry Fishmas! Visiting Santa at Sea Life”

Review: Hornby Santa’s Express Train Set (R1179)

When we think of model trains, there is no doubt that the first brand that comes to mind is Hornby. They are famous for their detailed, high quality representations of the world’s most famous engines & carriages. This Santa’s Express train looks absolutely fantastic and is currently set up around our Christmas tree.… Continue Reading “Review: Hornby Santa’s Express Train Set (R1179)”

Visiting Santa at the Bullring, Birmingham

Last weekend we headed in to the City centre to visit Santa in his grotto at the Bullring Shopping Centre. The grotto is actually located outside the main shopping centre; in St Martin’s Square. From the outside, I have to admit it’s not that enthralling – a couple of white tents, a few white deer statues, and some little Christmas trees in pots, finished off with a North Pole signpost & a “Santa’s Grotto” banner attached to the fence.… Continue Reading “Visiting Santa at the Bullring, Birmingham”

Exploring the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World

At the weekend we visited Hatton Adventure World for their Enchanted Christmas Kingdom event. As well as taking Georgie & Lydia, we took along their friend Liliy to enjoy the fun. It was a great day out, and we were there from the opening at 10am to almost 4pm – there is plenty to see & do to keep kids of all ages amused all day, with a packed festive entertainment programme.… Continue Reading “Exploring the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World”

Free Christmas printables – “Dear Santa” letters

With Christmas getting closer the kids are starting to get excited, and it is time to start writing letters to Santa! I thought I would create some free printable letters for kids to fill in & send to Santa! I will be doing this with the girls very soon and posting them off. You can write to Santa & get a letter back at no… Continue Reading “Free Christmas printables – “Dear Santa” letters”

Learning to be elves at intu Merry Hill Elf School.

On Friday afternoon, we headed to the intu Merry Hill shopping centre to check out their “Elf School” Father Christmas experience. Georgie and Lydia were joined by Georgie’s best friend Sophie and they were all very excited to be on an outing together! We ate some lunch then headed straight to the Elf School.… Continue Reading “Learning to be elves at intu Merry Hill Elf School.”