During December Sean and I took Coco-Ivy to Gulliver’s Winter Wonderland at the Milton Keynes Gulliver’s Land theme park.
The Winter Wonderland is an out of season event which takes place every year, including a Santa’s Grotto. The park offers different pre bookable packages depending on
- What date you attend the event
- If you want to visit all day or for a shorter duration
- What activities and entertainment you would like to include
- Meals and refreshments
- If you are booking a short break, all of the Gulliver’s locations have a great variety of family friendly themed accommodation to suit all budgets. The brand new park ‘Gulliver’s Valley Resort in South Yorkshire is opening in 2020
- Click here for more information on all the Gulliver’s Resorts
We had a midweek full day premium package which included
- Meeting Santa and choose your own gift
- Selected Christmas rides and attractions
- The Gully’s Christmas Show
- Journey through the Winter Wonderland
- Gully Mouse’s Magical Snow Show
- The Elf School Workshop
Click here for more information on all the packages
The Santa’s Grotto The walk leading up to Santa is ‘the journey through Winter Wonderland’ which was filled with lots of magical Christmas displays. Santas elves meet and greet you into the grotto to meet Santa. Inside, Santa was sat on his chair where you could take a photo. Unfortunately, Coco-Ivy can sometimes be quite scared of people in costume so, this Christmas she chose not have her photo taken with Santa. After meeting Santa he told Coco-Ivy to go into his toyshop and choose one toy of her choice. We took a while to choose from the busy shop filled with a fantastic choice of toys from arts and craft sets, bags, dolls, construction, books the choice was endless. In the end Coco-Ivy chose a Shimmer and Shine toy guitar.
The Gully’s Christmas Show took place in the Gulliver’s Main Street Theatre. It was a really funny and very entertaining pantomime show. The main characters being Santas elf, his ‘mother’ called ‘mother’ and frosty the snowman who kept melting because he was trying to keep warm by the fire. The show was full of jokes, music, lights and lot’s of dancing.
The Gully Mouse’s Magical Snow Show took place at set times on the Main Street. Loud music was pumping whilst Gully Mouse, Olaf and Santa’s Elves interacted with the children, encouraging lots of dancing and photo taking. Again, Coco-Ivy didn’t want to get too close to the characters. However, she was happy to watch them from a distance so, unfortunately we didn’t get a photo this time either.
The Santa’s Elves workshop Coco-Ivy really enjoyed working her way through the workshop, where the children worked on different stages to complete all their tasks. Firstly, they filled a bag of magic reindeer food, then we were taken into the cookie decorating room and then finally the children wrote and posted their Christmas letters to Santa. Coco-Ivy didn’t want to leave so in hind sight, I would have taken her in to do it again if we had let ourselves enough time.
The Miniature Village Play Area has lots of different child sized buildings to play in and explore
Final thoughts The Gulliver’s Winter Wonderland was everything it promised to be, which for us was very Christmasy and full of fun. The entertainment team were fabulously entertaining and we would definitely return on a weekend so Cuba my 7 year old son can go. He opted out this Christmas to see Santa as in his own words ‘not into Santas grottos as we do it every Christmas’! However, regarding older children the rides and other activities and entertainment are prefect.
All the rides in the Gulliver’s theme parks are child friendly, although quite rightly so, some do have height restrictions. Coco-Ivy enjoyed riding on the train, the crazy barrel ride and on the merry-go-round.
Our main purpose visiting the park on this occasion was to visit Santa, the Christmas show and the Elf’s workshop activities. We didn’t attend for the rides although, some of the rides were open for the Winter Wonderland event.
We are looking forward to returning back to the park later on this year when the weather improves, during their main season for another family fun day out.
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Have you visited any of the Gulliver’s theme parks before? As always, I love hearing from you,
Lot’s of love,
Dana x x
*This post is not sponsored. We paid for everything ourselves and we wanted to share our wonderful experiences and love to inspire others looking for family fun ideas.