You may think of Lapland and department stores when it comes to small children and Santa, but when you look at the snow-capped mountains in the Lake District, it becomes entirely believable that Santa might hide out here until he takes off on his annual sleigh ride.
Most of us here at Sally’s remember meeting Santa for the first time on L’aal Ratty – the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature railway. Santa still makes it up here every year, accompanying children, parents and grandparents on the 7-mile, 40-minute trip from the coastal village of Ravenglass. The trains steam over Barrow Marsh, past the old watermill, through the Miterdale valley, past Rock Point to Eskdale village, the soaring cliff-faces at Beckfoot Quarry, through Beckfoot Wood and on to the new visitor centre at Dalegarth, at the foot of the highest mountains in England. The 'Santa Express' event returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for 2015 and will run on the following dates: 28th,29th November 2015 and 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December 2015.
Santa is also booked for cruises on Ullswater, accompanied by a singing Elf. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ will host a special hour-and-a-half long Santa & Christmas Magic cruise departing from Glenridding pier on 12th December. Every child guest gets a great present, chosen by Santa, of course, but pre-booked from a long choice of gifts by mum or dad. There’s a colouring competition, pass the parcel and other games, and a singalong with aforementioned Elf. The price also includes mulled wine and a mince pie for mum and dad.
The Keswick Launch, which cruises around Derwentwater, is also hosting a Father Christmas Cruise four times daily on weekends up to Christmas. The cruise is ideal for all ages, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lakes, from piers just a short walk from the town centre. Each child gets a present.
Despite all these events, you will be pleased to hear that there are still gaps in Santa’s hectic schedule to spend weekdays checking lists twice, feeding up the reindeer and making the last amendments to a certain fur-trimmed costume.
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