I have been waiting for this festive season for three years. The first year I was pregnant so my little bean just got to enjoy Mummy feeling all excited about goodness knows what. The second year, she was 4 months old and although I went to town with gifts and festivities she was too young and actually poorly over Christmas so slept through most of it. Last year we were getting there but she got totally overwhelmed and so by Christmas day I actually toned it down a bit and she also chose to have a 3.5 hour nap on the day itself! However this year, I have a feisty, talking, independent little two year old who understands a hell of a lot and knows something is up. I showed her a picture of Santa and introduced her to an elf and told her that soon it would be like Happy Birthday (which she LOVES) but for everyone and that if she was a good girl, soon Santa would be bringing presents and to start her off she could have her advent calendar – chocolate every day before breakfast is always a winner! I also told her that she would get to go and meet Santa before-hand and get a little present and tell him what she’d like for Christmas. I’m not sure she fully grasped it, but when we arrived at Weymouth SeaLife Park for their Santa Experience she was in no doubt by the time we left….
We arrived a little early so we could have a wander around the park – Nonna had never been and Alyssa loves to look at animals. It was a school day so we were fortunate that it was really quiet and we were able to see and experience everything without the hustle and bustle of crowds. We went round all the different buildings looking at the different sea-life, we stopped off for hot chocolate and a play in the new Caribbean Cove Play Park (which we were lucky enough to be there for the opening of,) went to see some more of the animals and then headed off to meet Santa for the very first time.
I recorded our whole day so put together a vlog of the whole experience. Having a visually impaired friend (Thinking Out Loud – Sassy Style) I am trying to be very inclusive in my posts and so have included a voice-over describing our day…
I have to say that whether it had been a first Santa Experience or your 100th it was amazing and one of the best I have ever seen. Sat huddled under a blanket in the stable is wonderful and then being taken across the bridge into the Christmas tree forest is great fun. The pure wonder on my child’s face when she blew her wish and suddenly it was snowing above her head resulted in the biggest squeal of joy which was only topped by meeting one of the loveliest and most gorgeous Santas I have honestly ever seen. He was soft spoken and did not push Alyssa who was a little shy to begin with but just sat talking to her and telling her all about his elves and the presents they were making for her until she looked up and gave him the most gorgeous grin before accepting her present, saying thank you and giving a big wave goodbye. Think Miracle on 34th Street and you will understand how good this Santa was – best part is that the whole experience is only £8.50 per child and in my opinion worth every penny!
The gift she received was a nice one – a bath toy fish which when the bubble from his mouth is pulled, his tail flaps and he swims through the water. Alyssa was extremely pleased with this and even more so in the bath later on. When your in the Santa Experience (and before in the shark tunnel too) you also have your photo taken and have the opportunity to buy these later. I know what you’re thinking – I bet they are extortionate which is what I always think and never ever buy them. HOWEVER, fear not because these start from as little as £3.00! You can even get your picture with 3 different frames, in Christmas cards with envelopes on 3 for £5! You can also buy the image in other forms such as a tree bauble or even get them as downloadable content to use again and again!
I am so pleased and eternally grateful that Alyssa’s first Santa experience was such a joyful and happy one. It is one that we will both remember for a long time. I’d like to personally thank the Elf that played with my daughter whilst she was waiting, the mischievous elf who helped fuel my daughter’s belief in all things magic, Santa for making my little one truly see Christmas for the first time properly and to Weymouth Sealife Park for a brilliantly magical time for us all.
There are still tickets available to see Santa at Weymouth Sealife Park and he is there all the way up until the 23rd December!
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*We were given tickets in return for a review – all opinions are my own.
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