A magical Christmas with Lotherton Hall

We were invited to attend the press night at Lotherton Hall. 

We've been very lucky to be invited to the press night at Lotherton Hall for the past few years. One year my children even featured on the flyers to promote the event. Every year that we have been lucky enough to attend, there's always something new and a little different. The excitement however is always the same.

At one point it looked as though we might not have been able to attend due to other commitments but a change in schedule meant we could keep up our tradition. The girls were excited and so was I, we do love Lotherton Hall at Christmas.

Our time this year was limited as unfortunately we had to attend one of my children's Christmas show straight after, so we decided not to spend time in the hall even though it was decorated so beautifully and instead spend time outside. We always visit Father Christmas first, as the queue increases later in the evening.

As with previous years we venture through the winter forest to the elves workshop. This year we were making Santa stop here signs and all three children began to get very creative. Our signs complete and we headed back into the winter wonderland to write our cards for Father Christmas before heading to see the man himself.

Father Christmas was wonderful. Patient with the children and took his time to chat to them all. They were all laughing and smiling and even little man started to feel the Christmas magic.

After our visit we headed for hot chocolate, which was topped with cream, marshmallow and a chocolate reindeer before heading to ice skate.

Ice skating was new for this year and all three children absolutely loved it. There confidence on the ice seemed to grow the longer we were out there. I have a feeling they'd have stayed there all night. Even little man who kept wanting to try without his penguin support.

Eventually we left the ice rink and had a wander around the craft and stalls. The whole place was sparkling with lights against the dark night sky and it felt incredibly festive. The girls wanted to do the 12 days of Christmas walk and so that's were we headed.

Having done the walk in previous years the girls knew what to expect and sing the song as they go round. This year some of the attractions had been updated and changed which kept the girls guessing. Our favourites were still there, the girls had been looking forward to the drummers drumming!

The walk was just as magical as previous years and we love watching for the lights in the dark, as with previous years it is the perfect way to end our Christmas Experience.

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