Hayley narrates Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve in Beverly Hills began at the Beverly Center. We arrived early to miss the last minute shoppers and it was nice to be able to walk around feely rather than being pushed forward in massive crowds! We had a look around Macy's which was a bit of a dissapointment (think Debenhams meets Bon Marche) and then moved on to Bloomingdales which was better, more like John Lewis. We had intended on taking the kids to see Santa at this mall but $20 for a photo seemed pretty steep (no gifts here!!) so we decided to take another trip to the fantastic Grove/Farmers Market to meet him there instead.
When we arrived at The Grove we made our way straight to Santa, the queue was already long and Santa was currently taking a break so we weren't too sure how long we would have to wait. When we were at the Grove previousley the wait time was four and a half hours!
After a few minutes in the line Santa returned from his break and the line moved forward. We took turns to wander off and shop so the boys wouldn't be too bored(during my walk about I saw Naomi Watts!) and in the end I think we waited about an hour and a half. Santa looked amazing, Max looked concerned! I still think he isn't a fan of Dress Up! Souvenier photo collected we headed off for some more lunch at the Brazilian BBQ.
At 4pm I was booked to go Horse Riding in the Hollywood Hills, I have been looking forward to this for so long. I was given a Skewbald horse to ride called Kennedy and I was lucky to be the only person on the ride(besides the guide of course!). We set out in the hills and literally ride all the way up, on the edge! It was pretty scary at some points but the view of L.A is just insane. By the time we got to the top where the Hollywood sign is, the sun was going down and it was the most beautiful sunset. As soon as the sun goes down it gets dark REALLY quickly so we rode back in almost pitch black! I saw a few Coyotes on the way down and I am pretty sure I heard a snake hiss! It was an amazing experience but I am not sure I would do it again, being so close to the edge of a sheer drop was a bit much at times!
By the time I had finished we were all starving but being Christmas Eve we were aware that some places would be shutting early. What we weren't prepared for is just how few would still be open! In the end we found a drive through for the kids and we ended up having a Domino's Pizza which we ate on the balcony of our Hotel room. Merry Christmas!