Yo Ho Ho Santa arrived at the gallery ringing his bell.
Santa came to the gallery for a short visit. He could only stay for two hours as he was very busy and had another place to go today as well.
So many families came, we were overwhelmed. 300 visitors in two hours. But it was a free event so that probably accounted for the numbers coming.
The gallery staff had set up a grotto in the morning room and Santa’s elves were there to help entertain the children, who all got a small gift.
The Red Rose singers performed and their Christmas songs echoed through the gallery creating a merry atmosphere. Lovely to hear.
The gallery staff had created an elf trail inside the gallery and the children loved searching for the elves and solving a puzzle on the way. Outside in the Rose Garden, there was a reindeer trail. Children had to find the names of all the reindeers who were hiding. But we had a problem –Rudolph had gone missing, so children were searching through the bushes and trees to try to find him. But no luck. So had he set off back to the north Pole, gone exploring, gone for his tea or been kidnapped? No-one knew and no-one found him. So we were all hoping he would be found soon.
Christmas crafts were also provided by the gallery and so many children and their parents enjoyed taking part.
The Artist’s Studios were open for visitors and there was a lovely selection of crafts, pictures and cards on display for sale, with a warm welcome for everyone.
Altogether, six of our Friends group took part in the event. Well done to them and the gallery staff for creating such a great event for our local families.