Santa has taken up residency in his Green Lanes grotto to meet children in the run up to Christmas.

Santa and his elves have opened up the grotto at Green Lanes in Barnstaple.Santa and his elves have opened up the grotto at Green Lanes in Barnstaple.

The grotto opened on Sunday, November 18, but instead of its usual spot outside Wilkinsons, it has moved to a new home next to So Sweet.

The magical new grotto features a sparkling winter wonderland children can walk through and enjoy.

Father Christmas and his elves will be there at weekends during November, with more appearances during December.

In November find him there from midday-4pm on Fridays, 10am-5pm on Saturdays and 10.30-4.30pm on Sundays.

He will then be there Tuesday–Sunday in the first half of December from midday-4pm weekdays (finishing at 8pm on Thursdays); 10-5 Saturdays; and 10.30-4.30 Sundays.

From December 17-22 he will be there 10am-5pm; on December 23 from 10.30-4.30; and on Christmas Eve he will be there 10am-3pm.