Santa Claus and super new sleigh start Leighton-Linslade tour for Christmas 2018!

Santa and his sleigh at Christmas Eve carols in Leighton Buzzard.  Credit: Jane Russell.
Santa and his sleigh at Christmas Eve carols in Leighton Buzzard. Credit: Jane Russell.

Father Christmas is back with a brand new sleigh and sparkling reindeer, as he will make his debut tonight at Leighton Buzzard’s Christmas Light Switch On.

The jolly man dressed in red will be appearing at 6.15pm, as the town kicks off its festive season and celebrates with Keith McAngus and Kye Vincent turning on the lights.

Santa’s new sleigh will be parked outside Dillamore’s Furnishers from 6pm and he will be staying until around 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, residents of Linslade can look forward to a new route in his diary later this month - Stoke Road.

Richard Johnson, of Leighton-Linslade Rotary Club, said: “He’s got a brilliant, new, completely rebuilt sleigh with new reindeer and new lights.

“It’s 3.9 metres from the floor to the top of the reindeer!

“It’s become just part of the community and obviously it helps to bring a little bit of Christmas to everybody. We often hear people saying that Christmas doesn’t really begin until until they’ve seen the sleigh.

“The number of times we hear that is fantastic.

“From a Rotary perspective, I think it doesn’t matter what age you are - people’s faces light up when they see Santa on top of the sleigh!”

The Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade would like to thank the 28 different local groups aka their “little elves” for making the tour possible, and AEH Inwards Motors, Grovebury Road, for carrying out essential sleigh maintenance.

To find out when Santa will be coming to you, please read his diary below!

Mondays - Fridays: 6pm - 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 5pm - 7pm/7.30pm.

December 2 - Clarence Road area

December 3 - Cotefield Road area

December 6 - Willowbank Walk area

December 7 - Stoke Road area

December 9 - Brooklands area

December 10 - Harrow Road area

December 13 - Knaves Hill area

December 14 - Camberton Road area

December 15 - Billington Park area

December 16 - Sandhills

December 17 - Meadow Way and Theedway

December 19 - Plantation Road area

December 20 - Heath and Reach

December 21 - Planets Estate

December 22 - Morrisons (11am - 4pm)

December 22 - Bideford Green (evening)

December 23 - Tesco (10am - 3pm)

December 23 - Bideford Green (evening)

December 24 - Christmas Carols in Leighton Buzzard High Street. The carols are from 7pm - 8pm and Santa will be appearing at around 7.30pm.