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People have said to me in the past that we’re a really ‘outdoorsy’ family, and i’m like, no way! I’m the first to admit that I love nothing better than a beautiful coffee shop and the chance to enjoy some coffee and cake! Are we outdoorsy……? We both have mainly outdoor jobs, working shifts in all weathers and we’re both volunteer lifeboat crew! (okay maybe just a little!)
But anyone who knows us really well will know that we have a bit of a thing for lighthouses. Chris’s grandfather was a lightkeeper and from his close relationship with his grandad Chris has a real passion for lighthouses and his enthusiasm has carried us along with him, we got engaged at the top of a lighthouse in County Donegal and Hannah sure knows a lighthouse when she sees one!
When you get up in the morning and the note in the advent calendar says ‘VISIT SANTA’……. how exciting is that! (and that’s just me getting excited!)
Back in August we booked Santa’s Polar Express at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle. I had heard endless good reports about it and thought we better see what we were missing! We weren’t disappointed!
We arrived at the Polar Express Station (The Percy French) received our tickets and awaited the next departure….. we boarded the train and Hannah was enchanted with the lights and sounds as we headed off on our magical journey to visit Santa. We disembarked outside the grand entrance to the hotel which looked magical against the night sky and headed into the beautifully decorated foyer of the hotel and followed the elf to Santa’s workshop.