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Countdown To Christmas

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas | Posted on 14-11-2017

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It’s 41 days until Christmas – how did that even happen? This year has just gone by so fast, and now the kids are back at school and we’ve had Halloween and Bonfire Night, its now just a blink until Christmas. I must confess that I have started my shopping already, with a couple of bits for the boys hidden away already. This Christmas is going to be a bit of an usual one for them though, as its the first since I separated from their Dad, so I’m looking at it as an opportunity to start some new traditions with them.

We have a new Advent Calendar which I will be filling with sweets and treats for them to enjoy throughout December. We will be sending Father Christmas their letters in a special envelope bag I picked up at the local garden centre soon. The Christmas Eve box has been ordered and its contents are being planned and gathered. And we have an Elf Door all ready to put out for those magical elves to use to deliver the box. I also have a couple of trips planned for the days leading up to Christmas, my favourite of which is a return to Drusillas.

We are long time fans of Drusillas and we had a lovely visit there in the run up to Christmas last year, so it made a lot of sense for us to return this year. The already amazing zoo is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, with a large display set out in the event area, as well as the opportunity to meet some huskies and have a chat with Father Christmas himself.

The Winter Wonderland Light Show is being switched on this Saturday 18th November at 4.30pm, and from this weekend you’ll have the chance to meet Father Christmas, his reindeer and his huskies every weekend through until 14th December when they’ll be there everyday. The boys and I will be heading over in the days before Christmas, once school has broken up and excitement levels have no doubt reached fever pitch. It was a magical experience for them last year, and I’m sure they’ll love it again. If you are heading to Drusillas this festive season my main advice to you is to get to Father Christmas early. Queues last year were huge, and I recall standing there for about an hour and a half which the children looked around with their Dad. Something I’m going to try and avoid this year.

 

#Christmas at Drusillas

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas | Posted on 17-12-2016

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With just over a week to the big day, and school finally out for a couple of weeks, you are all no doubt thinking of ways to keep the children entertained and distracted before Christmas. Last weekend we took a trip to Drusillas to check out their Winter Wonderland and we had a wonderful time.

If you head down there in the run up to Christmas you’ll get the chance to meet Santa’s reindeer, meet and hug some of his huskies, and then meet the big man himself. And if you go before January 2nd you’ll get to watch the Winter Wonderland Illuminations too.

Yes that is Thomas The Tank Engine wearing earmuffs and a scarf – the cutest most festive train I’ve ever seen.

Now a logical word of warning here: when you arrive and buy your tickets to get in and your tickets to see Santa which are an extra £11 per child, you’ll be advised to visit him early because he’s going to get busy. Do this. We walked around the zoo first and ended up with me queuing for over an hour whilst Daddy amused the children. By the time we’d reached the front of the queue, it was a little over double the length it had been when I joined it.

The reindeer are really cute, but the huskies are a definite highlight. Such beautiful friendly dogs who are well worth a visit. Handily they are right next door to Santa so they’re a good place to go with the kids whilst someone else joins the queue. I must admit to thinking £11 per child to meet Santa was a little steep, but he was probably the best Santa I’ve ever seen, and the grotto was lovely. He takes time to talk to the children and you don’t feel like you’re on a conveyor belt. The gifts are also perfect, but I won’t spoil the surprise there.

Sadly we couldn’t stay for the light show as it starts at 4.30 and the children were starting to droop. We left about 2pm and it was definitely getting busier, with a lot of people obviously coming specifically for that part of the day. But we did see the area where the show was going to be, and the illuminated wonderland creatures. I’m sure the display was amazing once it went dark.

We love Drusillas and we love having the opportunity to visit again and again. It’s truly a fantastic day out for the family all year round, but it certainly gave us a lovely start to the festive period.