You can’t have Christmas without the obligatory visit to Father Christmas! Obviously there are many opportunities to see the big man and sometimes it can be very expensive. This year, ‘The Waterlooville Community Forum’ and ‘Waterlooville Library’ have joined forces for a fantastic opportunity to visit Santa at a very reasonable cost.
We usually travel to Winchester to see Father Christmas but as this event wasn’t available to us this year, we needed an alternative plan. So, what better chance for us at About Waterlooville to support a local organisation and ‘ShopLocal’? Arriving at Waterlooville library not long after opening time 2pm yesterday (Saturday 20th December) there was a small queue to enter the grotto. Queuing with small children is not something anyone relishes but what better place to queue than in a library! The ‘Grotto’ is set up in the Children’s section on the first floor and those of you that know the layout of the library, will know that the kids have a floor all to themselves.
Entry price was is £2 per child, but the lovely lady only took £5 for the 3 boys. We were given a ticket and then had to wait. With a library stuffed full of books, the boys soon had a pile ready to ‘borrow’ and ‘queuing’ was hardly noticeable. There was also a large table set up for the kids to do a bit of colouring too. Olaf the Snowman was wondering around which tied in nicely with the Frozen theme which was used in the Christmas Light switch-on earlier in the month.
After probably about 10 minutes from first arriving our ‘numbers’ were called. An ‘elf’ volunteer took the boys names and ages and we stepped into Father Christmas’s Grotto. It was beautifully crafted and set up to resemble a north pole cabin complete with working fireplace! Father Christmas greeted the boys and asked if they had been ‘good’ and the other usual questions. There were no tears this year from our lads (last year our youngest just hid!) just the usual revered admiration and again, in awe with how the presence of the big man makes the boys go in a mute trance! The elf handed out a surprise gift (age and gender specific) and we walked out through a Frozen themed walkway at the back of the grotto.
The boys loved seeing Father Christmas, Waterlooville Library once again proved their valuable addition to the High Street and the community.
I believe that the entire Santa’s grotto is staffed by volunteers and they are credit to The Waterlooville Community Forum chaired by David Crichton. Thank you from us to the many many volunteers behind the scenes for organising a fabulous opportunity for the kids of Waterlooville for a low cost chance to see Santa.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
We’d love to know…have your children seen the Santa at the library this year? Have you tried any other local Grottos? We’d love to hear your reviews.