Last weekend we went on an adventure to the North Pole! We hung out with elves and made wrapping paper in the Gift Wrap Room, decorated gingerbread cookies at the Gingerbread Bakery, made a stuffed animal in the Toy Workshop, had story time with Mrs. Claus, and visited the Toy Inventor. We even had a personal visit with the big guy himself!
North Pole BC is a memorable Christmas adventure full of traditional charm and magic. We enjoyed the numerous interactive scenes and activities, all the sparkling lights and decorations, and plenty of photo ops. All the North Pole elves were helpful and friendly, and they really went out of their way to make every child feel special.
We started with a train ride, then we stopped at the Gift Wrap Room where Tee and Kay both made their own wrapping paper using stamps and crayons. Tee’s pretty excited to use hers to wrap her Christmas present for Kay! Next we visited the Gingerbread Bakery where Tee decorated gingerbread man cookies with icing and candy-coated chocolates. I’m not usually a fan of gingerbread, but even I have to admit these were really tasty. The girls couldn’t wait to eat theirs all up!
At the Toy Inventor’s, Tee got to check out Santa’s sleigh bells and touch a magic Christmas cheer ball (sometimes known as a plasma ball). We spent quite a bit of time in the Toy Workshop. Kay gazed in awe at all the traditional toys and tried to make off with a miniature rocking horse. Tee helped stuff a giant teddy bear, and then she got to make a small one to take home. She wants to give it to Kay for Christmas.
When we first arrived at North Pole BC, I filled out a form with my girls’ names, ages, and interests. This info was whisked away to Santa by behind the scene elves. When they saw Santa, both the girls were scared at first, but Santa had reviewed their info beforehand and chatted with Tee about Dora the Explorer and her preschool until she was happy to sit on his lap for a picture. She was pretty thrilled that Santa already knew her name. I honestly didn’t think he’d convince her to cooperate, but he was the best Santa I’d ever seen. He had such a nice way with kids. Look! She’s actually smiling!
In past years we’ve gone to the regular mall Santa, and it’s usually a long, long, long wait (up to an hour!) and no time for the kids to actually visit or get comfortable with Santa. You’ve got two minutes to get in, deposit your crying offspring on Santa’s lap, snap a picture, and then get out for the next kid. At North Pole BC, we got to spend almost 10 minutes with Santa in his private sitting room. The photo elf made sure she got a good picture of Tee, and both my girls got wrapped presents from Santa. Tee received a hand puppet, and Kay got a wooden puzzle – real presents, not dollar store junk! (And Santa has a real beard too!) Unfortunately, Kay would have no part of it. Next year, I hope!
Regular North Pole BC entrance tickets only include access to visit North Pole BC. There is a free mall Santa available just outside North Pole BC on a first come first served basis, but if you want a personalized visit with Santa like we had, splurge on the VIP tickets. VIP tickets let you avoid the line-up and give you a scheduled time to visit with Santa in North Pole BC plus a gift for each child.
North Pole BC is a wonderful annual tradition – we’ll be there next year for sure!
About North Pole BC
This is North Pole BC‘s fifth year of operation, and their first at this indoor location. North Pole BC is accessible by transit, or a quick, easy and direct drive from Highway #1, just north of Iron Worker’s Memorial Bridge, right inside Lynn Valley Centre. There’s plenty of free, well lit parking for both cars and buses.
There are various ways to personalize your visit to North Pole BC, ranging from admittance only to the full North Pole Experience with scheduled VIP Santa visit. Book your visit online. Tickets start at $13.95 per person, and VIP tickets start at $17.95. Children under 24 months old are free. They do offer a group rate of $12.95 per person during school hours. Open select days through until Christmas Eve.
Win Tickets to the North Pole!
One lucky reader will win a family pack of 5 tickets to visit North Pole BC on Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 pm. You must be available to attend on this day and time. Entries will be verified.
UPDATE! North Pole BC has graciously upgraded the prize to VIP tickets. The winner’s children will receive a special personalized visit with Santa just like we did!
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Disclosure: I received tickets for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.