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Father Christmas in Cornwall at the Eden Project

For a truly magical experience for the family, take a trip to the Eden Project in the coming weeks and be ready to be enthralled.

Last week I took my reluctant teenager and whilst he arrived with an indifferent opinion of the evening ahead, even he was captivated by it all and we both left with a warm feeling from having experienced something special.  Cleverly targeting all age groups it is yet another Eden experience that will leave a lasting memory.

After a short visit to see Santa’s reindeer we headed off for a session on the ice rink.  Having had two visits in the last month I can already see improvements in my limited skating abilities and I only fell over once!

Our next visit was to the Mediterranean biome for a bite of supper.  Music filled the air and enormous paella pans were brimming with foods offering a vegetarian and seafood/meat option. It was delicious.

I have to be honest and confess that we were going to skip the visit to Father Christmas but intrigued by the oversized dome tent, we’re so glad we didn’t. A lot of thought and effort has gone into creating this grotto: there was a large fire pit in the middle creating contrasting warmth on the chilly evening; a couple of colourful sets of elf bunk beds adorned with elf clutter; lots of twinkly lights; letters to Father Christmas covering the walls and in the middle, a rotund but perfectly formed Father Christmas addressing the audience with funny stories about his reindeer and their playful antics.

Whilst I haven’t been to Lapland, it is the best Santa experience I have been to.  The gift of a silver bell in a pouch, which as you know you need to shake in the lead up to Christmas to help give the reindeers’ the energy for their long journey around the world on Christmas Eve, captivated both adults and children.

The finale was a lantern procession outside the biomes.  The solo vocalist on the bandstand sang a few enchanting songs whilst behind him a very large Christmas tree sculpture lit up the night sky, quite literally, as flames followed the outline of the tree from its base to the top at which point a cascade of sparkling fireworks completed the picture.  Just as we were marvelling at it all further fireworks erupted which was a magical touch which will be a lasting memory for a long time to come.

Looking at the Eden website several dates are already sold out so if you plan on treating the family don’t leave it too long before booking.  I guarantee you’ll be glad you did!