Father Christmas arrived in spectacular style at Beamish Museum in a magnificent parade featuring horses, huskies, fire engines, bands and period vehicles.
Crowds lined The 1900s Town street to cheer on the procession, before Father Christmas lead the countdown to the Christmas tree lights switch-on, signalling the start of the magical festive season at Beamish. He will took up residence in his cosy Grotto at Pockerley Waggonway, along with his reindeer nearby.
Father Christmas was joined in the parade by Mrs Claus in her sleigh pulled by huskies, alongside fire engines from the 1920s to present day, horse-drawn carriages, period vehicles and cycles, costumed folk and music from the Borneo Band, Houghton Brass Band and the Beamish Choir.
Christmas at Beamish runs until 24th December as Christmas past comes to life in the Georgian, Edwardian and 1940s eras, with traditional festive food, decorations, music and song.
Visitors can enjoy a spin on the real ice rink at the Winter Fun Fair from this Saturday, browse the stalls at the Christmas Bazaar in The Town park and join in the festivities at 1820s Pockerley, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village and The 1940s Farm.
Beamish Unlimited Passes, which are valid for 12 months, can be used for Christmas at Beamish daytimes. Beamish is open daily from 10am to 4pm (last admission 3pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). A small extra charge applies for Father Christmas’ Grotto, ice rink, gallopers and sideshows.
Christmas at Beamish is followed by Twelfth Night festivities from 27th December to 6th January, including music, pantomime, dancing, food, first-footing and family activities.