Barry Santa Sleigh

The Barry Santa Sleigh has been making memories in the Town since Christmas 1972.

Created by Barry Round Table simply as a way to spread Christmas cheer, the sleigh soon became a fundraising drive after members of the public asked how they could donate to the cause.

The Sleigh has grown and now visits 1,000's of people in Barry across 20 routes, 5 supermarket visits and 2 Christmas Lights Switch-On's, all helping us to continue #MakingMemories

The remaining Barry Santa Sleigh routes will be announced on Bro Radio on Saturday 30th November from 11am.

Barry Santa Sleigh - FAQ's

When is Santa our with Barry Round Table?
Please check our the Barry Santa Sleigh Facebook page for the full list

Will Santa be stopping on my street?
Please check our Street List tool. Simply type in your street name and it will confirm the following to advise yes or no.

If Yes;
What route
What date
A link to the route map
A link to the Santa Tracker (active on the night of the route)
Useful notes about where he plans to stop

If No;
The closest route he’ll be on. (For non-residential streets there will be no Closest Route listed)
For the Closest Route we will also advise the Route Name and Date
For streets near or within a route we will advise of the closest stop to your street

What are Santa Stops?
Santa Stops are planned stops where Santa will alight his sleigh and come and meet his fans. Feel free to take pictures, high five and have a quick chat. Santa does need to see a lot of fans on each route so how long he stops for will be limited.

Are Santa Stops precise stops?
Not quite. With Rudolph and the rest of the Reindeers resting for the big night the sleigh will be pulled by the Reindeer Van kindly provided by CJ Contract Travel. We will do our utmost to stop as close as possible to the location on the map but logistics - for example, lack of safe stopping space, traffic, safety - may mean the stop is slightly altered.

Are all routes guaranteed to be followed as per the Route Map?
Hopefully. The routes - with the exception of the newly formed Waterfront West and Waterfront East routes - have been in place for a number of years but there could be issues affecting the route. We will do what we can to follow the route as per the map but alterations may mean we have to alter the route. Once we start each route we will launch the Santa Tracker so it is best to follow us on the tracker to check our progress.
For any issues known before hand we will try and update information on the Barry Santa Sleigh Facebook page as soon as possible.
Examples of issues that could affect the route;
Road works
Road closures
Emergency on the street

What is the Santa Tracker?
Each night as we leave the start point we will Turn On our Santa Tracker, which will be shared via social media so you can check his progress along the Route. This is incase we have a cold or wet night you can follow Santa round and get to the stop closest to you when he is close by instead of waiting for a while. If you do wait for a while Santa implores you to wrap up warm I’m suitable clothing. 

At what times can we expect to see Santa?
Each route begins at around 6:30pm and runs until 9:30pm at the very latest. To avoid being out for to long, its best to follow Santa and his sleigh via the tracker shared on our social media.

Why can't Santa appear earlier/later?
The Barry Santa Sleigh is run entirely by volunteers, all of whom have full-time jobs and families, meaning we cannot get out earlier on weekdays. The sleigh is also at its best when its in the dark. The Santa Sleigh is aimed at younger children who need their sleep, and many of whom will have school the following day; which is why Santa disappears at the time he does.

Will Santa be out regardless of the weather?
Santa will always try and get out regardless of the weather (even if it means him and his elves get soaked). However, Ruldolph may in exceptional circumstances have to cancel Santa's Sleigh going out due to:
* Ice on the road,
* Snow blocking roads,
* Torrential and prolonged rainfall.
If its unsafe for Santa, his elves, the sleigh, our supporter groups or members of the public to be out in extreme conditions then we will update you via our social media. We will try our upmost to return to the cancelled route where possible.

We missed Santa on our route!
If you miss Santa we are sorry. We will be travelling a total of 16 routes so if a friend or family member lives elsewhere you could visit them on an alternative route night to see Santa.

Santa will also be at the following places - stationary - so you can some and see him;
Morrison’s (Sunday 1st and Saturday 7th December
Tesco (Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December)
Santa Dash Barry Island (Sunday 8th December)
Breakfast with Santa (Tynewydd Inn Sunday 15th December - this is a chargeable event organised by the pub)

Who runs the Barry Santa Sleigh?
The Barry Santa Sleigh is run by members of Barry Round Table, affiliated to the National Association of Round Tables. All members give up their time voluntarily to organise and run the sleigh every December.

How can I find out more about Round Table?
Round Table is a young mans organisation for those aged 18 - 45 that provides young men from the local area with a platform for social networking, getting involved in fun activities and events, as well as engaging with community-based activities like the Barry Santa Sleigh. We are always looking for new members to help us #DoMore in our community and would welcome you along to an upcoming meeting or social event.
For details email or speak to one of our elves on a sleigh route or supermarket.
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