This was held tonight at Powercourt House. It was the launch night of Santa at Powerscourt which we know is a big event and a popular Santa. But oh dear... this was a disaster for many kids present.
As a grandparent i was delighted to bring my grand- daughter to sing with her drama group to herald Santa' s arrival. There were nice touches with hot chocolate and sweets and bunnies and an owl to entertain the kids. However it was soon apparent after Santa's arrival down the stairs and a quick hello to the kids near him that that was it for most of the kids.
As the kids all lined up to follow Santa to his grotto, two "ladies" blocked the entrance and loudly explained ( to the wide eyed KIDS who had sung their hearts out ) that it was a media event beyond the barrier and asked them to stand aside as they ushered in about 15 kids, and guarded the area to keep the other distraught KIDS out. This meant that the kids in the red t- shirts who had travelled to Powerscourt to sing for Santa were not allowed to go to his grotto!!!
They were neither sympathetic or apologetic to the kids who rather inconveniently did not understand that there were time constraints for Santa, and that these were kids of invited journalists!!! ( I really don't think so!!! )
I am not convinced there was any more than one journalist at this event. The photographer was employed by Powerscourt.
My youngest grand-child understood this as not being allowed to see Santa... As for time constraints...Santa could have seen the singing kids as a group. There was only about ten of them.I can only view this as a nasty experience. Santa is for all the kids....very very poor Avoca !
This was very cynical and thoughtless.
This is a shop with loads of sweets etc...at their disposal...however these kids just wanted an audience like the rest. There is no excuse for kids leaving crying their eyes out...!!! One particular girl had sung her heart out and was thrilled to have met Mrs Claus earlier on... The wide eyed innocence of the enraptured little girl, who went home crying.
I have been going to Powerscourt for years... I don't want to go back anytime soon!
SEASON OF GOODWILL....?????
Avoca please remember you are in trade... You have a lot to learn it would appear!
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