santas magical kingdom

Santa’s Magical Kingdom  has become a fixture on the Christmas wish list for Melbourne families and we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night.

Now in its fifth year, the event is as close as imaginable to the Christmas dreams of childhood and stories…

Santas Magical Kingdom

…from the free-falling “snow” to visits from the Snow Queen, Santa and Mrs Claus, who loves to read yuletide tales and will also help you write a letter to Santa.

Rides include a super slide, Santa’s Sleigh Ride, a giant ferris wheel, a magical train ride and more.

santa's magical kingdom

There are also carnival games (though these cost extra, see Hot Tips below).

The queues for rides really fluctuated – before the circus, it was pretty quick to get onto the ferris wheel, while the rides for younger kids were generally a little quicker to get onto than the more adventurous ones.

An hour into the three-hour session, the International Christmas Spectacular begins.

Santas Magical Kingdom

The performance includes an incredible hoop twirler, a trapeze act and acrobats, but the highlight is the daredevil motorcyclists – three of them dodging each other at high speed inside the “Globe of Festivity”.  Depending on your kids’ interests and attention spans, you could skip this and enjoy the shorter queues for rides and activities, but the performance is well worth attending.

santa's magical kingdom

Hands-on activities include the Christmas Craft Village, where you can make your own Christmas tree decorations to take home, and Gingerbread Land to decorate your own gingerbread men. .

santas magical kingdom

The links to Christmas are a little thinly drawn at times but that doesn’t detract from the experience whatsoever. Santa’s Magical Kingdom really is pretty magical, and great fun for the whole family.

Thanks to journalist and mum for 2 Erika Jonsson for her guest post.


HOT Tips:

  • book tickets quickly as the event has been a sell-out every year;
  • arrive early to your session to secure parking. Street parking is hard to find, there is some free parking in surrounding streets;
  • entrance is at Gate 21 of Caulfield Racecourse;
  • the environment is dark and very loud, might not suit some children;
  • pram access and space to move, though I don’t particularly recommend it for babies who can’t walk;
  • if your kids are into rides do them first and skip the circus so you can take advantage of smaller crowds;
  • there are height restrictions for different rides – some are suitable only for younger children while others are for children 130cm+
  • rides are included in the price;
  • Santa photos, merchandise and carnival games cost extra, so set expectations early about how much you will/won’t spend on top of your entry fee; and
  • food and beverages available for purchase on site including sandwiches, hot food, drinks, popcorn, coffee and donuts.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East

Session times:
Sat 18 Nov: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm SOLD OUT, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 19 Nov: All sessions sold out
Fri 24 Nov: Session 1: 6pm-9pm – Ronald McDonald House Event
Sat 25 Nov: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 26 Nov: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Fri 1 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Sat 2 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 3 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Wed 6 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm
Thu 7 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm
Fri 8 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 6pm-9pm
Sat 9 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 10 Dec: All sessions sold out
Mon 11 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm
Tue 12 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm
Wed 13 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm
Thu 14 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm
Fri 15 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Sat 16 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 17 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Mon 18 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Tue 19 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Wed 20 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Thu 21 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Fri 22 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
SAT 23 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm

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