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Santa Swaps North Pole for Loch Ness

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An Talla hosts series of festive events including ones exclusively for children with disabilities or sensory impairments.

An Talla at Dochgarroch Lock has been transformed into a winter wonderland, with an array of activities planned throughout December, including events exclusively for children with disabilities or sensory impairments.

Santa has set up his grotto, Cairngorm Reindeer have visited, and a Festive Makers Market and Festive Fling Food Fest will all be taking place to get locals and visitors into the spirit this holiday season.

“We’re going all out this Christmas,” explains Freda Newton, Managing Director at An Talla and Loch Ness by Jacobite.

“Having had to cancel or scale back Christmas events for the last couple of years, we hope our events will bring a bit of joy for everyone who visits.”

Over 1,000 visitors attended the first events this past weekend.

A highlight for visitors was Cairngorm Reindeer, with adults and children getting their photo taken with the herd before being given special reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve.

Freda continued:

“Not only have we welcomed Santa and his reindeer, but we’ll have over 40 local crafters and producers at our markets, plus food, pop-up bars and music from Highland Brass Band.

“I’m delighted that we can support local small businesses and provide fun days out for adults and children of all abilities.”

Santa’s Grotto sessions at 10am on Saturdays will be exclusively for children with disabilities or sensory impairments to allow them to enjoy their visit based on their needs.

Sessions take place on the following dates:

  • Santa’s Grotto: Selected days until 23rd December.
  • Tickets available from https://bit.ly/SantaAnTalla
  • Festive Makers Market: Friday 9th until Sunday 11th December, 10am-4pm.
  • Festive Fling Food Fest in association with North Hop: Friday 16th until Sunday 18th December, 12 noon-8pm. 

Those visiting An Talla can also enjoy its restaurant and shop, as well as a cruise with Loch Ness by Jacobite, which will be sailing the famous loch throughout the festive period, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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