Visiting Santa in Brechin

Visiting Santa has been part of our Christmas tradition since having kids.  Reimer and Ruby still believes that Santa does exist and seeing him is like the best time of their lives.  This year we wanted to try something different, a Santa grotto which is not from the usual Garden Centre or Shopping Centre which we have tried the last few years.

We’ve managed to find one which I think they both would like.  It was a Santa Special in Caledonian Railway in Brechin.  Steam Train and Santa is just a perfect combination, what else can you ask for?  Although it’s around 3 hours drive from where we are, we took the plunge as it’s part of the fun.   Of course, I have done some preparations on how to have a safe and stress-free winter road trip with kids.

The kids doesn’t know yet where we’re going that day, we thought giving them a surprise adds more fun and excitement.  We’re up early, had some heavy breakfast.  With tummy full, we’re all ready to hit the road.   We arrived slightly earlier from our scheduled train trip, so we had a wee wonder around the train station and had some cup of tea in their cafe while waiting.

Reimer and Ruby at the entrance
Reimer and Ruby at the entrance

Upon riding the train, the kids got overly fascinated seeing the steam coming out from the train during the journey.  However, as soon as Santa came out and started greeting the kids, the mood inside the carriage got all lively with kids full of beans.  Reimer and Ruby’s face and eyes lit up with astonishment as they didn’t expect it coming.  Santa’s elves were with him too carrying the bag full of gifts.   I don’t know if kids got excited meeting Santa or the gifts they get, hmmm!

Santa came out to meet the kids
Santa came out to meet the kids
Ruby being held by Santa
Ruby being held by Santa
Reimer with Santa
Reimer with Santa

Of course, meeting Santa won’t be complete without him giving festive gifts to the kids.  Kids were given presents appropriate to their age.  Reimer and Ruby can’t anymore wait til Christmas time so they opened their gifts straight away so as the other kids.  Reimer got a Hot Rod Racer while Ruby got a small puppy stuffed toy which they’re both so happy.  Mums and Dads can indulge of a miniature wine too which was given for free.  So everyone was happy!

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Reimer was over the moon with his Hot Rod Racer

 

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Ruby cuddling her new toy puppy

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When we arrived at the other end of the train journey, we had a quick stop where we went off briefly and had took some photos of the kids in front of the steam train.   They are just lovely to watch with their Christmas jumpers too.  The entire train journey only lasted for an hour which was sufficient.

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Before we head back, we popped by at Brechin’s Castle Graden Centre to have a slightly late lunch then before we began our road trip home.

Overall, it was a different Santa experience with the kids.  Nothing can beat being in an old steam train, definitely a classic and one of a kind adventure.  I love the thought of meeting Santa whilst on the train.  It’s like killing two birds with one stone especially that Reimer is a big fan of trains.

Where did you visited Santa this year?

How was your kid’s experience meeting Santa?

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15 thoughts on “Visiting Santa in Brechin

  • They are so adorable in their jumpers, I love Reimers it’s so cute. I took my children on steam train ride in Winter and my little boy was amazed. We haven’t visited Santa this year, but we are eagerly awaiting his arrival! Kids are so excited!!!!! Thanks for sharing #mg

    • ReimerandRuby

      They loved being in steam train and best of all meeting Santa! But yes, they’re also excited for Christmas, looking forward as what gifts Santa will bring for them. Have a lovely Christmas to you and to the entire family!

  • Oh how fun! My big boys would love that!! -and when I mean big boys I’m including my husband 😉

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yep, my husband loved the steam train too… he kept looking at the coals, lol

  • They look so excited! We always used to go to Brecon Mountain Railway when we were kids to see Santa and it was great fun. My other half used to go to the one in the Forest of Dean, so we’re hoping to take our daughter to that one next year 🙂 #TheBabyFormula

    • ReimerandRuby

      I think it’s more fun going somewhere different to visit Santa, more exciting as it includes adventure, that’s what we’re trying to do this time.

  • What a fun day out for you and your family. No wonder the kids enjoyed themselves so much. That’s such a nice experience (and a lovely surprise) to be on a steam train and to have Father Christmas come out.

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  • They look so excited and like they both had a really memorable fun day! It really is brilliant that they can go on a train and see santa, and get a present too. They really look like they do love the presents which is very sweet. Thank you so much for sharing Cheryl, I look forward to your next post #TheBabyFormula

    • ReimerandRuby

      It was all they ever want, being on a train, meeting Santa and best of all the presents. Lucky kids I suppose! Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comment too!

  • Wow how magical! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  • Wow this is so cool!!! What a magical idea. I’m going to remember this for next year. They look so happy. It’s lovely they get a gift too. I’d be happy with a glass of mulled wine haha. Thank you so much for linking your adventures to #whatevertheweather. xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      The kids loved it, being on the train and meeting Santa, just magical. I just took the wine but it’s my hubby who drank both, hehehe. Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comment

  • Wow! I’m amazed you went all the way to Brechin to see their Santa train! We don’t tend to go any further than hour for kids activities. I’ve never been on the Brechin train, but we went on the Santa train at Bo’ness and Kinneil railway the year before last and it was great too. Trains are definitely a big hit here too and I know my boys would love to see Santa again on a steam train. Your lovely kids seem to have had a great time and got some fab presents from Santa. Excellent. That you got wine too!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • ReimerandRuby

      It’s nice to know Bo’ness and Kinneil railway do Santa train too as we’ve not tried it before, we’ve visited the place once for a day out with Thomas to surprise Reimer and it was amazing. Maybe, one place to visit for this year’s. Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comment

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