Completing the last leg of his journey from Lapland to Dartmouth, Santa is scheduled to arrive by boat in the Boatfloat 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).

As usual Santa will have a sack full of sweet treats for all the young people that come to say hello to him. Please, stay well away from the edge of the Boatfloat and allow him to to get off the boat safely and to make his way into Royal Avenue Gardens where he will have a special seat to rest his weary legs and have plenty of time to talk to all the children that have come to see him.

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.