On Saturday I took both my boys to see the big man (Santa) locally to where we live. The Santa’s grotto is held in Coventry Transport Museum which is in a perfect location to travel to as it is in the city centre – so very well easy to get to if you live locally or want to come and visit Coventry.
Going to visit is not like any other typical Santa’s grotto – oh no you start of entering the room full of Christmas decorations, twinkly lights and Christmas songs blasting out of the speakers. It is great visual festive decor to get you feeling reading for Christmas.
Once you have gone through the line to the reception at the front you pay for tickets at the desk. You then depending on who is before you go through the door where you go take a seat on the sleigh.
The price of tickets and times.
• The Santa vintage sleigh ride is open right up to Sunday 23 December. However, I would recommend going early as it gets very popular closer to Christmas and you could be waiting a long time in the queues.
• Monday – Friday – 11am till 5pm (last ride 4:30pm).
• Weekends – 9 am till 5 pm (Lat right at 4:30 pm).
• Children £6 / accompanying adult (up to three adults per child) £1.50. Entry fee includes a gift per child.
• Adult £5 (Individuals or where groups of adults exceed the three adults per child limit).
The sleigh is a mechanical moving transporter – it has a beautiful decoration with reindeers at the front, sparkling twinkly lights on the ceiling and Christmas decorations with tinsel etc. It is dark so bear that in mind but you can see with the low lights and the violet lighting that glows the reindeers of nicely.
Once you have reached the North Pole, takes approximately maybe three or four minutes. The sleigh door is open at the back for you and your family to step out into the festive corridor. You probably have to wait may a couple of minutes. That is ok as they have activities such as finding the words in the word search on the chalk walk. Plenty of things to see whilst waiting to meet Father Christmas.
When it is your turn you hand your ticket to the Elf and then you can go into the room to see Santa. Bear in mind it will be just family that are in the room with Elf and Santa and it is private as the door frame has a fabric sheet that closes you off t others. Therefore, if you do have a shy child then they only have to worry about Santa.
Now Santa is sitting on the chair waiting to hear about whether your child has been good this year. He is very friendly and makes you feel welcome. Both my boys were fine talking to him and Santa asked the odd question such as whether you are going to leave a mince pie out on Christmas Eve. Then they give out a present to each child which is wrapped in a bag so they have fun with the surprise of guesses what they get. The presents are what you can Santa grotto will have, both my boys received a dinosaur which is good because then there is no squabbling about the other one getting something different.
The meeting lasted a max of 5 minutes. We were then lead over to the exit door by the Elf which takes you back to the beginning in the waiting area. You just go out to the door on the right and you are right back at Coventry Transport museum entrance. So, there is no panics about getting lost if you are unfamiliar with where you are going.
Overall, it is a good experience as you get the sleigh ride as well. I am quite attached to it personally because I did the same thing as a child bar the fact that Santa grotto was in a completely different location.
It is a lovely festive treat if you’re into that then do go check it out.
Cheers for reading X