Santa’s grotto returns to Carnoustie

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SANTA Claus will be taking time out of his busy schedule in the run up to Christmas to meet children in his grotto in Carnoustie.

According to organisers Trisha Melville and Pauline Lockhart, the absence of a grotto in Carnoustie is a missed opportunity for children in the town.

The grotto is aimed at providing a cost-effective festive treat for children under the age of eight, although children of all ages (and adults too) are welcome to the Philip Hall.

Trisha said: “We wanted to create something local, and because of the current financial climate we wanted it to be an affordable family event.

“The grotto will be all decorated and Santa will be there to give each child a small gift, balloon and sticker.”

A Christmas craft fayre will also be held around the grotto, with 10 stalls selling everything from cheese to puppets and handmade cards.

This will give parents another chance to find a few more gifts on the list while their children enjoy a traditional festive pastime.

The grotto and the fayre will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, December 10, and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, at the Philip Hall, Dundee Street.

Tickets to visit Santa in his grotto are £3.50 per child, although entry to the fayre itself is free, and parents are free to take their own pictures of their child with Santa.