Santa Claus is coming to town

I know Christmas might look a little different for most of us this year with no pantos or big Christmas shopping markets. I have hunted out all of the Santa experiences running in Tayside this year. Of course, things might still change which means some planned events may still be cancelled but these are the events currently selling tickets for Christmas 2020.


Santa on the bus can be found at Dundee Museum of Transport.
This event is pre-booking only, tickets are £8 for children and accompanying adults are free.
Ticket price includes admission to the museum, hot drinks, a small gift and a personalised letter from Santa will be sent to your child, to arrive at a later date.

Max numbers per booking: 2 Adults and 3 children. Tickets available here


Santa and his Elves will be making a visit to North Grange Interiors to read groups of up to 6 children and 1 adult a story and ask their Christmas requests. Each child will receive a small toy, a scroll and sweetie from Santa.

Tickets are £7.50 per child and this event is raising funds for charity. Tickets are available to book Via North Grange Interiors Facebook page.



Explore the winter wonderland and visit Santa’s Grotto at Dobbies, Monifieth. Each child will be welcomed by Santa and receive a special gift. Tickets are £11.99 and toy selections are displayed at the time of booking dependant on age. Tickets are available to buy from the Dobbies website.

Breakfast with Santa is also on offer at Dobbies, Monifieth. This includes breakfast for each child followed by fun activities and a gift from Santa. Breakfast for each child costs £13.99 and the menu is available to pre order from here.


The Piperdam Grotto is back this year. Each 10 minute visit costs £8.95 per child and this includes a visit to the Festive Trail. Once you have visited Santa search for key Xmas markers throughout Piperdam before collecting your prize from the main reception.

Group sizes of up to  2 adults and 4 children (6 people in total) from 2 households are welcomed. Tickets can be bought over at

Peel Farm are working hard to bring back their Makaton friendly Signing Santa this year. Details are being finalised but follow them over on Facebook for updates.



While Santa and his elves are busy preparing for Christmas the fairies at Brechin Castle Centre have been lighting up the skies. Enjoy the light projections throughout the fairy trail as they compete to be the star at the top of Santa’s tree. Tickets are £10 each (under 2’s free) and there is limited availability left. Brechin Castle Centre have asked only those in Angus travel to this event due to COVID restrictions. Limited tickets remain here.

Santa won’t be visiting Murton Farm as he has to keep himself safe for delivering all of those presents! But he has popped in to leave a gift and his elves have been busy making up activity packs for your child to enjoy as they explore the Nature reserve.

Pop your letter to Santa into the special post box at the grotto and every child will receive a personalised response.

Tickets for this event are £5.50 per child and can be purchased here

Angus visitors only while Angus remains in Tier 3.

A maximum of 6 people aged 12+ will be allowed into the grotto with the children to collect their gift.



Leave a wish on the wishing tree while you explore the Christmas Gift Shop at Glendoick Garden Centre. If you wish to visit Santa in his Christmas Sleigh tickets cost £6 per child and can be purchased here. This is a charity event and every child will relieve a Christmas gift from Santa. Each visit is 5 minutes long and a maximum of 2 children can attend per slot.



Pitlochry Festival Theatre are hosting a wonder-filled Christmas experience within the theatre’s 11 acre campus. This event promises to be a unique, sparkling, magical adventure to remember, brimming with story, music and surprise, in a fully interactive, audio-visual journey to captivate all the senses. Travel through three joyful, festive-fun locations – through the Magical Garden, stepping through a life-sized Advent Calendar, then drop in to visit Santa, Mrs Claus and their jolly elves – with a present for each child.

Standard tickets are £15 each and available at


Thanks for stopping by to read my round up of Christmas events in Tayside in 2020. I hope it’s been helpful. Each venue will have it’s own COVID secure measures and you should check with the event provider what these are prior to travelling.

If you know of any other events in the area which should be featured please pop me a message over on Instagram – Summer Discovers