Video calls with Santa available in Doncaster this Christmas

A Doncaster performer is starting up an ‘Elf to your door service’ this festive period to make sure children still get the Christmas magic this year.

By Laura Andrew
Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 4:45 pm

Sophie Wright was due to spend the Christmas period this year working on the Polar Express in Wensleydale but Covid-19 has meant that the festive event has been cancelled.

She wanted to do something to make Christmas a little bit special for kids who may be stuck inside this year.

Sophie, 25, said: “Most grottos have already announced that they will not be able to operate in 2020 because of the pandemic.

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Sophie is a performer and says the last seven months have been hard for her and others in the industry.

Sophie who lives in Tickhill will be dressing up as an elf and visiting people across South Yorkshire to spread festive cheer.

She will bring gifts, a letter from Santa and sing Christmas songs in peoples front gardens.

Sophie also has the option to video call an actor playing Santa.

Sophie wants to bring some festive cheer to people this December.

“Kids might be confused as to why they’re not allowed to visit a grotto and do the things they usually do at Christmas,” she continued.

“Parents can use the video call with Santa to get him to explain it to them in a simple way.

“I hope that by doing this I can bring some of that to people's homes this year.”

Sophie would have been working aboard the Polar Express this December but it has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

Sophie is a full time performer but has not been able to do the job she loved during the pandemic.

She said: “I had to shut down my mermaid party business and I don’t have experience in other fields to get a temporary job in something like retail.

“It’s been really hard for performers these last seven months and it’s made me quite down hearted.”

She will be starting her new Christmas venture in November of 2020 and is now open for bookings.

Sophie will be singing songs and handing out gifts.

Sophie will be hosting Christmas themed shows online via Zoom as well as her in person elf visits for anyone who feels more comfortable doing things digitally.

To book Sophie you can email [email protected] or call 07969513879.

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