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Yesterday we visited West Midland Safari Park so that we could experience their Santa Safari.
Santa Safari is a magical, festive day out for the whole family. As well as the four mile self-drive safari, children will have the opportunity to visit Santa, as well as Mrs Claus’s Kitchen, and even make Christmas themed crafts.
Driving up to the entrance was a lot of fun in itself. Our five year old twins spotted Santa from quite far back and started to get very excited!
All the way up the drive to the entrance were snow-covered Christmas trees, snowmen and penguins!
Upon arrival at the check in desk, the girls were given an activity checklist and we managed to complete them all throughout the day. I thought this was a lovely idea and our girls really enjoyed ticking everything off.
The first thing we did was drive through the safari. We saw lots of different animals. This time around was quite different to our last visit as we saw a lot of animals that we missed last time. Maybe they prefer to be outdoors during the colder months!
After going through the safari we had some lunch and then explored the rest of West Midland Safari Park by foot.
Our girls absolutely loved the ‘snow’, especially making and throwing snowballs!
There were lots of elves wandering around so we asked one if they could show us their secret elf wave! The elf happily obliged and the girls were very happy knowing that they too could do secret elf waves! Another thing ticked off our checklist!
We then found Santa’s outdoor sleigh and had our picture taken.
After this we wandered around the animals and saw penguins, and lots of reptiles in the reptile world building.
We then watched the festive sea-lion show before making our way to go and see Santa!
This is the main event and it didn’t disappoint! We were greeted by an elf who asked us to take a seat on Santa’s sleigh.
We sat right at the front behind two reindeers who then took us to the north pole to see Santa. The effect of the moving walls (see video below) was brilliant. It really did feel like the sleigh was moving!
We then walked through the walkthrough which had lots of different things inside to see. Bright, sparkly lights, Christmas music, a polar bear, presents and lots more!
Our girls loved the story-telling reindeer too!
After a short wait it was our turn to meet the main man!
Santa said hello and invited us all to take a seat before asking the girls in turn what they’d like for Christmas. We had our photo taken and the girls even high-fived Santa as they said bye!
After leaving Santa’s grotto we entered the elves workshop where the girls could pick a toy. I think both Nige and I were surprised by the quality of toys available. They were amazing!
R and M picked a cuddly toy each.
After all of the walking around we decided to visit Mrs Claus’s kitchen for a drink and bite to eat.
I had a hot chocolate and mince pie, Nige also had a mince pie. They were very tasty! The girls had squash and a giant cookie each!
The last thing we needed to tick off our checklist was a visit to the Festive Craft Club in the Safari Academy.
Here the girls were able to write a letter to Santa, make snowflakes using paper plates and make some selfie-sticks!
Overall, we had a fantastic day out and I would highly recommend a visit!
To see the Santa Safari in action take a look at our video!
For the purpose of this post we were gifted a family ticket to West Midland Safari Park Santa Safari. All views and opinions are 100% my own.