Mumbler Reviews Breakfast With Santa At Leeds Christkindelmarkt German Market
We love the annual Christkindelmarkt at Millennium Square, otherwise known as the German Christmas Market, but have never visited their Santa so we were really excited to go along this year to review Pop Up And Play Company’s Breakfast With Santa experience.
Santa has taken over the Alp Chalet within the market every Saturday and Sunday morning from 23rd November until 21st December 2019. Guests get to enjoy a buffet style breakfast before the big man himself pays a special visit to each table and presents a gift to the children.
Upon arrival at the Chalet we were greeted by a very noisy talking Reindeer above the door. Santa’s helpers then gave each child a Santa hat (for them to keep) and a colouring sheet and pens to keep them entertained during breakfast. The outside and inside of the Chalet are beautifully decorated with lights, traditional decorations and Santa himself sat in a big chair with his book of childrens’ names on his lap and having a quick snooze!
We were shown to our own table straight away and before our bums had even hit the seats we were offered mugs of tea, coffee and hot chocolate with lots of cream on top. These are unlimited and we were offered at least 5 more top-up’s during the rest of our visit!
The buffet was also open as soon as we arrived and consisted of fresh Brotchen (bread) rolls with jam and butter, cheese, ham, scrambled egg and bratwurst sausage, together with the unlimited tea, coffee and hot chocolate plus an assortment of donuts and cakes. You could visit the buffet as many times as you wanted during the visit too.
After about 5 minutes Santa started making his way around each table, sitting down and spending about 5 minutes talking to each family.
Santa was brilliant with the kids, he sat down next them to and asked some really good questions to get them interacting with him and had a brilliant response to my eldest’s request for a dog!! He also involved the adults in the conversation and some naughty and nice stickers to give out!
Before he left he gave the children a lovely Christmas bag with some really thoughtful gifts in (no plastic tat!) they got a baking cutter, brilliant felt Christmas masks and a couple of chocolate coins and a candy cane.
We stayed in the chalet for about 45 mins and it is a lovely experience for both children and adults. It’s a nice festive setting and unlike some grotto’s, it felt more relaxed as there was no queuing and Santa came to you. At the end of the session we were given a small treasure hunt map where the children had to spot some of the things around the rest of the market to win a small prize (a chocolate coin). After our visit we had a quick look around the German Market and headed into town to do some Christmas shopping.
Tickets to Santa’s Breakfast are £15 per child (12 yrs and under) and £11.50 for Adults ( 13+). Included in the price is the unlimited buffet and hot drinks (cold drinks are charged at extra), a Santa hat, a visit from Santa plus a small gift and a treasure map.