‘Twas the night before an Enchanted Expedition, and Santa’s elves were busy decorating Mount Cook with tinsel, twinkling lights and snowflakes. Carefully wrapped presents were laid under the tree, and Christmas dinner preparations were underway. Excitement was building!
On the afternoon of Saturday 8th December, families and friends arrived at Mount Cook from far and wide, greeted with hot mulled wine and berry juice. All the children were happy as they busily helped the elves to make Christmas cards, wreaths, candles and tree decorations. They also wrote a letter to Santa, which they would give to him later!
After the activities were finished, PeaksGo took the guests on a magical Christmas scavenger hunt at Black Rock. The children searched high and low for their golden token, all with great success! Their prize was a very special PeaksGo medal, which they all wore with pride.
When the adults and children returned from to Mount Cook, the Main Dining Hall had been transformed! Two long tables stretched down the hall set for a delicious Christmas dinner and decorated with party poppers, Christmas crackers and sparkly decorations. Everyone was a little damp and chilly after their walk, so more mulled wine and hot berry juice was served with chocolate chip cookies and tasty minced pies.
Suddenly the children could hear a noise from outside: “Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!”
It was Santa Claus! He had arrived and was waiting in his Grotto to greet all the children and their families. Each child received a present from Santa, because everyone had been so good this year…
The smell of roast turkey and stuffing filled the air, and everyone took their seats in anticipation for the long-awaited Christmas dinner! Plates were piled high with crispy roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, buttery vegetables, parsnips and cranberry sauce. Once they were finished, everyone was as stuffed as a Christmas turkey!
With bellies full and eyes sleepy after a busy day, the children settled down to watch ‘The Muppet’s Christmas Carol’ with a warming cup of hot cocoa.
The next morning, everyone tucked into a hearty cooked breakfast with bacon, beans and egg. After saying their “goodbyes”, some of the families headed home or travelled to Ecclesbourne Valley Railway for their magical Santa Experience.
Thank you to all the families who joined us for our Enchanted Expedition event. We hope to see you all again next year!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Mount Cook team x
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