Santas Magical Grotto at House of Fraser

Thursday, November 26, 2015

On Tuesday evening, the five of us headed to Birmingham straight from picking up Gracie at school for a special VIP event at House of Fraser. We got to have experience their amazing Santa's Magical Grotto ahead of the opening to the public on Saturday 28th November. The House of Fraser Santa's grotto features traditional style shop fronts and a log cabin which houses Santa himself along with his mischievous elves. 

The grotto is built entirely by volunteers from the House of Fraser team with all proceeds going to Harry Moseley's charity Help Harry Help Others. It is the third year running that they have supported this charity and even have boxes of bracelets on sale for a £1 donation each on one of the activity tables. 

Gracie and Zach were so excited for this event. When we got to enter we found ourselves walking straight into a wonderland. With snow everywhere and elves greeting you on your arrival, you walk straight to the activity area where you find Santa's cinema with nice comfy cushions to sit on and a colouring station. We spent a while colouring in the supplied colouring books and watching a festive movie in the cinema area. 

We were then told Santa was ready so we were guided by another Elf to collect our tickets to see Santa. This is where it is really clever as the Elves ask for each child's name and age to put on their special ticket before letting you enter what looks like a magical village. Before seeing Santa we had a little look around the village peeking inside Santa's workshop and the other festive stores. We saw some of Santa's most famous reindeer'. Then we joined the queue to see Santa. Outside the grotto while we were waiting, we admired the beautiful scenery and I took some lovely photos of the kids. 

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Before we knew it, an elf came to greet us at the door and collect the special tickets. She then took them inside before inviting us in. As soon as we walked in we heard a familiar sound. The kids straight away recognised the sound of Santa doing his 'ho ho ho'. He greeted them by name without needing any reminders (thanks to the names on the tickets!) Gracie's face lit up when she heard him say her name. Zach was quite shy again and I had to go with him and cuddle him while he talked to Santa. We had a few professional pictures taken of the five of us before getting down to business. Next was Christmas list requests. Gracie asked for My Little Pony dolls and Descendants dolls and Zach asked for Ninja turtles and Star Wars. Santa then gave all three of the children a lovely gift each. Gracie got some card games, Zach got a puppet and Elsie got a cute little book. 

The kids were so pleased with their gifts and had an amazing experience. There were so many small touches that made it so special. The elves were lovely and scattered around the magical grotto and each one of them made an effort to talk and play with the children.

The grotto will be situated on the fifth floor of House of Fraser on Corporation Street. Entry fee for the grotto is £5.00 per person. The grotto will be open from 11am-6pm Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturdays and 11am-5pm on Sundays. The grotto will be open for extra hours as it gets closer to Christmas. It will be open from 9am-6pm on Saturday, 19th December, 10am-6pm from Monday, 21st December to Wednesday, 23rd December and 9am-6pm on Christmas Eve. Tickets can be purchased from any of the Homewear and Childrenswear till points in store.

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