Balmedie gears up for festive extravaganza

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Balmedie is getting ready for its festive fun day.

The village will be combining its regular farmers’ market next month with a visit from Father Christmas and his Cairngorm reindeer and a craft fair.

Santa and his Cairngorm reindeer will be a top attraction at the Balmedie festive event.

Santa and his Cairngorm reindeer will be a top attraction at the Balmedie festive event.

The event is being organised by the White Horse Inn for Saturday, December 14, from 10am until 2pm.

It follows the success of last year’s Christmas spectacular which involved the whole community.

The highlight will be Santa and his sleigh touring the village along with two young winners of a painting competition.

White Horse owner Euan Bain, who is putting the final touches to preparations, is promising a great day out for local people and visitors.

He told the Times: “It will all be happening between 10 and 2. We have Santa and his reindeer visiting the White Horse from the Cairngorm Reindeer Support Scheme as part of our farmers’ market

“The reindeer will be here from 10 o’clock and the kids and families will be able to come and have a look at the reindeer and talk to their handlers.

“Whilst that is going on Santa will be in his grotto, he will be meeting all the kids and will be having a blether with them to make sure they have behaved themselves during 2013 and he will be handing out a little gift and present to them all.”

Euan said that last year around 400 youngsters visited the grotto over the course of four hours.

He added: “Santa will then jump in his sleigh with a couple of lucky youngsters who have won a painting competition and there will be a procession for an hour and a half round the village and back here.

“It’s quite a pageantry, it looks fantastic and it’s wonderful for the children.”

The day will include the usual farmers’ market stalls, a craft fair in the White Horse, and birds of prey.

Euan said that the festive event was for the whole community and local groups had played their part in making it such a success.