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Christmas Wonderland Grotto

CLIENT Te Papa Tongarewa
THEME Wonderland Christmas Elves Workshop
VENUE Te Papa, Level 4

The Brief

To create an interactive grotto for kids blending the look and feel of the exhibition Wonderland and a Christmas Elves Workshop.

The Challenge

Visually blending the two worlds of polar opposite look and feel. Also, to create a space where kids can have fun and learn.

The Outcome

The grotto was designed as a garden with grass circles, Christmas trees and using the Wonderland colours of pink and white, with flowers scattered along a white picket fence. This fun space is furnished with wood and white furniture for little visitors to come and draw and create boxes in the Christmas spirit. Overhead, snowflakes fall onto the trees. The picket fence sparkles with glitter and winter frost.


Cut the Mustard is always a delight to work with. We are loving the Christmas Wonderland Grotto and have had so many fab comments! So far, four thousand of the little boxes have been scrawled on by kids!

Dave Treeby, Te Papa