Trevena Cross re-opened Santa’s Grotto for the first time since Covid in December 2023, and welcomed more than 3,000 children on a magical journey through a winter wonderland, and to a special encounter with Santa himself. It wouldn’t have been possible to host the grotto without the support of The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, who the garden centre is delighted to be able to thank with £3,500 of the grotto proceeds, for their chosen local charities and causes.

Garden Centre Manager Nick Hann comments:

“We’re delighted to have been able to sprinkle some Christmas magic on the festive visits of families from across the county. It was particularly wonderful to see the reaction on children’s faces as they discovered Santa knew their name; and is so satisfying to know that we helped lots of local families create wonderful memories in the build up to Christmas. It was a huge team effort, from building the grotto through to seeing its purpose realised as families journeyed through the grotto to meet Santa. The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard was an integral part of the experience for visitors, and we’re pleased to be able to contribute to their admirable annual charity fundraising efforts with a donation of £3,500 from the grotto proceeds. Huge thanks to them”

President of the Helston-Lizard Rotary Club, Peter Mueller commented:

“This was a fantastic effort by several of our members, providing a memorable Christmas experience for the children of our local community, particularly after a three-year post-pandemic gap. The kind donation by Trevena will prove a significant boost to the Club’s charitable work”.

Cheque Presentation with Trevena Cross and The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard

L-R: Nick Hann, Garden Centre Manager; Peter Mueller, President of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard; Neil Cottingham, Fundraising Lead of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard.

The grotto ran across the first three weekends of December and for a few days in the week preceding Christmas. It employed a pre-booking system for the first year, so visitors knew what time to expect their grotto experience. Lots of free festive photo opportunities, a snow machine, and a 25 stall Christmas market at the weekends, complemented the grotto, alongside the garden centre Christmas shop and the thousands of Christmas trees, which found new homes through the months of November and December.