Yes, only six sleeps until the Man in the Red Coat lands the sleigh at Apedale Road and hoardes of bright eyed and eager children look forward to unburdening their present wish list on him. The Grotto is built and looks better than ever, and the train has so many fairy lights on it that we’re getting letters of complaint from aircraft approaching Manchester Airport. Stanhope and the Joffre have been put to bed for the winter, so the honour of hauling the trains will fall to the Hudswell. We still have some seats available for the first weekend – we’ve passed the booking cut-off date for that, so it will be on a “turn up” basis now. Booking finishes for the second weekend on the 11th – and there are only a few seats available for that – so please book NOW here if you want to join in the fun.