Santa comes in on the tide

Santa Claus will drift into North Norfolk this year on a sparkling sea-going sleigh.The red-clad gentleman arrives for Wells' second annual Christmas Tide moving into the harbour on a floating sleigh.

Santa Claus will drift into North Norfolk this year on a sparkling sea-going sleigh.

The red-clad gentleman arrives for Wells' second annual Christmas Tide moving into the harbour on a floating sleigh.

He is expected at around 6pm on December 2 and 3, on the high tide.

Last year Santa came in on waterskis, but harbour commissioners have said no to that.

Christmas Tide organiser Chris Rose said: "The water-skiing Santa was dramatic but because of the speed you only got to see him for about a second.

"This year Santa will arrive from the North Sea, drifting into the harbour before suddenly switching his lights on."

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Santa would go on to a Mongolian yurt - a sort of tent - set up on the Buttlands, where he will share a grotto with the fairy queen.

The Christmas Tide, which last year attracted around 3000 people, has the support of around 50 businesses.

Streets will close from 4pm, and there are prizes for the best decorated shop and best illuminated boat.

There will be musicians, food stalls, carol singing and craft stalls. The Buttlands will be lit by braziers and a fireworks display laid on by the Crown Hotel.

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