I love holiday lights. I’m a regular at the local drive-through city or county lights displays. I drive around the neighborhood looking for houses with bright decorations. Love it. I haven’t seen lights as a drive-through destination here in England, and I’ve missed taking the kids out in pajamas with their snuggly animals, candy canes, hot chocolates, listening to holiday music in the car, talking over our favorite displays… When I heard about the Prinknash Bird and Deer Park Santa’s Grotto and lights display, it was a no brainer to book our tickets and head down one late December early evening.
When we first arrived, the sun was still setting, and we could get a good look around. It’s not every Santa’s Grotto and lights display that has peacocks roosting in the trees, swans in the pond, and free facepainting.
And a Christmas Fairy who hands out sweets from her Gypsy Caravan.
But isn’t most magic slightly spooky? I was very fond of the lights reflecting in the pond. Were we above water, looking down, or under water looking up?
Finally reaching Santa’s Grotto, in the Wendy House.
Santa gave presents to the children — a standard here — and we left gleeful and full of fresh air, dazzled by lights and ready for more hot chocolate.
Bye, Frosty! See you next year!