Winter wonderland at Melford Olde Christmas

Long Melford Olde Christmas

Pictured; Lantern Parade ANL-161128-083211009
Long Melford Olde Christmas Pictured; Lantern Parade ANL-161128-083211009

With snow machines, reindeer and donkeys, Father Christmas... And a unicorn, you could have mistaken Long Melford for Lapland this weekend.

The village held its second Melford Olde Christmas, with stalls and entertainment lining the main road through the village and businesses opening their doors and even venturing outside into the sunshine for the now annual event.

Long Melford Olde Christmas

Pictured: Bethan and Gwen Summers-Hill (Both 7) visiting Santa ANL-161128-083022009

Long Melford Olde Christmas Pictured: Bethan and Gwen Summers-Hill (Both 7) visiting Santa ANL-161128-083022009

Organised by the Melford Olde Christmas committee, member Emma Butler Smith, described the event as ‘absolutely amazing’.

Despite being held on the same weekend as several other festive events she said there was a small increase in visitor numbers, with even more attractions available for all the family to enjoy.

“This year we had great weather which was fantastic. It didn’t really feel like Christmas as it was so sunny.”

Once again the reindeer and the donkeys proved extremely popular with the children, as well as a visit to Santa, while much of the village was turned white by the snow and bubble machines.

Long Melford Olde Christmas

Pictured: Belle-Adele Lawrence playing in the 'snow' ANL-161128-082710009

Long Melford Olde Christmas Pictured: Belle-Adele Lawrence playing in the 'snow' ANL-161128-082710009

Set up as a community event, in part to support businesses in the village, this year the village primary school also held their festive bazaar on Sunday.

The day ended with a lantern parade to the Little Green where the Christmas tree lights were switched on to the sound of carols.

The committee hopes to run the fair annually but with just six people organising the event it is looking for more members.

You can get involved by emailing emma@themagicfairy.com.

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Long Melford Olde Christmas ANL-161128-082651009

Charlene Letham rode Carrick Boy, the lantern parade unicorn, at the front of the parade through the village. ANL-161129-093646001

Charlene Letham rode Carrick Boy, the lantern parade unicorn, at the front of the parade through the village. ANL-161129-093646001

Long Melford Olde Christmas

Pictured; Lantern Parade ANL-161128-083416009

Long Melford Olde Christmas Pictured; Lantern Parade ANL-161128-083416009

Long Melford Olde Christmas

Pictured; Lantern Parade to the Green to switch on the Christmas tree lights ANL-161128-083629009

Long Melford Olde Christmas Pictured; Lantern Parade to the Green to switch on the Christmas tree lights ANL-161128-083629009

Long Melford Olde Christmas

Pictured; Lantern Parade to the Green to switch on the Christmas tree lights ANL-161128-083736009

Long Melford Olde Christmas Pictured; Lantern Parade to the Green to switch on the Christmas tree lights ANL-161128-083736009

Long Melford Olde Christmas

Pictured; Lantern Parade to the Green to switch on the Christmas tree lights ANL-161128-083748009

Long Melford Olde Christmas Pictured; Lantern Parade to the Green to switch on the Christmas tree lights ANL-161128-083748009

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Long Melford Olde Christmas ANL-161128-082905009

Long Melford Olde Christmas

Pictured: Kate Poole, Peter O'Brian with Russet the dog and Maureen Poole in their Victorian outfits ANL-161128-082607009

Long Melford Olde Christmas Pictured: Kate Poole, Peter O'Brian with Russet the dog and Maureen Poole in their Victorian outfits ANL-161128-082607009