Santa stops off in town to spread a little festive cheer

Twins, Niamh and Cc Ledere, two, hug their new teddies at Santa's Grotto, with mum Vicky and dad Pau

Twins, Niamh and Cc Ledere, two, hug their new teddies at Santa's Grotto, with mum Vicky and dad Paul. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Children and their families visited Santa’s Grotto in Saffron Walden, which opened on December 6, and is running until December 22.

Twins, Niamh and Cc Ledere, two, hug their new teddies at Santa's Grotto, with mum Vicky and dad Pau

Twins, Niamh and Cc Ledere, two, hug their new teddies at Santa's Grotto, with mum Vicky and dad Paul. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Santa and his elves, in a rather splendid, sitting room-style grotto, complete with a Christmas tree, soft furnishings, a fireplace and a standard lamp, have been host to youngsters and their parents, who have booked their visit in advance.

The £5 entrance fee includes a gift for each child as they hang their Christmas wish on the tree and ask Santa for the present they hope for this Christmas.

The grotto is in Market Street and is organised by Saffron Walden BID (Business Improvement District) a collaboration of businesses in the town to attract more custom to the area.

Pictured here are the Lederer Family with twins Cc and Niamh aged two. The little girls asked Santa for some Lego.

Twins, Niamh and Cc Lederer meet Santa, while mum Vickyl looks on. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAP

Twins, Niamh and Cc Lederer meet Santa, while mum Vickyl looks on. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett


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Booking for the grotto is essential on: visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk.

 Cc Lederer (two) looks after the colouring pens for her twin sister. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOG

Cc Lederer (two) looks after the colouring pens for her twin sister. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Niamh Lederer (two) colours her wish bauble at the Saffron Walden Santa Grotto, put on by BID. Pictu

Niamh Lederer (two) colours her wish bauble at the Saffron Walden Santa Grotto, put on by BID. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Oliver Stacey (twp) watches as his mum hangs his wish bauble on the tree. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PH

Oliver Stacey (twp) watches as his mum hangs his wish bauble on the tree. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Twins, Niamh and Cc Ledere, two, hug their new teddies at Santa's Grotto, with mum Vicky and dad Pau

Twins, Niamh and Cc Ledere, two, hug their new teddies at Santa's Grotto, with mum Vicky and dad Paul. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett

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