I have been each year to this Christmas experience and in 2018, they have upped the benchmark and changed things around a little bit. Which means if you have been previously, you can go again and enjoy this magical, unique event this festive season like it's your first visit.
There are new fresh characters to connect with, the immersive worlds have gotten bigger and the story has been restyled, and of course, there are new surprises. I'm just going to say 'unicorn - wow!'
As you pass through each fantasy land, you become part of the story. You become co-actors and co-creators and you get involved in the storytelling process. I can't give away any more, but there is a mission the audience has to help with - the journey ultimately ending at the North Pole.
Mr Beaver was my favourite this year. He is so funny and the whole concept is very, very clever. The children loved getting involved in his underground house. Moving from Mr Beaver's house to the next world was so realistic and how I absolutely imagine underground tunnels dug by animals to look like.
The set design throughout is so creative and original. All adults will really appreciate the time and effort that has gone into the whole show; I can see hours and hours of manpower for months and months. It is so apparent everywhere you look.
It is a 4D experience and all your senses will be on high alert. You will pass through a real snow blizzard (it is so convincing), you will marvel at 90 real pine Christmas trees (yes, I did say real!), the floors are covered in bark and mulch like a real forest, it's cold in the ice cave and the visual delights everywhere are bountiful.
Tip - look for the hologram fairies in their houses in the enchanted forest.
There is hands-on fun to be had in Santa's Workshop helping the elves get the toy machine to work (it is currently only producing coal!) and with the singing of apt Christmas songs, you will be abound with Christmas spirit when you leave.
Helping the elves fix the toy machine will surely ensure your name appears on Santa's Nice List!
There were no queues to see Santa, there is so much to see there was no time for wandering minds (or children!). There are opportunities to sit down and you can be as involved as you like.
What people are saying about the 2018 production:
It's so real.
We were thoroughly entertained throughout.
How did they do that?!
It is brilliant and a must-see event this season. Make it part of your Christmas tradition, just like we have. Your children will remember this visit to Santa and will keep talking about the journey and the adventures they had en-route to the North Pole. I thoroughly recommend it.
The whole experience runs for approximately 1.5 hours. Tickets are only available online.
Arrive at least 10 minutes before your session starts, so you can go to the toilet and check in your arrival to Mrs Macready. Actors are always in character, so the fun begins at check in!
Click here to buy your tickets now! Hurry, they are selling out fast with some sessions already sold out.