We know that a visit to Santa in his Grotto is a much-treasured annual memory for many families. However, in 2020, Covid guidelines around events are ever changing, and at best this year we would only be able to offer a very distanced and ‘sanitised’ experience, which would surely detract from the magic for the children who visit.
This year we just do not feel that it is right to encourage crowds and the inevitable increase in social contact that this brings, for both families and our staff, and especially Santa and the Elves.
Therefore, we feel the responsible and sensible thing is not to have a Grotto this year. This was not an easy decision for us to come to, as we know many families have been coming to visit Santa here for multiple generations.
However, the Christmas Elves and Fairies, led by Christine, have been working extremely hard getting this years’ Christmas displays complete and the whole Christmas area is looking absolutely stunning.
We will also be running four private shopping evenings during November and December, where customers can come and shop without the crowds, in a safe and pleasant environment. Further details will follow soon, so please keep an eye on our website and social media feeds.
We looking forward to giving you the warmest of greetings at Monkton Elm Garden Centre this festive season.