11:02AM, Monday 02 December 2013
A familiar face made an unusual entrance at Stubbings Nursery near Maidenhead on Saturday.
Giving his reindeer a much needed rest ahead of the big day, Father Christmas arrived at the garden centre by helicopter, much to the delight of watching crowds.
Waving from the passenger seat of the aircraft, jolly Santa Claus safely touched down on the grounds of Stubbings Estate.
Still waving and ringing a bell, he then climbed onto a sleigh driven by a tractor, and made his way to a purpose-built grotto as excited children chased after him eager to meet the man himself.
Managing director of Stubbings Nursery, Oliver Good, said he was delighted with the turn out.
He said: "It has been a very busy, very successful day. Obviously we had the weather for it. We have been really happy with the way things have gone, I think everybody has had a good experience.
It is the third time in a row the Henley Road site has organised the event, with each child receiving a free gift from Santa.
"It is just a lovely spectacle for people to come and bring their children," added Oliver.
Money was also being raised for charity SportsAble which provides sports and activities and facilities to people with disabilities in the UK.
Volunteers from the charity were at the garden centre during the visit shaking their donation buckets.