On what is normally a chill out day, we all trudged down to the Chill Factore in Manchester, to chill even more… in snow!
We were there to visit the big man and try out the Chill Factore Santa’s Grotto as well as an hour’s snow play as all the children were over the age of 4. For children under the age of 4, you will get 30 minutes playtime in Mini Mooseland!
After kitting everyone out with jackets and trousers, boots and hats, we were all ready to hit the snow and have lots of fun! With a choice of donuts, the luge and sledges, the kids very quickly decided they would like to try the donuts. I attempted it once, once is enough for me… I am an old grump these days… I have never been skiing and I quite like my feet being on the ground… without slipping. Heather, my awesome mate, even took pictures of me in the donut, to actually prove that I did it… I will remember this for the future!
The kids loved it though and we soon found our time was limited, so the girls quickly jumped on the luge for a high speed whizz down a tunnel. The fact the time flew by shows how much fun everyone had. It is bloody cold though, so make sure you take gloves with you!
Queuing up for the Santa’s Grotto was far less fun though I am afraid. In total we queued for an hour and a half before meeting Santa. Sunday was clearly a very busy day and no doubt the big man slept like a log that night! I believe Saturday was slightly easier with lesser waiting time.
My advice is to prepare yourself with food and drink (we may have had a well deserved beer upon our return home!). Luckily there are tables where the children can colour and a football table to keep everyone entertained. There are Elves milling about handing out candy canes and engaging with the children. I feel very sorry for the Elves who were commandeered by the kids, their ears were letting off steam when they finally managed to crawl away from them!
All in all, the kids had a great experience and were totally bowled over by meeting Santa.
Tickets for the Chill Factore Santa’s Grotto are still available on their site, but are booking up fast!
Tickets are £40 for 1 adult and 1 child over the age of 4 (includes an hour snow play and clothing).
For children under the age of 4, tickets are £15 for 1 adult and 1 child (includes 30 minutes Mini Mooseland play).
Additional adults and children can be added for an extra charge.
Please remember to take gloves with you… you will need them! Also have your booking reference ready when you check in at the booking desk, makes things a lot easier!