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 24th November until 22 December 2018. 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.
We were shown to our own table straight away and before our bums had even hit the seats we were offered mugs of 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.
Our smallest Mini Mumbler is very nervous of Santa and usually starts to cry as soon as he’s within a few metres. I’d let them know this at the door and as soon as Santa came to our table he couldn’t have been better with her. He told her he’d heard she was a little nervous and talked very quietly and softly with her. He then spent time talking to our other family members so the attention wasn’t all on her and she could get used to him.
He then turned back to Mini Mumbler for a bit before telling her he was going to award her one of his ‘Nice’ stickers (Grandad got the ‘Naughty’ one!) and giving her a small bag with a present inside.
I’d actually go as far as to say this is one of the best Santa’s we’ve met with my little girl. He really seemed to understand how to make her feel at ease rather than being too ‘jolly’ and scaring her off.
We stayed in the chalet for about 45 mins. 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 also went on the carousel ride in the market and then finished our trip off with a visit to Leeds City Museum which is also on the square.
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. The carousel ride in the Market was £3 and entry to the Museum was free.
To book tickets for Santa’s Breakfast At Christkindelmarkt visit the website here.
*Mumbler was not paid for this review, however we did receive free tickets. As ever our opinions are open and honest.