[Image credit: Lynton & Barnstaple Railway]
Follow him on his tour of the West Country (but you better be good if you want a present):
The Polar Express, Seaton Tramway, East Devon
Based on the best-selling book by Chris Van Allsburg and the classic Christmas movie, this trip to the North Pole invites you to take part in the Polar Express experience by tram, travelling along the Axe estuary and through two nature reserves. Listen to and sing along with all the songs, be served hot chocolate and cookies by the dancing chefs and meet Santa and his happy bunch of elves. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa and you're welcome to wear your pyjamas on board just like the movie!
Stay at 6 Lyme Mews, Seaton
Dartmouth Steam Railway Santa Express, South Devon
Depart by train from Paignton for a heady dose of nostalgia on a scenic return journey to Kingswear. During your journey Aladdin, Jasmin, Jafar and the Genie perform a mini pantomime to get you in the spirit to greet Father Christmas - who will visit you at your seat with his sleigh and band of merry helpers. Make sure you charm Aladdin and perhaps your wishes will come true.
Stay at The Boathouse, Kingswear
Santa by Steam, South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor
Enjoy an exciting two-mile return journey on this picturesque narrow gauge railway from Woody Bay Station to Killington Lane and back by steam train. Get into the festive spirit whilst the children experience the magic of Christmas by meeting Santa and receive an individually named present.
Stay at The Stables, Lynton
Morwellham Christmas Special, West Devon
Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Cornwall
Enjoy a heritage steam train ride and see Santa in his grotto on board the train during your journey. A free bag of presents is in store from Santa for children, mince pies and seasonal refreshments for adults.
Stay at Lower Meadow, Ruthernbridge
Fowey Christmas Market, Cornwall
Santa can't resist a bit of nautical style. The pretty harbour town of Fowey hosts markets and entertainment from 9th to 11th November. Father Christmas makes his arrival by boat on the first evening, followed by switching on of Christmas lights and carols. On Saturday and Sunday there are Christmas markets selling gifts, crafts and local food and drink.
Stay at 7 Park Road, Fowey
West Somerset Railway Santa Trains
Enjoy a heritage steam train ride through glorious Somerset countryside with Santa, receive a present and chuckle at the entertainer.
Sail with Santa Cruise, Poole, Dorset
Board the special train to meet Santa, be served refreshments by his special helpers and chortle at the entertainer on the trip back. It's a nostalgic world that will take you back in time to days of simple pleasures as you chuff past the spectacular ruins of Corfe Castle.
Stay at The Chapel, Milborne St Andrew
... we've tracked down some of Rudolph's cousins at the Somerset Reindeer Ranch and Santa is coming to pay them a visit! Come and gatecrash - Santa will be telling Christmassy tales over hot chocolate and mince pies (and we'd better not mention you can actually hire a real live reindeer to visit your cottage!)