Christmas cheer will line streets when Santa Claus comes to town

Boyes Santa arrives at Scarborough Harbour by boat''134647n
Boyes Santa arrives at Scarborough Harbour by boat''134647n

The festive season is on its way to Scarborough with the town set for the arrival of Santa Claus and the Christmas lights switch-on.

On Saturday November 14, Father Christmas will arrive at the harbour by fishing boat, giving his reindeers a rest, and will parade through the town on his way to Boyes.

Every year more than 2,000 people line the streets from the harbour to Boyes to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus.

Boyes store manager Chris Golder said: “Santa arrives by boat at 10:30am on Saturday November 14, it’s then a procession up through the town to Queen Street.

“We normally get around 2,000 people and so far we have been blessed with good weather. We all get dressed up in fancy dress and lead the procession though town.”

The YMCA also get involved in the procession and the Yorkshire Coast College band will bring alive the festive spirit through music. Next week the Boyes Store will reveal its festively decorated window display following the theme of the tales of Santa’s reindeers.

The grotto will open from Saturday November 14 every day until Christmas Eve giving everyone a chance to meet Santa Claus.

Mr Golder added: “We are known for our Christmas window which will be unveiled on Tuesday.”

This year the Christmas lights will be switched on to mark the arrival of Santa Claus.

Scarborough no longer holds a celebrity town centre lights switch-on after police and the council said there were too many health and safety concerns because of the large number of people who might attend.

The Christmas tree lights will be switched on separately on Thursday December 3 to mark the beginning of late night Christmas shopping in the town.

Market stalls selling mulled wine and roast chestnuts will fill the town as well as many other Christmas festivities.

The Coco-Cola Christmas truck is coming to Bridlington this year, for more details see page 5.