‘Twas not the night before Christmas, and in the garden of the house, a barbecue is in full swing, there’s even some cheese for the mouse. Santa Claus is watching, eyeing up a burger on the grill, whilst children jump into the paddling pool, the cold water giving them a thrill!
With no snow in sight, no Christmas trees to decorate and the tinsel collecting dust in the attic, December couldn’t seem further away. In fact, even Santa Claus has kicked off his winter boots and hung up his fur-lined hat. So, the question is, what does Santa get up to during summer?
Well, we had a catch up with Santa who told us that so far he has decided to spend his summer travelling all across the UK, updating his naughty and nice list as he takes in some of the local sights. But with his reindeer busy exploring the magical forests of Lapland, Santa has opted to fly the normal way.
After hearing so much about the UK capital cities from the children who have visited Santa on a trip to Lapland, he couldn’t help but make summer plans to explore them for himself. Firstly, he headed to England’s capital and enjoyed a trip on The London Eye. For someone more accustomed to snowy forests, the views of Big Ben, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral were certainly fascinating for Santa. He also decided to drop in and secretly watch a few tennis matches at Wimbledon and was recently spotted cheering at the final of the Cricket World Cup.
On Santa’s visit to Edinburgh, he wandered through Edinburgh Castle and even bought a kilt as a souvenir, in red, of course. After being in a busy city, he wanted to experience a little peace and quiet, which led him to enjoy a blustering beach walk on the coast of Aberdeen; As a gust of wind whipped past him, he couldn’t help but think it was a good job he was saving his kilt to show Mrs Claus back at home! On his way out of Scotland, he stopped by Glasgow and spent the afternoon at the Glasgow Science Centre to see if there was any new technology he could install in his sleigh.
After exploring Scotland, Santa wanted to carry on his adventure, so he visited the capital of Wales, Cardiff. He browsed the Cardiff Central Market, ho, ho, ho-ing at the novelty of picking up a few gifts, as well as a few magical items to help decorate the Lapland hotels and cabins. To finish off Santa’s capital city adventures, he travelled to Belfast where he spent the day at the zoo, meeting over 140 species that are much different from his reindeer and husky friends back home.
Santa thought it was about time he explored the north of England, as many of his friends have visited him on the direct flights to Lapland from northern airports. He stopped by Manchester to watch a football game at the famous Old Trafford stadium, before strolling through Chinatown and tucking into some tasty delights.
Whilst he was in the North, Santa couldn’t forget a visit to Liverpool. He walked along the waterfront at the Royal Albert Dock and learnt more about the city’s history at the local museums. Santa wanted to see more, so he travelled to Newcastle, and was fascinated by what he learnt in the Life Science Centre. Santa then decided to do some shopping in Trinity Leeds, although he still believes that his elves make the best toys.
Every winter, children come to visit him from Birmingham, the East Midlands and Norwich, so it was time for him to return the favour. He was in his element when visiting Cadbury World in Birmingham and indulging in all the delicious treats. After all that chocolate, Santa needed some fresh air, so he headed to the Plantation Garden in Norwich, to relax amongst the gothic fountains and flowerbeds.
Of course, a trip to the UK wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the south west of England. Santa’s first stop was Bristol where he wandered through the Bristol docks and enjoyed a delicious cake and a glass of milk in a local café.
Santa carried on his southern adventure in Exeter, where he was amazed by the Exeter Cathedral, as someone who is more used to igloos, the architecture amazed him. Santa was sure he spotted a few familiar faces, so he checked his list, and then checked it twice, and luckily, they were on the nice list.
The last stop on his summer holiday was Bournemouth. Although Santa is more used to building snowmen than sandcastles, he gave it a great go and even made some friends in the process. For his last holiday dinner, he decided to ditch the mince pies and tuck into a traditional seaside fish and chips.
Santa loved his summer holiday adventure but was excited to go home to Lapland and start transforming his home to be more magical and festive than ever, ready for those embarking on a holiday to Lapland this winter. It won’t be long before you can find out exactly what Santa is up to again as Santa’s Back at Home is coming soon.