Croxteth Hall Farm – Christmas Experience
We were invited to review the Santa’s Grotto’s experience in Croxteth Hall Farm. Our little adventurers are always excited to have a meeting with the man himself, so we couldn’t wait for how today’s event would compare to the others we have reviewed.
Croxteth Hall & Grounds
Croxteth Hall and grounds fall under the control of Liverpool council and we were really impressed with them. Given that they are free to the public, they were lovely grounds and the hall looked great (we didn’t venture inside this time). They would be lovely for outdoors fun and a picnic and fun in the summer. Its been duly added to the list for next year!
The Christmas experience
The Christmas experience takes place on the farm within the grounds and you are led on a little journey with the final part being a meeting with Santa.
You arrive at the farm to be greeted by elves who usher you through to the first part of the journey which is writing letters to Father Christmas. I thought this was a nice touch and the children (8year old and 5 year old) enjoyed this. Raihan drew the pictures of the things he would like. We have visited several Christamssy events and this was the only one that had this which I think is really nice. They have a letter box where you can post the letters. I think it would be really nice if the children took the letters with them to santa and they could read them together, making for a more magical experience.
Once you are finished here, the elves take you on a tour of the farm. We visited when it was bitterly cold so the little adventurers were more keen to be indoors. However, the elves who take you around are very chatty and friendly. Our nephew had lots of questions about the pigs and they were all answered! In addition, you have Mary Christams walking around the grounds, asking children how they are, telling funny stories about Santa (loved the comparison of Santa to the bull, stretched out fast asleep).
The farm has a small selection of animals as given the location these are not as extensive as you will find in a traditional farm setting. However, it was still nice for smaller children as Zayn was happily pointing out the animals.
The nativity scene is truly lovely. I have a secret love of the nativity scenes and this was as nice as any that I have seen. It may be the fact that i was a farm and it felt more authentic then the others. The journey then takes you to the arts and craft area which is the waiting area before you see santa. When we got there they were running a little short on some of the art supplies, but the children were happy with the colouring.
The children are then called in arrival order to meet santa. The santa we met was fantastic. He was really warm, chatty and you genuinely could feel good festive cheer coming through him. The children loved chatting to father christmas and he was really engaging. A note here that all the staff we met were all fantastic. They were really happy, chatty and super friendly. Exactly what you would want to see on a Christmas event.
Overall, the event is nice, the staff are really engaging and we enjoyed it. You need to remember that the farm will is not as big as a traditional farm and the monies they raise all help to run the farm, so its all going to a good cause! The whole experience last about an hour and is ideally suited for local residents.
Children Tickets are priced at £10 each, 2 adults go free with every paying child.