Festive family fun at Santa’s Grotto

Santa's Grotto is waiting for the Big Man himself to arrive and deliver toys to all the good girls and boys.
Santa's Grotto is waiting for the Big Man himself to arrive and deliver toys to all the good girls and boys.

SANTA’S magical winter wonderland is coming to Borve House Hotel today (Friday, December 21st) as Santa’s Grotto is open for all the good girls and boys.

Also open on tomorrow (Saturday 22nd) and Monday 24th, 10am to 3pm, the Borve House Hotel Christmas extravaganza has plenty to offer all the family – and all proceeds raised will be donated to two island charities: the Dementia Unit in Dun Eisdean and the Western Isles branch of the MS Society.

“They are both charities that are close to me and the hotel,” says Allan Macritchie, Borve House Hotel chef who first launched the Christmas Fayre and Grotto last year.

“My father was diagnosed with Dementia three years ago and you really don’t know what it’s like until it happens to your own family,” he continues.

“And one of the hotel’s former staff also suffers from MS, so it’s important to us to help both charities locally and for the money raised to be kept on the island.”

Last year over 250 children were enthralled by Santa’s Grotto – and it’s hoped this year’s visit proves just as popular.

A £3 entrance fee will see each child meet Santa, receive a gift from jolly old St Nick, post their letters to Santa and have a free entry into the lucky dip tombola as well as many more games and entertainments.

“The whole of the upstairs function room has been set up especially for the kids so everywhere they look they’ll find something new,” expands Allan. “We’ve got a ‘Living Room’ setting with kids toys on the hearth rug, colouring in stations, Christmas music playing continuously, a kids DVD playing on the television, just lots and lots to keep the kids entertained.”

And it’s not just a day-out for the children as parents and grandparents can sit back a relax with teas, coffees, and home-baking on offer – as well as a special full breakfast and festive bar menu for families to make a day of it.

“It was a great couple of days last year with a fantastic atmosphere throughout the Hotel and that’s just what we hope for again this year,” adds Allan.