Frosts Garden Centres – Fathers Christmas is Back

In a blink of an eye another year has passed and its that magical time of year again. We have been coming to see Fathers Christmas at Frosts for five years and we always like to get in early to help us get geared up for Christmas.

I am happy to report Frosts is as Christmassy as ever and has pulled out all the stops again. I love how Frosts switch things up a bit every year, as it makes it feel much more authentic and keeps it interesting. I think it’s easy for these types of events to feel like a money making machine, but Frosts is always on point to make it feel personal and fresh every time.

One thing which was a shame to see go was the reindeers, but I understand it’s not really fair for the reindeers to be transported over and kept in a small area for the amusement of people.  I’m not sure if this is the reason for the change, but if it is, I think many people would agree with the changing times it probably is for the best. Something that hasn’t changed is the enthusiasm of the staff, which were entertaining, engaging and extremely lovable. The children were led into a beautiful decorated room and had a lovely song with actions to learn, us adults didn’t get out of it either.

After we learnt our new song we were taken to the workshop where the children got to make bears with the elves helping. Jasmine made a husky dog named Phoebe and Tristan made a penguin called Pingu. The new teddy’s were completed with heart and a birth certificate. The bears replaced the present you would choose after seeing Father Christmas in previous years and in my opinion I thought it was a much better gift and made it feel much more personal. I’m sure my children will remember in the coming years on how they got their bears, but they wouldn’t have remembered what toy they picked out the previous year.

The children had their new bears and were excitedly waiting to see Father Christmas. We were led into his grotto and found some comfy bean bags, whilst us parents indulged in a mince pie. Father Christmas called the children one by one, whilst the elves kept the waiting children entertained. Father Christmas made sure to spend a decent amount of time with each family, ask the relevant questions and really showed how much he was enjoying himself just as much as the children did. We had out family picture with Father Christmas and waved goodbye with our Christmas story and Christmas activity packs from Father Christmas.

We then went off with the head elf, had some pictures with him and filled up our paper bags with some reindeer food. Frosts still has some lovely props around and we took some pictures around the site before heading inside to look at the Christmas decorations. As always we headed off to the café after and were not disappointed in the lovely selection on food and drinks they have to offer.

The whole trip was lovely, memorable and has certainly got us in the festive spirit.

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*I was gifted services for this blog post for a review. All opinions are my own.

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Frosts Father Christmas

Frosts Garden Centres – Visit to see Father Christmas

We have been coming to Frosts to see Father Christmas for four years now and always get in early to help us get into the festive spirit and to let the children pick some new decorations for the tree. Frosts always put on great seasonal activities for the family and we had already been the month previous for pumpkin carving and the Wizards school.

The booking process is online and very straight forward and I’ve always found the parking to be good. I love how every year something new seems to get added to the display, which always makes it feel fresh and exciting. We really loved the snowman the children could climb into, which make a great picture opportunity and if you are like me and like to get in early, you have the advantage of getting some lovely pictures fit for Christmas cards. The children always love to see the real reindeer’s and Jasmine loved being able to pet one of them.

We headed off to Santa’s grotto and were met with some very welcoming elves who took us in to a beautifully decorated room for sing-song and a few jokes. From there we were led to another room ready to decorate gingerbread men. Tristan loves gingerbread men and loved decorating his and he even managed to sneak a few sweets to keep him going. The elves then lead you in to see Father Christmas one family at a time, which I really appreciated as it make it feel personal and special. As always the Father Christmas you see is very authentic and has the most amazing real bead. He’s very jolly and seemed to really be enjoying himself. The look upon my two children’s faces is priceless and always makes the trip worthwhile. The children were presented with a lovely book and two gifts, which you select in the booking process, which are decent and age appropriate.

After we said goodbye to Father Christmas and the elves and headed out to explore the rest of Frosts and let the children choose some new decorations. The displays in Frosts are stunning and very Instagram worthy. After all the excitement we decided to head to the café and let the children pick some Christmas biscuits and us adults had some large hot chocolates. You really could spend a few hours looking through all the wonderful decorations and displays and we even headed back outside again to say goodbye to the reindeer’s before we headed off home.


Thank you Frosts, you never disappoint and we hope to see you again in the New Year for some more seasonal activities for the children. Visit Frosts Garden Centres website here to look at all the events going on right now.

 

*I was gifted services for this blog post for a review. All opinions are my own. 

 

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Our family visit to see Father Christmas at Frosts

As we did last year we decided to come back and visit Father Christmas at Frosts Garden Centre Willington . Last year we had such a lovely time and it wasn’t even an option not to come back. I decided it was best to get in early and avoid the crowds and to get us in the Christmas spirit after a bad few weeks.

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We booked our tickets online and arrived in good time and found it easy to park straight away outside the main doors. Inside the garden centre looks amazing and has really outdone it’s self this year. They’ve added some lovely new displays to have pictures with including a giant polar bear, Aslan the Lion and a unicorn. Miss J was ecstatic about getting to have a picture with a unicorn, but Mr T didn’t feel the same.

Mr T wasn't loving the unicorn like Miss J
Mr T wasn’t loving the unicorn like Miss J

We went off to Santa’s grotto and got all booked in and got to meet the lovely elves and real reindeer’s. The young ladies working as the elves had really got themselves into character and they put so much effort into entertaining my two whilst we waited. With the early booking and start time we were the only ones in our group so we had quiet a special, personal experience.

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The elves took us in for a sing-song, a few silly jokes and some making of reindeer food. The elves enthusiasm was magically and my daughter gave it her best to get stuck in despite being a little shy. Mr T was loving the lights and was keen to try and eat the reindeer food.

We were shown into see Father Christmas and sat down for a lovely story, another sing-song and a mince pie. It was lovely to see the same warm, kind face and real beard from last year and Miss J’s face lite up with excitement. Everything about it was magical and everyone kept in character perfectly and actually looked like they loved what they were doing. After a picture and chat we headed off to pick a present and were presented with some candy cains. Miss J took her time deciding from the large selection of toys and settled on a glitter tattoo and bead set whilst Mr T become besotted with an owl puppet. We said our farewells to the lovely elves and made our way back to the main shop.

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We spent another hour looking at the toys, displays and getting some new decorations and decided it was time for a pit stop at the restaurant. We got a lovely table over looking the large pond and had some lovely tea and cake before heading home.

We had a great day and have made some lovely Christmas memories. We will be back again next year I’m sure.

Miss J was a bit tired after all the excitement.
Miss J was a bit tired after all the excitement.

 

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