Enjoy a Magical Christmas at Cressing Temple Barns this November and December
PUBLISHED: 11:44 21 November 2019
The elves are getting ready to open the doors for the Magical Christmas experience at Cressing near Braintree and Witham this November
This traditional event, running from Saturday 23 November to Tuesday 24 December, is perfect for all the family, transporting visitors back to a time when they truly believed, and offering an authentic experience for children they'll remember forever.
Magical Christmas at Cressing is a minimum 45-minute experience, a guided tour of small groups to meet Father Christmas, his reindeer and elves.
Visitors will be met by their cheeky tour leader elf and directed into 'Santa's Secret Room' to meet Father Christmas himself. Children will learn more about Father Christmas's naughty and nice list and meet his magical furry animal helpers, before taking it in turns to whisper their present list and have their photo taken by their parents.
A trip to Father Christmas wouldn't be complete without a present, so next, visitors are led into the Elves' Toy Shop where each child can choose a special gift to take home from the wide selection of beautiful, traditional toys.
Just around the corner guests can enter the enchanted forest, where the wish queen resides. Children can wish on a silver bell, hang it on a branch and delight in the falling snow.
The real reindeer are next on the tour. Children will learn about their favourite foods and guess which reindeer are resting up in the stable at Cressing before the big day. Is it Prancer, Dancer or Dasher? Magical reindeer food will be available to buy along the way to help guide the sleigh in to land on Christmas Eve.
In order to make sure Father Christmas remembers the children's present lists its always good practice to send him a letter. Children can write their list on a specially designed card in the Elves' Post Room, that will be sent directly to the North Pole workshop.
All the family can then get into the festive spirit with the specially trained 'Games Elves' in the festive play area. Vintage games including 'Splat the rat', 'Hook the duck', 'Tin can alley' and bowling will all be on offer.
Finally, visitors can create a craft in the 'Christmas Cabin'. Make and take home a bauble for your tree, a lovely memento of your day. And if the children still have energy to burn, they can follow a seasonal trail around the site, with a prize available at the end.
Guests can make a day of it with a visit to the Tiptree Barns' Tea Room on site, pick up your free mince pie and mulled wine at the 'Elf Pit Stop' during the tour, or shop and dine at Braintree Village which is just 5 minutes' drive away.
Magical Christmas at Cressing Temple Barns opens its doors on Saturday 23 November.
Find out more and book: http://www.visitparks.co.uk/events/magical-grotto/
Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Braintree, CM77 8PD
Event price: £20 Child, £7,50 Adult 24 Dec: £30 Child, £10 Adult Under 1's free of charge
Dates available: 23, 24, 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Dec
- The guided experience is a minimum of 45 minutes, but visitors can stay for up to around 2 hours
- Slots are available from 10am - 6pm
-Free parking is available