We had the most special day visiting not one but two Santa’s at the museums on Saturday. London Transport Museum and Museum of London Docklands to be precise and what incredible places to experience our yearly festive jaunt to see Santa. If you’re looking for more than your average Santa trip then look no further than these museums which offer above and beyond the norm.
First up was the London Transport Museum where we were greeted by a beautiful Christmas tree on arrival to give us all the festive feels. Whams ‘Last Christmas’ was playing out on the tannoy and lots of cute friendly Elves were dashing about the buses and the trams keeping the children entertained. Our first stop was the singing and storytelling for Under 5s. This was located in Santa’s secret hideaway where a super friendly elf enthusiastically told the children a story about the colours of the underground lines. The kids were mesmerized by their very engaging story teller and it was a perfect start to our festivities. Next up was Origami tree decoration making in an area filled with Christmassy lights and snowy scenes. The activity was to make a lucky star with public transport patterned paper. A lot of help was needed for our 1 and 3 year old but it was a fun task where all the family could get involved. The husband was particularly taken with this one, so we left it to him to make his work of Christmas art. The smell of sweet temptations lingered so we made our way to the café, ideally situated by the All Aboard childrens zone for 0-7 year olds. A slight chance for us to rest our legs while the smalls played with taxi’s, buses, the baby train and the Thames nipper café. They were in their element and so were we as we ordered hot chocolates and the most yummiest of waffles. All of this before we even met Santa. The big man made his appearance soon after and we located him in a 1940s electric tram which was awe inspiring alone. The children loved him and his merry chat and received a badge which they refused to take off for the rest of the day. There weren’t even any tears. A morning of Christmas joy for us all and such a wonderful setting.
Next up was our second Santa of the day located in the fantastic Museum of London Docklands. I love this old Georgian warehouse building that was built in 1802. It has such a warm feeling about it and I always somehow feel at home there. We began our visit with a scrummy lunch in Rum & Sugar, the Museum’s tres trendy restaurant. The food is very tasty with plenty of kids options too and we were fueled for our second Santa meet of the day. Our eldest was not going to let us get away without a play in the free Mudlarks gallery, an interactive space for children up to 8 years old, first. 5 minutes of peace for us as we were able to confine both kids in one space, the soft play area for babies and toddlers, where they can climb into a boat or drive a DLR train. Once we managed to tear them away from there we made our way up to the second floor, where we followed the footprints leading us to Santa. To reach him we had to enter Sailor Town, a recreation of 19th century Wapping. Now this was everything. The quaint shops in the cobbled streets were all decorated creating the perfect Christmas ambience. Never mind the kids I was so happy. The most atmospheric setting transporting you back in time as we made our way in to the traditional Victorian Santa’s grotto. The experience was wonderful, Santa was as you imagined him to be and I didn’t want to leave. Ok just remembered he’s for the kids right. You’ll be pleased to hear they loved him too. They received a wonderful wooden gift and we couldn’t leave without a picture of this truly magical experience.
And that is why everyone should visit Santa in a museum. It is so much more than your average Santa experience you usually receive. Not only do you get Santa in a unique educational environment you get play areas, parent friendly facilities, workshops, storytelling, delicious fun food and the most perfect settings. Ones we will never forget, both visits have by far been the best Santa experience we have ever had!! I cannot recommend it enough.
Tickets to the London Transport Museum cost £17.50 for adults, children go free. Tickets allow unlimited entry for 12 months.
Museum of London Docklands is free entry. To visit Santa, entry (includes gift) from £10 per child. You can purchase a picture of the experience for £8.