On Friday evening we had been invited along to the opening of Luggwoods Enchanted Forest. Upon arrival, we were greeted by some Elves and led to a portacabin to wait for the rest of the families in our time slot to arrive. Once they appeared we began our ninety-minute journey starting with ‘Santa’s train’. I’ll be honest I’ve been on plenty of trains but this train didn’t choo-choo, it was a trailer/open carriage pulled by a tractor kitted out and decorated in Christmas lights.
The train brought us through the ‘enchanted forest’, lasting about ten minutes. You see lots of fairies, where the Grinch lives and lots of other delights on the journey up to Luggwoods. There was Elves acting and had all the kids entertained whilst they tried to save Christmas. I won’t go into the whole story cause that will run it but Kayla loved it. The two elves were absolutely brilliant!
The Luggwoods barn is divided into three sections. The first room has four pens of animal and the kids have an opportunity to feed Santa’s reindeer and there is a big tractor that the kids can get on.
Through the next door was The Grinch and everyone had the opportunity to launch snowballs at him. Kayla was more excited about getting to see him than Santa and we thought we would get a ‘meet and greet’ which we didn’t so that was a little disappointing especially for Kayla. There was also a little section for toddlers and babies to play with snowballs too. Frankie battered poor Joe with them.
In the next room was Santa’s Grotto, the main room and there was loads of elves singing and dancing. They were tables full of colouring books, a candy cane Christmas tree, a huge blackboard for the kids and of course Santa. There was a little hut in the corner selling tea, coffee and cakes too.
There was a baby feeding/changing hut in the main barn created by HerFamily.ie. A great little idea in my opinion and it was decked with wipes and nappies too, handy if you run out of forgot yours.
I think there were about ten elves maybe fifteen and if they weren’t singing or dancing they were chatting with all the kids, colouring or drawing on the blackboard with them. No kid was left alone.
Santa was the real Santa and he was absolutely class. We had a good ten minutes with him and got to take as many photos’s as we wanted. He even tried to have a chat with the boy who was more interested in eating his candy cane, he was in his element chewing on it for the duration.
The kids each got presents. According to the website, all kids will receive a ‘handmade toy’ which we clearly didn’t get. Frankie got a man doll type thing, he has absolutely no interest in and Kadie got a rattle ball. And Kayla got some My Little Pony lookalikes, they’re squishie, very small and she was a little disappointed.
In all, it was a good experience, apart from the toys. Kayla had a ball, Frankie got to run-a-muc and Kadie slept through it all. The coffee was good and the view from Luggwoods of Dublin was spectacular. Santa was one of the best we’ve seen, but if I’m honest it was the Elves who made the evening for us, they entertained the kids non-stop from arrival to departure.
For more information check out www.luggwoods.ie
It has been brought to my attention that Luggwoods have changed the experience since our visit last year (November 2015) so have a little google around to see if you can find a more recent review.