The first sighting of Santa!

We are standing in the queue at Santa’s Grotto at Duke of York Square. img_9532 And taking in some Winter sun.img_9533 And here he is again! He remembered us from last year …img_9539And he also knew George had been naughty! ;). And I, of course I’ve been good! LOL!

The first time I visited Santa, I barked at him but since then I realise he is someone Mummy loves – so I went along with what she wants me to do.

May’s comment: Since the long forgotten days when we could go to Santa’s Grotto at Harrods when The Pet Kingdom existed, we have since been going to see Santa at the Duke of York Square instead.

But it’s very much a touch and go.This is our third year and I think our usual contact at Duke of York Square must have moved on.  We had registered our visit – making sure we’re the first ones there in the morning before the kids arrive. Even though we had specifically mentioned that Darcy is a Cockapoo and George is a Maltese/Shih-Tzu/Yorkie cross – they had not paid attention to our mention.  The new elves were not sure what to do and told us no dogs are allowed. I explained that this is our third year and that we knew we always had to come early before the kids arrive.  They must have thought it’s not in the Christmas spirit to deny us a visit with Santa so they ushered us in quickly.  And when we approached Santa, he remembered us from last year!!!!  Yay! Even when things changes, Santa has remained!

Regardless, they do a lovely job and the place is lovely.

This is a complimentary service – there is no charge for visiting Santa’s Grotto, however we suggest a £5 donation to charity. Your donation will go in full to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, which raises funds on behalf of charities working throughout the Royal Borough. This Christmas, we are supporting the Chelsea Community Hospital School (CCHS), a fantastic charity which provides education for children whilst they are in hospital. Every penny we receive from you will be donated to CCHS.” – Duke of York Square


  1. Margaret Danks

    You look so happy taking in the winter sun MissDarcy and maybe Santa will forgive George his naughtiness and bring him lovely pressies as long as he promises to be on the nice list next year.

  2. Jill

    What a gorgeous photo, and a perfect Santa too!

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