Christmas 2020 was very different to previous years. Owing to the Covid-19 restrictions, Father Christmas (aka Santa Bob) was unable to appear at his usual grotto in Norwich this year.
However, I was able to offer a personal visit from Santa Bob and in all I visited 27 families. Santa stood on the threshold of each house and had a chat, a joke, a sing-song with the children who would remain inside their home. Here are some of the messages I received.
A huge thank you and well done! It was such a special experience, one that actually made me feel quite emotional because it brought a sense of reality back to this mad world at the moment. Such a wonderful memory! Thank you. A huge merry Christmas and here’s hoping a better year next year. Hayley
Brilliant! My son just said ‘best day ever’. Tracy
Thank you so much that was amazing! Best Santa around. Emma
Thank you so much. It was amazing. The little elf was fantastic too. Kat
Thank you so much, that was wonderful. M was mesmerised and I was thrilled with her reaction as it’s difficult to tell how toddlers will react. Laura
Thank you so much Bob. You simply are the best. You made it so magical for the girls and they absolutely loved it. So did I. Can’t thank you enough! Louise
Just want to say a massive thank you for last night. What a magical experience. The children were amazed and couldn’t wait to tell their friends this morning. When you sang with them it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you so much Santa Bob. Amy
Thank you Bob! You make a fantastic Father Christmas. You really made my daughter’s night. A very special moment! Stacy
Hi Bob. Jut to say a massive thank you for visiting last night. You certainly made the girls’ year. They absolutely loved it and as always you were very professional. Chris
Absolutely amazing! They were soooo surprised. You are really great. Thank you for bringing joy to them. Vicky
Thanks Bob that was magical. It’s the first year he’s gotten what Christmas is about and is getting so excited. You were brilliant. Louisa
A huge thank you to you and your marvellous Elf for visiting L last night. He loved it. You are the best and made a lovely memory for his first Christmas. Lesley
Thank you so much. The girls loved it and are still in shock now that the real Santa came to their house. What a magical night. You made their Christmas. Stacy
I’ve had so many lovely messages this morning commenting what a lovely evening and how fab a Santa you are. Everyone was very impressed by Santa and you totally made our evening. Thank you so much Santa Bob. Penny
Thank you so much. The girls absolutely loved it, as did we. What a fantastic Elf! Alex
I also teamed up with Banqueting Hire Events who built a sleigh so that Santa and his elves could visit a number of villages around the county. Despite the cold, and sometimes wet weather, we all enjoyed it and the reviews were excellent. Click here to see the video of me on the sleigh.
Hopefully, for Christmas 2021 I will be back in my grotto at Notcutts where I was in 2019. Click here to see me arriving back in November 2019.
Here are some testimonials from back then when everything was normal!
Alfie loved his visit with Santa this afternoon!! Santa Bob was awesome!!
Amazing day today and must say this is the best Santa I have seen. He didn’t rush and was so warm and friendly. Thank you ever so much
Being poorly didn’t stop our little dude seeing Father Christmas.. He was the real Santa as well! Benji loved it
Loved visiting Santa Bob yesterday!! Another memorable visit! Paisley loved him this year! Ran over and gave him a hug when we walked in
Best Santa Ever! Even found a little present for our baby (and told our eldest that mummy used to be a scallywag)! Am thinking he may actually BE Santa, he knows too much!’
‘We had the best time, I teared up a little as the kids were so happy and was magical. Thank you for remembering Sheldon and bun buns. You’re one in a million and a very special man making this precious magic for so many children’ xxx
‘If Carlsberg did Santa’s!! Merry Christmas Santa Bob. We love you’ xxx
Incredible visit today to see Santa Bob. Thank you once again for keeping the magic alive and making their visit so special.
We went today too!! Was amazing! So pleased we saw him!
‘Oh my you were absolutely AMAZING!!!! I just can’t thank you enough. She is so over whelmed and keeps saying “Was that just a dream? I can’t believe I met the real Santa!” Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving her back the magic of Christmas!’
Millies first trip to see Father Christmas and a very special one at that! Bob (or should we say, Santa Bob!) was our wonderful toastmaster at our wedding so it was really lovely to bring Millie to see him today. After the initial tears she did enjoy the lights in the grotto, and her gift!