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Santa’s Grotto in Middleton Hall is now open and it’s full of festive sparkle.

Santa at CMK carousel

There is a lot packed in apart from the giant igloo housing Santa and his helpers.  The carousel, helter-skelter, Christmas cabins, snow dome, the train, glittery tunnels, and lots of animatronic beasties are all there.

Santa at CMK train

Santa at CMK snow dome

The Christmas cabins are in a straight line down one side this year, opening out towards the front of John Lewis.  There are also a few other retail opportunities, as well as the cabins.  There is a cheese stall next to Pret, and a couple of barrows with sweets, popcorn, candy floss and mulled wine in the centre of the display.  The retail pod has also been incorporated, although there was no-one using it when I was there.

Santa at CMK candles

Santa at CMK retail shop

The winter wonderland with all its cute animals looks lovely.  I think there might be a chance of the life-size animatronic polar bear upstaging Santa.  (The bear is free to look at!)

Santa at CMK bear

If you are making a visit to Santa, it will include a session to decorate a gingerbread biscuit with Santa’s Chef Ginger-Snaps.  You can read all the details about this and make a booking online.  Note that Santa is not available from 12th to 16th November.

If you are wondering about the prices have a look at some of these notices.

Santa at CMK costs


Middleton Hall
The Centre:mk, Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3EP

Santa’s Grotto is open until 6pm on 24th December, excluding 12th to 16th November.
Train rides continue until 1st January 2019.

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