Santa’s Magical Kingdom has arrived in Melbourne until Wednesday 23 December with a family friendly event that’s full of Christmas-themed activities.
We were invited to the opening session and discovered some of our old favourites such as gingerbread decorating and Christmas craft…
…as well as a snow castle…
…a giant snow dome (quite a queue for that one!)…
….a good selection of gentle rides….
…and to finish off the night, sunset view from the Ferris Wheel.
As there was so much to do we decide to skip the Christmas themed circus performance (starts 1 hour into your session and goes for 30 minutes) so that we can take advantage of the smaller crowds and no queues for the rides. The experience goes for 3 hours but we left after 2 hours because it was late and the kids had pretty much tried everything that they wanted to. Better to end on a high than with everyone whinging and tired!
Tickets to Santa’s Magical Kingdom will sell out fast so book ahead now. Note on certain days you can also celebrate Rudolph’s birthday. He will be joined by Mrs Claus, the Snow Queen, as well as Trolls: Poppy and Branch to celebrate his birthday. You will be able to meet and greet the Movie Stars – Poppy and Branch and every child will receive a special gift.
- 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, we found free 2hr parking in surrounding streets;
- entrance is at Gate 21 of Caulfield Racecourse;
- 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 4 gentle rides and one ‘caterpillar’ ride which has a height restriction. An adult must accompany a child 110cm+ and a child 130cm+ can ride alone;
- 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. I spotted coffee, biscuits, hot dogs, hot chips.