Billie Faiers’ fans left seriously unimpressed as she visits controversial Christmas grotto

Billie Faiers

Billie Faiers’ fans were left unimpressed when she took to Instagram to share some snaps from a festive family day out.

The former TOWIE star got her followers riled up when she posted a photo of her and husband Greg Shepherd and their two children Nelly and Arthur visiting Harrods’ Christmas grotto.

In the photo, the angelic looking blonde tots can be seen posing beside Santa Claus while perching on their mum and dad’s laps.

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Captioning the photo, the Essex icon wrote, ‘And so the Christmas festivities begin 🎄✨❄️🎅🏼❤️ ... Our first visit to Father Christmas this year ... (I know it’s early 🤦🏼♀️) ... The Shep’s are starting early 🙊👀🎄❤️😍.’

While some of Billie’s 2.1 million followers loved the Christmas-y snap, others were furious that the reality star had made a trip to the controversial grotto.

Harrods were slammed last week when it was reported that in order to bag a child a visit to Father Christmas at the Swarovski Crystal grotto, shoppers would have to spend a minimum of £2,000 in the shop on top of paying £20 per little one.

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The department store have since been accused of behaving like ‘the Grinch who stole Christmas’ for forcing customers to dish out loads of dosh or have kids miss out on experiencing the magic of Santa in store.

Heaps of Instagram users took to the comment section underneath Billie’s post, expressing their disappointment in her exclusive Christmas treat.

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Shame you have to spend £1000’s to be invited to visit,’ one wrote.

Beautiful photo but am very disappointed with @harrods that people who used to go can’t go unless they spend 1000£ or a celebrity. Would love to be able to take my great nephew like I did his dad when he was young,’ added another irritated follower.

Screw Harrods!!!! it’s disgusting they only allow celebs cos let’s be honest there the ones spending £1000 a ticket!! it’s a joke,’ a third remarked.

In light of the backlash, Harrods have now changed their policy, giving 160 families the chance to visit the grotto free of charge. The names of ten lucky winners will be drawn each day, offering them one of the 4,400 sought after ten minute slots.

Caitlin Elliott
Junior News Editor

Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for, covering all things royal, celeb, lifestyle, food, and family. Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).