Have you seen The Snowman and The Snowdog? We haven't, but after visiting Manchester Trafford Centre's The Snowman and The Snowdog Christmas Grotto last Sunday, we will be buying the DVD so that we can watch the full movie!
The last time we went to Trafford Centre's Christmas Grotto was back in 2011. We watched a short film (I can't quite remember but it could be The Snowman) before visiting Santa, and I remember feeling crowded as all the family visiting during the time slot were squeezed into the same room as Santa, and we had to wait for him to talk to the children in turns. A lot has changed since then, and the waiting time has shortened immensely. We even get Santa all to ourselves in a private room!
Trafford Centre's Britain's first The Snowman and The Snowdog Christmas Grotto is located in Barton Grange where Legoland Discovery Centre and Sea Life are (you can easily make a family Christmas day out out of this!). When we arrived, we noticed the sign saying that the Grotto was fully booked for the day, how popular!
The Grotto looked really magical inside and out, and we couldn't stop wow-ing at the sparkling lights! The staff were really friendly and helpful, and kept the children busy while we were waiting so that they wouldn't get bored. We didn't have to wait for very long though (less than 10 minutes since we joined the few other families), and soon it was our group's turn to go in and watch the film. We really liked how the storyteller told the story!
After we left the story room, the children were given a Letter to Santa template to write down what they'd like to get for Christmas, which they can then post in the post box situated in the hallway before meeting Santa. We were then led to a quiet and cosy room to meet him! He was very kind and gave each of the kids a lovely wrapped present, which are both under our Christmas tree, waiting to be opened on Christmas day.
I also appreciated that the helper offered us a picture with Santa instead of forcing us to take it, but it would be better if she took the 3 images a bit slower so that they didn't come out looking exactly the same hehe.
Both the kids really enjoyed this year's Christmas Grotto experience, and we can't wait to watch The Snowman and The Snowdog! The lovely PR has also given the kids an amazing goodie bag, making this a really magical and exciting experience for them, thank you so much!
Booking for Trafford Centre The Snowman and The Snowdog Christmas Grotto is still available, and you can book here on their website. It's only £4.50 per child which includes a gift, and £2.50 for an adult. They are open all the way until Christmas Eve evening (5pm), so do book it when you get a chance, it really is a lovely experience!