Mini Wonderland aims to save Christmas for MK’s children

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A group of parents is looking to save Christmas for the children of Milton Keynes after the Winter Wonderland event turned out to be a disaster.

The five-strong group, known as Mini Wonderland MK, are hurriedly rallying around to create an event for Saturday which will enable people to skate at MKICE with a proposed Santa’s grotto complete with elves and two Santas.

Eleanor Armes is one of the parents behind the event. She got involved after her own awful experience after visiting Winter Wonderland with her 11-year-old son, sister and four-year-old niece.

She said: “We were told they had four Santas at the start of the day and all four eventually walked off. The ice rink was just plastic sheets kept down with screws, one of which my niece cut her hand on.

“The whole thing was a waste of time and money and my niece was left asking her mum why Santa didn’t want to see her, it was heartbreaking.”

The group, all sharing their disappointment, agreed to meet up on Facebook and thrashed out plans in a city pub.

Eleanor said: “The response we have had has been incredible. We are trying to set this up to try and bring Christmas back for the children of Milton Keynes.

“We don’t want to announce too much just yet but we are hoping to get a Santa’s grotto with elves and two Santas. If people would like to help us they can call me on 07557796003.”

MKICE has said it will honour any pre-booked skating sessions booked for Winter Wonderland.

Circus Fantasia, currently operating at Dobbies Garden Centre. has said it will offer people who have pre-booked for the Winter Wonderland circus a discounted ticket price of just £5.

Search Mini Wonderland MK on Facebook for more details.