Glasgow construction firm, City Building, have helped babies across Glasgow have a magical first Christmas.
Apprentices gave Santa Claus a gift of his own this year, building him a new grotto and sleigh just in time for the popular Baby’s First Christmas event, which sees invites hundreds of Glasgow’s new-borns visit the City Chambers to meet the Deputy Lord Provost and Santa Claus.
A team of six apprentice joiners and painters spent six weeks designing, building and decorating a grotto, which has been made to look like a log cabin with a cosy interior. Apprentice painters used state-of-the-art digital printing technology to print the log-style design, along with a roaring fireplace inside.
Santa has also received a custom sleigh, finished with a sparkling paint.
Graham Chatham, senior instructor at City Building, said: “The apprentices have loved working on this project, it’s definitely put them in the festive spirit!
“I’m very proud of our apprentices, who took full responsibility for the whole project, from the design stage right through to the finishing touches. It’s a detailed task, as both the grotto and the sleigh need to be assembled and dismantled at the City Chambers.
“I think Santa will be very pleased with his new grotto and sleigh and I’m sure it’ll be a very memorable Christmas for all the families meeting him and the Lord Provost.”
The Baby’s First Christmas event is a tradition in Glasgow, with each baby receiving a limited-edition silver Christmas decoration to mark the occasion.
Philip Braat, deputy Lord Provost of Glasgow said: “This is such a fantastic project; we’ve been extremely excited about our new grotto and sleigh and it looks truly amazing.
“I think our new festive scene will make a lot of children and their families very happy this Christmas and we’re looking forward to having this in our City Chambers for many years to come. I’d like to thank City Building’s apprentices for their hard work.”