A Magical Christmas at The Falkirk Wheel!

This December, The Falkirk Wheel will be transformed into a winter wonderland as Santa and his elves prepare for the big day! Families are in for a treat as they join our special journey to Santa’s grotto.

Watch the kids beam with delight as Santa comes aboard our magical boat trip with gifts for all the good girls and boys, dance and sing with the Elf Team, and get your picture taken with Santa.

There will also be lots of festive fun in the Visitor Centre to keep the little ones entertained, with gingerbread decorating, face painting, Christmas games, and more. And for the adults, we will have mulled wine and festive treats.

Tickets are £13.95 per person (under 1’s £2.00). Your ticket will include a gift for each child.

Visit Santa at his magical grotto on:

  • Saturday 16th December
  • Sunday 17th December
  • Friday 22nd December
  • Saturday 23rd December
  • Sunday 24th December

Boat trips to Santa’s Grotto run hourly from 12:30pm, with the last boat at 6:30pm. On Christmas Eve the last boat will be at 4:30pm.

Book your Santa boat trip now! To avoid disappointment, early booking is highly recommended.

In the event of unforseen weather, the boat trip on the Falkirk Wheel may not be possible. We will provide an alternative Santa’s grotto in the basin. No refunds will be issued.

Win a boat trip with Santa!

Download and colour in our festive scene then take a picture and send it to us on Facebook or Twitter using #wheelyfestive for a chance to win a Santa boat trip for the family.*

Download your festive scene here 


Meet Sparkles the Elf!

Say hello to our wee elf pal Sparkles – she’s helping make sure we’re #WheelyFestive ahead of Santa’s arrival at The Wheel!

There’s loads to do and she needs YOUR help to decide where to go next!

Click here to meet Sparkles!


*Terms & Conditions - Win a boat trip with Santa!

  • Prize is for four people to attend the Santa boat trip. At least one member of the group must be over 18
  • Entries must be received by midnight Monday 18 December
  • The winners will be announced via twitter @falkirkwheel on Tuesday 19 December
  • The winners must be available to attend a boat trip on the weekend of 22 December