CHILL Factore has hosted the UK’s first ever panto on snow.

North West Theatre Arts Company’s performance featured all the best characters from the history of Panto and festive tunes including It Feels Like Christmas, Holy Night and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

The panto was launched to coincide with the running of Santa’s Grotto, inspired by the fairy-tale Hansel and Gretel in the form of a delicious gingerbread house– the only Grotto in the UK on real snow.

Morwenna Angove, Chief Executive at Chill Factore, said: “We believe this is the first pantomime set on real snow ever to be held in the UK and it was a really magical experience. The snow crunched and the lights sparkled amongst the Christmas trees – the Panto was an enchanting and authentic Christmas experience like no other. Of course, set on our slopes the classic pantomime phrase “he’s behind you” might apply to a skier or snowboarder.

“We wanted to give everyone the chance to see the Panto, including Santa who skied in to the Grotto just last week. He and his helpers love having his Grotto on the snow – it reminds them of home!”

There were two showings of the Snow Panto. A morning performance held on the slope in Mini Moose Land and an afternoon performance in the warmer climes of the Alpine Village.