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27th November, 2018

So the arrival of the real, actual Santa in Dalkeith Park Country is this Saturday, December 1st. Before he heads into his magical Grotto in Restoration Yard, to meet with all your children this December, we caught up with him on all things Christmas. From what powers his sleigh to how he decides who’s on the ‘Naughty’ or ‘Nice’ list, he gives us the inside track on his busiest time of year 

Santa, how do you decipher what list a little boy or girl is on when it comes to the Christmas Eve delivery schedule? I have my special elves who watch all the children throughout the year who fill out my list. Then at Christmas time I check it twice to make sure there is no mistakes and I will put ‘P’ or ‘C’ next to the names of the children to note whether they are getting presents or a piece of coal on Christmas morning.

What do you say to all those families coping with those naughty Elves on the Shelves this December? First off, I’m so sorry! I have to send the trickier elves somewhere every year as they misbehave so much at the North Pole. We are too busy at this time of year for the chaos they cause. So I give them the job of checking on children directly to make sure they stay on my ‘Nice’ list.

What kind of magic is it that powers your sleigh on Christmas Eve? The magic power that makes my sleigh fly on Christmas Eve is all the children smiling and being happy. Smiles are the magic ingredient that makes my Sleigh fly. The more children smile the faster I can fly.

What are your favourite types of presents to give? I like to give presents that will help children learn and have fun at the same time.

How do you get around the world so quickly? This is something I get asked all the time. It is easy for me to get round the world in one night because time flies with me.

How do you keep the reindeer quiet during your deliveries? The reindeer have been doing the job so long they know they have to be very quiet.

What’s your favourite snack to be left? Cookies and milk is my favourite.

How do you steer through bad weather? If it is really foggy Rodolph helps me out. Your children will tell you how.

When do you take your holidays and where do you go? I take my holiday normally in July and I like going to somewhere warm.

When do the elves start preparing for the next Christmas? The elves have Christmas day and Boxing day off then they start preparing for the next year.

That’s all we got from him before Santa in Dalkeith Country Park had to shoot off to check a few different lists and make sure that his SantaNav is working. He’s looking forward to seeing everyone in his Grotto over the coming weeks. We are going to enjoy every minute of the magic and we can’t wait for all of you to enjoy it too. Memories in the making.

PS. He is the real deal – because yes we do still believe. Do you?


PPS. You may have missed out on booking time with Santa but there is still plenty on Dalkeith Country Park to bring joy to your Christmas check out our events here