For as long as I can remember we have been heading to Intu Lakeside for Christmas Shopping and when our son came along we continued to do so, shopping late into the evening whilst he slept in his buggy. As he got older we included a trip to see Santa as part of our trip and we have done this every year ever since.
He is 8 now and of course no Christmas would be complete without the obligatory visit to the Grotto ... This year's Grotto is in conjunction with Playmobil toys.
We pre-booked out ticket and arrived at our allocated time.
The Grotto is just past the impressive Ice Skating Rink , next to the Christmas Market and Drinks Stalls.
Inside the Grotto, before you meet the big man himself, there are some activities to do to keep you occupied whilst you wait.
And finally, meeting Father Christmas himself...
Whereupon you are given a great gift/toy from Playmobil (my son chose a book) and have a chance to have your photo taken with the man himself
He had lots of fun, the whole experience is around 15 minutes which is just enough to keep the little ones entertained.
Have you visited Santa's Grotto yet?
Tickets cost £6, photos are extra. Head to the Intu Lakeside website to book your tickets.
*Our visit this year was complimentary