Santa’s Cove At Braehead, Glasgow


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…


Entering Santa’s Cove at Braehead

We were greeted by some friendly elves as we entered Santa’s Cove, and were guided to Yuletide Valley where the little ones had to make their way through a very Christmassy ball pit and climb up to the top of the slide and travel down to the other side.


Travelling through Yuletide Valley – spot Littlest Squirrel in the ball pit!

From there, we climbed aboard Santa’s Sleigh Ride, a really fun experience for little kids and big kids alike. We took our seats on  Santa’s sleigh, and through a screen in front of us, we watched the reindeers take us up in to the air, twisting  past the chimney pots en route to our drop off point at the Stable Rooms.


Santa’s Sleigh Ride

At the Stable Room we were able to mix up our very own reindeer food to take away with us and  keep for the reindeers visiting our homes on Christmas Eve. The kids loved getting their hands in to the troughs of reindeer feed and mixing it together with some magical coloured glitter.


Mixing up our own reindeer food at the Stable Rooms

Next we moved along to the Toy Room where the kids got to make their own Christmas decorations to take home and hang on the tree when it goes up.
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.


Littlest Squirrel waiting on Mrs Claus serving up some hot chocolate and marshmallows

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.


Naughty or Nice machine

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.


The very lovely Santa!

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

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!


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