REVIEW – Trip to see Santa, West Princes Street Gardens

The team at Edinburgh Spotlight love all things Christmas and have already covered the Santa Train, the Santa Run, the Reindeer Garden and Santa at Jenners to name a few.

Today we visited again, with some younger members of the extended Spotlight team to see Santa himself feed his reindeer (every day at 1pm and 4pm).

Santa and his reindeer

Santa and his reindeer

Santa appears from the rear of the Gardens (near the bridge to the rear right of Ross Fountain) and rings his bell, shouting ho ho ho and meeting all the children (young and old) who have come to see him.

One of the Spotlight team didn’t want to shake his hand, so Santa asked him for a High five!  Santa is down with the kids.

Meeting Santa

Meeting Santa

He continues to make his way towards his post box where he picks up all his mail before feeding his reindeer.  He enlisted the help of the younger members of our team who held his sack for him, whilst he collected his letters.

Santa's helpers

Santa's helpers

Every child there is welcome to help put the letters in, but some of them just stood with their mouth wide open, unable to speak.  Santa then moved carefully into the reindeer enclosure, taking extra care today to not slip in the snow.

Santa with the reindeer food

Santa with the reindeer food

Hungry reindeer

Hungry reindeer

After he has fed the herd, he takes a seat within his igloo (indoors and heated) and began to tell some stories and sing carols with the children.  Santa really was good with the children and delt with the heckles extremely well.  One of todays’ was ‘what happens if you’ve been bad during the year, do you not get any presents?’  Santa replied that he is always good and swiftly explained that the elves get him a present.

Story time

Story time

Well worth a visit and best of all it’s FREE.  Santa is there every day until the 23rd December as are the reindeers and igloo.

Santa below the Castle

Santa below the Castle

Suitable for disabled ?    Yes, santa is on ground level all the time.

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