Completing the last leg of his journey from Lapland to Dartmouth, Santa is scheduled to arrive in town by boat at 6pm on Friday evening - just after the town's Christmas lights have been switched on. Be there to greet him - with candles, sparklers, torches and other types of light (but no lanterns - please save these for the procession on Saturday).

Due to the low tide which prevents entry to the Boatfloat, Santa will be arriving at the Town Quay this year so you will need gather along the South Embankment to await his arrival. Please, stay well away from the edge of the Quay and allow him to to get off the boat safely.

Santa will then make his way across the road (please be careful here too) and into Royal Avenue Gardens where he will have a special seat to rest his weary legs. He'll have plenty of time to talk to all the young people who have come to see him and, as usual, a sack full of sweet treats to hand out.

On Saturday, Santa will be waiting in his grotto at the Flavel to meet the children with a customary "ho-ho-ho!" and a sack full of presents. See our "Candlelit Kids" page for full details.