Santa - and a very special helper in Bin Forest

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Special arrangements are being finalised for Santa’s annual visit to The Bin Forest, near Huntly (2 miles north of Huntly on the A96).

With more demands on his time than ever, Santa will this year be visiting on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December before rushing off to meet thousands of eager youngsters around the country.

And because his visits to The Bin Forest are always so busy, he's invited the Gruffalo along to help out!

A spokesperson for Santa said:

“Santa is always really happy to see the look of sheer joy on the faces of local children when they visit him in The Bin Forest – a winter woodland just like the one where he has his workshop at the north pole.

“This year there will be story telling, a wishing tree where messages for Santa can be left and some fairy light glitter and gleam.

“Mr and Mrs Elf will be on hand and as an extra special treat, the Gruffalo has agreed to come along and help welcome all the boys and girls (and grown ups!).

“And after a trip to the Grotto you'll also be able to enjoy a hot drink and warm yourself beside the large open fire that will help to give you toasty toes.”

Santa and the Gruffalo will be on site and ready for visitors from 11.00am - 2.00pm on both days. Local guides and schoolchildren will be helping Forestry Commission Scotland staff to make it a very special weekend.

Free hot drinks will be available but throughout the weekend staff will also be accepting donations for local charities.

You can also take the opportunity to enjoy one of the longer trails through the forest, and let a quiet, peaceful walk put you in the right frame of mind for the hectic festive season.

To visit Santa, just come to the Bin Forest Car park and take the short, magical trail from the car park through the woods to Santa's grotto.

For more information contact Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District on 01466 794161 or email

To get to The Bin Forest travel on the A96, it is located approximately 2 miles north of Huntly. The car park is signposted off to the right.

1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government's forestry department. For more information log on to

Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 07785 527 590 or 0131 314 6507.