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There's nothing quite as magical as seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. No words are needed, it's clear to see the amazement, intrigue, hope, joy and sheer delight on their faces at the thought of Santa coming down the chimney the night before Christmas.
A great place to get into the Christmas spirit is Santa's Place. I have to say even as a adult I was in sheer amazement at the amount of Christmas decorations, ornaments, trees, Santas, and anything that you could possibly find that's Christmas related, which was overwhelming yet fantastic.
On the outside Santa's Place looks cute, and well, small but step inside and it still feels small until you realise one room is connected to the next which keep on going until you come to a little hidden cafe. It turns to be quite deceiving in size and the sheer volume that's contained within the building is extraordinary.
At the front of the building is two doors, the entry is on the right with the exit being on the left. It's definitely one way traffic with small isles but they're big enough to fit a stroller through if need be. Wheelchair access is available through the side gate which leads to the cafe.
Inside, be prepared to look at every nook and cranny as you will find the most delightful things hiding around a corner or at the back of a shelf or hanging from the roof, there really is thousands of pieces to look at.
I really like that there are colour coordinated areas with whites, blues and silvers together, the traditional red green and gold, the more playful children's colours of mauve, pink and blue and so on.
The great thing about Santa's Place is that if the children become too excited and the temptation of touching delicate items becomes too much, you can always take them out to the playground where they can run around and explore the great play equipment.
From the playground you can look over the real Christmas trees so when you want the kids to move on from the playground it shouldn't be too hard when they know it's time to choose a tree to take home and decorate.
Santa's place is well worth a visit with the kids, whether you're going for a tree, a few ornaments or a coffee and a play. Whatever you go there for, it will certainly get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Santa's place is open from July to December. Opening times for November and December are 10am - 5pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Sun and 10am - 9pm Friday and Saturdays. For more times, click here.
Although the lovely girls in the shop said if somebody comes in just before closing they generally always stay on. I thought this could be annoying as everyone usually likes to get home after a days work but the girls said it's Christmas and often children are waiting for their dad's to get home from work to take them to collect a tree.
Santa's place is located on the corner of the Moorooduc Highway and Bentons Rd, Moorooduc ( entry is from Bentons Rd). Although it sounds like it's in the middle of nowhere it could also be classified as Mornington (which I am sure you're more familiar with) if it was on the opposite side of the road. When approaching from Frankston, it's just after the Shell petrol station on the left side of the road.