Christmas 2021


We are very excited to announce that Sail With Santa and Santa's Twilight Tales will be returning in 2021! As well as our ever-popular trips you will also be able to book a Zoom With Santa call for your family, school or community group, or order a personalised pre-recorded video message. Details and links to book can be found below:

For full details of Sail With Santa and Santa's Twilight Tales including how to book please click on the PDF. You can book directly through us with NO booking fee until Friday 22nd October. After this date sales will transfer to WeGotTickets who apply a fee of 95p per ticket. 

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Sail With Santa

Join Santa onboard the Community Spirit 2 canal boat for a festive 35 minute round trip along the canals of Tameside with songs, stories, and presents with Santa! Each ticket includes a snack for the children and a mince pie or cake and hot drink for the grown-ups.

Spaces are limited to 11 people per trip, and due to numbers being strictly limited by the boat's insurance, all passengers (including babes in arms) must purchase a ticket to be allowed on board. All tickets cost £9.50, regardless of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the Sail With Santa trips. The boat is fully accessible for both self-propelling and electric wheelchair users.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: In the event of ice on the canals, the Sail With Santa experience will still go ahead with the boat remaining stationary at Portland Basin.

Trips will run on the following dates:  (Times in red are now SOLD OUT) Remaining ticket numbers are shown as a guide only.


Saturday 4th December       10am          10.50am            11.40am              12.30pm             1.50pm           2.40pm

Friday 10th December             10am           10.50am (7)      11.40am              12.30pm             1.50pm (3)     2.40pm

Saturday 11th December     10am           10.50am            11.40am             12.30pm            1.50pm         2.40pm

Sunday 12th December         10am          10.50am          11.40am              12.30pm              1.50pm          2.40pm

Friday 17th December              10am (5)     10.50am (8)    11.40am (5)     12.30pm (5)            1.50pm          2.40pm

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Santa's Twilight Tales

Snuggle up with a hot chocolate and a blanket for 'bedtime' songs and stories with Father Christmas. You will spend half an hour on board our cosy canal boat in a small group of no more than 11 people with songs, stories and the chance to tell him what you would like for Christmas and to take photographs with him. With drinks and snacks for everyone and a present for every child, this is guaranteed to be a magical way to spend part of a dark December evening! The Community Spirit 2 is fully wheelchair accessible and has good heating so that everyone can enjoy the cosy atmosphere!

This experience takes place on board the Community Spirit 2 canal boat BUT the boat DOES NOT SAIL, and will remain moored at Portland Bain Museum throughout.

Spaces are limited to 11 people per session, and due to numbers being strictly limited by the boat's insurance, all adults and children (including babes in arms) must purchase a ticket to be allowed on board. All tickets cost £9.50, regardless of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Santa's Twilight Tales will run on the following dates: (Times in red are now SOLD OUT) Remaining ticket numbers are shown as a guide only.

Tuesday 7th December           4.30pm             5.15pm (11)      6pm               

Wednesday 8th December     4.30pm (11)      5.15pm             6pm (6)          6.45pm

Tuesday 14th December         4.30pm (5)             5.15pm (2)      6pm               6.45pm

Wednesday 15th December    4.30pm            5.15pm           6pm                 6.45pm 

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Family Zoom With Santa call: £20

This December Father Christmas will be keeping the magic of Christmas alive by checking in with children and their families in the run-up to the big day via live video link. For only £20 you can enjoy a personalised 10 minute live video call with Father Christmas!

*NO extra charge for more than one child in the same household.

*FREE links for parents or grandparents to watch from other houses! (Though Father Christmas can only talk to the children in one household during one 10 minute call; please contact us for prices if you would like a longer call for multiple households of children to join in the fun!)

Dates available

Monday 20th December (4pm - 6.45pm)


To book a call:

1. Click here to request a time slot. (Please state your ideal time and we will try to allocate you a call as close to that time as possible.)

2. We will email you back during office hours with a date and time. If this suits you, you will make payment and we will confirm your call, asking for some further information to pass on to Father Christmas. If this date and time is not suitable we will try to find an alternative convenient time.

3. Complete the short questionnaire to help to make your call as personal and magical as possible.

4. Sit back and enjoy your special family time with Father Christmas!

Class Zoom With Santa calls:
£60 for one class, plus £30 for additional classes

This year we want to help schools, nurseries and community groups to make Christmas as magical as possible for your children so we are offering whole class Zoom calls with Father Christmas! Our class calls last for 30 minutes and are interactive to make every child feel as involved as possible. Father Christmas will introduce himself and talk about the preparations that he, Mrs Claus and the Elves have been making ready for Christmas. He will tell stories and poems and lead the children in singing Christmas songs while he plays his guitar. 


The cost of one half-hour class call is £60, with additional classes costing only £30 each.  To enquire about booking a class or group call please email us.

Pre-recorded Santa message: £10
Why not order a personalised message from Father Christmas to play to your children in the run-up to Christmas make this year even more magical for your children? Your message will include your child or children's name(s) and some personalised details which you can send to us. Please note that we only have time to record a limited number of messages so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To book a message please email us.