Christmas came to Caterham Valley when hundreds of families turned out to enjoy festive entertainment in Church Walk Shopping Centre and welcome Father Christmas, who arrived in his sleigh to turn on the town’s lights.
There were also Christmas markets and activities in Croydon Road and Soper Hall, while a giant snow globe provided by Church Walk Shopping Centre raised funds for local charity The Breck Foundation.
An extra sprinkling of festive magic was provided by Santa’s mischievous elves, who arrived from the North Pole for the Caterham Valley Christmas Elves Takeover.
Promising four weeks of free family fun, the Elves Takeover encourages youngsters to pick up trail sheets to try and find all 20 of the hand-crafted elves, with the chance to win a prize voucher for those who are successful. The little creatures are now hiding in shops and businesses around the town.
Organised by the Caterham BID (known as Caterham Valley For You), the Christmas Elves Takeover has free trail sheets distributed at various pick-up points around the town (see www.caterhamvalley.co.uk) ready for elf-hunters to start their adventure.
“The elves were very popular when they first visited Caterham Valley last Christmas, so we’re delighted to have them back, even though they are a little naughty,” says Andrew Browne, chairman of Caterham Valley For You.
“There is an added element of fun this year in that one of the elves, who we’ve dubbed Chilly Billy, was so excited to be coming to Caterham that he forgot to get dressed before jumping into the magic Elfmobile bringing him and his friends from the North Pole. He’s finding it a bit cold in Caterham so we’re asking the children to help find his clothes in time for Christmas.
“Elf-hunters are also actively encouraged to enter into the playful spirit of proceedings and share their Caterham `elfies’ on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, where the best photos will be shared.”
The Caterham Valley Christmas Elves Takeover continues right through the festive season to Saturday, December 22 and families can go in search of the cheeky elves any time during shop and business opening hours.
The Caterham BID brings together local businesses and uses its collective influence to help improve Caterham as a place to shop, work and visit.
For full details about The Caterham Valley Christmas Elves Takeover, visit the Caterham Valley For You website at www.caterhamvalley.co.uk
Photos show Santa on his way to switching on the festive lights and youngsters from Caterham Prep School singing carols