You can only access Harrods’ Christmas grotto if you spend at least £2K

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If you want to enter Harrods' Christmas grotto this year then you have to spend at least £2000 in store, leaving many consumers far from impressed.The luxury department store announced that families who want to visit its Swarovski-sponsored Christmas Grotto , which features Santa must spend at least £2,000 in store
Reportedly the reason for the high price point is due to high demand and lack of time slots.

Visitors entering Harrods’ Christmas grotto this year need to have spent at least £2000 in store over the past year to have that privilege, leaving many customers unimpressed.

The luxury department store announced that families who want to visit its Swarovski-sponsored Christmas Grotto, which features Santa, must have spent at least £2000 in store between January and August this year.

When the grotto first opened in 1955 it was free – but this year parents will have to fork out another £20 per child as well as the minimum spend.

According to the Harrods booking page, the grotto is already fully booked.

One regular visitor accused the retailer of “behaving like the Grinch who stole Christmas”, for charging an exorbitant amount to enter the grotto.

Others took to Twitter to express their dismay.

In response to the backlash, Harrods announced it would allow 160 families to visit for free.

The families will be selected through a “wishing well”, with 10 names chosen per day.

However, The Guardian reported that wealthier families would still be given 96 per cent of the available time slots.

Running from November 15 until Christmas Eve, Harrods’ Secret Forest Grotto is described as “a snow-covered woodland filled with sparkling surprises,” with visitors promised an exclusive gift from Santa.

According to Harrods’ website, only those who achieve Green 2 Tier or above in the store’s loyalty program are “eligible for an invitation to (the) grotto”.

Members need to have unlocked the status by August 26 to be invited to the grotto — meaning they would have had to have spent more than £2000 in Harrods between January 1 and the cut-off date.

Visiting the grotto costs £20 per child, while adults and children under three can visit for free.

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