Nothing says Christmas quite like playing in the snow. So, Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome in Tamworth is brilliant for getting into the festive spirit. Of all the Christmas days out in the West Midlands, this is the one I’ve been wanting to try out for years. We headed there at the weekend to see if it’s as magical as everyone makes out.
Snow trail at the Snowdome Winter Wonderland
On arrival at the Snowdome, we descended to a beautiful ice cave to find out about Winter Wonderland. A very jovial host got everyone into the festive spirit while we waited for the doors to the snow trail to open. The winner of a children’s shouting competition had the honour of pressing a big red button to open the doors.
Inside the snow trail, numerous wooden sledges were lined up against the wall. We grabbed one each for the children and set off around the snowy walkway. Before long, we came to a sledging ramp with inflatable tubes to slide down on. I made a couple of misjudged attempts to take a photograph of the children sliding down, before realising that adults were on it as well. I grabbed an inflatable tube and joined in.
Several sledging ramps were dotted around the walkway. One large one and a few smaller ones. A giant Christmas tree, falling snow, some musical instruments and lots of festive decorations added to the atmosphere. I’m not sure how long we were in there but the time passed very quickly indeed. We would have happily spent much longer playing in the snow. Before we knew it though, it was time to go into Santa’s theatre for the next part of the experience.
The Snowdome Santa Show
Once we were all sitting in Santa’s theatre, it was time for him and the elves to start rehearsing. They had planned a show based around the twelve days of Christmas but the cheeky elves had a few surprises in store.
Between sensible Santa, funny little Rudolph and the naughty elves, the show was full of everything festive. The audience joined in singing the Twelve Days of Christmas and clapping the rhythm of We Will Rock You. There were a few giggles for the adults and plenty of opportunities for the children to get up and have a dance.
Santa did finally get the mischievous elves under control and finished his rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Then, it was time to move on to the final part of the the Snowdome Winter Wonderland experience.
Santa’s Christmas village
As soon as we entered Santa’s Christmas Village, the girls made a beeline for the children’s carousel. This beautiful, traditional ride was at the centre of Santa’s Christmas village. Children were able to say hello to some friendly animals and write their letters to Santa. These could be posted in Santa’s talking postbox.
Whilst you couldn’t go into Santa’s house, it was lovely to look through the window and try on his huge boots. A ski lift was a lovely photo prop and the girls insisted on climbing in for a picture. Then, it was time to go. We were all given a chocolate treat on the way out. A lovely way to end a fantastically festive morning.
What you need to know about the Tamworth Snowdome Winter Wonderland
- How long does the Santa’s Winter Wonderland experience take? We were told to allow 90 minutes and this was fairly accurate. We took our time in Santa’s Christmas village, so we were probably there for just over 90 minutes in total.
- Do you see Santa at the Snowdome Winter Wonderland? Well, yes and no. You see him in the show, but there are no personal visits to Santa at this Christmas experience.
- What should I wear? The snow trail is very cold and you’ll definitely get snow on your hands if you’re on the sledges and tubes. You will need to wear winter clothing including gloves.
- Do you need to book to visit Winter Wonderland? This is a really popular event so booking is essential.
- Where can I find out more information about Winter Wonderland and buy tickets? Head to the Snowdome website for more information and to book.