Santa visits Whirlow Hall Farm to spread festive cheer

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A Christmas fair spread festive cheer to all ages in Sheffield with the help of Santa and his reindeer.

About 6,000 visitors flocked to Whirlow Hall Farm’s annual seasonal fair to shop, eat and pay a special visit to the jolly man himself, Father Christmas.

Alice McGhee, aged five, of Killamarsh, with Santa and his helper Morgan Haynes, at Whirlow Hall Farm's Christmas Fair

Alice McGhee, aged five, of Killamarsh, with Santa and his helper Morgan Haynes, at Whirlow Hall Farm's Christmas Fair

Families queued up patiently to visit the grotto, which was located in the traditional farmhouse living room, complete with cosy open fire.

Meanwhile, some of Santa’s adorable reindeer were in the garden for visitors to admire during their wait.

Carey Cooper, from Handsworth, took her three-year-old daughter Isla along to see Santa, and was joined by her husband Tony, mother-in-law Pauline and father-in-law John.

She said: “The grotto set- up is lovely and it’s nice to see reindeer here too.

Ian and Helen Wainwright, of Norton, with granddaughter Eve Wainwright, aged two, saying hello to Bonnie the pony at Whirlow Hall Farm's annual Christmas Fair

Ian and Helen Wainwright, of Norton, with granddaughter Eve Wainwright, aged two, saying hello to Bonnie the pony at Whirlow Hall Farm's annual Christmas Fair

“After seeing Santa, we headed to the stalls to get some Christmas gifts.”

About 100 stalls were housed in the farm’s barns which had been decked out with twinkling lights and handmade decorations for the special occasion.

Traders offered a range of unique and handmade gifts, from homeware and jewellery to toys and locally brewed beers.

There was also a food court selling tempting festive treats, such as traditional mince pies and mulled wine.

Reindeer at Whirlow Hall Farm's annual Christmas Fair

Reindeer at Whirlow Hall Farm's annual Christmas Fair

During the two-day event, musical entertainment was provided by local choirs performing Christmas classics to help get visitors in the festive spirit.

Sarah Kerrigan, head of fundraising and events at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, said: “Our Christmas fair has become a well-known event in many people’s diaries and it’s great to see so many visitors each year.

“People particularly like the range of unusual stalls we have, where they can pick up unique Christmas gifts that can’t be found on the high street.

“As well as our grotto this year, we had reindeer in the garden for the first time which added a little extra Christmas magic.”

Visitors wandering round the main stall area at Whirlow Hall Farm's annual Christmas Fair

Visitors wandering round the main stall area at Whirlow Hall Farm's annual Christmas Fair

Stall holders Sarah Wild and Natalia Pearce at Whirlow Hall Farm's annual Christmas Fair

Stall holders Sarah Wild and Natalia Pearce at Whirlow Hall Farm's annual Christmas Fair

Four-year-old Charlie Clark, of Crookes, with a Batman balloon at Whirlow Hall Farm's Christmas Fayre

Four-year-old Charlie Clark, of Crookes, with a Batman balloon at Whirlow Hall Farm's Christmas Fayre

Organisers of Whirlow Hall Farm's Christmas Fayre Suzanne Nitikman (centre), Ros Purkis (left) and Chralie Hill

Organisers of Whirlow Hall Farm's Christmas Fayre Suzanne Nitikman (centre), Ros Purkis (left) and Chralie Hill