In pictures: Windsor's annual reindeer parade returns

In pictures: Windsor's annual reindeer parade returns

Tara O'Connor

In pictures: Windsor's annual reindeer parade returns

Lapland came to Windsor with the return of the annual reindeer parade on Saturday.

Father Christmas paraded through the town centre on a sleigh accompanied by six reindeers.

The reindeers came from Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Wales and are Britain’s only free ranging herd.

When they're not making festive appearances, the reindeer live in the Cairngorm Mountains.

The six reindeer that came to Windsor visited the grounds of the castle, where they were kept on the morning of the parade to prepare for the walk through the town.

Paul Roach, Windsor and Eton town manager, estimated around 5,000 people enjoyed the event.

The reindeers were led through the town by The Egham Band and elves from St George’s School.

For the first time, the parade was accompanied by Cinderella and Prince Charming, stars of this year’s pantomine at Theatre Royal.

The famous pair were mobbed by fans wanting pictures at King Edward Court shopping centre, where the parade finished up.

The shopping centre provided hot chocolate and handed out 500 mince pies.

The event was particularly special for Martin Miranda, shopping centre manager, who is retiring and helped organise the event for the last time.

Paul Roach said: “He has done it for the last 12 years so he has really seen it grown and change over the years.

“We had another great turnout and it went really really well.”

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