Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe is an immersive theatrical experience for families. This means you are included and interacting with the characters in the story.
The experience begins with families being tagged for evacuation from London, adults included, as Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter were in the original Narnia story. Mrs McCreedy, the housekeeper, leads everyone to the spare room where she asks the group to wait, and shortly after Peter arrives and invites everyone to join in playing hide and seek with him and his little sister, Lucy. Thus begins the journey through Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe into the land of Narnia.
From here, the journey leads to meeting Mr Tumnus, a fawn (half-man, half-goat) in the snowy forest, who sets the group on a quest to trick their way past the wicked Snow Queen, travel through an enchanted fairy forest, and find the way to Santa’s elves to deliver magical fairy dust.
The performers are engaging, at times hilarious, depending on their character’s personality, chatting and joking with both children and adults. They ask the children questions and help guide them through the story, giving them little roles to play in the tale that unfolds. The audience are not just passive bystanders here. You help create the story.
There are many fun experiences along the way: Have tea with Mr Tumnus. Meet the mystical forest elf, who introduces a number of fairy friends, gnomes and a magic wishing troll. Create some Christmas magic with mischievous Nobby the Elf in Santa’s Workshop. Visit Santa in his cosy lounge with a real pine Christmas tree (photo optional).
This year Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe is running from the Claremont Showgrounds, a much more central location. The venue is larger and much cooler than last year, allowing for a bigger, more intricate set to explore.
On our way home, I asked Miss 3 what were her favourite parts. She said she liked meeting Mr Tumnus and playing with Nobby the elf in the workshop. Her friend, Miss 4, loved the Snow Queen and wanted to go back and see her again. Both girls loved snuggling with Santa at the end.
This magical theatre experience would be best suited to children 3 years and over, who are more willing listen and follow instructions. Families are unable to take prams through, so be prepared to carry younger children. The event is however wheelchair accessible for standard-sized wheelchairs. Toilet facilities are located on the outside of the pavilion, so be sure to go before entering your session.
Whilst it wasn’t open the day we attended, there also appears to be a cafe located next door if you’re in need of refreshments. There was also a coffee cart towards the end, which also sells ice creams, just before seeing Santa. There is also free parking available close to the pavilion.
Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe
1st, 2nd and 3rd (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), 8th, 9th and 10th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and from 13th to 24th of December.
Sessions times start at 8.30am, with the last of the day running at 4.30pm. Keep an eye on the website as there may be some variations to session times closer to Christmas Eve.
Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe is located at the Claremont Showgrounds, in the Ellie Eaton Pavillion. Access to the grounds is via Gate 1, 1 Graylands Road, Claremont.
Tickets for Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe are available through Ticketek. No tickets are available at the door, so be sure to book online and print your tickets prior to going to avoid disappointment.
• Family ticket (Two adults and two children, aged 2-12) – $120.95
• Adults (Over 18 years) – $33.25
• Children (Under 18 years) – $32.95
• Children under 2 years (carried in arms) – FREE
Santa photo packages, if you would like an optional photo, are priced between $24.99 and $34.99. Eftpos payment is available. Photos are made available within 1-2 days.
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