This year the Snowdome is celebrating its 15th anniversary of running its seasonal Christmas Winter Wonderland experience.
And while the car park still remains underwater due to recent flooding, it didn’t fail to dampen the festive spirit inside where you’ll find a few changes to the traditional line up of previous years.
The real snow play area – which is the first part of this 90 minute experience, and by far the best bit for me – is still as good as ever.
Along the Christmas tree-lined route you will find the usual tubing areas, sledges, illuminated candy cane walkway, musical jingle all the way station, massive floor to ceiling Christmas tree, and ample chances to throw snowballs of course – all great festive family fun, which in our household kicks off the Christmas countdown.
You can also grab a picture in a sleigh, as well stand under falling snow, as part of this first 30 minute section before the trumpets sound for the start of Santa’s Theatre show.
This year’s 12 Days of Christmas themed show isn’t the best I’ve seen here over the years – for me it fell a little flat – but you can expect some panto-style audience participation with singing and dancing with Santa, his two elves, and a Black Country Rudolph, making a welcome return, along the way.
Spoiler alert – watch out for water being sprayed into the audience, and parents, be sure to practice flossing and dabbing before you visit!
Rounding off the experience is Santa’s Christmas Village which this year has a notable absence – no real reindeers.
But you’ll find two new features instead – a free to ride traditional Children’s Carousel (only kids up to 140cm can ride) and a hot chocolate stall, alongside all the usual features including other fluffy animals to get up close too and a Santa letter writing area.
On your way out there’s a green screen picture opportunity – but there’s only the option of a photo booklet and digital prints to buy as souvenirs, no snow globes or keyrings as in previous years – and of course the usual free Thornton’s treat for all the family.
Prices for the Winter Wonderland, which will run until 31st December, start from £13.95 per person. For more visit www.snowdome.co.uk.