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.
In 2021 the Barry Santa Sleigh will be very different to usual - with covid-19 safety restrictions in place to keep the public and our members safe. Please read our FAQ's below to see how the 2021 Santa Sleigh will run.
View the latest Santa Sleigh route via the Barry Santa Sleigh Facebook page.
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Barry Santa Sleigh - FAQ's
Will Santa be stopping on my street?
Possibly. We do not get to every street in Barry but in the below question is a list of our routes and links to Facebook Events pages. Simply open the link and zoom into the map to see the route we’re taking for the route and if we will be travelling along your street;
What is the difference from 2020 to 2021?
In 2020 we did more routes and visited some areas we had not taken Santa before; this was due to heavy Covid restrictions in place at the time. In 2020 we did not make any Santa Stops and had Santa wave to his fans from the sleigh. This year we plan on bringing back Santa Stops but still with some restrictions in place. In 2020 we made amendments to a few routes which we have reverted back to how we visited areas in 2019 and before.
What are the 2021 differences and Covid Restrictions?
This year we are bringing back Santa Stops with a slight difference. At the Santa Stops, Santa will not be alighting the sleigh. We will ask that any Santa fans to the sleigh and speak to Santa, wave and have a photo; the fans on the pavement/road and Santa on the Sleigh.
We will be trying to ensure social distancing where possible and would ask people to support by trying to maintain social distancing where possible.
Any additional Covid Rules?
We will be ensuring anyone helping (aged 16+) has a Negative Lateral Flow Test Result taken on the day of the event plus masks are optional for all helpers.
What are Santa Stops and will Santa get off the Sleigh?
Santa Stops are planned stops where the Santa Sleigh stop on his sleigh to see his fans. Feel free to take pictures, say hello and wave to Santa. Santa does tend to see a lot of fans on each route so how long he stops for will be limited.
With covid still present Santa will not be getting off the sleigh.
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.
Each night we will have a Stop Sign Elf who will identify the safest place to stop as close to the Santa Stop as possible. If you see the Stop Sign Elf, follow him to the safest stopping place.
Santa is not coming down my street?
Due to the size of Barry and the limited number of times we are out, we are unable to get to every street in Barry.
Are all routes guaranteed to be followed as per the Route Map?
Hopefully. The 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.
Can I take a photo of Santa?
Yes, feel free to take a photo as Santa passes on his sleigh or come and see him at the scheduled Santa Stops.
What is the Santa Tracker?
Each night as we leave the start point, we will Turn On our Santa Tracker so you can check his progress along the Route. This is in case we have a cold or wet night you can follow Santa round and come to your window, door or Driveway to give Santa a wave. Should you exit the house we would advise wrapping up in warm 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 missing Santa passing by, 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 it’s 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, Rudolph may in exceptional circumstances have to cancel Santa's Sleigh going out due to:
If its unsafe for Santa, his elves, the sleigh 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 come and see him;
Can I donate?
Yes please and Thank You for doing so. Our Supporters will have buckets for you donate cash (plus have sweets in case you have a sweet tooth) plus the Barry Round Table Elves will have Sum Up card Readers in case you wish to donate via contactless payments. You can also donate via Paypal.
Can I donate other things?
Unfortunately not. In 2020 we did two special Summer Santa visits for Food Bank donations; if you wish to make a Food Bank donation we’d advise contacting your local Food Bank or donating via designated shops.
Can I ask for a personal visit from Santa with Barry Round Table?
You can ask but the answer will be No. We will be adhering to social distancing guidelines plus mixed - household rules set by the Welsh Government. We will only be taking Santa out on the Barry Santa Sleigh to wave at his fans.
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 man’s 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 email@example.com or speak to one of our elves on a sleigh route.