This year, because of baby, we decided to pick one Santa experience that we liked best to do again and add different, fewer, smaller scale London Christmas experiences.
First on our list this year, Winter Wonderland yesterday again.
Ok, Winter Wonderland is definitely not a smaller scale London Christmas experience but Tim and I agree that it is the best Santa. Plus, Winter Wonderland is flat out a must.
This year they expanded the place and it was phenomenal. More rides, more food, more markets, it was fantastic. We didn't get there early like we did last year to see Father Christmas like we wanted to, but don't worry, we plan on seeing him this Saturday in Canary Wharf. Hopefully he is a decent Santa. So instead the girls did nothing but ride rides after rides in Hyde Park. And what is a trip to the city without sweets?
Funny story: At the end of our outing we had two tickets left for the girls to ride a final ride. Marisa chose the mini roller coaster ride. At this point Natalie was a little out of it, hungry, tired, and wanting her Mama. We kept telling her one last ride and then we were going to go get lunch. She was really hesitant to get on the ride when it came time to do so but Tim just picked up both girls and strapped them in and walked away. The ride is basically a figure 8, only 2 times around, and not really "scary". Well, poor Natalie was bawling the entire time! As parents we were laughing, I felt a little sad for her, but Natalie was obviously not having it.
Afterwards she was crying hysterically to me saying it was scary and that she wanted me with her, then Marisa starts crying saying it was scary to her too, (even though the entire time she was laughing and yelling). I think she was just having a sympathy cry with her sister.
Before the ride: (Natalie a little out of it. Marisa happy.)
During the ride: (Natalie's face was actually much worse than this.)
I wish I had an after picture. It would be a picture of me on my knees holding and consoling each girl in my arms. That was how our day out ended. Both our children crying. haha Merry Christmas!
The funniest bit is that Natalie held a grudge against Tim the rest of the day. haha She would not look at him, she did not want him sitting next to her on the tube, and every time Daddy tried to talk to her she would quickly snap her head the opposite direction and completely give him the cold shoulder. haha She was so mad at him!
Tim said it was good for her and that he would do it again. :) Oh dad....