The real Santa was there, but the queues were a little too long so I didn't bother sitting on his knee.....I'm sure he will still deliver tonight though and I did get a photo (below) for those of you who are non-believers.
If you have never been to this event, it is well worth a visit and you can easily fill your day wandering around the traditional market stalls and taking in the sights and smells of Christmas.
Merry Christmas to all the regular views to my blog and I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year - have a great one!!
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"