2020 has been a very different year for many, to say the least, and whether we know it or not our children have been affected, not being able to socialise with friends, have play dates and just be kids. So, with this in mind a few of the Island’s attractions have spent a lot of time devising safe yet fun Christmas experiences that still have that magic that children want at this time of year.
Santa Specials Isle of Wight Steam Railway
5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 22 – 24 December
Pre-booking is absolutely essential
Get the little ones in the Christmas spirit this year by meeting Santa at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Board one of the historic steam trains at Havenstreet for an atmospheric ride through wintery woodland inside a cosy, heated and beautifully restored carriage. You will feel like you’re travelling in style as you and your family will have your very own compartment for your exclusive use.
After your train ride, follow the pathway to Santa’s North Pole station, where you’ll be welcomed by the seasonal Station Master and his helpers. Watch and listen to amazing entertainment while you wait, before being led by one of Santa’s helpers to meet the man himself on board a traditionally festive Victorian carriage. Children visiting Santa will receive a wonderful high-quality present. Adults haven’t been forgotten either, with a mince pie a festive tipple to warm chilly fingers.
The railway has many safety measures in place so you will feel at ease during the visit without distracting from the magic of Christmas.
Tickets are available now https://iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/santa-specials/
Polar, Robin Hill
Various dates between 12 – 23 December
Join Robin Hill for the second instalment of its winter woodland experience this December. The festive POLAR story continues on selected dates from 12th – 23rd with an evening of magical Christmas delight.
From beautifully illuminated woodland and immersive walk-throughs to wreath-making, a local market and delicious food, the event promises to provide festive cheer this year. Plus, for the first time, the star of the show, Pippa the polar bear, will be joined by a few very special guests from sister park, Blackgang Chine.
POLAR will go ahead in accordance with Government guidelines and the park’s COVID-safe measures will remain in-place.
There’s limited availability and tickets are available online now https://robin-hill.com/polar/
Christmas World, Busy Bee Garden Centre
As a garden centre, Busy Bee has been able to remain open during Lockdown 2.0 and you can still explore their amazing Christmas World. A wonder of lights, toys, trees, decorations and so much more. Watch little ones yes light-up as they descend the spiral staircase, which wraps around a giant Christmas tree. See a model Santa in his very own Only Fools and Horses style three wheeler, be in awe of the steam train all before picking up a few shiny baubles to feel festive and put a smile on your face.
Whether Santa himself will make an appearance at Christmas World this year, watch this space!
Deck your halls with a little online shopping https://www.busybeegardencentre.co.uk/shop/products/christmas/
Meet Santa and Mrs Claus, Arreton Barns
The man in red is busy at this time of year, making presents, training reindeer and keeping those cheeky elves in check. So at Arreton Barns this year Santa is having a little help from someone very special. Mrs Claus will be joining Santa Claus at Arreton Barns this year. The Island’s largest arts and crafts centre are almost like a Santa’s village with workers busy creating beautiful handmade gifts throughout the year.
Keeping you safe, Santa will bring his very own Santatiser to keep hands nice and clean.
Children (and adults) are encouraged to wear festive face coverings, there may even be prizes for the most creative!
The pair will be at the Barns in the week running up to Christmas and dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.