Santa hauls in giant sackful of gifts for kids at Cardwell Grotto

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SANTA’S expecting to meet so many youngsters in his Grotto, at Cardwell Garden Centre this year, he’s had to haul in a giant sackful of Christmas presents.

After Rudolph landed the sledge at the garden centre, near Gourock, yesterday, Santa needed help from staff members Julie Gallacher and Laura McDonald to carry the massive amount of gifts to his Grotto there.

Now youngsters are being invited to have breakfast with Santa Claus and hear him tell them a special Christmas story.

Cardwell has arranged for Father Christmas to come along to their Patio Restaurant every Saturday and Sunday morning between 10am and 11am from November 24 right up to Christmas Eve.

The Breakfast with Santa event is hugely popular with youngsters and for only £12.95 per child, they can choose five items from the traditional cooked breakfast menu; hear Father Christmas tell them a story, take part in a Polar Express Treasure Hunt with the chance to win a prize, get a free carnival ride and receive a personally-labelled gift from Santa to put under their Christmas tree.

Cardwell’s retail general manager, Paul Carmichael said: “Children will be really excited at the thought of sitting down to have breakfast with none other than Santa Claus.

“It’s a fabulous way to get into the Christmas spirit and children will have a wonderful experience they’ll remember for a long time.”

Log on to to book your child’s place having Breakfast with Santa.

Cardwell will also host Santa meeting kids in their annual Grotto and Christmas Carnival.

The Grotto is open every weekend from now until Sunday November 27 between 10am and 5pm and from Monday, November 28 until Christmas Eve between 1pm and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

A visit to see Santa in his Grotto costs only £8.50, which includes a gift and ten per cent off Christmas purchases in the garden centre that day. Carnival rides cost £1.50 or five rides for the price of four.

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