Santa’s Wonderland at Wayville – 2021 Review
By Brooke Hendry
If there’s one way to add the Christmas Cheer into this year, it’s a visit to the always magical Santa’s Wonderland!
This is the Christmas event in Adelaide that you truly don’t want to miss. Santa’s Wonderland know how to do Christmas right – I mean, you really can’t go wrong with unlimited amusement rides, ice-skating, tobogganing, bouncy castles, carnival games, live stage shows, roving entertainment, showbags, an activity trail, selfie stations, and even SNOW! And, of course, the chance for a chat with Santa and Mrs Claus.
3 hours of unlimited fun!
Santa’s Wonderland was a huge hit with our kids aged, 1, 6, 8 and 10. There was so much for them to see and do, and they were buzzing with excitement the entire time. You really do get so much value out of your 3 hour session.
Not once will you hear the words ‘I’m bored!’
They honestly loved everything that it’s hard to choose our stand-out highlights. Tobogganing was probably their favourite activity of the day, along with riding the reindeer, the rollercoaster, the dodgem cars, seeing Santa and having fun posing at the numerous selfie stops.
Most of the activities, rides, and entertainment are included in your ticket with unlimited access. The only things you need to pay extra for will be if you choose to have a go at the carnival games, want to buy food or drinks (you’re also welcome to bring your own food and drinks), want to buy a showbag or any of the available merchandise, or if you want a photo with Santa.
Here’s what’s included in your ticket:
- 3 hours of unlimited rides (think dodgem cars, ride-on reindeers, a dragon-wagon coaster, flying planes, and more)
- Ice skating (with blue skating aides you can sit on or push a child around on)
- Inflatable jumping castle zones
- Numerous selfie stops for photo fun
- A free activity trail show-bag (with stops where the kids can scoop up reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve, mail a letter to Santa, and meet Mrs Claus, have a photo with the Ice Maiden and more), and
- Live Christmas stage shows and roving Christmas characters
Photo with Santa
If you are wanting a photo and chat with Santa, you can purchase this at the same time as buying your tickets online.
We didn’t purchase a Santa photo when ordering our tickets, but thankfully we were still able to nab a spot on the day – but there weren’t many left. So we do recommended pre-booking this with your tickets to make sure you don’t miss out.
You can also see Mrs Claus and have a chat and take your own photos with her at no extra cost.
What’s new in 2021?
If you’ve been to Santa’s Wonderland in the previous years, you can still expect to find all the same great rides and activities that the kids love. There’s also been a few extra additions/changes this year, including:
New Live Stage Shows
There are various live shows throughout your session. In 2021 there’s new entertainment from your favourite Christmas characters to enjoy.
New Selfie Stations
There’s a range of selfie stations to be found throughout Santa’s Wonderland. They provide a fun way to make your Christmas memories. We especially loved the new Giant Gift for selfie fun!
We did notice that there weren’t any of the Christmas Pageant floats at our session, which have been an addition in previous years.
We love how it was set up – spaced-out to perfection
To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about going as I was concerned about social distancing measures, with everything going on in that sense at the moment. But I was pleasantly surprised, and once we stepped in those worries disappeared. With Santa’s Wonderland being located in the roomy Jubilee Pavilion, this has allowed for all activities and rides to be well spaced-out from each other.
Strict capacity limits also apply. So, even though you can book your tickets at the door, it’s highly recommended to book online as to not miss out.
Before you enter, you must check in and sanitise. Hands are also required to be sanitised before going on any rides or partaking in any activities, and all rides were wiped down after each use.
Wrapping up your session
The main live Christmas stage show came on near the end of the session. This provided a great way for our kids to ‘wind-down’, to sit and watch the show with all the Christmas characters – have a few laughs, and really get excited about Christmas coming.
If your children would rather get in a few more rides during this time, then they’re still more than welcome to.
Upon the end of the session, the snow falls again as you leave. So you don’t have to miss out, if you didn’t arrive at the opening time.
A few of our tips for the day –
- Wear shoes that are easy to get on and off because of ice skating and bouncy castles. Plus wear comfy shoes yourself as you’re likely to be on your feet and walking around for the 3 hours.
- Take change of clothing for kids in case they get wet on ice, or consider doing the ice skating last.
- Get there early to check in before your session starts so that you get the snow falling at the entrance at the start of the session.
- Santa’s Wonderland is located in the Jubilee Pavilion, with entrance via the Rose Terrace Entry – Kidman Park Gates (near the Ferris Wheel).
- If you’re wanting a photo with Santa, you’re best to pre-book this when purchasing your entry tickets online as to not miss out.
- Most activities and entertainment are included in the ticket. But should you wish to play the carnival games, have a photo with Santa, purchase food or drinks, showbags or merchandise then you will need to pay extra for these.
- QR check in, social distancing, and wearing of masks (for all over 12) is required.
You’re welcome to bring your own food and drink. There are also multiple options available to purchase food and drink at the event. You must be seated while eating or drinking.
We went to the first session and had no trouble finding free parking on the street, However, that did result in a bit of a walk to reach the entrance, which is now located at the Kidman Park Gates (at the Rose Terrace Entrance, closest to the Ferris Wheel).
You can find much closer paid parking via Rose Terrace or the North West Carpark (entry via Leader St).
It’s best to try and arrive around 30 minutes earlier than your session time. This will allow time to find parking, as well as to make sure you experience the opening of the red curtains, revealing falling snow and all the magic of Santa’s Wonderland. Audio and visual screens are accessible so you can still see and hear the show and hear Santa arriving on the roof!
We 100% recommend Santa’s Wonderland
It is truly value packed and you will not be disappointed. Our kids had an absolute ball and we could have easily stayed longer than the 3 hours – there’s just so much fun to be had!
If there’s only one family event that you plan on attending this December, then Santa’s Wonderland is THE ONE to choose.
Session times are run daily:
- 10am – 1pm
- 2pm – 5pm
- 6pm – 9pm
All photos by Brooke Hendry for Play & Go Adelaide December 2021
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