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. 

In 2020 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 2020 Santa Sleigh will run.

View the latest Santa Sleigh route via the Barry Santa Sleigh Facebook page.

Our tracker will go live below shortly after 6:30pm. Please wait up to 30 seconds for the tracker to load

Barry Santa Sleigh - FAQ's

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

COVID - 19: Will this year be different
The answer is YES – there are many changes to how the Barry Santa Sleigh 2020 will run this is to meet COVID-19 safety measures. We ask you check the full list of Q&A’s so you can see how we will be bringing Santa to Barry in 2020 safely. We have left in common questions we get year after year but they have answer amended for 2020.

Will Santa be stopping on my street?
No. That is the simple answer. Santa will be visiting streets in a rolling sleigh and waving to all his fans. The
Santa Sleigh WILL NOT stop at any point unless to perform a U-turn as per the route or as an un-expected safety precaution.

What are Santa Stops?
There will be NO Santa Stops

Are Santa Stops precise stops?
There will be NO Santa Stops

Are all routes guaranteed to be followed as per the Route Map?
Hopefully. The routes -apart from a few alterations (see below) - 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 unexpected issues may mean we hav e 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 beforehand 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

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. 

Can I take a photo of Santa?
Yes,but we must stress that there will be 
NO Santa stops so Santa will not be getting off the sleigh to meet his fans. Feel free to come to your window, door or driveway to give a wave and take a social distanced photo of Santa. The sleigh will be in constant motion but hopefully at a low speed to get a clear photo.

Can I get a photo of my children with Santa or on the Sleigh?
No. We will be applying COVID- 19 safety measures so Santa will remain on the sleigh at all times and not getting off to have photos with his fans nor allow his fans to get on the sleigh.

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:
* Ice on the road,
* Snow blocking roads,
* Torrential and prolonged rainfall.

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. However, he will be back on December 24th overnight to deliver presents to all the boys and girls of the town.

Where else will Santa be with Barry Round Table?
Due to the cancellation of several events we attend, Santa will only be with Barry Round Table for the Santa Sleigh Route nights. We will not be visiting Supermarkets this year.

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 speak to one of our elves on a sleigh route.

2020 Route Alterations and Changes

Coldbrook (Palmerston) - this has been split into two separate routes this year.

Coldbrook - Will start at the usual start point (end on Main Street opposite corner of Tesco) and follow the old route along Main Street, Robbins Lane, Price Avenue, Cowbridge Road and Coldbrook Road East into Green Lane then Daniel Street. Turning round an end and coming back out of Green Lane onto Coldbrook Road East before visiting Meadow Vale and Brookfield Avenue to end the route.

Palmerston - The start point will be a little bit along from the old End Point for the Coldbrook (Palmerston) Route at the top of Litte Moors Road (By Nisa - The old Admiral pub). We will go down Little Moors Road onto Cardiff Road and up Henry Street and right onto Arthur Street. We will then go up Palmerston Road over the rail bridge as the road becomes Dobbins Road and visit Greenacres. After coming out of Greenacres we will continue along Dobbins Road and right onto Glenbrook Drive then up Glenbrook Road turning the roundabout at the top and back down Glenbrook Drive. We will then leave Glenbrook and carry on to the end of Dobbins Road turning left onto Coldbrook Road East and left onto Langlands Road. We will then follow the old Coldbrook (Palmerston) Route along Langlands Road - diverting off to loop Norwood Crescent - to end the route at the end of Langlands Road.

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