Broughty’s Christmas train

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Santa Claus will be in Broughty Ferry later this month for the town’s first ever festive land train and Gray Street Grotto.

Following on from the success of the Christmas lights switch on the Broughty ferry Traders’ Association (BFTA) has arranged for some more festive fun between 12 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 14.

Jolly journeys will be on offer on a festively decked out land train which will be picking up revellers from the Gray Street Grotto next to Visocchi’s and taking them on an adventure through the town.

The ride will last between five and 10 minutes and will run as demand dictates between 12 and 4 p.m.

It will start and end at the bus stop at Visocchi’s and will travel on a set route along King Street, Fort Street and past the shops on Brook Street.

LocalMotion Land Train Ltd was approached by the BFTA to run their popular land train for the event. Company director Elaine Stewart said: “We are delighted to be working with the Broughty Ferry Traders’ Association and taking part in this new event post-Christmas light switch on.”

Rides are just £1 and all proceeds will be distributed to local charities.

Throughout December many Broughty Ferry retailers, cafes and bars will be open later on Sundays giving customers more opportunity to pick up gifts for Christmas.

Steve James, chair of the BFTA said: “By mid-December lots of people are already fed up with their Christmas shopping and we know that there are more folk than ever who want to buy their gifts from local, independent retailers.

“Most of the shops will be open especially for the afternoon and we were delighted when the Land Train people offered to help us turn Sunday the 14th into a family friendly day in the Ferry.

“It’s also great that Santa found the time to spend the afternoon with us at his busiest time of year. We reckon he just wants a shot on the train!”

This is a new initiative for the BFTA which is responsible for major community events including Gala Week, Christmas decorations and street concert, promotes Broughty Ferry in partnership with other local agencies, acts as an advocate in the best interests of the town where appropriate and makes significant donations to local charities.

The official website of the Broughty Ferry Traders Association is