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Santa's getting ready to arrive at Dobbies

12 November, 2015

Girls and boys who have been really good this year, don’t have to wait much longer as Santa is due to make his big arrival at Dobbies on Sunday 22nd November 2015*.

As always, Santa likes to arrive in style and will make his way to the entrance of the store with the help of a colourful, magical parade and this year, for the first time, he’ll be joined by Dobbie, a giant life-size reindeer in the majority of stores*! Since her debut last Christmas she’s gained quite a following; so it’s really exciting that she’s joining Santa in person, where she can, this year to help raise funds for Dobbies’ Christmas charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust.

Angela Murray, Community Connector at Dobbies comments: “Santa’s arrival is an event that families look forward to every year; its lovely to see familiar faces and of course welcome newcomers. This year is going to be even more exciting as many of our stores are joined by Dobbie, our lovely little reindeer. She’s very special to us here at Dobbies as she’s been working really hard to deliver Christmas magic in our stores and I’m sure she’ll be a hit with everyone who she's able to meet on the day.”

If you haven’t heard of Dobbie yet, it’s because she’s the forgotten tenth reindeer. Some of you may have seen her story on television or on the radio, but if not her magical story, voiced by Bernard Cribbins, will be aired at the grotto for children to enjoy.

Onlookers can see Santa arrive at 11am; Dobbies advise getting to the store earlier so you can be ready to wave him in. The big man in red will then be available for breakfasts and suppers with Santa and for visits in his Grotto at Dobbies until Christmas Eve. Bookings are available online and places are selling out fast, so be sure to book in advance via

For more information about Santa’s arrival at Dobbies please visit /whats-on/upcoming-events/santas-arrival/

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer. For more information about Dobbies Charity Partner visit

*Please note that Santa arrives at the Lisburn store on the 21st November 2015 at 11am. Santa arrives at all other stores on the 22nd November. Dobbie the tenth reindeer will appear at the following stores only: Atherstone, Dunfermline, Melville, Milton Keynes, Ponteland, Southport, Cirencester, Sandyholm, Ashford, Braehead, Lisburn, Gillingham, Chesterfield, Liverpool, Milngavie, Peterborough, Preston, Stirling, Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Livingston, Perth. All other stores will host Santa's arrival without Dobbie.   

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