VIDEO: Santa arrives in Scarborough

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The festive season is underway in Scarborough as Father Christmas gives his reindeer a rest and arrives in the town by boat.

Hundreds of children lined the Foreshore this morning for the Scarborough tradition of greeting Santa as he sails into the harbour to mark the start of the town’s Christmas celebrations.

Santa arrives in Scarborough.The Princess of Christmas and Santa greet the crowd.Picture Richard Ponter 124656d

Santa arrives in Scarborough.The Princess of Christmas and Santa greet the crowd.Picture Richard Ponter 124656d

After eagerly awaiting his arrival there were sounds of shouts and cheers as the Skylark boat rounded the harbour wall bringing the man in red into view for the families who had turned out to see him.

Santa and his entourage, which included his elf helpers and the Christmas Princess, greeted the waiting children on the West Pier before boarding his sleigh and riding through the town.

Heading up Eastborough and Newborough the parade took in Huntriss Row, St Nicholas Street, St Thomas Street, Castle Road and Queen Street before delivering Father Christmas to Boyes store where he will be in residence in his grotto throughout November and December.

For interviews and pictures from the harbour side see Thursday’s The Scarborough News.