Dobbies Garden Centres have announced the Christmas events which will take place between now and December.

There will be seasonal fun with physical distancing measures in place.

Santa’s Arrival will be a highlight with families invited to greet him in all stores. There is also Santa’s Arrival Breakfast or Lunch to book featuring the Christmas menu.

Breakfast with Santa is usually popular when children can spend a magical morning with the man with the big white beard.

Dobbie the Reindeer will host a Christmas Party with dancing and festive games, and a gift and visit from Santa.

The Winter Wonderland will be open for children to explore, and grottos in open spaces for families to go and visit Santa.

Little Seedlings Christmas Stories sessions for those aged five and under will allow families to listen to Christmas themed stories along with a treat and refreshments.

Santa Paws is for your four-legged friends and Santa will pose for a selfie with your pets.

Afternoon Teas will be served with the usual array of sandwiches and cakes but customers can also take part in workshops such as cocktail making and Christmas decorations.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO at Dobbies, said: “Our Christmas events programme has something for all ages as we have focused on bringing communities back together over the festive period.

“We will be following Government guidelines to ensure our events are safe and enjoyable for both customers and team members. We look forward to welcoming customers in all 68 stores for seasonal fun.” 

Dobbies’ Christmas events schedule is available to view online, with customers requested to book in advance wherever possible. For all social distancing and safety measures in place across Dobbies’ stores visit dobbies.com Customers can also Book with Confidence, with a full refund issued if Dobbies cancel the event, and free cancellation if customers need to cancel, up to 3 days prior to the event.

Dates and prices for events are:

–       From 1 November, Afternoon Tea, from £15

–       From 22 November, Santa’s arrival, free (21 November at Lisburn)

–       From 22 November Santa’s Grotto, £11.99

–       From 22 November, Dobbies Christmas Party, 63 stores, £13.99 per child and from £5.99 for adults

–       From 28 November, Santa Paws, 21 stores, £6.99

–       From 28 November, Breakfast with Santa, 64 stores, £13.99 per child and from £6.99 for adults

–       From 3 December, Little Seedlings, 64 stores, £6 for one adult and one child

For more information visit dobbies.com