We had another fun-filled day at Heads of Ayr for our annual Santa visit. We love the fact that we can make a full day out of our Santa trip and tickets to Santa’s Grotto includes access to the indoor play area and the little critters animal barn. We are pretty much regulars at the farm park so know the place well, but I am always amazed at the wonderful job that it is done to transform the park into a winter wonderland to make it that bit special and different.
We didn’t have to wait long for our turn to see Santa, but the boys were kept entertained with some colouring in:
We were a wee bit anxious about how Luke would react to Santa, but we maybe got the nerves and tears out the way early on with the lovely Mrs Claus!! Oh dear, Lukester!
The extra touches make the Santa experience really special for the boys. The elves welcome you into the grotto:
And the walkway to meet Santa really builds the anticipation well:
Scott was super chuffed that he “actually got to knock actual Santa’s actual door”:
And any doubts about Santa not knowing his stuff were blown away when they were greeted by Santa when they went in, “Well, hello there Scott and Luke.” We were delighted with how much time Santa and his elf took with the boys. We did not get the “one in, one out” feeling that often happens with Santa visits and Santa went over his yearly toy preparation schedule with Scott:
By this time, Luke had got into his groove a bit more and was listening intently:
Then it was time for presents..
And the kindly elf assisted with a family photo:
Though our photographer couldn’t resist a little “elfie”…
After our Santa adventure it was time for some lunch and Billy was keen to have another taste of the turkey pakora that usually appears on the Christmas menu:
It was then time to let the boys burn off some energy in the softplay areas. Billy and I took a boy each as there are different areas to suit the little ones and the bigger ones. Scott had his usual fun conquering the drop slides and playing chases:
And the baby and toddler area was a world of wonder for Luke:
The grown-ups might have had a wee go too..
We struggled to tear Scott away from the softplay so I took Luke to some of the other activities on offer:
All fear of Mrs Claus was definitely gone by the time Luke settled down to a Christmas story and he absolutely loved our visit to the Little Critters Animal Barn. The little mice going in and out the tractor blew his mind!
I can’t say Luke was entirely gentle with the ferret, but the helpers were fantastic at letting the wee ones get up close to some of the animals:
And we even managed to see the actual Santa’s actual reindeer!
There was plenty to keep both the boys entertained and we didn’t cover it all. It really is a full day experience that helps to keep the magic of Christmas very much alive.
We had two tired but very happy boys when it was time to leave and we are definitely into the Christmas spirit now 🙂
Heads of Ayr Farm Park kindly gifted us tickets to Santa’s Grotto, but all opinions are my own.