AS WE all know, Santa Claus typically travels on a sleigh from the North Pole to deliver his presents, however this year he has agreed to take a ride down the line of Bala's own railway.

Bala Lake Railway will host 'Santa's Annual Visit' at its Llanuwchllyn Station on December 8-9.

The weekend festive event will witness Santa meet the public travelling on trains hauled by steam locomotives, which will be decorated suitably Christmassy.

The steam trains will depart from the station on a journey down the line to Santa’s lakeside grotto, where children will meet Santa and receive a gift.

There will also be mince pies and sherry for the grown-ups!

David Jones, manager at the Bala Lake Railway, said: "Santa’s visit to the Bala Lake Railway is always very popular, and this year is proving no exception as the trains are filling up fast.

"The Santa Express will be leaving Llanuwchllyn station hourly from 10.30am for a short ride down the line to Santa’s grotto at his special lakeside halt. Here every family gets to meet and chat with Santa himself, who is happy to speak in Welsh or English, and every child receives a present.

"Back at Llanuwchllyn the adults have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of sherry or a hot drink and a homemade mince pie, whilst the children receive a special Santa shaped chocolate."

Tickets for adults and children 12 and above cost £8.50, children aged one to 11 cost £9.50, and under one's enter free. There is an additional £1 booking fee.

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For more information contact Bala Lake Railway on 01678 540666 or email