I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
Published November 20th 2013
A chaotic, crazy and cheerful way to get Christmas started
Whether you have embraced the upcoming festive season or you are living in denial, the plain hard truth is that the chaos of Christmas is exploding everywhere. Letterboxes are full of advertising material, supermarkets are well stocked and children are pumped for end of year concerts and parties.
Welcome to a magical family spectacular
This year for the first time we visited Santa's Magical Kingdom to see what all the fuss was about and I'm so glad we did. Not knowing what to expect but wanting to feel jovial we took to the Big Top perched upon the Burnley Oval in Richmond to let the festive season wrap us in its happy embrace and get us all excited for the month of pre-christmas celebrations ahead. If you are fortunate enough to be taking your family along or your simply considering it or perhaps you're just not sure if all the effort is worth it, then take a look at the list below and judge for yourself.
A 40 minute Christmas themed circus show takes place in the big top arena with a selection of acts to grab the attention of all ages and interests. Santa and his favourite angel picked off of the top of the tree oversee the magical show. Audiences can be prepared to be dazzled by a diablo act that is both energetic and vibrant. If you have ever given these odd tools a try you will appreciate the difficulty and skill this performer shows. As well as that families can enjoy a football match with a difference, a host of magic tricks and a woman in a steel wheel who is as strong as she is unbelievable to watch. And for the grand finale there is the Ball of Doom, which I have seen previously at visits to Silvers Circus but regardless of how many times I see it my stomach churns and I admit to hiding behind my hands (fingers open just enough to peek through of course!) The show is included in the entrance price and there is plenty of great tiered seating available. You may find yourself hiding under your seat when the motorbikes hit that dome (okay maybe that was just me!)
The Ball of Doom
Gingerbread Decorations: Gingerbread never tastes as good as it does during Christmas and even better when you get to add your own marshmallows, icing and mini chocolates. Grab a plate and take a seat. Chances are you wont even finish decorating before you get eating. If gingerbread is not exactly your thing then be assured other food vendors are around to keep you happy with popcorn, ice-cream, sandwiches and wraps available as this is apparently the fare preferred at Santa's kingdom.
Delicious Gingerbread people to decorate
Enchanted Snowland: My personal favourite and a spot not to be missed is the highly illuminated enchanted forest where snow cascades down upon you leaving small clouds of white upon your hair and the tip of your nose. Take a photo in the sleigh or find a snow fountain to stand under and get covered in falling snow drops.
Take a stroll through the enchanted forest and catch snowflakes on your eyelashes
Characters: All your favourite Christmas characters are there and are all dressed ready for a happy snappy photo with you. There's Santa, Rudolph, the elves, Mrs Clause and even a penguin. They are all available for a cuddle or a high five. You can also get your annual Christmas photo taken with Santa. It's a similar set up and price range to department stores and shopping centres so come dressed in your best outfits and and be super organised this year. Lines were not long when we attended with waiting times a lot shorter than you see at the busy shops this time of year.
Have a happy snap with all your favourite Christmas heros
Rides: Last but certainly not least is the rides, many types in fact placed inside and outside the Kingdom and prices are inclusive in your entry fee so you can go on and on and on repeatedly. There is a Ferris Wheel, Giant Slide and a few carnival types for younger kids like Santa's Train and Jet Planes or why not take a ride in Santa's sleigh. There are a few more zippy ones for the braver visitors too. Lines were not too long when we were around and that is probably because sessions are capped at a certain number of visitors and although at times you may feel surrounded by masses it's likely that you're not. The giant slide was definitely the most popular ride and the most fun to watch as a spectator too.
Plenty of fun rides to suit all ages and levels of bravery
If your still not convinced then what about arcade games like the good old fashioned clown heads, story time sessions with Mrs Clause, sand art at Rudolph's loft and the opportunity to write a special personalised letter to Santa and a letterbox that sends it straight to the main man himself?
Arcade games to try your hand at
Phew, that's a lot of crazy and chaotic Christmas fun to share with your family and friends and if that doesn't get you feeling merry then I suggest you go and have a chat to Santa. The Magic Kingdom is pure fun and magic on a pretty grand scale and will leave children smiling and satisfied that cheer, joy and community spirit are all around them.
Beauty and fun, craziness and cheerfulness, all under Santa's watchful eye