Back in March this year we visited the SnowDome for the first time. SnowDome is a snow and ice leisure complex in Tamworth, just next to the Holiday Inn Express we have reviewed. Adam went Tiny Tubing and had his first experience of sliding down real snow. Since then, Adam has been asking when he could go on the snow again. When I spotted SnowDome offered a Santa’s Winter Wonderland experience I knew it would be the perfect Christmas day out.
Booking the Santa’s Winter Wonderland tickets online was easy and we were sent an online ticket which we printed and took with us. The ticket included information on what to wear – make sure you wrap up warm. You need to arrive half an hour before your allocated slot before making your way to the Winter Wonderland entrance at the side of the main reception.
The SnowDome does Christmas differently to most attractions. It is a three part experience where you are led as a group through each section. I suppose you could count arriving as an additional part of the experience. After checking in we entered a dimly lit room where we were greeted by a penguin. He explained how the experience worked and entertained the crowd until it was time to start our Winter Wonderland adventure.
I soon realised that photographing the experience would be impossible. It is dimly lit but this adds to festive feel. So I took lots of film instead. Watch Adam experience Santa’s Christmas Snow Trail where he got to play in real snow, have snow ball fights with Daddy, ride on a sledge, slide down the slope in a snow tube and make snow angels.
We spent half an hour playing in the snow before we were directed to the stage. Here we watched a live performance of Santa’s Show. We went behind the scenes of his Winter Wonderland workshop and met three elves. The raised seating meant you got a great view no matter where you sat. I won’t spoil the story line but the performance certainly kept Adam (and us) entertained.
After the show we went upstairs to meet Santa’s real reindeer. In the large room there were a wide selection of animals as well as several photograph opportunities.
Adam was also able to write a letter to Santa and post it in his personal post box.
As this point we thought our Santa’s Winter Wonderland experience was over. However, as we were leaving there was an opportunity to have your photograph taken on a sleigh. Usually we are put off by these opportunities due to the cost of the photograph. However, we were very pleasantly surprised that a large photograph was less than £6. There were also plenty of photograph packages including fridge magnets, snowglobes, a glitter block and baubles. Adam requested a photo so we joined the short queue and opted for a glass framed large photo.
Nowadays most people define their child’s Father Christmas experience based on the present that was given. If it is a good/expensive/worthwhile present then they are more likely to favour the experience than if it was a cheap/poor present. At SnowDome the Father Christmas visit is about experiencing the winter wonderland. For me, this made the day more magical.
We all thoroughly enjoyed Santa’s Winter Wonderland. We shall never forget Adam’s first experience of playing in real snow and his sheer delight at throwing snow balls at Daddy. He laughed throughout the Santa Show and we came away with a lovely keepsake. It certainly is the ultimate Christmas adventure for all the family.
Disclaimer: We were given three tickets to review Santa’s Winter Wonderland at SnowDome. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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