We decided to kick off the run-in to Christmas by visiting the free (yes, free!) Christmas Post Office, in Sheffield City Centre (Chapel Walk).
For non Sheffield locals, Chapel Walk is about a 5-10 minute walk from the train station right in the city centre, very close to the Crucible and Lyceum theatres. As you can see the outside of the Post Office is beautifully decorated and not easy to miss!!
Inside, the children can write a letter to Santa (or parents can do it!) and the letter gets put in a post box and magically ends up in Lapland!
Spoiler alert: Then an adult goes to the magical elf and gets a letter from Santa to give to their child at an appropriate time. You might want the elves or another adult to keep your child occupied whilst you get the letter!!
The post office is quite small so there may be some queues, but the staff make sure there is enough room for everyone to do their letter so while there might be a wait, it is for a reason.
All in all, it will take about half an hour to an hour to do the letter and use a good quota of stickers to decorate the letter which leaves enough time to enjoy the other things in Sheffield City Centre.
There is a Christmas Market with possibly the largest Santa’s Grotto you have seen, Andy Day (him from Andy’s Dinosaur Adventure) is starring in Mother Goose at the Lyceum Theatre, the Wizard of Oz is on at the Crucible Theatre and you can play “Find the Elephant” at the Winter Gardens (that is my made-up game!)
For more information about all the other events in Sheffield, check out the “Alive after Five” website – http://www.sheffafter5.com
Now off to find a flying unicorn for Santa…..!!!
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