A couple of weekends ago, we piled into the car and headed up to Pond Hill Farm for their holiday festival weekend. The weather was very cold and windy, but no snow! They had hay rides, which we refrained from because it was so cold, playground for the kids, DIY ornament station and of course, Santa! The barn was all decked out for Christmas with a little cabin inside where Santa met with the kids.
I expected a ton of people to be there, but I was surprised when there wasn’t many people there. I think it had much to do with the weather, especially being that most everything was outdoors. There was heat in the cabin with Santa and that was a welcomed surprise! When we got there, Santa was outside the barn visiting the horses and as soon as Arlo saw him, he ran straight over to him and gave him a great, big hug! James and I were shocked because Arlo is usually pretty hesitant when it comes to new people and new places. It was the sweetest thing! I had already prepped myself for him crying or refusing to interact with Santa, but I was so glad he wasn’t afraid! We headed into the barn and were the only ones there at that point, so the kids got to spend quite some time with Santa, chatting and laughing. They both got candy canes too! (which Arlo lost within steps of the entrance of the barn)…and this is where I’ll overwhelm you with photos, because I couldn’t pick just one!
Arlo was so funny, when smiling, he was making his pirate face and saying “ARRRRR!!” He was so calm though and just so excited to sit with Santa! Lark was so excited too, telling Santa she wants a Vampirina house. Arlo told Santa he wants a pumpkin, which he’s been saying for weeks! What can I say, the kid loves Halloween!
We hung around in the barn for a few minutes, so the kids could eat their candy canes without crazy gusts of wind in their faces! Arlo’s didn’t last long as he dropped it somewhere in the leaves outside the barn, so we went and asked Santa for a new one, of course.
We then headed outside and the kids wandered around the playground for a bit. It was freezing, so it didn’t last long, and we headed inside. They have a small cafe on site, along with offerings from a local winery and brewery. James and I sampled some drinks while the kids enjoyed lemonade and some chips and salsa. I mostly tried sparkling wines and ciders (delicious!), while James tried out some beer, including one calledCINDERELLA PUMPKIN PILSNER…cutest beer name ever! The kids had already eaten lunch, but we couldn’t resist trying out some food! They had a rhubarb salsa that was to die for! We were glad they had the option for them, since their food allergies often prohibit them from eating most things off of restaurant menus. James and I shared a parmesan-crusted grilled cheese with some amazing tomato basil soup! It was nice to warm up and grab a snack. Santa came in at one point to have a snack himself and all of the kids around were just besided themselves. I asked Lark what she thinks Santa eats and she said “Cookies & Carrots!” I think she forgot who the carrots are intended for 😉
The kids danced around to Christmas songs and warmed up a bit before heading back out to check out the Christmas trees. I love real trees! I’ve had a fake tree now for some number of years, but I’m starting to think I’d like to go back to having a real tree. They’re just so magical!
It was such a fun day and Pond Hill Farm did an amazing job with this event! We like to go at Halloween time as well, when they have hay rides and a pumpkin patch and lots of fall fun. They really do a great job! Sorry for the photo dump, I just couldn’t help but share them all! Scroll down for a video from our day!