We got a sneaky preview of the Centre MK display whilst it was being put up – a black curtain was put up around the area but we just headed up to the mezzanine in John Lewis for a birds-eye view. (By the way it’s quite lovely up there. Nice place for a coffee – much quieter than the 2nd floor café!) Anyway we wanted to see it in detail and what’s on offer for children. The white bubble domes are a grotto experience, there’s a train, a carousel and craft stalls. All of those you pay for. There are a few more animatronics to see compared to last year. We saw people taking selfies. Obviously quiet during term-time weekdays in November – and cheaper too. If you’re thinking of doing the grotto (craft experience, meet Santa, gift) it does get more expensive as time goes on – £6.50 now rising to £7.50 during school hours in Dec or £8.50 during peak times and weekends and the days leading up to Christmas. Plus £1 booking fee online. Train (longer ride than last year) and carousel both £2 per person. For more details have a look at the Centre MK website.

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