In our quest to find some Christmas magic this weekend, the J Family went to visit Santa … like properly … in his log cabin in the woods. What a Christmassy adventure!
For those not in the know, Santa is currently taking a break in the Christmas tree forest at North Ballochruin Farm so he can rest up for the big day. We were lucky enough to go and meet him when we visited the farm for Santa’s Woodland Experience.
I’m going to just cut to the chase … it was fabulous!
Our visit started when a cheery elf collected us from the barn where we were staying cosy (with the help of some tea and homemade shortbread which, I have no doubt, was the work of Mrs Claus herself). The lovely elf was full of fun and festive frolics and thoroughly enchanted Wonderboy as she consulted her notes to give each child their ‘Elf Name’ – Wonderboy was declared to be Joyous Peppermint which he was delighted with.
We hopped onto the Christmas tractor (well, trailer attached to a tractor) and started our journey through the Christmas tree forest. Luckily for us there had been a light dusting of snow which made it all the more pretty but, with fairy lights everywhere, it would still have been beautiful in the dark. We were taken past the baby Christmas trees, took part in a bit of robin spotting and even had the pleasure of driving past the elf playground.
Finally, our elf dropped us off at the beginning of a path through the trees which was marked by a huge, old fashioned lamp post – I swear if there had been more snow I would’ve completely believed we were on the way to Narnia. We were told to follow the path to Santa’s house and my goodness, it did not disappoint! There, in the middle of the Christmas tree forest, was a log cabin with a sleigh parked outside … there was even a pair of giant Santa boxer shorts hanging on a washing line!
The children rang the bell and who should answer the door but the man in the red coat himself! To squeals of delight we were invited inside where Santa gathered everyone round to find out what they would like for Christmas. After helping him tidy up some stray toys courtesy of the messy elves, each child was allowed to keep one as a gift. I thought this was a particularly good idea since it meant each kiddie got something they actually liked.
Finally, Santa cast a magic spell so when we opened the door to leave … it was snowing!! After a quick photo opportunity, we were climbing back onto our trailer to start our journey home but not before a cheeky goodbye chocolate, a Merry Christmas and copious amounts of bell ringing.
Back at the car, Wonderboy announced it had all been a ‘great adventure’. I couldn’t agree more. We might have been 2,347 miles from the North Pole, but we most definitely found a little piece of Christmas magic.
For more info check out Santa’s Woodland Experience or drop the elves an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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