Frequently Asked Questions

Your snow questions answered.


We can’t guarantee a natural beautiful white Christmas here in the good old UK but don’t let that stop you bringing a white Christmas to your attraction If you are new to the wonderful world of snow hopefully these Frequently Asked Questions will help but if you have query we haven’t managed to answer here please give us a call or email us we will be more than happy to help. Why should I add snow to my attraction? The addition of snow really transports your visitors into the world of Father Christmas they imagine, see in films and read about in books.  walking into an area filled with snow brings that extra sparkle of Christmas magic and will definetly enhance your attraction and encourage photo opportunities. What’s the difference between settled snow and a snow machine? A snow machine will ‘make it snow’ from above.  This kind of snow is usually made of a foam that will disappear within a few minutes.  Settled snow is a paper based product that once applied settles on almost everything it touches and gives the look of waking up to a blanket of snow outside, settled snow does not melt or vanish quickly like a snow machine. Can I have both? Yes you can however as settled snow is paper based and snow machine fluid is ‘wet’ we would suggest you use exterior snow which sets to allow the fluid snow from a snow machine to land on it and not ruin the effect . What is it made of? Our snow is a light and almost fluffy paper based product, with the exterior snow also having a glue element that will harden to allow it to be used externally. Both interior and exterior snow are:
  • Ecologically safe
  • Biodegradable
  • Non flammable
  • Non Hazardous
  • Pose no danger to the environment (including surface water, river or ponds) or the ozone layer
Exterior snow is not suitable for use on live trees, plants or lawns as may cause plant deterioration.  For lawn application we will lay a protective covering onto lawns etc prior to snow coverage, this will be included in your quote. Can visitors touch it? Yes.  Interior snow is safe to touch, make snow angels, throw and have fun in.  Exterior snow will harden to allow it to be used externally.  It is not suitable for consumption. Can I use it inside? Yes, interior snow can be used for inside space.  Please ensure your area is dry and not open to the elements, exterior snow can be used inside if your area is prone to leaks, wind etc Can I use it outside? Yes, exterior snow has a glue element that hardens making it suitable to be used outside.  Please note you may need more than one application dependent on the timescale of your needs and the weather conditions. What if it gets wet? Interior snow may clump or move around if it gets wet.  Please ensure you check your space for rain, damp and/or leaks before choosing interior snow. Exterior snow hardens to allow it to be used outside. Can I use it on real trees? Yes – both interior and exterior snow varieties can be used on real cut trees. Interior snow can be used on living trees. Exterior snow is not suitable on living trees, as it has a glue element it may damage the tree. Can I use it on artificial trees? Yes both interior and exterior use are suitable for artificial trees. If your artificial trees will be outside please note they must be galvanized trees suitable for exterior use.  Non galvanized trees will rust in bad weather, the rust will show through the snow causing it to turn orange. Please note brand new artificial trees must be ‘fluffed’ before the snow team arrives.  Fluffing trees is very time consuming, non fluffed trees will be charged additional fees. How long will it last? Interior snow coverage will depend on the design of the area, for example if your snow covered area is on a scene that doesn’t allow visitor access and is undisturbed it will last for the duration of your experience. If your area allows visitor access you may require a top up during your event run. Exterior snow has a glue element that hardens after 2 – 3 days and is weather resistant as long as you do not experience incessant heavy rain and/or excess wind (storm like conditions).  If the area is relatively sheltered either via tree cover, surrounding buildings or similar your snow should last for the duration of your event. Should your area be open to the elements and/or exposed to very bad weather or heavy rain you may require an additional covering. How is it applied? Snow is applied via a spray operated only by the Snow Magical Team only, machines not available on hire. What will I need to provide? The Snow Magical Team will require power with a regular UK 3 pin plug socket and access to a water tap/hose.  If your tap is a fair distance away from the area please have a long hose extension available. Snow takes approx 2 – 3 hours to dry, during this time the area must be closed to the public and events team due to the possible inhalation of dust.  Anyone working within the vicinity of the area during application, during the following 2 – 3 hours (or until the dust has settled) after application and/or during removal will be required to wear a dust mask. Is it easy to clear away? Interior – Sweep up and clear snow into recyclable bags and recycle.  Whilst the product is biodegradable avoid pouring product into drains and waterways.  When clearing away ensure you wear protective masks and do not inhale. Exterior – On surfaces that are not sensitive to water remove by running a stream of water over the site.  Lawns will require pre laid matting, to dispose of accordingly, remove matting and rake or vacuum up any remaining snow, small white particles will degrade. When removing all snow products ensure your team wear masks and/or appropriate clothing. How much does it cost? Due to the vast variations of areas that snow can be used for, your quote will be based on the size of the area you would like covered. For a quote please get in touch with:
  • A description of the area you would like covered,
  • Interior, exterior, both
  • Approximate size
  • Number of Christmas trees
  • A photo of the area if possible
  • Anything else you think we might need to know
As grotto designers and builders we understand it can be difficult to be 100% accurate on your measurements before your experience is built but please provide the information to the best of your knowledge, adjustments can be made at a later stage if needed. How do I order a sample? If you would like to order a small sample of snow simply send us an email requesting a sample along with the name and address to address it to and we will pop one in the post asap for you. Contact Details: Phone: 075 4172 1422 Email:   Snow Magical is a part of Artifex Designs, Click on our logo to see other services we offer including Mural, Scenic Artwork and Special Effects, Airbrushed Portraiture, Halloween Events, UV 3D Mazes, Immersive Christmas Attractions and Santa’s Grottos.