I know, I know, it is still November but last weekend we dusted off our Christmas jumpers and headed back to Essex for the Marsh Farm Father Christmas Experience. This is my most favourite Christmas event of the year and you have absolutely no idea the amount of excitement I felt that morning.
It felt like Christmas had come. The air was super crisp and chilly. In fact I am generally in a permanent state of being frozen to the bone. You have to arrive at least fifteen minutes before your allocated time slot for the Father Christmas Experience. We happened to be about half an hour early so we headed for the play area inside Marsh Farm with the girls and Hubby found the cafe for two bacon baguettes.
The children are issued with their own Passports to make their journey to the North Pole. You then head in to Passport Control where you are greeted by elves who stamp your passport and show you to the “waiting room”. The barn is so magically decorated with presents and trees. Santa’s elves are there in the abundance to jolly you along and spread some Christmas cheer. It’s a great start. The kids are given candy canes to munch on and then the “show” begins.
From Passport Control you take a wander through Marsh Farm as a group towards the Elf Academy. Inside this barn there are letters to Santa hanging from the ceiling. The next fun is lead by two pointy-nosed elves, Trixie and Dixie (I think I’ve remembered that correctly). This is an upbeat talk about the rules to become a true Santa’s Elf. They get the audience involved and it’s honestly really hilarious. The girls each got their own Elf Academy Diploma certificate and a stamp in their passports.
P1 remembered going through the wardrobe into the snowy wonderland where you get to watch the Snow Show. It makes you feel like you are in the magical wonderland. Then out comes a ginormous polar bear! The girls faces was just so adorable. All the children were then handed magic wands, which they are allowed to keep, which helped create magic and the whole room began to snow. The atmosphere was lovely.
After the snow show it feels like you’ve been transported into a winter wonderland. Everywhere has a light dusting of snow. I wish it could be that pretty all year round. In the short walk between the snow snow and Mother Christmas’ Kitchen there is a train, this wasn’t there when we went ahead of opening but I can imagine it being so exciting.
It’s all about decorating gingerbread people in Mother Christmas’ Kitchen. They have cute kids aprons to wear and delicious topping treats for the biscuits. Adults are offered a shortbread biscuit too. I love the decorations and authenticity of every section of the Father Christmas Experience.
Obviously the bit that everyone is waiting for is meeting the man himself, Father Christmas. You are sat in a snowy waiting area. Everywhere you go there are cheeky elves keeping you entertained and in the spirit. It’s a relatively short wait before you head inside to the warmth of Father Christmas’ cosy room. It’s beautifully decorated! The girls were amazed that he knew their names and what they wanted for Christmas.
I promise, I’m not sitting on his lap. The meeting with Father Christmas is not rushed or pressured at all. It’s calm and the girls had some adorable conversations with him. Right at the end he hands one adult a little present and then hands the kids a snowie each. Snowies are like elf money, you are given one each time you leave the various rooms on your journey and are spent in the toy shop. The girls collected 4 snowies each although you don’t actually need them, every child is entitled to one gift in the toy shop.
The toy shop is the last stop on the journey. You are then directed straight into the indoor soft play barn and able to explore the rest of Marsh Farm as you please. We ended up not staying too long as we were all pretty chilly and frozen to the bone by this point. So make sure to wear warm clothes as the Christmas experience is outside.
Here’s a video from our fun day out. I hope you enjoyed it. The Father Christmas experience is well worth every penny.