North Pole resident visits Watford in sleigh
Crowds of children came to Cassiobury Park on Sunday 11 December, to give their letters to Santa, and even to take a ride in his sleigh.
Santa himself arrived from the North Pole just after 1pm, to shrieks of delight from waiting youngsters and their families. He was travelling in a sleigh specially designed to withstand the soggy ground, pulled by two white horses. One boy watching asked his dad where the reindeer were, and was told the reindeer only work at night – in the day-time, horses take the strain.
Hundreds of people took turns to ride in the sleigh with Santa, while at the nearby Café Cha a Christmas market got into full swing, as the Watford Rock Choir belted out “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”, among other hits. At the bowls club the Watford Recycling Arts Project helped families create their own Christmas decorations from scrap materials.
Watford Borough Council organised the event, with funding from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds. Councillor Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Client Services (which includes the Heritage/Big Lottery project), said “This event didn’t just attract attention in the town – on social media we heard of a child at Great Ormond Street Hospital watching Santa arriving live on Facebook. He waved to Santa as he waited for his appointment. A special moment on a magical afternoon.”