Believe in Santa

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Best of all and my friend Ryan and I attended this wonderful Christmas play!

By Luca Giannini, aged 7 years

My Christmas list to Santa is written (in my best writing) and I know I’ve tried passionately to be good this year, so mummy said Santa would most probably come at Christmas. However I wanted to be sure, I wanted to sit on Santa’s knee, tell him what I want, explain that I’ve been so so good and make sure that he knows where I live. When I was younger, I used to visit Santa’s grotto at the local shopping centre, however this year has been the best yet – because mummy took my friend and I to see the magic of Santa at a proper show. Santa told us all about his magic and some of the challenges he has getting down chimneys, and then I got my chance to speak to him properly. He said he’s definitely coming on Christmas Eve, so everyone can feel super excited.

If you’ve been good this year too, then how about you ask your mummy, daddy or somebody nice to take you to see the Santa show? It’s called Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls and it’s brilliant. Normally I start to get a bit fidgety in my seat when I go to the theatre because shows can be a bit to long, however this one was perfect; it’s made by Santa, especially for children like us, so he knows exactly what we want and like.

Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas. Credit@Craig Sugden

Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas. Credit@Craig Sugden

In this show, it’s Christmas Eve and whilst most children are hanging up their stockings, there are a few boys and girls who are doing other things! They believe Santa is fictional, and with Christmas morning fast approaching, the cheeky elves Charlie and Kara must help Santa prove that he is indeed real, or the children may be challenged to get their gifts.

However this is an extraordinary show, everyone in the audience gets a chance to bring the magic alive. The little girl, Emily, needs to believe in Santa, so he whisks her up to the roof and shows her how magical he is. First he gives her a gift of bubbles and while she’s blowing them into the chilly night, Santa casts a magic spell and suddenly bubbles were floating and popping all over the theatre. Santa was so cool, he wanted us to jump out of our seats to catch and pop every bubble we could find, I laughed so much at that. Then Santa showed us how to make paper snowballs, but the elves just joked that they were fictional, so what did Santa do? He made REAL snow appear. It was chilly and soft and it piled down on top of us making our heads and clothes sparkling white.

Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas. Credit@Craig Sugden

Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas. Credit@Craig Sugden

Best of all (and my friend Ryan and I loved this part), Santa got stuck in the chimney because of his wobbly belly, so the elves gave us all snowballs, Santa cast a spell on them and we had to throw them at him time and time again until he became slippery and wriggled free. I laughed and cheered, it was the best time ever, actually, I’d like to watch it over and over again.

I got to whisper my Christmas wishes into Santa’s ear at the end of the show and he gave me a little gift and promised he would definitely come to my house on Christmas Eve. Whoo-hoo, I was so so happy.

Go on, ask your mummy if you can see Santa’s show too. It’s on lots up until Christmas and you can find out more at:

However bring your snow gloves, you’re going to need them for all that snow!

What have you asked Santa to bring you for Christmas?


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