Christmas drive-thru attraction cancelled after mum rages at being ‘cheated’

A Christmas drive-thru attraction has been cancelled after a mum claimed she were left disappointed by what she and her family found.

The Christmas experience in Limerick, Ireland, which cost €38 (£28.50) per ticket, was sold as a magical experience for families while abiding by coronavirus restrictions.

Mum Emma Brewer told Extra.ie she felt “cheated” by the organisers when she arrived on Saturday night.

She said: “Even the email sounded so magical with different stations like the gingerbread house and Santa’s workshop. I was expecting something… I was expecting lights, at least.”

She claimed she was met with five “cheap” gazebos with no lights or decorations and teenagers dressed as elves.

Ms Brewer added: “In fairness to the people in the tents, it wasn’t their fault, they were actually good. They could have done it up, they could have had reindeer or even Santa lit up outside or something.

“Just to be able to get out of the house with the kids and take them for a drive for 10 minutes and see something lit up — that’s all that I would have wanted.

“I really felt cheated, and I’m not one to complain about these things, but I just felt it was such a scam, and completely false advertising. To take people’s money for that and think that it’s okay is awful… I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

In a statement, Christmas Drive-Thru Limerick said it had to stop the event due to fears the workers were in danger from livid ticket-holders.

It added: “We cancelled this event due to the safety of our actors being compromised.

“Our excellent actors are worthy of respect and security.

“The angry and abusive customers, most of whom have yet to even attend the event, have and are still currently barraging them with mindless disrespect and hurtful words.

“They are also sharing photos of underage actors on social media which we feel should be removed immediately.

“These are very young actors who worked very hard and don’t deserve this backlash.”

The statement went on: “A full refund will be given to anyone that has a valid ticket for today and any upcoming dates.

“This will be done automatically and you will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite.”