I LOVE all things Christmas and taking my two-year-old son to watch Santa’s Christmas Party at The Haymarket Theatre certainly gave me some festive spirit as the countdown to the big day is underway.

The 45-minute high-energy performance had everything you would want from a Christmas show, including festive songs, an elf, dancing, presents and of course, an appearance from the man himself, Santa.

My son watched in awe as Dotty the Elf set the scene on stage in front of a snow-covered house, opening acceptance letters to Santa’s Christmas party.

But not everything ran as smoothly as planned, and her celebration was in danger of being ruined by the mean Jack Frost.

There was plenty of audience participation, and my heart melted as I watched my son enthusiastically joining in as best he could with Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, much to mine and my husband's amusement.

He clapped along to the songs, pointed at all the sparkling lights and gave a big wave to Santa when he finally appeared on stage.

It was a joy to see him so engrossed in the show, relishing every minute, and, looking around I could see the other children were having a wonderful time too.

The highlight came at the end when Santa and Dotty came down from the stage to meet each individual child and give them a present.

The pair were engaging and charming, taking time to chat to each child individually, creating a lasting memory for all the families there.

My son looked slightly apprehensive as Santa greeted him, but he was delighted with his present - a book about a panda - and rewarded Father Christmas with a big 'thank you'.

He didn't stop chatting about meeting Father Christmas afterwards, and kept asking to see the photo of them together.

It was a magical way to start the Christmas celebrations, and a memory I shall treasure.