Santa Stories

Presented By: Unique Assembly

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Santa's Stories

West Princes Street Gardens
Santa is back at Edinburgh's Christmas this year! Make your little one's day and bring them along to our Santa Experience as part of the official Edinburgh Christmas celebrations. Santa and some very helpful elves will be tucked away in West Princes Street Gardens, ready to welcome children and families and provide a magical Christmas experience. Santa's Stories are group sessions for up to 25 children, however each child will have the opportunity to meet Santa and receive a gift.
All tickets last approximately 25 minutes and all children will receive a gift suitable for their age range.

Additional info to help with your visit:
  • Santa’s Stories is located in West Princes Street Gardens within Santa Land
  • Please make your way to the venue and show your ticket to our Front of House staff
  • Please note that your ticket is valid for your booked time ONLY. These are slotted sessions and cannot be transferred to another time
  • Please try to arrive 10 minutes before your allotted time
  • Children should be accompanied by a maximum of one adult as included with your ticket. Any additional should be booked in in advance
  • There is no room in the venue for prams or buggies. These must be left outside
  • Children must remain under the care and supervision of an adult at all times
  • Should you need any additional help or assistance, please speak to a member of our team on site and they will do their best to accommodate
  • Santa's Stories are group sessions, however each child will have the opportunity to meet Santa and receive a gift
  • The venue is accessible, however there are limited spaces for wheelchairs. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to book a wheelchair space. 

Please be advised that latecomers may not be admitted and due to the popularity of our Grotto, we will not be able to transfer your ticket to a later session.

Special performances

Santa Paws
And because Christmas is for our canine friends too...
We have allocated some of our Santa Sessions to allow children and adults to bring their beloved dogs along to meet Santa and get their own special Christmas treat. Involve your pets in your Christmas traditions and give them their own magical Santa experience!
Additional Adult tickets are not required for these sessions, but each Pet will require a ticket.
£2 from every ticket sale will go directly to a local animal charity. All dogs should be kept on a lead during the event.

Santa paws sessions are available:
28 November: 19:00
28 November: 19:30
29 November: 19:00
29 November: 19:30
30 November: 19:00
30 November: 19:30
1 December: 19:00
1 December: 19:30
5 December: 19:00
5 December: 19:30
6 December: 19:00
6 December: 19:30
7 December: 19:00
7 December: 19:30

Accessible Performances

As part of our bid to build a more accessible Christmas for all, Edinburgh's Christmas are thrilled to introduce Relaxed venue Sessions for 2022.

The venue is accessible, however there are limited spaces for wheelchairs. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to book a wheelchair space.


We are delighted to introduce relaxed venue sessions this year for children with additional needs. Whilst our venue is always welcoming and accessible, with helpful Elves on hand to support those with with any additional needs, we know that for some children the experience can be overwhelming. Our 'relaxed' sessions are designed for Children with additional needs, learning disabilities, sensory or communication disorders.

During these sessions, you'll find:
- smaller groups with less families able to book each session
- music volume dimmed throughout and can be turned off if required
- no flashing lights or loud noises
- a fully wheelchair accessible Grotto
- fully trained elves and staff in disability awareness

Relaxed sessions are available:
26 November: 12:30 
26 November: 13:30 
27 November: 17:30 
27 November: 18:00 
29 November: 16:30 
3 December: 10:00 
3 December: 10:30 
5 December: 13:30 
7 December: 17:30 
10 December: 12:30 
10 December: 13:30 
14 December: 17:30 
15 December: 12:30 
15 December: 13:30 
18 December: 10:00 
18 December: 10:30 
20 December: 16:00 
20 December: 16:30 
21 December: 12:00 
21 December: 12:30 
24 December: 12:00 
24 December: 12:30

Audio Described
These sessions will be audio described to support blind and partially sighted children in fully experiencing our Santa Stories Experience.

Audio Described sessions are available:
1 December: 16:30
1 December: 17:30
21 December: 17:30 
21 December: 18:00

British Sign Language
A BSL interpreter will accompany Santa and his helpful elves in his cosy venue tucked away in West Princes Street Gardens.

British Sign Language sessions are available:
6 December: 16:00 
6 December: 16:30 
16 December: 13:30 
16 December: 14:00 

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