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Saskatoon's First Christmas Themed Escape Room

  • Oct 09, 2019
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Hooray! We finally got to cross something off our Escape Room bucket list! We have always wanted to build a Christmas themed escape room but we never had the space or the timing wasn’t right. However, this year, everything came together just right! We spent a lot of time working through various senarios on what to build for our game. Some of the senarios we considered were:

  • The Naughty List (break into Santa’s office and take your name off his naughty list)
  • Last Minute Christmas (You’ve left everything to the last minute again and you only have an hour to get ready for Christmas or Santa will pass you by)
  • Save Christmas (Santa has lost his map and it’s up to you to find it and save Christmas)

We had actually written out a completely different game for our Christmas room when we were looking online for inspiration for puzzles and we came across the poem, The Night Before Christmas ( the poem is public domain so it was available to use). It’s always been a favorite! Then we thought to ourselves, wouldn’t this make a great game? Before you know it, we were writing a completely new game and we LOVED it! So The Night Before Christmas was born. We set straight to work building the game. We really wanted to immerse ourselves in the Christmas spirit while building the game so I’m sure people were wondering why we were humming Christmas carols to ourselves in September. The puzzles are fun and all themed around the story. We wanted to make sure the game was fun for everyone at any age so we kept things really easy. We rated it a difficulty level of 3/10. 

Are you familiar with the poem?

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So up to the housetop the coursers they flew

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly

That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

 

We hope that you will get the opportunity to play our Christmas game, the Night Before Christmas before it’s gone. It’s available for booking from October 10, 2019 to January 12, 2020 and is located at our location at 805 48th Street in Saskatoon.

We are also taking bookings for Christmas Parties at Breakout Escape and Game Lounge. In fact, some dates are already fully booked so don’t wait to get your team booked in as soon as possible!

You can find more information here:  https://www.breakoutsask.com/pages/pricing-and-packages

  • Original Location: 805 48th Street, Saskatoon --- The Game Lounge: 103 2750 Faithfull Ave, Saskatoon

  • 306-384-0014