Father Christmas switches sleigh for a boat as he arrives in Thorpe St Andrew

Father Christmas arriving at River Green for the 2016 light switch on in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo was

Father Christmas arriving at River Green for the 2016 light switch on in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo was attached with a press release - Credit: Archant

He is a festive figure best known for travelling around the world in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

But Father Christmas decided to take a less traditional form of transport to get to Thorpe St Andrew over the weekend.

Accompanied by town mayor Ian Mackie and Broadland District Council chairman John Ward, he set sail for River Green aboard an illuminated ferry.

And on arrival, he was then met by his guard of honour, the Norwich Devils American football team, who joined him on stage to turn on the town's Christmas lights.

Hundreds of people turned up to the event on Sunday, including many children who visited Santa at his grotto based in the ruins of the church of St Andrew.


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Local pubs on Yarmouth Road served a variety of festive refreshments and the crowds were also treated music from three different choirs.

The night concluded with a barrage of fireworks specially chosen for the event, which were launched from Whitlingham Country Park.

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Chair of the events committee, councillor Sue Lawn, said: 'Our priority with this free event is to make lasting memories for the young children who live and visit the town.

'With Santa arriving by ferry and being based in the beautiful church ruin, the magic of Christmas really visited Thorpe St Andrew.'

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