Busy time for Santa at Pier grotto

  • 20 December, 2021
  • On the pier


Santa is in for a busy last few days at Clacton Pier before heading off
to deliver presents to children in time for Christmas Day.

The big man, his reindeer, and elves – along with Mrs Claus – have been
providing festive cheer for families at the attraction’s North Pole experience
for almost a month.

This year’s grotto and afternoon tea with Santa have pulled in the
visitors and have proved a big hit.

Pier director Billy Ball said he is delighted that the event has been
able to go ahead as planned and praised people for sticking to the latest Covid

“After taking advice from Tendring Council it was necessary for us to
require facemasks to be worn inside the building and it has not been an issue,”
he said.

“We thank families for complying with the rules and it does not seem to
have diminished the experience.

“Afternoon tea with Santa has come to an end but the grotto is open
right through until late Christmas Eve and there are still a few slots
available for anyone who wants to come down to see him.”

It will then be a mad rush as Santa and his team pack up and head off
into the sky to make their rounds.

“I just hope they have enough energy left to carry out their very important
duties!” added Mr Ball.

The pier will be closed on Christmas Day but then reopens on Boxing Day and
its £19.99 cracker ride deal continues until January 3. Details can be found at


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