As my regular readers will know, Legoland is one of our favourite places. Last year we went to the Christmas Bricktacular event for the first time. It was such a magical experience that we made sure we booked to go again this year. Here are ten things that we loved about our experience at Legoland Christmas Bricktacular:
1) Seeing Father Christmas
Father Christmas at Legoland has been one of the more magical Santa experiences for my children. The girls loved being led by an elf through a maze of pretty Christmas trees to Santa’s cabin, where they were greeted and asked what they’d put on their Christmas list. I loved the cosiness of the interior of the cabin and the clever set-up of the maze. From a grown-up height, you can see several cabins around the edges of the maze, but the children can’t see over the trees – as far as they are concerned, there is just one Santa and they are going to see him.
Last year we booked our visit for late afternoon, after it got dark and it was more magical in the dark as the cabins around the maze were less visible. However, we were glad we saw Father Christmas earlier in the day this year as there was only a short queue when we arrived for our timed slot – later in the day, the queue was very long which hadn’t been the case the previous year. I also think it was a shame that a photo with Father Christmas isn’t included in the ticket price although we were able to take our own too instead of having to pay another £10 for a photo of the girls with Father Christmas.
The girls got a present each from Father Christmas in a colour-coded printed sack – Jessica had a cuddly toy penguin which she was thrilled with and Sophie had a starter set of Duplo which made her very happy too!
2) The pretty Christmas lights
There are Christmas tree lights everywhere and lots of pretty light displays everywhere. I loved the lights in the harbour which changed to produce different pictures – such as a Christmas tree or the message “Happy Christmas” – and the lights around the castle in the Christmas Kingdom. Once it got dark, the lights made the park look very magical.
3) Mrs Christmas’ Toyshop
The girls enjoyed getting creative with Lego and helping Mrs Christmas to make snowflake decorations for all the good girls and boys, after she fell asleep in her kitchen and overslept. Jessica managed to make a snowflake with a bit of help from Daddy whereas Sophie was happily engrossed in making her own creation using the white Lego blocks we were given.
4) The Elves’ Workshop
The Elves’ Workshop was another chance for the children to get creative with Lego. We helped make some blocks to form a big Lego snowman and then the girls had fun doing some colouring and making their own creations with the trays of Lego bricks which were set out on all the tables. I couldn’t resist getting creative myself and making a little Lego Christmas tree.
Last year, I was quite disappointed that Miniland wasn’t open for the Christmas Bricktacular but I was glad to see that had been changed for 2016. Most of Miniland was still closed but we did get to see what my friend dubbed a “post-Brexit” Miniland consisting of just England and Scotland. I loved all the little festive touches – the Christmas markets, Lego figures playing in the snow and Father Christmas himself flying his sleigh across Big Ben.
6) The rides
While some areas of the park were closed, there were still plenty of rides open. Our favourites at Duplo Valley weren’t open but Jessica enjoyed going on the Spinning Spider, Scarab Bouncers (three times in a row), Knight’s Quest (twice) and Thunder Blazer and both girls loved the L-Drivers, Aero Nomad and Desert Chase. Best of all, the queues were much, much shorter than usual – and non-existent for several of the rides.
7) The atmosphere
From getting ready to board the Brickmas Express right through to our arrival at the Christmas Kingdom, the atmosphere was magical. We were given golden tickets for our Father Christmas visit by the elf at the entrance to Brickmas Express and the girls had a passport booklet each with a map, list of open attractions and things to look out for around the park. There were snow-covered Christmas trees everywhere and the girls were amazed when it started to snow in the Christmas Kingdom! I am sure they believed me when I told them that the elves made magic snow fall just in Legoland!
There was a giant Lego Christmas tree, Lego elves, a big Lego model of Father Christmas (which we could have a free photo taken with) and Ollie the dragon also made an appearance. We had a fabulous festive day out and it was the perfect way to round-up a lovely year of memories at our “favourite Legoland ever.”