Countdown to Santa Sleigh
Knowle & Dorridge Santa Sleigh 2023
Knowle & Dorridge Round Table are proud to announce the dates and scheduled routes for the 2023 Santa Sleigh.
We are sharing this in the hope that the maximum number of children will
get to enjoy waving to Santa as he drives past their own front door on
his Sleigh! As they did last year, Santa’s elves will be knocking on doors, collecting food or cash donations that will then go to support local good causes and food banks. If you don’t have cash, then you can donate through SMS and online donations.
Santa would love to be with every child at 6.30 pm but he has to save
his magic for Christmas Eve, we hope staying up for him when he visits
your road will be worth it, even if it’s a little later than normal bed time.
We have a Facebook page www.facebook.com/KandDRT/ where you can keep up to date with Santa as circumstances sometimes foces him to change his plans at the last moment!
You can see full details of the route maps below.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved in Round Table please get in touch.
2023: Here we go again...
After feedback from last year, we have decided to keep the same routes for 2023 but swap around some of the order so Santa may be visiting you on a different night.
Weeknight routes start around 6.30PM and Sunday routes from 2.30PM. The Bentley Heath, Dorridge & Knowle lights events are not organised by Round Table, so whilst we will be in attendance, we cannot confirm their start times.
Please let us know any feedback you have about our routes, or the whole event.
Thursday 23rd November
Bentley Heath Christmas lights switch on.
Friday 24th November
Route 6 :
Newlands Road, Hurst Green Road, Milton Road, Windey Road (up to Esso Garage), Newbold Close, Bullivents Close, Bretby Close, Widney Close, Browns Lane (cul-de-sac), Four Ashes Road, St Phillips Grove
Sunday 26th November
Route 19 (Hockley Heath):
School Road, Tysoe Close, Blackberry Avenue, Tutnall Drive, Rashwood Close, Orchard Road, Arden Meads, Hazel Grove, Blacksmiths Lane, Stratford Road, Aylesbury Road, Park View, Meadow Close, Field Way, Belton Close
Afternoon route starting at 2.30pm.
Monday 27th November
Dorridge Christmas Lights Switch On
Tuesday 28th November
St Johns Close, Lodge Road, St Lawrence Close, Station Road (Purnells Way to High Street), Kenilworth Road, Kixley Lane, Golden End Lane, Cook Close, Wilsons Road, Milverton Road
Wednesday 29th November
Knowle Christmas lights switch on
Thursday 30th November
Widney Road, Tilehouse Green Lane, Hallcroft Way, Everitt Drive, Spiers Close, Gainsborough Cresent, Trehern Close, Hawkshead Drive, Garden Close, Willowbank Road, Bridge Meadow Drive, Falkwood Grove, Liveridge Close, Elbury Croft, Morgrove Avenue
Friday 1st December
Granville Road, Gladstone Road, Walcot Green, Clyde Road, Woodcote Drive, Knowle Wood Road, Blue Lake Road, Dorridge Road,Paddock Drive, Brooksby Grove, Avenue Road, Forest Road
Sunday 3rd December
Combined Route 11&12
Warwick Road, Newton Road, Whitacre Road, Blackdown Road, Lodge Road, Longdon Road, Copt Heath Drive, Holbeche Road, Shotland Close, Whiteslade Close, Landor Road, Austrey Close, Arrow Close, Ullenhall Road, Tilehouse Green Lane (to Browns Lane)
Afternoon route starting at 2.30pm.
Monday 4th December
Oakhall Drive, Elton Croft, Shelwick Grove, Tensley Close, Mill Lane, Enderby Close, Clifford Road, Dassett Road, Nuthurst Grove, Widney Road, Station Road, Poplar Road, Fennis Close, Edstone Close, Hanbury Road, Copstone Drive
Tuesday 5th December
Haydon Close, Arden Road, Alcott Close, Dorridge Croft, Arden Drive, Apsley Grove, Grange Road, Beaconsfield Close, Earlswood Road, Hansell Drive, Cheedon Close, Wyken Close, Debden Close, Ernsford Close
Thursday 7th December
Glendon Way, Chadworth Avenue, Hazeltree Grove, Manton Croft, Kingsland Drive, Barwell Close, Greytree Cresent, Mill Lane, Withington Grove, Buckminster Drive, Winster Avenue, Slater Road, Bentley Farm Close, Packwood Close, Redhouse Close
Friday 8th December
Arden Vale Road, Stourton Close, Mockley Wood Road, Whateley Hall Road, Alveston Grove, Ragley Close, Chantry Heath Cresent, Hampton Road, Wooton Close, Godwin Lane, Beausale Drive, Crabmill Close, Warwick Road
Sunday 10th December
Blythewood Close, Warwick Road, Jacobean Lane, Queen Eleanors Drive, Minster Close, Lightwood Close, Copt Heath Croft, Wychwood Avenue, Holland Avenue, Broadfern Road, Langfield Road, Barnbrook Road, Abbotts Close, High Trees Road
Afternoon route starting at 2.30pm
Monday 11th December
Manor Road, Woodstock Cresent, Hartington Close, Swinford Grove, Brightwell Crescent, Glendon Way, Sidbury Grove, Bramshall Drive, Trimpley Close, Dunham Croft, Pembridge Road, Merville Close, Denton Croft, Boningale Way, Althorpe Drive, Chartley Close
Tuesday 12th December
Temple Road, Knowle Wood Road, Foxbury Drive, Longford Close, Grove Road, Hollin Brow Close, Middlefield Avenue, Hertford Way, Barton Drive, Stockton Close, Ken Trueman Grove, Cooper Drive, Balkwill Cresent, Fletcher Grove, Avenue Road, Spring Coppice Drive, Warren Drive, Avenue Close, Templeton Close
Thursday 14th December
Lady Byron Lane, Browns Lane, Mallender Drive, Westerham Close, Moorfield Avenue, Rickard Close, Culverly Cresent, Willowbank Road, Montsford Close, Slade Grove, Needhill Close, Pool End Close
N.B. For safety, elves will not be joining Santa and knocking on doors along Lady Byron Lane (owing to lack of pavements or lighting). The Elves will join Santa at Browns Lane
Friday 15th December
Manor Road, Westfield Close, Cawden Grove, Rodborough Road, Rockingham Close, Besbury Close, Nailsworth Road, Four Ashes Road, Earlswood Road, Ettington Close, Woodchester Road, Kingscote Road
Sunday 17th December
Barcheston Road, Hollywell Road, Gilberry Close, Easenhall Close, Purnells Way, Station Road, Woodrow Cresent, Pettyfields Close, Starbold Cresent, Hillmorton Road, Heathfield Close.
Afternoon route starting at 2.30pm.
Use the camera on your phone or device to scan the QR code above. This will take you to a link where you can donate.
As we all carry less cash nowadays, we have set up more ways to donate.
Firstly, you can donate food towards the local food banks.
Secondly, you can simply send an SMS message with the letters KDRT to 70085 to donate £5.
We have also started to use an online charity platform, to enable donations by ApplePay, GooglePay and more. Our new donation page is here kdrt.donr.com/donate or scan the QR code.
Alternatively, if you use PayPal, we have a PayPal Donation page so that you can donate securely. Please click the donate button below to donate.
Please consider making an online donation if you are able.
As the sleigh is run by volunteers with the support of local groups and the generosity of local friends & businesses, the funds donated will go to good causes.
Thank you for your donation
We will be working alongside the amazing volunteers at the St. George & St Teresa Parish SVP team, collecting food for the local food banks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our helpers/elves will gladly accept donations of money and/or food.
Our elves will accept any money you give us on the night and some of the elves will be carrying card readers. This year we also have a donation webpage or alternatively you can donate by SMS.
Any money you donate we then use to support local good causes some of which you can see on our Support page. The food is donated to the local SVP team who then pass it onto those in need such as the Bethany Foodbank.
We will aim to start our routes at 6.30pm during the weekdays while our Sunday routes will start at 2.30pm. You are able to track us via the link we post on Facebook each night.
Each route is a different length but on average they are two hours long with the Sunday routes taking four hours.
Yes! Like last year, we are back to knocking on doors along with handing out sweets. Our elves will be regularly sanitising their hands throughout the event and any elf who is feeling unwell is advised not to join us until they are feeling better. To help us all stay safe, we would ask that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or those with close contact to someone with symptoms, to please stay indoors so as to protect Santa and the elves, and keep Christmas safe this year.
Our dates we are visiting the various routes are detailed above. If your road is missing, please get in touch with us via Facebook or our Contact Us page.
While we will do our best to visit every road in the area there are a number of factors that may prevent us from visiting your road. For example, the size of the sleigh makes it very difficult to get down narrow lanes or turn around in some cul-de-sacs. We recommend keeping an eye on the Santa tracker page and if you are on a road we struggle to access, you can come and see Santa and his elves when they are close by.
Our routes are strictly controlled by Solihull MBC, and have to take place between 6:30pm – 9pm in the evenings and from 2.30pm on Sundays.
Knowle & Dorridge Round Table