Santa’s coming to the Scottish canals!

BRIDGE 19-40 Union Canal Society will be running Santa trips December 1-2 and 15-16, with four trips per day. Meet the great man onboard NB Bluebell, with refreshments for all and a gift for the children. Book via

Enjoy a wheely festive boat trip on the Falkirk Wheel. PHOTO: SCOTTISH CANALS

Families visiting the Falkirk Wheel in December can enjoy a boat trip on the wheel and a visit to Santa in his grotto. Children receive a gift, can have their photo taken with Santa and dance with the elves.

Boat trips run hourly during the afternoons of December 15-16 and 21-24. Booking essential. Visit

Alternatively, meet Santa with the Forth & Clyde Canal Society and Nonna’s Kitchen in Kirkintilloch. Breakfast at Nonna’s and then hop on board for a short boat trip on the Forth & Clyde Canal with Santa. Weekends from December 1-24. Booking essential. Telephone 0141 776 2777.

In Linlithgow, you can see Santa arrive at Linlithgow Canal Basin every day at 2pm on the weekends of December 15-16 and 22-23. Visit Santa in his grotto 2-4pm on these days. Age appropriate gifts, a boat trip for the whole family, and the LUCS (Linlithgow Union Canal Society) tearoom will be open. Visit for information.

Re-Union Canal Boats will be running Santa cruises on board Lochrin Belle, leaving from Edinburgh Quay December 1, 9, 16 and 23, at various times. Visit for more details and to book.