Disclaimer: In 2019 we were really kindly gifted tickets by Tamworth Snowdome for the Winter Wonderland, however we also visited in 2018 and I hope you can tell by the photos below from both years how much she genuinely loved it both times! 🙂
We could not have been more excited this weekend – it was time for Winter Wonderland at Tamworth Snowdome, our first Christmas event of the season, meaning the Christmas countdown is officially on!
And what made it even more special? Real snow is included!
This was our second visit to Winter Wonderland at Tamworth Snowdome, and we cannot recommend it enough if you’re looking for a festive day out with the family, that really offers something different!
The joy of the Winter Wonderland is that it is suitable for all ages, meaning if you’ve groups with mixed ages of kids, you’ll be sure to have a great time… and did I mention there’s real snow?
It can be tricky to find something different to do, as there are so many options out there, but I really recommend the Winter Wonderland as it really is so special.
Santa’s Snow Trail snow play
The Winter Wonderland experience is now in its 15th year, and starts as soon as you enter, with dimmed blue lighting and entertainment from the moment you arrive.
We then had dedicated play time in the snow on Santa’s Christmas Snow Trail, with so many fun activities on hand. The snow trail is a big loop, so you can grab yourself a sledge at the entrance, and wander through the twinkly trees, or head straight for one of the slopes to enjoy the snow tubes!
Lily loved being pulled around on her little sledge and sliding on the rubber tubes on all the slopes… as well as throwing snowballs and making snow angels! She was so proud of her snowballs that she even asked if she could take some home!
Timeslots are capped to 30 minutes, so there is always plenty to do with a limited amount of people.
It feels so magical, with Christmas trees, twinkly lights, and dimmed lighting to make you feel like you’re transformed into a real winter wonderland. There is even real falling snow this year!
Even though it can get quite busy when you first go in, once everyone spreads out there is plenty to do, whether you want to slide down the big snow slope on the tubes, get your photo in Santa’s sleigh, see the giant Christmas tree, or just enjoy playing in the real snow.
Santa’s Christmas show
Once the time is up, you’re all taken into a theatre area, where you get to watch the interactive Santa’s Christmas show.
I was really nervous last year as Lily had never been to something like this before, but it was a great length and so interactive that I needn’t have worried. She loved it even more this year.
The Santa Show is just like a short pantomime, with plenty of songs, jokes and plenty to join in with too – Lily loved every minute, and was so excited to get involved with all the standard panto jokes that you can’t help but smile at.
I wont give any spoilers, but there are plenty of things for adults and kids to enjoy, and as you can see by her face (above) she was totally mesmerised and absolutely loved it!
After the show, you’re then led into Santa’s Christmas Village for the last section of the experience.
There are real animals, from alpacas and goats through to baby chicks, the chance to see Santa’s house and step into his boots, as well as Christmas trees and plenty of festive decorations.
There’s a stand to get some hot chocolate with marshmallows if you fancy a festive treat (£2.50) as well as a whole host of things to see and do.
If it helps, you can also find some toilets here – always useful with the family after the snow play and show!
Lily also loved writing Santa a letter and posting it in the talking post box.
You’ve 30 minutes in the Christmas Village, so it means you can enjoy all the activities in your own pace and time.
What’s more, this year there is a real carousel too for the kids!
Once you’re ready to head out, you can see some of the photos taken along the way (such as on Santa’s Sleigh) and the chance to buy them if you wish.
Everyone also gets a tasty chocolate treat to take home – even the adults!
If you’re looking for a Christmas adventure with a difference, I can’t recommend the Winter Wonderland at Tamworth Snowdome enough! It is a whole morning (or afternoon!) of pure festive joy, for parents, grandparents and kids of all ages too.
What’s more, Tamworth Snowdome has so much to do on site, that you can spend a whole day there, including skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or even relaxing with a coffee while looking over the real snow slopes!
For more information, visit the Santa’s Winter Wonderland page at Tamworth Snowdome here.
Tips for visiting with families
- Prices start at £13.95 and Under 2s, so if you can book an off-peak timeslot then the prices are cheaper, particularly at the end of November. You must also book those Under 2 on the session to allow them access.
- Make sure you wear warm winter clothing, strong shoes and bring some gloves for the snow
- There are dedicated sessions for families and groups with special needs. Call the centre to book on!
- Wheelchair users are also welcome to enjoy the experience – just call the centre for more information.
- There is a buggy park upstairs along with lockers as you can’t take prams/pushchairs with you, but gives you a safe space to leave your things.
- Head to the toilets before you go in, but if you do need to go there are some in the Christmas Village and signs in the snow play area to some too!
- Check out the map below for the layout!
We also visit the Tamworth Snowdome for their Big Bang snowboard show each year. Check out what happened this year when Lily learnt to snowboard with Mint Snowboarding.