On Tuesay I was lucky enough to get the chance to visit the House of Fraser Christmas Grotto before it was opened to the public.
I went with my fiance Andy and my two girls. The Grotto has been built by the staff at the store and money raised will be sent to the Help Harry Help others Charity.
Help Harry Help Others is a charity that was set up by Harrys mother in memory of her son who had a brain tumor. While battling cancer harry decided he would try and raise money by making bracelets and selling them. Sadly Harry lost his battle in 2011 but his family are keeping his charitable sprit alive by raising money in his name.
The Grotto is located on the fifth floor of the store. When the doors opened I could already see that we were about to walk into magical wonderland.
We were greeted by one of Santa’s elves, we then went into a waiting area where there was an area where the children could relax and watch a Christmas film while they waited for santa. There were also colouring books layer out so the children had something to keep them busy.
It was now time for us to go and see the big man himself, so we made our way into the main part of the grotto.
There were rooms that were set out to look like different rooms. These included Santa’s reading room and Santa’s dining room.
It was lit up which created a magical atmosphere.
There was also Santa’s reindeer on show as well as his sleigh.
After walking round the magical wonderland we then went in and saw father Christmas. He was a very jolly father Christmas and he spoke to my children for 5 minutes before asking them what they would like for Christmas.
One of the elves then took a photo of my girls with father Christmas. They were then handed a wrapped present and we said our goodbyes.
The presents were of a good quality and they made my children very happy.
When we left Santa’s log cabin we made our way to the photography shop to pick up our photo.
Photos are very reasonably priced to and for a photo in a folder it costs just £7.00.
Entry fee for the grotto is £5.00 per person. The grotto will be open from 11am-6pm Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturdays and 11am-5pm on Sundays. The grotto will be open for extra hours as it gets closer to Christmas. It will be open from 9am-6pm on Saturday, 19thDecember, 10am-6pm from Monday, 21st December to Wednesday, 23rd December and 9am-6pm on Christmas Eve.Tickets can be purchased from any of the Homewear and Childrenswear till points in store.
Remeber this Grotto is not only a magical place but it is also raising money for a very good cause.
So if your looking for a magical winter wonderland to take the children this Christmas go to the House of Fraser. You won’t be disappointed