Breaking News: Christmas 2020 training schedule published by Father Christmas, and it starts tonight!
Parents and Grandparents alert: Father Christmas and his reindeer are getting ready with some practice runs.
We all know that Father Christmas will be in the skies above us on 24th December but what you may not know is that in the weeks leading up to his big journey around the world, he and his reindeer have a few practice runs, with their sleigh lights shining bright, and we at Town and Around can share this information with you so that you may, if the sky is clear, be able to see him traverse the skies – and spread the magic with your little ones.
The first sleigh run is tonight – 25th November so wrap up warm and be outside to see the practice run from 17.58 to 18.00. It will appear from the south west and complete an overhead pass towards the south east. At its highest the sleigh will reach 47 degrees above the horizon. The horizon is at zero degrees and directly overhead is 90 degrees so 47 degrees is about halfway up.
The following few days are very exciting because you will be able to see Father Christmas complete double runs from 26th November to 3rd December! This is to make sure that all the reindeer are able to pull the sleigh and all the presents, and if they struggle Father Christmas will be giving them extra energy food to help with stamina.
The Elves have been very busy preparing the schedule of flights up to 3rd December and a full list is here:
To explain this table: after the date column is the how long you’ll be able to see the sleigh for, then the next column is maximum height the sleigh will reach, the last two columns are the direction where the sleigh will appear and disappear from view.
A further training schedule will be published if Santa feels extra practice is necessary.
It is important for Father Christmas and the reindeer to have a little rest while the Elves pack the final presents and load them onto the sleigh. Then, on Christmas Eve, Father Christmas sets off on his sleigh from Lapland travelling an estimated 31,689,930 miles. It’s a really busy night for him and his reindeer as they travel around the world and they really appreciate something to eat and drink – don’t forget.
Have a magical Christmas
From the team at Town and Around