Located about an hour out of Montreal, the Village du Père Noël has everything that an outdoor winter park could need to entertain kids aged 2-9 for hours. After paying the pretty reasonable entry fee, families are welcomed with signs of reindeer and elves as well as bouncy bubbly park employees dressed in fanciful Christmas outfits, fitting for people working in Santa's village.
The first thing we saw was the tubing hill and that's immediately what caught the kids' eyes too. Along the way, they got distracted by the train so they had a ride on that before proceeding along the snow-covered path to the bottom of the tubing hill.
Austin was a bit hesitant and as usual hung around at the bottom to watch the others have a go before getting up the courage to get on himself. We'd been observing for a few minutes and realised that when an adult rode with a child they went faster and most ended up falling out of the tube into the snow at the bottom when they hit the wall of snow meant to stop them. The kids who went on by themselves had a much gentler finish. So I convinced Austin that I didn't need to go with him, especially since I hadn't brought myself a change of clothes! Once he decided to go for it, he grabbed a tube, hauled it up the hill and got himself into it ready for the attendant to push him off the ledge. I have to say that this little boy of ours isn't afraid of a little rush once he's decided something is worth trying out. He went down another two times before we were able to get him to move on to the next attraction!
This Santa was the best Santa I've ever come across (I had to be careful about how I phrased that around Austin otherwise I'd be subjected to more questions!). He spent a good 10 minutes with the kids, talking to the them and telling funny stories, entertaining children and parents alike. When he asked Austin what he wanted for Christmas, Austin got all tongue-tied, but Santa didn't get phased and went on to tell another story before coming back and asking Austin again, by which time Austin had gathered himself and was able to ask for his dollhouse with people and furniture to go in it!
Check out the website - it's the same Santa! http://www.noel.qc.ca/en/