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Introducing Papa Penguin & Baby Bleu...

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It’s nearly a year since Winter the reindeer became Santa’s little helper and over the last few months, Santa, Winter and the elves have been very busy prepping for Christmas.

Throughout the year, Santa receives hundreds upon hundreds of letters from children all over the world and he, with some help from Mother Christmas, reads each and every one of them twice! 

Now one of the letters Santa received was from a young penguin named Baby Bleu who asked Santa for his help to bring back the Christmas spirit to his Papa Penguin and the rest of their colony in the sub-Antarctic! 

Santa put on his big red coat, pulled on his black boots, packed his giant sack full of presents and kissed Mother Christmas goodbye. As the sun rose over the North Pole; Santa gave the directions to Rudolph and it wasn’t long before they started their journey to the sub-Antarctic. As they flew closer to their destination, Santa called out, “Rudolph! We are looking for a colony of King Penguins, keep your eyes peeled!”

Hear the full story of how Santa and Winter met Papa Penguin went to visit Baby Bleu and how they brought back the magic of Christmas to their new friends, at our very special 'Christmas Tale' story time during our Magic of Christmas events!

PLUS if you visit the Santa Experience during our Magic of Christmas events each child will receive their very own miniature Papa Penguin & Baby Bleu soft toy from Santa himself!*

More on our Magic of Christmas events is available here. 

*Subject to availability, supplement charge for secondary attraction which is not included in admission, terms and conditions apply.


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