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Win tickets and top 10 tips for having the most fun at SMK
**WIN A FAMILY PASS TO SANTA'S MAGICAL KINGDOM** Tickets valid for 6pm session Friday, 30 November only.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "SANTA'S MAGICAL KINGDOM COMP" in the subject line before midnight on Sunday, 11 November, 2018 Let us know what you're looking forward to seeing most at Santa's Magical Kingdom
1. Free Parking?! Car Parking is available at Members 1 Car Park with Entry on Smith Street. Parking is FREE. If you're coming in by train, Frankston, Dandenong, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines depart regularly from Flinders Street to Caulfield Station, located directly opposite the course. The journey from the City takes approximately 15 minutes. Additional services are provided during peak times.
2. Bring your good camera: The lighting is fairly dim to make the Christmas lights twinkle and the stars shine; not ideal for phone cameras. There are some very sweet roving "mascot" Santa friends: Rudolph, Tinkerbell and Peter Pan (on the big pirate ship!), Elmo, Cookie Monster, Paw Patrol's Chase and Marshall, and even The Grinch!
Snack time? Cookie decorating station included in ticket price!
3. Sold out? Call to book. Even if the booking site indicates sessions are sold-out; they do offer ticket sales on-site, and you can call to check in advance if there are still tickets available on the day. Last year sessions did sell out, however, so it's best to book in advance.
4. Santa Photos: Plan ahead. Dress up the kids and get your Santa photos done while you're at Santa's Magical Kingdom. Photos with Santa can also be purchased on the day for an additional charge (from $26).
5. Party Time: Is your child's birthday in November or December? Do you need a venue for your family/friends Christmas get-together? Thinking of a Christmas party with your Mother's Group or Kinder/School friends? Look no further... Santa's Party House is here and ready to host the party of the Year at Santa's Magical Kingdom! Santa's Party House is an exclusive area within Santa's Magical Kingdom, where you can host your very own party. It includes: Reserved seating
Nuggets and chips Reserved seating in the Circus in the Elevated seats - Front Viewing VIP Lanyard
Includes everything included in the Admission Ticket of Santa's Magical Kingdom
- Available for 20-50 people
- $45 per head
6. Rudolph's Birthday: Every child will receive a mini-cup upon arrival and a gift at the end of the session, plus a very special guest from Whoville will be visiting throughout the sessions.
7. Prams: They have aimed for the event to be as accessible as possible for prams. There is space to walk around, but if you don't really need it, try not to bring it. Prams are not allowed into the circus tent, however there was a pram park onsite, which was located in the circus foyer.
Don't miss the circus!
8. Food: Bring cash for food. Food prices were pretty decent for the larger items. Last year, popcorn and candy floss were $4.50 each or 3 for $10, a range of sandwiches and hotdogs and dimsims were on offer from $4-$7. They did have water fountains on site (out near the toilets), and they sold un-advertised chips at $3.50 per decent-sized-cup; great to tide you over if needed.
9. The Circus: The Show will commence 1 hour after your session start time and is approximately 35 minutes in duration. If you're with another adult, find seats in the circus tent, then one of you duck out to the concession to buy lunch. Lines are reduced, due to everyone being in the tent and you are permitted to bring food into the circus tent. Depending on the age of your kids, this is a good time to eat and not take up time that could be had on rides when the show is over. If your kids are not into the circus show, this is also a really good time to stay in the ride area and enjoy rides with no lines.
All rides included in ticket price!
10. Extra Costs: Extra costs included food of course, some carnival type games ($5 each), there was a Santa's Bookshop that you could buy books at, near Mrs Claus's interactive story time corner, lots of merchandise ranging from $5-$100 (LED lit light sabres and star-wands in the circus area were $10 each last year, cash only; note that the light sabres are quite long and looked awkward to carry around afterward), and photos with Santa ranging from $26/package. Don't tell the kids, but behind the curtains, there are actually four Santas, each in their own enclosed photo area, which makes the lines go super fast! You are permitted to request the same Santa for siblings and friends, so the kids won't figure things out.
Santa's Magical Kingdom is outstanding value when you keep in mind that ticket price includes unlimited access on all rides (seven rides altogether, various height restrictions), a gingerbread man decorating station (take-and-eat), "real" snow wonderland area (sort of foamy white spray, harmless and has an authentic, wet-snow-like feel to it), and an amazing 35-minute circus act.
The best age range would be five to ten years old, though younger and older children would definitely enjoy much of what is offered.
SEASON DETAILS – Website www.santasmagicalkingdom.com.au
Your ticket includes access to all of Santa's Magical Kingdom activities, plus special letter-writing area for Mrs Claus, and new amusement rides; exciting for the whole family.
Date: 23 November 2018 – 23 December 2018
Venue Caulfield Race Course – Entry Gate 21
Station Street, Caulfield
Tickets 1300 307 740 or www.ticketmaster.com.au
If you're looking for a clutter-free Christmas gift from the Grandparents this year, or just a special Christmas season family-day-out, you can't go wrong at Santa's Magical Kingdom.