Father Christmas will read the CBeebies Bedtime Story on Christmas Eve

Father Christmas himself will appear on a special edition of 'CBeebies Bedtime Story' on Christmas Eve.


Father Christmas will appear on 'CBeebies Bedtime Story' on Christmas Eve.

The BBC has announced a series of heartwarming guests for the festive season, and Santa Claus himself will be part of the special show.

On December 24, jolly old Saint Nick will fittingly read 'The Night Before Christmas' to get children excited for the big day.

The previous day, there will be multiple readers from the UK Armed Forces at bases in the UK and around the world.

They will be reading Patrice Karst's 'The Visible String', with nine different members of the Armed Forces join in locations like Estonia, Cyprus, Bahrain and the HMS Prince of Wales warship.

The readers are all parents or family members who are missing being with their loved ones over Christmas.

Sergeant Shannon Bennett said in a statement: "On Christmas Day this year, there will be almost 7,000 sailors, soldiers and aviators who will miss the chance of Christmas dinner with family, or a cosy reading session with their children, because they are stationed abroad anywhere from the Falkland Islands to the Indo-Pacific.

“That’s why this special CBeebies Bedtime Stories episode will resonate so deeply with people who are serving – because while they are upholding peace and security around the world, they are still missing the simplicity of tucking their children into bed.”

On Christmas Day itself, Justin Fletcher and Dodge The Dog will join children from Manchester Hospital School, who are patients at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

He will read Julia Donaldson's 'The Hospital Dog', about a brave pooch called Dot who visits children in hospital.

Ruth Sheard-Pearson at Manchester Hospital School added: "The visit from Justin and Dodge also did a brilliant job of raising the profile of reading and encouraging young people to read and celebrate stories - something we encourage all our children to do!

"It was such a special experience for the children, bringing them moments of joy in what for some of them are extremely difficult times, and is something I know they will treasure forever."

'CBeebies Bedtime Story' airs daily at 6.50pm on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer.

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