HUNDREDS of children turned up at Baytree Garden Centre at Weston on Saturday to see Santa’s arrival and the official opening of his grotto.
Youngsters who take their turn for a visit with the great man this year will enjoy a train ride with new animations to look at as they wait for their chance to speak to Santa, who will reward them with a present and a little live Christmas tree to take home and plant.
Lots of children and adults also took a ride on the Santa bus, including 15 who had won a Spalding Guardian competition to take the exciting journey and be the first to see this year’s grotto.
General manager Nigel Wallis said the double-decker Santa bus – donated by Fowlers Travel of Holbeach Drove for the second year running – toured around Spalding and Peterborough spreading Christmas cheer and reminding children to be good.
Santa was on the bus with one of his reindeer helpers and Nigel added that festive cheer was kept up on the bus with the help of sweets, drinks and Christmas carols provided by elf (and local musican) James Lesage, who also used a megaphone to announce Santa’s arrival at Baytree.
Santa has five real reindeer at Baytree and children can help them build up strength for December 24 by feeding them a carrot – the money raised will go to charity.