The clock strikes midnight on November 30th and suddenly, and almost expectedly, tinsel, fairy lights, and baubles cover everything in sight. It’s December. Nutcrackers, elves, and reindeer are scattered about, hoarding gifts wrapped in ribbons and bows. Micheal Buble sucks in a breath, his CD preparing to serenade listeners with their favourite Christmas tunes. Glitter covers everything, candy canes await eating, and a quiet hum of excitement and anticipation builds. Christmas is here.
Entering Santa’s Magical Kingdom you’re greeted by Santa’s sleigh and a thirty-foot tall horse made entirely of lights. The dome features several kid-friendly rides, craft sections, eateries, and photo opportunities with Santa, Mrs Clause, and the Snow Queen. The room is planned in a loop, allowing a smooth path between attractions and plenty of picturesque spots to pause and take a family snap.
My favourite spots feature the gingerbread decorating zone, with its fences lined with gingerbread men, and under the snow machines near the Snow Queen’s throne. There’s just something so magical about a white Christmas for those of us with Christmas in summer. All this excitement is leading to the main event- the Circus show.
An hour into the session, over the PA, the audience is called to the viewing area. It’s not compulsory but is the highlight of the event. Without spoiling too much, the show featured jugglers, stuntmen with bikes, aerial acts, and puppies. Santa and his elves made an appearance, causing a burst of gleeful squeals from the children (and possibly adults) present.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom is a Christmas adventure aimed at younger children, and perfect for families. I feel that not all older children will have the same excitement towards the event as their younger counterparts but it is a great opportunity to enjoy the joyful, childlike wonder of Christmas.
For more information on the event, and where to get tickets, visit the Santa’s Magical Kingdom Website.