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Being an Elf is better than visiting Santa for a Family Christmas day out!

A Family Christmas Day Out is a perfect opportunity to share fun times and create some magical moments. But when Christmas gets stressful when the presents are not wrapped, and it all feels like those threads of Christmas magic are getting loose and about to unravel, booking a Christmas experience can fall to the bottom of the list. For Santa, it is always the elves that save the day, and here's why being a little bit more elf this Christmas might be the answer for you.

A Family Christmas Day Out is a perfect opportunity to share fun times and create some magical moments. But when Christmas gets stressful when the presents are not wrapped, and it all feels like those threads of Christmas magic are getting loose and about to unravel, booking a Christmas experience can fall to the bottom of the list. For Santa, it is always the elves that save the day, and here’s why being a little bit more elf this Christmas might be the answer for you.

Elf: The ultimate in Christmas joy

The classic Christmas movie that everyone knows at least one quote. It is a cultural titan when it comes to the season to be Jolly…and no one is more jolly than Buddy. He is a human living in the elf world. And although it may be awkward due to his titanic height (compared to his little “buddies”) living that life has made him the happiest, most optimistic human of all. He doesn’t just want to believe in the Christmas spirit he KNOWS it is real, and he loves it. At Elf School, the binary opposition of this huge human and tiny elves makes me not only laugh but appreciate that he doesn’t see himself differently from his peers. Even when he fails he cannot stay unhappy.  thrust into the cynical human world, it’s this enthusiastic nature that wins over even the grumpiest of Christmas grinches. I love it when he is in Elf school, the clever contrast between a huge human and tiny elves makes me not only laugh but appreciate his relentless cheerfulness regardless of the mistakes he makes.

Will Ferrel as Buddy in Elf. Sat in Elf School. Books feature Sneaky Dog Escapes logo.
Elf, Will Ferrell, New Line Cinema/ Courtesy Everett Collection Alamy

Santa Clause: How to plan the perfect Christmas

One of my family’s traditional watches at Christmas time is Santa Clause. In this fantastical misadventure, an average man accidentally becomes Santa Claus (after accidentally removing the present Santa from the err, living.). The premise might be whacky however the soul of the season shines bright. Once again, it is ultimately an Elf that saves Christmas. Bernard is the Head Elf, and just like parents planning Christmas activities, he has to be organized and focused to fulfil family Christmas dreams. Without him, Christmas magic would certainly be lost. If only we all had an Elite ELF Squad to help us get all our festive preparations complete!

David Krumholtz as Benard the head Elf in the film Santa Clause. Sneaky Dog Escapes coloured candy cane in the background.
Santa Clause, David Krumholtz, Walt Disney Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Outlaw Productions, Buena Vista Pictures

Elf movies last the test of time, not because they are some Lapland equivalent of Amazon, but because of their character. Time and again, Elfs save Christmas due to their plucky optimism, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills. At Sneaky Dog Escapes, you and your family can become elves and save Christmas for yourselves with our family-friendly Christmas escape rooms. The perfect chance to create some Christmas magic and some magical memories this festive season.

Why being a little more Elf is the perfect Christmas day out

Being an elf means being happy. It means being optimistic and it usually means saving Christmas, through actions big and small. Christmas is always under threat. At Sneaky Dog Escapes, you can face the final test to graduate Elf School and make it onto the Elite Elf Squad and officially become Santa’s little helpers. Retrieve Santa’s missing items that he forgetfully left in the sitting room. If the parents discover them in the morning, Christmas magic might just be ruined forever. So bring along some “buddies” to get in that Elf can-do mindset and find all of Santa’s belongings…before it is too late. Just remember to work together, and stay optimistic! You will have to solve puzzles designed to test the Elf mind and attitude, check the fireplace for clues, and decode some letters to Santa.

Imagine visiting Lapland and being fully immersed in a winter wonderland! Picture the kids petting the reindeer and helping elves create toys at Santa’s workshop. Our delightfully playful ‘Save Christmas’ family escape room brings the North Pole to you through the wonder of virtual reality.  Save Christmas is a spectacular, immersive experience in virtual reality is all that and more. VR means that an escape room becomes an escape ‘world’ as you visit Santa’s workshop, a snowy Grotto, and light the special North Pole Christmas tree. If that is not Christmas magic, what is?!

Child in virtual reality excited seeing a big Christmas tree in the vr escape room Save Christmas.

A Family Christmas Day at Sneaky Dog Escapes

So it is true, being an elf would be amazing. At Sneaky Dog escapes we offer two great Christmas-themed family-friendly escape rooms in Southampton that make the perfect family Christmas day out.  Christmas experiences that become magical memories! Graduate ‘Elf School’, ‘Save Christmas’ and do it all in the nick of time with a smile on your face and snow in your hair. Which we have learned is the elf way.

Want to become an Elf this Christmas? Find out more on our Christmas page.

Elf School:

2-6 players, suitable for any age (under 7s play free). Prices start from £20pp

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Save Christmas virtual reality escape adventure:

2-4 players, suitable from 7+ (under 10s must be accompanied by an adult). £26pp

Do not need to hear any more? Book your family Christmas day out at Elf School or in Save Christmas.

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