Visiting Santa’s Grottos

Shortly before Christmas, my mother always took my sister and me to one of Santa’s grottos as a special treat. All the big stores in town had one.

They added a little magic to the festive season for us children.

Queuing up to visit Santa was always exciting. 

Once we were in the grotto, we were able to share our wishlist with Santa. And we left with a present—a doll, soft toy or game—under our arms.

Of course, times have changed. Grottos have become more spectacular over the years, as you can see here: 

Ten of the very best places to see Father Christmas in the UK

(Amazing. I’ve just seen that LaplandUK is only around the corner from where my parents last lived.)

Would you go along with a child—or is it all too commercialised for your liking?

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