A DAD was furious after forking out £42 for his daughter to meet Father Christmas as she didn’t even get a present.
Joe Skarz and his fiance Leoni Jackson took six-year-old Millie to see Santa as part of a festive “day to remember” – and they certainly won’t forget it, but for all the wrong reasons.
Dad Joe Skarz was fuming after paying £42 for his daughter to meet Santa – and she didn’t even get a present
The family had travelled to The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, as a special treat after last year’s Christmas plans were cancelled due to Covid.
But the dad, from Huddersfield, was “totally disappointed” with the “rip off” experience, adding that the lack of gift “ruined the magic of Christmas”.
Joe told YorkshireLive: “Every time I’ve seen Santa as a kid, one of the memories is that you get a gift.
“As parents, these moments are the ones you cherish for the rest of your life, seeing your little daughter with a present from Santa.
“To not have that opportunity was so disappointing, we felt really ripped off by the price.
“After last year, it just makes it even more frustrating.
“People save up for days like this because it’s such a magical day, or it’s supposed to be, but they ruined a bit of the magic of Christmas.”
The event was advertised as a “never seen before show” where families are “welcomed on a magical journey of storytelling and festive imagination”.
But Joe said the stories seemed to have been made up simply to waste time and had “nothing to do with Christmas”.
The trio had been grouped with four other families and forced to walk around in the freezing cold “pretending to be a train” and making “choo-choo sounds”.
Joe, a coach at Sheffield United, said only after 30 minutes were they allowed into a cabin where Santa was waiting.
But their guide then announced that while there were “many presents around”, they “wouldn’t be getting any today”, leaving the parents shocked.
The kids then had two minutes to tell Father Christmas want they wanted to open on December 25 before being escorted out.
Other parents also blasted the supposedly spectacular event as a “waste of money”, causing the organisers to cancel it “with immediate effect”.
A spokesperson said a statement: “We have listened to your feedback on the ‘Father Christmas comes to The Piece Hall’ event delivered by Sneaky Experience and we have regretfully decided to cancel the event with immediate effect.
“Those who have bought tickets for future bookings will be entitled to a full refund.
“We apologise that this performance has not met the expectations of some of our customers.
“We value your feedback and will always take it on board to help us develop improved experiences.”