Cornwall, Jenson, Parenthood

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

This is already my favourite Christmas ever and the big day is still 11 sleeps away.

Jenson is three and a half, so it’s the first Christmas we’ve really been able to talk about what’s going on and he’s so excited. Last week my mum and I took him to see Father Christmas at the Rock Pool in Mousehole and we blew his little mind.

I thought long and hard about where to see Father Christmas this year as I only wanted to do it once. I didn’t want to confuse Jenson with multiple visits and I wanted to make it memorable. Last year we went to Trevena Cross, which was great but the queues were massive. When I found out that the Rock Pool, one of my favourite places in Cornwall, was hosting intimate meetings with the big guy over hot chocolate, I knew I had to book a place.

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

The decorations in the cafe were beautiful and it was like arriving into a grotto. Jenson had his own place setting and it was lovely to have such a personal experience.

There were two other mums and three children at our session, so I’ve only shared the few photos which don’t feature the faces of the other children in the background.

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

It was so exciting to watch Father Christmas arrive at the cafe. Jenson was sat right by the window and was amazed.

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

He came over and sat with Jenson first, talking to him about what presents he’d like. He was really lovely and patient. Considering how shy and reserved Jenson usually is, it was so heart-warming to watch.

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

The sessions are £7 per child and they receive a present, plus a hot chocolate and biscuit. Jenson’s present was a Christmas cup filled with candy canes and chocolate coins, so he was a very happy bunny.

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

The cookies were made fresh that evening, with tasty jam hats. Look how cute!

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

Every second was a moment to be treasured and I can’t praise the staff at the Rock Pool enough. I’d definitely do something like this again but I reckon it’s impossible to top!

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

Check out that massive dollop of clotted cream with my mince pie! Worth popping in this Christmas just for that!

Hot chocolate with Father Christmas at The Rock Pool

One of my favourite parts about the Rock Pool is the hut outside. It looked so magical that we had to pop inside for a photo. It’s not often that I get a photo of myself with Jenson – and I think it’s the first one of the three of us together. It’s my new favourite photo.

I don’t know who’s more excited for the next couple of weeks – me or Jenson!

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