Festive celebration with Neighbourhood Christmas visit from Santa (and Neighbourhood Watch)

Describe your best practice
Neighbourhood Watch organised a meet and greet from a very special person, Santa, and he went to see all the children on the street the Saturday evening before Christmas and wished them all a Merry Christmas. Santa also judged our Streets Advent Window Competition that we held in conjunction with his visit.

Prizes were given out to the winning houses and all the children received a bag of rainbow glitter to sprinkle on Christmas Eve to light the way for Santa and his sleigh!

What did you do and why?
We were fortunate to have our lead coordinator offer to dress up as Santa. We wanted the children to have a very special visit from him as we live in a culdesac and the local Round Table’s sleigh doesn’t come down our road as it can’t turn around. We knew that we had many younger children living on the road and therefore thought it would be a nice way to involve them.

Duration of the project
Ran over 2 weeks

What worked well?
The response from the children and the quality of the costume was so impressive. Santa was so smart and the children were mesmerized when they saw him at their door. Santa was assisted by the Neighbourhood Watch coordinators who also dressed up and we visited all the children on the street. It was a very special evening that showed the magic is still alive.

How did you overcome any challenges?
No issues

How did you cover any costs?
Donations came from local residents to cover the cost of the event.

Which main category does this fall into?

Force/ Borough area

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