When we visited the follies of Painshill Park, we heard you could meet Father Christmas in the Crystal Grotto.
It’s the latest of their follies to be restored and its quite extraordinary. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and the walls sparkle with crystals. Hundreds of thousands of them were used to re-create it.
The Crystal Grotto seemed a great location for POD to meet Father Christmas for the first time. Or so we thought. POD has continually believed all Father Christmas does is fish. When we asked what else he does, her response was “nothing, he just fishes”.
Taking her views into account, we headed for the Crystal Grotto with an open mind. Painshill Park is an elegant 18th century landscape garden – described as a magical wonderland with hidden surprises.
The route to the Crystal Grotto was fabulous and specifically designed for kids. POD was delighted when she saw an elf carrying a barrow load of presents – she loved pretending to be one too. Father Christmas signs were used to show the way and POD enjoyed chatting to them. One even got a cuddle!
The Chinese Bridge looked wonderful decorated with lights and we could see the Wishing Well tent over the other side of the Serpentine Lake. Once we crossed the bridge we could also spotted two reindeer made of lights and the path leading to the Wishing Well tent.
The Crystal Grotto itself looked even more incredible than usual with its fairy lights and Christmas tree. Father Christmas sat on a red leather chair surrounded by presents.
Having composed herself, when he asked what she’d like for Christmas she requested a scooter and a blue balloon. After receiving a present and capturing a photo, we were quickly moved on to make way for the next child.