Saturday 28th November will see this year’s launch of the most beautiful grotto in Birmingham. The House of Fraser grotto is truly beautiful, a veritable Winter wonderland that mixes the joy of reindeer’s, snow and Santa with a look back to the traditional shops and houses of the Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ era. The Grotto, once again, raises much needed funds for the Harry Moseley Charity, Help Harry Help Others, and is sure to delight children and parents with its sheer festiveness.
I was lucky enough to be invited to go along to the launch, and took my sister Jodie, Joe and my niece Renee along with me. A Christmas Grotto is always best viewed through the eyes of a child, and both Joe and Renee were totally enchanted by the wonderful animatronic reindeer’s, each with their name tag on, guarding the grotto from any little intruders. Rudolph had his own enclosure, all ready to pull the sleigh if the weather turns foggy.
The Victorian shop and house fronts each have their own scene that can be glimpsed through windows. You can see Santa’s Workshop (closed of course, as Santa is busy with the children), the Rackham’s emporium (a wonderful nod to old Birmingham), the Elves bedroom and Santa’s dining room. These are great to enjoy while you are waiting to see Santa.
House of Fraser’s grotto also has a range of activities that allow children to really make the most of their time in the grotto, with a wall already for a colouring competition, bracelet making with the #HHHO beads and Christmas card making. There is also a Santa Cinema area set up, with comfy cushions and festive films all adding to the lovely mood of Christmas excitement. We were treated to the wonderful Arthur Christmas, a great feel good Christmas movie for the whole family.
The #HHHO House of Fraser grotto is situated on the 5th Floor of House of Fraser Birmingham, and costs £5.00 per person.The Grotto is open from 10am – 6pm daily (5pm Sunday’s) from this Saturday (28th November) until Christmas Eve.