On Sunday, Jack went on the Santa Cruise at the Bridge Inn, Ratho.
To say he was a little excited was an understatement — and they didn’t fail to impress compared to the Santa Train at Bo’'Ness! When we went on the train last year we were squashed (I thought so anyway), it was dark and wet and Santa hardly stopped as he had a whole train to do.
This was different in so many ways, for a start there were fifty people maximum on the boat. So around 15 children plus parents/grandparents.
But we can go back to the start of the day, we left the house at about 10.30 as I had to pop up to the Farm Shop to get the fruit and veg I wanted for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and I didn’t see the point in braving a supermarket when we have a perfectly good farm shop up the road.
It was busy, usually we are the only people in it, and Jack couldn’t help but be standing in the wrong place every time! However, he did manage to pick a big carrot for Rudolph and a massive punnet of strawberries for himself, which he demolished half of in the car.
Once we were finished there we made our way to Ratho, we arrived a little early but we weren’t sure what the traffic would be like on the City Bypass. Unfortunately, Grandad and Grandma went the wrong way and ended up at the Airport and they only just made it onto the boat!
The trip up the Canal was long enough to keep the kids entertained, on the way up they have lots of wooden cut–outs of cartoon characters from various programmes for the kids to spot. The girl on the boat was lovely and told us to sit near a window and on what side of the boat so that Jack could see as much as possible. He was very excited, and was even more excited when he spotted the big fella himself, Santa, on an island with his very own castle (Jack now thinks Santa lives with Skeletor from He–Man!)Santa waved to all the children as the boat made it way around his island, and then he got on his very own boat, followed us and magically appeared at the door :-)
Jack was very happy to see him, and ran all the way up the boat to show us where Santa was. He went a little shy when Santa came round, and he was given a big cone with lots of goodies inside from Santa (most of which have sadly been confiscated as they fell apart when played with, but he enjoyed playing with them while he could!).
They then had a singing competition (Daddy thought he should have won that), and a dancing competition (Daddy definately should have won that with all his Santa dancing!) and sadly, Santa had to leave to see other boys and girls. The cruise took an hour all in, and it was well worth it in my opinion. Jack had a fab time, and it wasn’t too busy or too manic to scare him (as these things can). As you can see from the title above, I think it should be a yearly thing for us as its one of the nicest Santa day trips I have ever been on, not too long and entertaining for Jack. Afterwards we went to the Bridge Inn for some lovely lunch which we didn’t finish until after 3. We headed out to feed the ducks who were really hungry, and to watch the boat turn at the end of the Canal, before it got a bit too cold and we headed home.