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Wondering which locations are hosting Santa’s Grotto in Edinburgh this year? We’ve had an email from the big man’s elves who have kindly pinpointed his route for December however , you must book a time slot to meet Santa in Edinburgh or you’ll be on the naughty list!

You may also like our guides to Edinburgh in December , best places to see decor and lights , festive menus and Christmas dinner and Christmas hotels in Edinburgh.

*** This guide will be updated when schedules are released this winter.

Where To See Santa In Edinburgh This Year

Edinburgh’s christmas santa grotto – book now for 202.

Listen to a story read by Santa from 18 Nov-24 December at the grotto on St Andrew Square.

Sessions last 20 minutes and host up to 22 little ones, and each child will have the chance to meet Santa and get a gift.

Tickets are time allocated.

Santa’s Stories is one of the many official Edinburgh Christmas events in the city this winter.

Edinburgh's Christmas Market at night with Christmas lights

Double Tree by Hilton – Book Now For 202?

Dine with Santa at the Double Tree by Hilton festive brunch!

The event includes music provided by a DJ, entertainment, and a gift for all kids.

Brewhemia – Book Now For 202?

Party and event central, Brewhemia , is putting on a number of festive events for wee and big kids, including Sleighbell Sundays.

In December, the Beer Palace is dedicated to family time, delicious festive food, entertainment, and Santa Claus.

Dine with Santa over brunch or Sunday roast.

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Cold Town House – Book Now For 202?

Santa loves to brunch as much as any big kid, so he’s stopping off at the scenic Cold Town House to enjoy some breakfast in the Old Town, and your family can join him. I wonder if he prefers red or brown?

So while you can’t get gassed on the Grassmarket, you can have a gas with Mr Claus on the 5th, 12th or 19th December. Book online .

This is a sell-out event.

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Dobbies Edinburgh – Book Now For 202?

The city welcomes the return of this old faithful Santa meet and spaces are booking out fast so don’t delay making a reservation .

The event includes a walk through Santa’s toyshop and a gift from Santa.

Professional photography is available for an additional fee.

Little Dobbies, Stockbridge – TBD

Double celebrations for Dobbies as they christen their new Stockbridge store with a potential Santa parade at the Raeburn Place location. See the local store for up-to-date information.

Little Dobbies Stockbridge Christmas trees

Ocean Terminal, Leith – Book Now For 202?

Santa is making a stop down by the docks!

Santa’s elves are working overtime to get Santa’s Grotto at Ocean Terminal in Leith set up on the first floor, just in time for Rudolph touching down.

Book your ticket here .

There will also be relaxed sessions with extra time for kids with additional needs.

While you are there, why not pop into Leith Creative and shop local?

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Royal Botanic Garden – Book Now For 202?

Previously, Santa has been waiting for wee ones as they work their way through the light installations and projections in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Arboretum Place. You can reserve your tickets here .

Santa’s Grotto Near Edinburgh City Centre

Craigies farm, queensferry – book now for 202.

Learn about the magic of Christmas with Mr Claus at the Craigies Farm Santa Experience in South Queensferry .

Work your way through the North Pole, starting passport control and ending at Santa’s grotto.

All tickets include a present, a reindeer food making experience, and a photo with Santa.

Book online .

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Carberry Tower, Musselburgh – Book Now For 202?

This is Santa’s seventh visit to Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate and each year he has been met with full house so make sure you reserve a place early. Children will receive a gift from Santa at his famous grotto.

Enjoy a hot chocolate and muffin or a meal by the log fire in the bistro with discount for grotto ticket holders.

Get your kid’s ticket here , no need to purchase for adults.

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Conifox Adventure Park, Kirkliston – Book Now For 202?

Another popular stop just outside of the city is Conifox Adventure Park. Collect stamps on your Christmas Passport as you walk around Winter Wonderland, visit Santa in his living room and his elves at the Toy Workshop.

Tickets can be bought here .

Archfield Walled Garden – Book Now For 202?

This wee green haven in North Berwick is kid-friendly all year round and calls for all good one to join Santa at the Walled Garden premises in December.

Santa will tell a story to the group then invite families to collect their gift at his sorting office.

Non-refundable tickets for kids can be purchased here .

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Aw, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Big Man himself! We love the pic you clicked on to get here – the magical expression on the wee girl’s face says it all. That pic shows Santa’s Grotto at Dalkeith Country Park, just one of tons of chances to catch Santa – including on a boat, on skates, on a tram and a train – over the next few weeks. Here’s our guide to Where’s Santa.

Santa’s Grotto at Dalkeith Country Park

Weekends and holidays 30/11/2019-23/12/2019, times slots between 10.30am and 5.50pm, Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith EH22 1ST, dalkeithcountrypark.co.uk

Tell Santa your dearest wish, get a photo with the big man and receive a gift. Free entry into Fort Douglas adventure park on the same day. Loyalty cardholders £14, non loyalty card holders £17.50

Lunch with Santa

07/12/2019-08/12/2019 and 14/12/2019-15/12/2019, 12.30pm, Village Hotel Edinburgh, 140 Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, village-hotels.co.uk

Two-course lunch, mini disco and meet Santa. £20 per adult, £15 per child.

Santa’s Grotto

16/11/2019-24/12/2019, 10.30am-8pm (time slots apply), Castle Street, Edinburgh, edinburghschristmas.com

Meet Santa, listen to him tell a tale and receive a gift. Visits are in groups and last 25 mins. £8.50 per child. Each child can take in two adults, first free, second £5. Bumper cars and helter skelter also on Castle Street, height and age restrictions apply, EH postcode discount available, see website.

Conifox Christmas Experience

30/11/2019, 01/12/2019, 07/12/2019, 08/12/2019, 14/12/2019, 15/12/2019, 21/12/2019-24/12/2019, 9am-4pm (selected dates, times slots apply), Conifox, Kirkliston EH29 9ER, conifox.co.uk

Write a letter to Santa in the post room before entering the five themed rooms: The Enchanted Forest, Toy Factory, Mrs Claus’s Kitchen, Santa’s Sitting Room, and the Reindeer Flying School. Every child receives a present from Santa. Adults £10 off-peak, £12.50 peak, children £15 off-peak, £17.50 peak.

Skating With Santa

30/11/2019, 07/12/2019, 14/12/2019, 21/12/2019, 10am-12pm, Murrayfield Ice Rink, Riversdale Cres, Edinburgh EH12 5XN, murrayfieldicerinkltd.co.uk

Come and skate with Santa! Admission £6, skate hire £1.50.

Sleighbell Sundays

01/12/2019, 08/12/2019, 15/12/2019, 22/12/2019, 24/12/2019, 10am, Brewhemia, 1A Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE, brewhemia.co.uk

Breakfast with Santa, choirs and carollers, Christmas movies, Sunday roast, and Santa’s grotto.

Christmas at East Links

07/12/2019-08/12/2019, then 14/12/2019-24/12/2019, East Links Family Park, Dunbar EH42 1XF, eastlinks.co.uk

Meet Santa as he arrives on his sleigh train direct from the North Pole, then follow him over to his grotto where you can meet him and receive a gift. Also elf corner, snowy bouncy castle, nativity scene, all including in entry price. £5 to see Santa, no need to book.

16/11/2019 and 17/11/2019, then daily from 22/11/2019 until 24/12/2019, times vary, Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, Ocean Dr, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, oceanterminal.com

Festive grotto on the ground floor outside Debenhams. Ticket money to St Columba’s Hospice & Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity. Tickets £4.50 from customer service desk on day of visit.

Christmas Parade at the Gyle Shopping Centre

20/11/2019, 4pm, Gyle Shopping Centre, Gyle Ave, Edinburgh EH12 9JY, gyleshopping.com

Christmas fun with Boogie and Arlene from Forth 1, Funbox, face painting, stilt walkers, and reindeer petting. Gyle lights switch on at 5.45pm, Santa arrives at 6pm. Also Santa’s Grotto – see customer service desk for dates and times.

Christmas Fayre

23/11/2019, 10.30am-4pm, Traquair House, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, traquair.co.uk

Santa is in his grotto in the house, while choirs and band perform in the courtyard and chapel. Craft stalls, puppet shows, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and the house decorated in a Victorian Christmas style.

Santa Steam Trains

30/11/2019, 01/12/2019, 07/12/2019, 08/12/2019, 14/12/2019, 15/12/2019, 21/12/2019, 22/12/2019, 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm, Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, Union St, Bo'ness EH51 9AQ, bkrailway.co.uk

During a seven-mile round journey to Birkhill, Santa will meet all the children and give them a gift. Booking essential. Adults £15, children £15, infants (18 months and under) free.

Gyle Santa Express

 01/12/2019 and 02/12/2019, 10.25am, 11/40am, 12.50pm (Sunday), 10.25am and 12.50pm (Monday),  Gyle tram stop, South Gyle Broadway, edinburghtrams.com

Santa will be onboard these special trams running from the Gyle Centre to St Andrew Sq. Meet the man and receive a goodie bag and selection box. Tickets £1.80-£2.80, includes return from St Andrew Sq, must be booked in advance. Proceeds to Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Santa Experience

06/12/2019-08/12/2019, 13/12/2019-15/12/2019, 18/12/2019-23/12/2019, 10am-6pm (time slots apply), Archerfield Walled Garden, Archerfield Estate,  Dirleton,  East Lothian EH39 5HQ, archerfieldwalledgarden.com

Meet Santa in his Sorting Office and hear a short story. Each child will receive a gift. 20 min show. Child £8.50 (includes free entry for one adult), additional adult £5.

Father Christmas at Newhailes House

07/12/2019, 08/12/2019, 14/12/2019, 15/12/2019 (selected dates), 10am-3pm (half hour slots), Newhailes House, Newhailes, Musselburgh EH21 6RY, nts.org.uk

Write a letter while you wait to see Father Christmas. Sit with him in the grand dining room, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a gift. Festive hot food, cakes and drinks available. £8 per child, £1 per adult.

Santa’s Farmyard Cottage

07/12/2019, 08/12/2019, 14/12/2019, 15/12/2019, 21/12/2019-24/12/2019, 10.15am-4pm, Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Millfield, Livingston, EH54 7AR, almondvalley.co.uk

Visit Santa and receive a Christmas present. Seasonal make-and-take crafts. Ticket includes full day at Almond Valley and timed slot for Santa. £7, accompanying adults £6.

Santa Boat Trip

07/12/2019 and 08/12/2019, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, Port Buchan*Broxburn EH52 6HN, facebook.com/bridge1940canalsociety

Cruise along the Union Canal looking for Santa and see if singing Jingle Bells loudly enough means he’ll spot the boat and come on board. £11.19.

13/12/2019- 15/12/2019, 10.30am-4pm, National Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4QN, nationalminingmuseum.com

Meet Santa and his helpers, have a photo taken with him, receive a gift, do wee crafts and follow the clues on the Christmas trail. £5 per child. Also running 20-22 December.

Santa Fun Run

15/12/2019, registration for both runs at 8am, Elf Dash at 9.15am, Santa Fun Run 10am, Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith EH22 1ST, dalkeithcountrypark.co.uk

5km Santa fun run through park for 11+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Percentage of proceeds going to children’s hospices charity CHAS.  Also 1km Elf Dash for under 10s, babies in buggies and dogs. Prizes for the best festively dressed child runner and dog. Free entry to Fort Douglas on day for entrants’ families. £15 entry to 5km (includes Santa suit, one size fits all), Elf Dash £6 per child, £12 per adult with one under 10 child (includes elf hat)

Clambers Christmas Party

19/12/2019, 4pm-6pm, Clambers at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, 21 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BB, edinburghleisure.co.uk

Two hours of soft play, disco, arts and crafts, face painting, writing a letter to Santa, meeting Santa in his grotto and receiving a present. Children £10 per child (Members £7.50), 0-11 months  £5. To book, call 0131 667 7211 or email [email protected]

Scrambles Christmas Disco

20/12/2019, 3.30pm-5.30pm, Scrambles at EICA:Ratho, South Platt Hill, Newbridge, Edinburgh EH28 8AA, edinburghleisure.co.uk

Scrambles Christmas Disco with soft play, disco, face-painting, festive arts and crafts, Santa and a present. Prize for the best festive outfit. Children £10 (members £7.50), 0-11 months £5.  To book, call 0131 333 6333 or email [email protected]

Breakfast or afternoon tea with Santa

20/12/2019-22/12/2019, 9.30am-11am (breakfast),  12pm – 1.30pm or 2pm-3.30pm (afternoon tea), Clambers at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, 21 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BB, edinburghleisure.co.uk

Breakfast or afternoon tea while making reindeer dust, enjoying face painting and a disco. Visit Santa and receive a gift. 45-minute soft-play session and breakfast or tea is included. Children £14 (members £12), 0-11 months £5, adults £7. To book call 0131 667 7211 or email [email protected]

Breakfast with Santa

21/12/2019-24/12/2019, 9am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.45am, Conifox, Kirkliston EH29 9ER, conifox.co.uk

Breakfast with Santa, then visit him and his elf in his grotto to receive a present. Children’s breakfast £10.95, adult’s £9.95, babies free (donation requested) with fee-paying adult. Price includes present and magic elf goodie bag.

Tumbles Christmas Party

22/12/2019, 3pm-5pm, Tumbles at Portobello, 20 Westbank Street, Edinburgh EH15 1DR, edinburghleisure.co.uk

Tumbles Christmas party with soft play included, a disco, face painting and a kids’ lunch box and a visit from Santa, with a present. Children £10 (members £7.50), 0-11 months £5. To book, call 0131 669 0878 or email [email protected]

Cameron Toll 

30/11/2019-22/12/2019 (Saturdays and Sundays only), 11am-3pm, Cameron Toll Shopping Centre, 6 Lady Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5PB, camerontoll.co.uk

Come and visit Santa - visits are free but a donation is requested for the Jak's Den charity, which supports children and families dealing with the impact of cancer.

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Visit Santa at Dalkeith Country Park

Santa and his elves are coming to Dalkeith Country Park to give your family an unforgettably magical experience this Christmas 2023. Making dreams come true, our Santa (and we are pretty sure he is the real one) will make sure every child he meets gets plenty of time to tell him their dearest wish, get a free photo opportunity and receive a proper under-the-tree worthy gift.

And to make your Christmas truly magical, Santa has granted all children who visit him a free visit to Fort Douglas Adventure Playground.

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Santa's Grotto Dates & Times

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Santa and his elves will be at Dalkeith Country Park on these dates: 

25 & 26 November, 1 – 3 December, 8 – 10 December, 15 – 17 December and 20 – 24 December .

Book online and select the date and time for your visit. One family visits Santa during each magical 10 minute slot and up to two adults and three children can visit at a time.  

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* NOW SOLD OUT* Tickets are priced between £22.50 ~ £25 per child depending on the date you visit. Christmas Eve tickets are £30 per child:

  • £22.50 tickets available 25 & 26 November and 1 & 8 December.
  • £25 tickets ~ 2 & 3 and 9 to 23 December.
  • £30 tickets ~ all Christmas Eve tickets.

Adult tickets are free and up to 2 adults can visit Santa with their children .

Ticket price includes a visit to Santa for you and your family ~ and you’ll have him all to yourselves during your visit. All children receive a wonderful gift, suitable for their age and a photo opportunity with Santa. Please note tickets are needed for all babies and children as they all receive a gift. Your ticket also enables you to enjoy a complimentary visit Fort Douglas Adventure Playground .

Your Visit to Santa

Santa’s Grotto is located in Restoration Yard ~ just follow the signs which will lead you to Santa himself. Please remember to bring your ticket with your QR code on it. This can be on your phone or printed.

Take as many photos and videos as you’d like! We’d love to see them. Use hashtags #realsantadalkeith #dalkeithcountrypark #christmasindalkeith

Santa’s Grotto is located on the ground floor. If you have any questions re accessibility or any special requirements please do get in touch before your visit. And don’t forget your warm clothes and sturdy footwear as your ticket includes entry to Fort Douglas .

Please note, i f you are driving to the park you will need to pay our £3 parking charge on arrival.

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Fun-filled Summer Family Activities in East Lothian

Summer holidays are perfect for creating lasting memories with your kids, and East Lothian offers a wealth of activities to keep everyone entertained. Here are just some of the ways you can enjoy the summer in East Lothian.

A day at the beach

Pack a picnic and head to the seaside, the perfect way to soak up the summer sun and enjoy the stunning coastline. Gullane Beach , with its golden sands and clear waters, is a family favourite where kids can build sandcastles, play games or splash around in the gentle waves. Nearby Yellowcraig Beach offers breathtaking views of Fidra Island and is ideal for rock pooling and kite flying. Children will love the adventure playpark with climbing frames, slides and swings. End your day at the beach in traditional style with some of the best fish and chips around.

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Enchanted experiences

Step into a magical world at Archerfield Walled Garden where the Fairy Trail delights both children and adults. Wander through the woodland discovering fairy houses and sculptures. The garden also features a charming café and gift shop, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely day out. Or follow the trail through Pressmennan Wood , home to the elusive Glingbobs and Tootflits. See if you can find their houses, remember to look high and low!

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Seasonal sporting fun

Enjoy a relaxing game of pitch and putt – there are courses at East Links and West Links in North Berwick, and Fisherrow Links in Musselburgh. With well-maintained greens and stunning views, it’s a delightful way to spend a few hours on a summer day.

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Take to the water

For adventure seekers, Foxlake Adventures is a must-visit. Offering a range of water-based activities, including wakeboarding, exhilarating ringo rides, the FoxFall ropes course, and giant inflatable aqua park, this is a fun and challenging experience for all ages. This summer, they have teamed up with Ocean Vertical bringing you the ultimate adventure camp including paddleboarding, coasteering and archery/axe throwing, open to all 8-12 year olds. Onlookers can take in the spectacle from dry land with a drink or bite to eat from the on-site café, Jay Birds Larder .

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Animal magic

Experience something extraordinary by taking an alpaca for a walk through picturesque woodland at John Muir Alpacas . Mini treks are available for families with younger children, and you can bring a picnic to eat alongside your furry friend. For a farm-themed day out, East Links Family Park has over 20 acres to explore. Ride the train safari, feed farm animals, try crazy golf, or climb the multi-level fortress. There’s something for everyone.

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Fascinating history

Rainy days are covered too! East Lothian’s museums offer exciting discoveries and adventures for all the family, with some providing free entry.

At the John Gray Centre Museum in Haddington, history comes to life with hands-on exhibits and fascinating displays about East Lothian’s rich heritage.

Dunbar Townhouse Museum & Gallery reveals the secrets of this ancient town. Enhance your visit with a guided tour to see the council chamber and old jail cell.

The Coastal Communities Museum in North Berwick focuses on life by the sea. Discover the mysteries of the ocean, learn about shipwrecks, and see amazing fossils and sea creatures. Kids can dress up as pirates or princesses.

Musselburgh Museum lets you journey through time to discover how people lived, worked and played in the historic ‘Honest Toun’.

At John Muir’s Birthplace , learn about the famous Scot who continues to inspire and inform actions on climate change and conservation a century later.

Prestongrange Museum offers insights into working in a Victorian coal mine or brickworks, with giant machines including a pit head winding gear and Cornish beam engine. You can book a tour of the newly opened Engine Shed and see some of the locomotives, rolling stock and other artefacts. 

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Explore a garden

East Lothian boasts some of Scotland’s, most beautiful gardens, perfect for family outings. Discover Newhailes House & Gardens , a grand estate with beautifully landscaped grounds. Take a guided tour of the historic house, wander through the elegant gardens, and let the kids enjoy Weehailes playpark.  Inveresk Lodge Gardens is a peaceful retreat featuring delightful walled gardens, lush green lawns, and vibrant flowers. Kids will love spotting butterflies and birds among the colourful plant life.

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Enjoy delicious ice cream

No summer day is complete without an ice cream, and East Lothian has some of the best spots to indulge in a sweet treat. Alandas in North Berwick is renowned for its multi award-winning gelatos and sorbets with creamy texture and rich flavours. In Musselburgh, Luca’s is a beloved local institution serving up classic flavours and inventive new creations, sure to satisfy every ice cream craving.

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So, pack your bags, gather the family and set out on your summer adventure in East Lothian.

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Fuming parents paid to trudge through mud and ice before being greeted by the horror mannequin while visiting the Enchanted event at Balgone Estate in East Lothian.

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A Christmas grotto in East Lothian left some children 'in tears' after they were greeted with a handless Santa and "disastrous" rides.

They also complained about rides that cost extra, were overpriced and too short. Several guests pointed out that the promised "maze" was nothing more than hay bales "barely tall enough to hide a child".

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A light trail advertised as an "enchanted journey" was dubbed a "half-lit muddy trail around a lake with half the lights missing".

Visits to see an actual Santa (of the non-mannequin variety) cost extra, at £15 per child, reports the Daily Star.

One dad, who asked not to be named, said his two-year-old tot was left in tears by the event.

The parent, who paid £25 for his family of three to visit, said: "When we arrived it was clearly going to be a huge departure from the marketing materials.

"It was a drive to a muddy farm field. The 'carnival' was a wheat shed. The event was severely understaffed, and mostly by young teenagers with little apparent training."

He added: "My two year old started crying but we have another event planned which we know will be fine.

A light trail advertised as an "enchanted journey" was dubbed a "half-lit muddy trail around a lake with half the lights missing".

"We're very lucky - for other families this must have been their big event and I know some could little afford it."

Craig Graham said he spent £100 on the event with his wife and two daughters - £40 for tickets, and another £60 on food, drinks and rides.

While some complained that the rides were too short, his kids couldn't wait for them to finish.

He said: "We went to the train, a staff member starts the train and then walks off out of the barn.

"We think 'okay, he can't be away for long.' Around seven minutes my two daughters were left going round and round on the train. I had to go find another member of staff to stop it.

"Then my oldest daughter went on the bungee ropes and again the staff member in charge of the area disappeared and was gone for 10 minutes.

"When she came back my daughter was just standing there wanting off."

To make matters worse, others seemed not to have paid at all.

He said: "When we arrived there were no staff around to check tickets, so we thought 'okay, maybe they check when you get to the actual lights area.'

"I started asking other families if they paid for this, and I asked around 11 or 12 families the same question.

"Every family said no, they didn't pay, they just walked in, bar one other family that were just as unhappy as me."

Sara Julia Campbell, who paid £20 to visit with her husband and 15-month-old, stayed only half an hour.

She said: "We got there and it was extremely muddy and the paths were grimy.

"It was almost impossible to take the pram out of the car and it got stuck a lot.

"Everything cost extra money, from the rides to the food, which was okay but expensive. We weren't sure what we paid for other then parking."

One visitor, commenting on Facebook, called it the "Fyre Festival of East Lothian".

Mum Kirsty McIntosh raised concerns about the proximity of the light trail to a lake, which was partially frozen over.

She said: "There were no safety rings that I could see and only one steward that I saw.

"If anyone had gone in the water it could have been disastrous - as recent events elsewhere have shown."

She said the trail itself was partially closed off due to going through a badger sett.

"We spent half of the time with our torches on trying not to fall on slippery ground into hidden ditches," said Kymmi Craighead, who visited with three other adults, paying £15 each.

Several customers were also angry that their complaints hadn't been responded to.

Sue Hitchen, director of Edinburgh-based Foodies Festivals which organised the event, highlighted positive comments that had been received by visitors.

She pointed to guests who "thoroughly enjoyed" their visit "and recommended it to other people", and another who described "a lovely Christmas experience".

Even some of the customers who complained were complimentary about the food.

She continued: "We are obviously very concerned about anyone who feels that our event was disappointing.

"We have planned this for several months with Balgone Estate as well as other partners such as local food suppliers, and have some very positive feedback from many of our visitors.

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"So these comments are being taken seriously and we are contacting those people to discuss this further."

Asked for comment, Balgone Estate was emphatic that it had no role in the event besides providing a venue.

David Grant-Suttie, speaking for the estate, said: "We understand the disappointment shown by members of public.

"We have tried our best to reply in an appropriate manner by making sure customers know we don't hold the responsibility of the event, we are simply just the host space for an event.

"We share the disappointment as we can see the event isn't living up to the expectations of the customers."

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Santa is visiting families in, fife, west lothian & edinburgh this year.

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During December Santa visits lots of boys and girls in their homes, at Christmas parties and even office parties, while the Elve's and Mrs Claus get everything ready for Christmas Night.

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Scottish independence: Scotland to follow Irish citizenship model after independence, says Humza Yousaf

The First Minister will launch the latest in a series of papers setting out the updated case for independence today

Scotland would follow the Irish citizenship model if it becomes independent, Humza Yousaf will announce today.

The First Minister said an ageing population is one of the biggest threats future generations face in Scotland .

It came as he accused those who want to stop the Scottish Government spending money on independence of trying to “shut down” debate .

Mr Yousaf will launch the fifth paper in the Scottish Government’s independence prospectus series, Building a New Scotland , in Edinburgh today. It will focus on plans for citizenship in an independent Scotland.

Critics accused him of a “blatant misuse of public money and resources” and urged the Scottish Government to focus on issues such as unacceptable NHS waiting times and the cost-of-living crisis .

The new paper will propose that Scotland follows the Irish citizenship model, with those born outwith the country after independence automatically entitled to Scottish citizenship if at least one of their parents is a Scottish citizen.

Addressing an event in Edinburgh, the First Minister will argue his proposals demonstrate an independent Scotland will be welcoming and inclusive, while helping to build a stronger economy with more people working and contributing to public services.

The paper will also outline the rights of British citizens to claim dual nationality at the point of independence and set out proposals to make it easier for those from overseas to apply for Scottish citizenship. The Scottish Government will publish a further paper on migration later in the series.

Mr Yousaf said: “Scotland’s working population is being hit by a heartless Westminster migration system that isn’t fit for purpose, and a hard Brexit that Scotland didn’t vote for, making our population challenges significantly worse. I am in no doubt that alongside the climate crisis, the challenges of an ageing population are one of the biggest issues future generations will face in Scotland, unless action is taken today.

“The Scottish Government wants to make it easier for people, including those seeking to reconnect with family roots, to gain citizenship and contribute to our economy, society and public services like the NHS. And when we re-join the EU as an independent country, Scottish citizens will be able to enjoy all the benefits of EU citizenship too.”

Conservative MSP Donald Cameron said: “This latest self-indulgent paper touting independence is not just a blatant misuse of public money and resources by the SNP, it demonstrates how out of touch they are with the public. It’s a sign of Humza Yousaf’s weakness that he is once again obsessing on breaking up the UK – because it’s the only issue his feuding party can agree on.

“Rather than wasting taxpayers’ money and civil servants’ time on pushing a divisive, party political agenda, a strong leader would be concentrating on the issues that matter to Scots – unacceptable NHS waiting times and the cost-of-living crisis.

“As for tackling population decline, the SNP’s policy of making Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK is an active disincentive to people settling here.”

Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie said: “Writing these independence papers is more therapy for Humza Yousaf and the nationalist movement than a serious attempt to persuade people to support their cause. Even if it is just for a few hours, it must be a great relief to be distracted from broken ferries, ever longer waiting lists and a social care backlog that mushrooms.

“But the SNP shouldn’t be using government time and money when funds are tight and for something that they know just isn’t going to happen. A majority of people want the Government to focus on the day job.”

The launch of the latest paper comes after it emerged Scottish Government spending on independence is being probed . Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service, said civil servants in Scotland could be issued with new guidance “within weeks” after concerns were raised about officials supporting the work of Jamie Hepburn, the Scottish independence minister.

Labour peer Lord George Foulkes has been pursuing the issue in the House of Lords , and has raised the prospect of sanctions on Scottish ministers. He told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme the UK was "never meant to be a union of equal partners", adding: “That is a myth put around by the SNP.”

He said: "To call it equal is not the right word. They are different. They have different responsibilities."

Speaking to journalists in East Lothian yesterday, Mr Yousaf said the Scottish Government works within “clear parameters” adding: “The work that we’re doing in relation to the Building a New Scotland series, the papers that we're launching…are well within the scope of work that we are able to do.”

He said it is “perfectly within our jurisdiction” for civil servants in Scotland to work on advancing the case for independence.

The First Minister said: "We think we have the winning argument. Now, there’s plenty of other people on the other side of that debate who believe we don’t have the winning argument.

"What I would say to them is, instead of trying to shut us down, instead of trying to stop us from doing the work we’re wanting to do, bring your arguments forward. Let’s have that discussion, that debate around the merits of independence. Instead of trying to shut us down, let’s have a free, frank and open discussion.”

He added: “Instead of trying to shut us down, instead of trying to shut down the debate or the argument, get on with it – make your case.”

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