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December 2003
Santa's Grottos
Santa's grotto
Santa in his Grotto
Every child wants to see Santa at Christmas. So we've got some suggestions below of Santa's grotto's.

If you've been to a great Santa's grotto, then let us know.
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The Bradshaws Christmas Experience, at Codsall near Wolverhampton

Sally tells us about her Santa's Grotto:

The grotto is situated in the farm buildings inside a Christmas Shop in the heart of my Christmas Tree Farm. I am a farmer by profession and have been running the grotto for arrroximately 8 years.

The grotto is a winter wonderland packed packed full of animation. After customers have been greeted by a 30ft inflatable Father Christmas, they enter an icy cave where they see a reindeer constructed from 3000 white lights.

The icy caves contain lots of animated woodland animals in the snowy forest, Santa's helper is fishing in a waterfall and his helpers are painting and decorating his woodland home where a cat is also feeding her baby kittens.

A family of polar bears are sleeping and romping in the forest in front of 3 singing reindeer who are peering out of their snowy castle. The reindeer are hugely popular with synchronised singing voices and mouths.

As you carry on through the grotto walk, a poor snowman has fallen off his skis and is swinging upside down in a tree with Santa.

While you wait to see Santa, his helper can be spotted drinking his tea and eating his breakfast croissant while reading the Lapland Times while his reindeer snores asleep under his sleigh.

Santa gives the children 2 lovely presents and everyone seems to go away extremely happy.

Santa's Grotto at Erdington Fire Station

John from Erdington Fire station tells us about their Santa's Grott:

Blue Watch firefighters at Erdington Fire Station have built a Santa's grotto on the fire station - this is the second time they've done
this, the first time they had aproximately 350 children visit Santa over 2 days and raised £1,100 for the Fire Service National Benevelant Fund.

This time this grotto is bigger and brighter. Firefighters started to construct the grotto in early October having to allow for fire calls and
rescues, so plenty of time was needed.

Carl Chinn
Carl Chinn

Fortunately local businesses donated items to help.

Our new Station Commander had a fit when we removed all the hose from the store and started to attach the grotto to the side of of the fire station!

We would like to invite everyone to the station on Saturday 13th, Saturday 20th and Tuesday 23rd December from 11am - 3pm, with an evening event on Wednesday 17th December, 6pm - 8pm.

The fee will be £3.50 per child which will include a goodie bag and photo with Santa. All monies raised will go to the Fire Service National Benevelant Fund and the Round Table.

We will also be available to give advice to parents on fire safety.

The most memorable moment from the first time we did the grotto was to see the children after they visited Santa. Their faces were happy especially when they could see the fire appliance with their new yellow helmets.

Hope to see you there - John

Santa at Sutton Park

The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for children and donkeys have a superb christmas grotto for children to visit Father Christmas.

The grotto is in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. It's a minimum donation of £2 - the children are given a novelty animal balloon, walk through an enchanting grotto with a snow scene, fairy lights, woodland animals and gingerbread men peeping out at you, with a little stop gap of a sweety or lollipop, then onto a most warm and sociable father christmas.

Considering this is voluntarily run the effort that has been put into the grotto is a most impressive one. The children also get to visit and stroking the donkeys.

Nominted by Michelle Meade

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