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.
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!
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!
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.
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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