Santa welcomed back to Beamish
Reporter FATHER Christmas has arrived in style at Beamish Museum.
Forget the reindeer-drawn sleigh in night-time flight and those hushed landings on rooftops – Santa’s arrival was no secret and he certainly drew in the crowds.
Every year Father Christmas arrives in style for his stay at Beamish, he’s travelled there by RAF Sea King helicopter, by motorbike, on a fire engine, as part of a nativity parade with real camels and even been escorted by unicorns!
This year was no different and the big figure made his appearance in show-stopping style at the County Durham museum yesterday in a parade featuring horses, huskies, fire engines, bands and period vehicles.
Father Christmas arrived on a horse-drawn carriage before transferring to an open-top vintage bus for the lights countdown.
Crowds turned out to watch the procession through the streets of its 1900s Town ahead of the Christmas tree lights switch-on, and even Mrs Claus made an appearance. Father Visitors enjoy the funfair at Beamish Museum in County Durham Christmas led the countdown to the lights, signalling the start of Beamish’s magical festive season.
The parade also included fire engines from the 1920s to the present day as well as horse-drawn carriages, period vehicles and cycles.
Adding to the spectacle were characters in costume and music and entertainment provided by the Borneo Band, Houghton Brass Band and the Beamish Choir.
Reindeers were around too and joined Father Christmas when – post switch-on – he took up residence in a cosy Grotto at Pockerley Waggonway for the festive season.
Christmas at Beamish will now run until December 24 and includes Santa’s Grotto, Beamish Bazaar and, from December 27 until January 6, daily Twelfth Night Celebrations (apart from New Year’s Day).