Santa grottos setting up shop across the Capital

Santa is gearing up for his busiest time of year. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Santa is gearing up for his busiest time of year. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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THERE might be 31 days still to go until the jolly old man dressed in red wriggles down our chimneys and leaves an array of fabulous gifts, newfangled toys and, of course, an abundance of socks.

But Father Christmas is already delivering his festive cheer to Edinburgh’s boys and girls as he sets up home in his makeshift grottos in shopping centres and venues across the city.

Even as adults, we can all still remember the feeling of excitement as we queued to meet Santa and tip him off about what presents we would like to see before us on Christmas 
morning.

And now we can watch with delight – and a small amount of jealousy, too – as our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews get to experience the magic of the grotto.

Santa arrived at Dobbies – one of the most magical grottos in the area – last weekend and tickets to meet him in his spectacular winter wonderland are selling fast.

Elliot Johnston, general manager of Dobbies Edinburgh, says: “We’re delighted that Santa has, again, chosen