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Wednesday, 8 December 2021

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The doors opened, for the first time, at Santa’s Magical Kingdom on Thursday 15th November truly marking the countdown to Christmas. Every effort was made to ensure that we all had a fabulous Christmassy time. The event was even attended by a good handful of celebrities and their children including Chrissie Swan, Kimberley Davies, Patti Newton and Billy Slater.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom is essentially, an awesome circus show, with some extra Christmas cheer thrown in for good measure. Before entering the Big Top itself you are greeted by a mini arena choc-o-block with activities, rides, and food. So ensure you arrive in plenty of time to get round. Popular items were the Santa “meet and great” which had a longer queue.

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Santa’s Sleigh takes centre stage. Whipping up the riders into a state of frenzy by demanding shouts of ‘ho-ho-ho’ if they wanted to go faster, this one is definitely for the slightly older kids. The huge slide just outside is also so much fun. Be prepared to puff and pant all the way to the top (or maybe that was just me!), but the ride down is definitely worth it! There are a sprinkling of rides for tots too – including a little train ride near the reindeers – with friendly operators who can’t do enough to ensure the kids are having a good time. There is a fair amount for little ones to take in – including a story time area with Mrs Santa Claus and a decorated area that blows out bubbles as snow, which many adored. The obligatory show bags for $10 are on offer too as are photos with Santa that start at $19.95.

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The circus show itself, from Silvers, is traditional wholesome entertainment. The acrobatics headed by Rosita Gasser were a highlight with many ‘oooh’ moments, and Gypsy Gomez with all those hula hoops was certainly an act to behold. The Pheonix Riders make a spectacular conclusion. Never do you get a truer sense of this as a proper working circus than when you come out from the Big Top, and then head for some food only to be handed fairy floss by one of their star performers. These hard working, talented people put on a great show. Perfect for getting the whole family in to the Christmas spirit. Purchase your tickets here so you too, can enjoy the magic.

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Emma Perry is a freelance writer, reviewer, and founder of the popular My Book Corner, a children’s book review and price comparison website. A Melbourne dwelling book lover, she can be found buried under a mountain of books.

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