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Kids Grotto Go to Dobbies to See Santa

20 December, 2013

This year Dobbies Garden Centres is set to welcome well over 40,000 children to meet Santa in his magical Christmas grotto, with some stores reporting over 120 little ones through their doors in one day.

As the man in red double checks his Christmas list with all the good boys and girls at Dobbies, attention turned to what Santa himself would like for Christmas.

In a twist on tradition, Dobbies’ festive helpers have asked children what gift they would give the big man to say ‘thank you’ for all his hard work.  And, it looks like the friendly, festive fella is in for a treat! Topping the list was a delicious Christmas dinner, much needed after his hard work on Christmas Eve.  A ‘holiday in the sun’ came a close second, followed by a ‘fluffy onesie’ and a ‘giant Lego grotto’. 

Some quirky gift ideas were also on the list, including creative ways to ‘pimp his sleigh’, with children choosing a scooter, roller skates and a sports car, so Santa could travel in style.  To keep him company in Lapland, the kids thought he would like a pet, opting for hamsters, puppies and horses, which were the most popular options to say ‘thank you’.

Philip Lawler, community champion from Dobbies said: “It’s been great welcoming the thousands of children through our doors this Christmas to meet Santa and enjoy our festive grotto. We hope that the little ones continue to share in the magical Christmas atmosphere this weekend and I look forward to hearing more of their wonderful gift ideas for Santa!”

Dobbies Christmas grotto has been open since 17 November and is open until 24 December, with tickets costing £6.

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