Woodlands Theme Park Santa’s Grotto – the best Santa experience in Devon
Last December was our second time visiting Santa’s Grotto at Woodlands Theme Park and we think it was even more magical than before. We were invited to a preview the grotto and meet Santa before the festive Devon attraction opened to visitors. Here’s a hint at what you can expect from the 2019 Woodlands Theme Park Santa’s Grotto, including a video of our grotto tour last year.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Santa’s Grotto at Woodlands Theme Park.
Woodlands is a family attraction including indoor and outdoor thrill rides and play in South Devon. It’s one of our top things to do in Dartmouth with kids come rain or shine. Each school holidays there are additional themed activities for families including a truly spectacular Santa’s Grotto.
Santa’s Grotto at Woodlands Family Theme Park
Woodland’s Santa’s Grotto was a sell out in 2018 – so book early for 2019! If you have tickets already then you will love it. We think it’s the best Santa’s Grotto in Devon – we’ve certainly not experienced one better.
Here’s where you can see our review of Woodland’s Santa’s Grotto in 2017. Read on for our review of 2018.
If you’d prefer not to have any spoilers then you might like to skip over my video which gives you a tantalising taster of what the grotto’s nine rooms and Santa experience looked like in 2018. However, the grotto and Christmas experience at Woodlands in 2019 promises to be bigger and better.
Meeting Santa in Devon
2018 was the first year we were properly in the Christmas zone. Five-year-old Tot knew exactly what it was all about and three-year-old Baby was hot on her heels.
As soon as we arrived at Woodlands the girls heard the festive music and spotted thousands of fairy lights glistening through the bushes at the entrance. There was no stopping them – they fearlessly went off in pursuit of Santa.
The walk towards the grotto took us down a tree and light lined footpath where we were caught in a flurry of snow (foam). This entrance to the grotto is just one of the aspects that Woodlands had upgraded in 2018 to make the whole Santa experience feel slicker.
Our elf guide Chip greeted us at the grotto entrance, checked our special grotto tickets and began our tour. The girls didn’t even look back to see if Mr Tin Box and I were following!
The walk-through Santa experience
Woodlands included many of the features that made their first walk-through grotto such a success and fine tuned others. Favourite features that made a come back included the elf tunnel, the singing reindeer, Santa’s post room and the elves bedroom.
New for visitors, in addition to much more snow and many more lights, were more animated woodland animals and interactive features in the toy workshop. You can see more of these in my video as the lighting was a bit difficult for still photos.
When we reached the grotto finale we were met by a dancing Mrs Claus who invited us into a toasty warm room. Santa was there, sat by a fireplace. We had a lovely chat with the Big Man before he decided to check his ‘Naughty’ and Nice’ lists to make sure the girls deserved a gift.
After a bit of comedy wavering, we decided they’d probably been good enough.
Are the gifts from Santa value for money?
Each child gets age specific wrapped gift. Three-year-old Baby received a farmyard jigsaw puzzle and five-year-old Tot received a glow in the dark magic set. Both were probably worth more than £8 each based on Amazon prices. Even without the larger grotto I’d not have been disappointed with the value of entry to Woodlands Theme Park and meeting Santa.
What’s included in the 2019 Woodlands Santa’s Grotto price?
Included in the 2019 grotto ticket price are:
- a visit to the grotto
- a gift from Santa
- photo opportunities with Santa and his elves
- reindeer food to take home
- a festive drink for the adults
- a sweet treat for the kids
- and entry to the theme park between 10am and 5pm.
2019 Woodlands Winter Fun and Christmas Grotto entry prices are:
- Free for adult members, including entry to the grotto and park
- £7.50 for adults (non-members), which includes entry to the grotto and park
- £5 for children under 12-months-old (members and non-members), which includes entry to the grotto and park
- £6 for children aged 12 to 23-months-old (members and non-members), which includes entry to the grotto and park
- £7.50 for children aged 24 to 35-months-old (members and non-members), which includes entry to the grotto and park
- £15 for children aged three to 11-years-old (non-members), which includes entry to the grotto and park
- £7.50 for children aged three to 11-years-old (members), which includes entry to the grotto
Woodlands Santa’s Grotto – need to know
If you are going to Santa’s Grotto at Woodlands in 2019 then you’ll have all the information you need on your tickets. If you are thinking of booking this year then here’s some handy information that you need to know:
- Woodlands annual pass holders can enter the park for free during its open days in December but have to buy/book tickets for the grotto. See the website for full details.
- Tickets must be bought at least 24 hours in advance
- Up to two adults can accompany a child in the grotto. See the Woodlands website for advice on booking if there are more than two adults in your group.
- Some of the Park’s attractions are closed for the winter but there’s still plenty going on to fill your day.
Find out more about special events and prices for Woodlands Family Theme Park by visiting its website.
Disclosure: we were invited to see Woodlands Theme Park’s Santa’s Grotto for free and were not paid for promotion. All opinions are my own.
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