We were really excited to be invited to Blithbury Reindeer Lodge yesterday. Set in the heart of Staffordshire, this is a wonderful family day out to mark the start of the festive season. Even the invitation looked magical.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

The moment you arrive you are given a really warm welcome. The staff are so friendly and cheerful, from the man helping you find a parking space to Santas littlest Elf- it really makes a lovely visit.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

We arrived just in time to see Santa arrive in the UK. He was pulled by a herd of very excited reindeer.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

The girls were so excited to meet him and his friendly crew of elves.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

When you arrive you can buy a pot of Lichen to feed the reindeer.

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It was really wonderful to get so close to these beautiful creatures. There are over 150 reindeer at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

The girls particularly loved seeing the snowy white baby reindeer.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

We enjoyed feeding the reindeer. They have very soft fur and are really gentle when you feed them.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

I really loved the charming way the reindeer lodge had been styled.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

We stopped to have lunch. The Rudolph Cafe was really cosy and we all enjoyed a warming cup of hot chcolate topped with marshmallows. Perfect to warm you up. It does get a bit chilly at the reindeer lodge so you do need to wrap up very warm.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

One of the highlights of the day was a ride on a real sled pulled by reindeer. The girls had been a bit reluctant to go on it at first but loved it.

DSC_0274Reindeer are better than people. I think I’ve heard that before…

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

There are certain times during the day when you can have a story with the elves nad then decorate some gingerbread biscuits.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

The girls enjoyed listening to the Christmas story told by the elves. It was really cosy sitting by the open fire.
A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

The girls loved being shown how to make reindeer gingerbread biscuits by the elves. It was a lovely well thought out activity that all the children could enjoy.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

Older children could decorate their own biscuits.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

They tasted really good as well.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

Inside the lodge was a large Christmas tree with lots of presents stacked underneath it.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

We had a little rest while we waited to see Santa.
A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

The children are given a sticker saying they are on the nice list. This is their ticket to their Santa visit. First they have to go to Elf school where they learn how to be a good elf, sing Christmas carols and learn how the elves train the reindeer to help Santa.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

The room is decorated with the reins belonging to Santas reindeer. The children are then called individually to see Santa. This was really lovely, and the girls were so pleased Santa could remember their names and ages.
A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

Then they were led into his workshop and were even allowed to choose a toy.

A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

We finished our day with a photo on a snowy sled ride. The whole experience was really magical. A trip to Blithbuty Reindeer Lodge is definitely going to become one of our Christmas traditions. We left full of the spirit of Christmas. A review of Christmas at Blithbury Reindeer LodgeDisclaimer: We were given a family ticket to the press day at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge for the purposes of this review.