Aug 052015
 

Christmas in July? Yes please!

santa  Papa and I have always been conflicted about Santa and the commercialism of Christmas. We’re very honest with our kids about everything, so why lie about this? But last year, when Babe, at the age of three said, “Mom, I wish Santa wasn’t just a legend,” I backed off. She wanted the magic of Christmas. And that’s the part that Papa and I care most about.

Last week, we all went to Village du Père Noël in Val Morin, QC, we found some of that magic. We were all super surprised at just how big the place is.

There are water slides, a waterpark (huge Christmas tree and igloo in the centre) pony rides, go carts, bouncy castles, a train ride, rock climbing, a petting zoo, and a phenomenal daily magic show. The kids got to take home a magic wand after the magic show, and a week later, Babe is still asking how the magician turned “all those things” into birds.

Bug loved the potato sack slide and petting zoo, while Babe said the magic show was her favourite activity. She also spent a really long time go-carting, visibly proud that she was actually doing it herself.

santa2We were there for six hours and easily could have stayed longer. We didn’t even have time to do all of the activities, but by 4 pm on that very hot day, we were ready to go home.

Santa himself isn’t really the main attraction. He’s there in a little cabin, chatting with the kids who line up to see him–he looks like the real deal! He offered a Sophia the First toy to Babe, so I’m going to have to figure out what that is.

It seemed weird to do an activity with  a Christmas theme in middle of summer, but it turns out it was the perfect family day.

santa3We brought a packed lunch and there were picking tables in the shade where we could eat. There’s also a casse-croute with sandwiches, cheese curds and cold treats if you don’t bring a lunch.

It cost $20/person over two to get in. Infants are free and Grandparents get a discount (maybe one reason we saw so many grandparents the day we were there!) The $60 season pass is a great deal if you’re going to get out there a few times. You can bring a coloured picture printed from their site, for an easy way to get $2 off a child’s admission.

Thank you to the Elf in Chief, Claude, who hooked us up with this visit.We can’t wait to go back this winter, where the pool becomes a skating rink and there are ice slides!

Merry Christmas!

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