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Sleigh routes: Where to see Santa in Rutland

It will soon be time for Santa to visit families in Rutland as Christmas draws near. In fact Rutland Lions have been chaperoning Santa around Uppingham and Oakham for nearly 40 years now, and in that time wear and tear has taken its toll, not on Santa of course, he’s ageless, but the sleigh has taken a bit of a hammering.

In order to ensure Santa is transported in appropriate comfort, bringing with him festive cheer and Christmas tunes, a group of Lions led by Charles Robertshaw set about refurbishing Santa’s sleigh. Four new tyres, a new sound system, improved access, a new paint job and fabulous new decals on all four sides of the sleigh have been added over the summer months.

Rutland sleigh routes (5870214)
Rutland sleigh routes (5870214)

Now that the sleigh is ready for Christmas action, Santa was invited to come along and inspect his refurbished transport, and as the photographs show, he was delighted, and can’t wait to get back on the road.

Santa’s tours start in Uppingham on Thursday, December 13, and finish in Oakham on Christmas Eve as usual. As Oakham has expanded considerably over recent years, more elves are required to accompany Santa, and Rutland Lions would like to hear from anyone who would like to join them, even if for just one evening, helping Santa visit as many children as possible.

Santa’s elves accompany the sleigh, helping children on and off, visiting homes along the route to announce Santa’s arrival, as well as carrying collecting tins. Santa’s visits are both a community service for children and their families, whilst raising funds for future donations.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to offer an evening, typically from 5pm until 8pm, either in Uppingham or Oakham, then please contact Secretary Keith Primarolo on 0845 8334319, or via the club Facebook page, Rutland Lions.

Below is Santa's full route through Rutland

Thursday 13th December - Uppingham Route 1: (17:30 start) The Beeches, Hawthorn Road, Hazel Close, Bramble Close, Elizabeth Way, Gainsborough Road, The Quadrant, Seaton Road, Hornbeam Lane, Blackthorn Close, Newton Road, Newton Close.

Friday 14th December - Uppingham Route 2: (17:30 start) Firs Avenue, Goldfinch Road, Siskin Road, Lime Tree Avenue, Caudebec Close, Queens Road, Johnson Road, Branston Road.

Monday 17th December - Oakham Route 1: (17:30 start) Ryefield, Summerfield, Meadowfield, Beechfield, Springfield Way, Foxfield Way, Oakfield Way, Larchfield, Ashfield, Limefield, Schofield Road, Withers Close, Livingstone Close, Griffiths Close, Tabberer Close, Southern Close, Gilmore Close, Kilburn road, Kilburn End.

Tuesday 18th December - Oakham Route 2: (17:30 start) The Avenue, Wheatfield Way, Hornbeam Crescent, Haydock Avenue, Goodwood Road, Kempton Drive, Maresfield Road

Wednesday 19th December - Oakham Route 3: (17:30 start) Heron Road, Heron Close, Martin Close, Plover Close, Wren Close, Jay Close, Kestrel Road, Bullfinch Close, Nightingale Way, Kingfisher Close, Redwing Close, Partridge Way, Chaffinch Close, Robin Close, Queens Road, Queens Road, Ashwell Road

Thursday 20th December - Oakham Route 4: (17:30 start) Graffam Drive, Hectors Way, Mendip Road, Chilton Close, Hilltop Drive, Redland Road, Ferrers Close, Cold Overton Road, John Clare Close, Parkfield Road, Hill Road, Princess Avenue, Westfield Avenue, Kings Road

Friday 21st December - Oakham Route 5: (17:30 start) Alsthorpe Road, Horn Close, Hardwick Close, Normanton Drive, Snelston Close, Gunthorpe Close, Pickworth Close, Wensum Close, Hambleton Close, Tolethorpe Close, Sculthorpe Close, Alsthorpe Road.

Saturday 22nd December - Oakham Static: (09.00-13.00 - Outside Specsavers)

Sunday 23rd December - Oakham Route 6: (17.30 start) Willowvale Gardens, Lonsdale Way, Digby Drive, Browning Road, Kennedy Close, Grampian Way, Cheviot Close, Alpine Close, Snowdon Avenue, Malvern Walk, Cotswold Walk, Pentland Court, Hudson Close, Finch Avenue, Churchill Road, Alexander Crescent, Mountbatten Road, Braunston Road, Glebe Way, Warn Crescent, Hanbury Close, Braunston Road.

Monday 24th December - Oakham Route 7: (16:00 start) Brook Road, Tyne Road, Derwent Drive, Buckingham Road, Balmoral Road, Nene Crescent, Welland Way, Severn Close, Shannon Way, Dove Close, Don Close, Spey Drive, Dee Close, Forth Close, Trent Road.

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