With Christmas fast approaching and St Nicholas working as hard as ever to ensure he meets his deadlines, the big man is still able to spare a bit of time to come and visit the children of Ayrshire.

Every year, children visit Santa's grotto to tell him what they want for Christmas and this year is no exception with several locations hosting Mr Clause.

From Ayr to Irvine, you'll have plenty of opportunities this December to visit Father Christmas.

With all this in mind, here is where you can take the kids to meet Santa this year.

5 places to meet Santa this Christmas

Here are the places you can meet Santa this holiday season:

Santa's Grotto in aid of Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr Central

Ayr Central (In aid of Ayrshire Hospice) is hosting a Santa's Grotto where children can meet Saint Nick and his elves to ask him if they are on the 'naughty' or 'nice' list.

Children will have the opportunity to post a letter to the Lapland via Santa's magical postbox and will even receive a small gift before the big day.

Address: Ayr Central, Skye Square, Ayr, KA7 1TP.

When: The Grotto will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between November 26 and December 18.

Cost: £5 per child.

To find out more and book your tickets, please visit the Ayrshire Hospice website.

The Waterside Hotel, Ardrossan

The Waterside Hotel in Ardrossan is also hosting a Santa’s Grotto along with a main course kids' meal and a refillable drink. 

Address: Ardrossan Rd, West Kilbride KA23 9NG.

When: The Grotto will take place on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18.

Cost: £15 per child under the age of 12.

To find out more and make a booking, please visit The Waterside Hotel website.

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The Gailes Hotel & Spa, Irvine

Similar to The Waterside Hotel in Ardrossan, the Gailes Hotel and Spa is hosting a similar event.

Address: Marine Dr, Irvine KA11 5AE.

When: December 3, 4, 10, 17, and 18.

Cost: £15.

To find out more, please visit The Gailes Hotel & Spa website.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Heads of Ayr Farm Park is hosting a Santa meet and greet with grottos for children of all needs and ages.

Along with the standard grotto, there will also be a quieter one for children with additional support needs.

Address: Dunure Rd, Alloway by Ayr, Ayr KA7 4LD.

When: The grotto will run from November 19 to December 23.

Cost: Off-peak times are £6 per adult, £8 per infant (under 2), and £14 per child (over 2).

To find out more about the prices and to book your place, please visit the Heads of Ayr website.

Si! Bar and Restaurant, Irvine

This bar and restaurant will be hosting a Santa grotto and meal deal for those wanting to meet Father Christmas.

Address: 18 Kilwinning Rd, Ayrshire, Irvine KA12 8RU.

When: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18.

Cost: £15 per child.

To find out more, please visit the Si! Bar and Restaurant website.