FAMILIES set off on the first vintage sleigh rides of the season at Coventry Transport Museum last weekend, writes Shnae Harrison.
A vintage, Narnia-inspired winter wonderland with real Christmas trees, a walk-through snow tunnel, snowmen and illuminations greets visitors.
Children can take part in craft activities and post their letters to Santa before ‘departing to Lapland’ where they can see Father Christmas in his grotto.
Youngsters can choose a present from Santa’s toy shop and there are plenty of family photo opportunities with two of the museum’s vehicles – a pink Barbie car and a vintage miniature fire engine.
Among the first to visit the festive fun adventure were Forest Friends Day Nursery based in Coventry’s Canal Basin.
Staff and pupils dressed for the occasion in woolly hats and Christmas jumpers.
Nursery manager Alanah Gorman said: “The children are all really excited about Christmas and it has been a fantastic experience for them – they loved every minute.
“There’s so much to see.”
The festive event has been enjoyed by families for 65 years with generations coming back to visit but this is the first time it has opened since the pandemic.
Enjoying the event BBC Coventry and Warwickshire presenter Vic Minett with her 17-month-old son Henry said: “It’s magical. I went on the same sleigh with my nan and my mum – and it hasn’t changed. That’s what is so beautiful and special about it.”
Tickets are £10 per child which must be bought before visiting.
The rides run until December 23.
Covid-19 measures are in place, including face masks and hand sanitiser.
Click here for more information and to book.