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Santa stops off on the Isle of Wight

Mon 25 Nov 2013

Santa stops off on the Isle of Wight

If you're getting a ferry over to the Isle of Wight with the kids this December, why not see if you can time your visit to coincide with that of everyone's favourite gift-giver of the festive season?

Santa Claus will be touring a number of popular tourist areas all over the island, having kindly agreed to spend his busiest time of the year here, and it's good he can be in more than one place at once because he has a very full schedule.

Busy Bee Garden Centre

Head along to the Busy Bee garden centre and get to grips with some of the stunning decorations you can purchase for your home while the kids ask Saint Nick for the objects they want to unwrap on the big day. The grotto will be open every weekend until Christmas, from 8am until 5pm.

Arreton Old Village

The wonderful Arreton Old Village sports a number of fascinating festive attractions including locally-made goods that are absolutely ideal for Christmas presents. But the attraction for the children will undoubtedly be the opportunity to get their hands on an early Christmas present from good old Father Christmas himself. He'll be here every weekend leading up to December 25th.

The Needles Park

At the Needles Park, you'll find Santa's wife, elves and Christmas workshop all set up and waiting to greet families from November 30th. There's no need to queue as the kids will be entertained in the playpen if they have to wait to see Saint Nick, who will be arriving every day from 10:45 in a horse-drawn carriage. Admittedly not his usual mode of transport, but there will be free rides for the little ones.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Santa does love to travel, it seems - so much so that he'll be climbing aboard the Isle of Wight Steam Railway on weekends from December 7th running all the way up to Christmas Eve. If you're good, you're sure to get a gift. As well as the festive atmosphere, there's also a stop-off at Havenstreet to experience a fully-fledged Christmas market.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801664802-ADNFCR

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