We were invited along yesterday to the launch of Santa’s Cove at Braehead Shopping Centre, just outside Glasgow.
Santa’s Cove promises to be an ultimate Christmas family experience, so I thought I’d share our visit for those of you considering booking a trip to Santa in and around Glasgow this year…
Once we had finished our decorations we visited the Elves Canteen where Mrs Claus was serving up cups of hot chocolate and marshmallows and mince pies to our thirsty little helpers. Our next stop was the Naughty Or Nice Machine, which reads the minds of the kids with a reindeer helmet, and a display shows if they have been naughty or nice. If they are nice they are rewarded with some candy. Finally, it was time to visit Santa himself in his igloo. Each family gets to visit Santa in private, with time to take photos, and there is an elf on hand to take a picture that is printed out for you to take home, along with a naughty or nice certificate for the children.
My girls had brought some pictures that they had coloured in especially for Santa, and were thrilled when he announced he would keep them in his sleigh. The children also got a gift from Santa before it was time to say our Goodbyes. We spent an hour and a half at Santa’s Cove. All the “rooms” are within one big heated tent, and the only areas we had to queue for were Santa’s Sleigh Ride and to meet Santa himself.
There were just a few things that could have improved the experience for us…
A cloakroom to store visitors’ coats and bags would be really helpful, so parents aren’t left carrying around all the family’s jackets and belongings.
We thought the gifts from Santa were a decent quality, however a little bit more thought on what is age appropriate would be better.
Finally, we felt the quality and composition of the printed photo could have been improved.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Santa’s Cove, and most importantly the girls had a great experience, with lots of activities to entertain them, and for them to participate in. All of the staff were lovely with the kids, and Santa himself was perfect, and looked very authentic.
Santa’s Cove is running from November 11 2017 to December 24 2017, 9am to 9pm. For more details and for bookings visit www.santascove.co.uk
They also have a Facebook page page for more information.
I was offered free passes to Santa’s Cove for the purpose of this review. As always all opinions are honest and my own!