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Faeriwood meets Santa



I get to do some very exciting things as part of this job but I have to say that meeting Santa is my favourite one so far. Santa is a a busy man at this time of year, getting presents ready and visiting his outpost grottos all over the world in the run up, to make sure the kiddies are getting on ok, of course. It can seem like he's everywhere at once sometimes, which if he is because he's santa and he's magic. Massive winky face. 

Last week we tracked him down to Hillmount Nursery which is fast becoming one of my favourite places to go and one where I can't leave without spending a fortune! Seriously their Christmas shop is beyond anything else. Before shopping and grabbing some dinner we entered the winter wonderland, full of magical creatures and a handy play area to keep the little ones busy. 

After getting acquainted with reindeer and pigmy goats we entered the Grotto to be greeted by our buddy elf and set a task that would lead to the big man himself. We found all sorts of worlds on our way, from mangers to polar bears, a magical Disney sea scape and even a stop at Mrs Claus's kitchen before finally reaching Santa himself. The boys loved it and so did the adults. 

We had a wonderful time at Hillmount, the team have done a great job to make a fully interactive experience for everyone and to make sure the those long queues (because Santa is a popular guy) don't seem too long and boring. With the quiz and the trail and gifts for each child you definitely get your money's worth and there is the option of buying personalised professional photos (but you are totally free to take your own) at the end with multi-buy offers for large families. Plus they have pigmy goats and reindeer! Sold. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hillmount Nursery is in Gilnahirk, East Belfast on the Upper Braniel Road. 

Opening Times:
Mon & Tue: 2pm~5pm • Wed~Fri: 2pm~8pm 
Sat: 10am~5pm • Sun: 12pm~5pm 
Extended opening times in December : 
Mon 19th 10am~5pm • Tues 20th 10am~5pm 
Wed 21st 10am~8pm • Thurs 22nd 10am~8pm Fri 23rd 10am~8pm 



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