Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m like a big kid when it comes to Christmas. I love the Toy Show, Christmas FM, when Jingles McSprinkles and Snowflake arrive, advent calendars, ice-skating, the lights but most of all I love the Christmas experiences, the days out with the kids. So when the invite for the press preview of Luggwoods Santa’s Enchanted Forest arrived in my inbox you can just imagine my excitement.
Upon arrival you head into a little cabin while you wait for the rest or your group to arrive, all the families booked in at the same time as you. There’s some face painting, signs and maps to keep the kids occupied whilst you wait. Once ready everybody heads up to the Luggwoods express, a carriage completely Chrismafied. Here the elves entertain, tell a story, there’s a sing-song and everyone has to cheer up the Grinch who has stolen the Christmas map along the way up the mountain.
Once the Grinch hands over the Christmas map everyone heads into the Luggwoods barn greeted by Mrs Claus. There’s some more storytelling and Mrs Claus gives all the kids a lollipop. We hung around till everyone left to sneak a little photo with her and she was as warm and inviting as she was when we first arrived through the doors.
In the next room, you’ll find Santa’s reindeer, a tractor, the toy shop and elves get everyone merry with a little song and dance.
Then it’s into the main room. Where you wait to see Santa. Here kids can write their letters to Santa, enjoy a hot chocolate or a pancake (extra charge), get a selfie with the elf on the shelf or take a ride on the sleigh. There’s a little window just beside the coffee dock with a view of Dublin not to missed too.
The main event, Santa. He was absolutely wonderful. So warm and jolly and the two older kids absolutely LOVED him, the two younger ones were terrified but hey you can’t please them all. He asked questions and interacted in a way no other Santa has done in the past seven years we’ve done these experiences.
And then the final room, another little waiting area with lots of entertainment. We happened to be the last to see Santa so we didn’t get long in this room before we had to hop aboard the Luggwoods express and make our way home. There was a large chalkboard for kids to enjoy, a disco with dancing Elves and a small toddler area with some balls and playthings.
The Big Kid received a Frozen paint your own money-box, the Boy got some farm animal, the Toddler got a duck puppet and the babog got a rattle. The older kids presents went down an absolute treat whilst the two younger ones weren’t interested at all.
The only extra charges at Luggwoods Santa’s Enchanted Forest is for food and drinks, which is standard and for professional photos with either Santa and/or on his sleigh. We got both and they were gorgeous and I wholeheartedly believe they are worth the money (1 = €10, 2 = €15).
Luggwoods costs €19 per child and €13.50 per adult with discounts for four or more people booking at any one time. Luggwoods should have cost us €106.20 for two adults and four children including booking fees had we have paid and I think it is worth every penny. I’m normally very intrusive with my reviews, I always try to find something I believe needs changing but this time around I have absolutely no faults. Our experience lasted one hour and thirty-five minutes.
Luggwoods has magic. It had all the Chrismassy feels. The staff were all wonderful, they engaged and interacted with all the kids. The views were spectacular. It’s truly a magical experience and I’d highly recommend it.
For more information on Luggwoods, check out their website.
We received a complimentary family pass to Luggwoods and as always just because we received ‘a freebie’ it in no way reflects my opinions on this blog. For more review of places to see, do and avoid around Ireland see my blog series or why not join my travel group for parents in Ireland.