Christmas 2020


This Christmas we are working with Santa Claus once again to make Christmas just that extra bit magical for your children! Sadly in order to keep everybody safe we won't be running our hugely popular Sail With Santa and Santa's Twilight Tales canal boat trips, but that doesn't mean that you can't see the man himself! For the first time we are offering Zoom With Santa calls for families, schools and community groups, and personalised pre-recorded video messages. Details and links to book can be found below:

Family Zoom With Santa call: £15

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 £15 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:

2nd, 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd December 

Time slots:

10am - 12pm, 1pm - 2.30pm or 4pm - 7pm


To book a call:

1. Click here to request a time slot.

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 call you to arrange a 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:
£50 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! This means that even children who are self-isolating won't have to miss out on the fun as they can link up from home! 


Our Father Christmas (the real one, obviously!) is usually very busy out and about around Tameside. He is Tameside MBC's official Father Christmas for the Lantern Parade and main Tameside light switch on event and for Portland Basin Museum's Christmas Fun Day. He also works with families on our Sail With Santa and Twilight Tales canal boat trips in Ashton-under-Lyne, and in his spare time he can be found in his grotto at Sincerely Yours Cards and Gifts in Ashton. Reviews from our Christmas canal boat trips can be found on our Facebook page,   


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 and tell the children that he is very proud of how they have behaved in this very strange year and that he has been adding lots of names to his good list. 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 £50, with additional classes costing only £30 each. We have set aside Thursdays and Fridays for class and nursery calls, but if you are interested and would prefer another day of the week please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. To enquire about booking a class or group call please email us.

Pre-recorded Santa message: £5

Why not order a personalised message from Santa Claus 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 make a limited number of messages so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To book a message please email us.