Gallery: Reindeers star in Islington estate’s festive family fun
PUBLISHED: 13:04 20 December 2014
More than 300 people enjoyed lights decorations, music food and even snow at a special Winter Wonderland.
IZ Packington Estate's Winter Wonderland gallery
Children and adults enjoy the winter wonderland extreavaganze at Canal Side Square
Christmas jumpers on display at the winter wonderland extravaganza
George and Jane Smith, and Theresa Wilkinson sell some cakes at the winter wonderland extreavaganze at Canal Side Square
Father Christmas arrives at the winter wonderland extreavaganze at Canal Side Square
Siblings Joseph, Elsie and William MacDonald visit Santa grotto at the winter wonderland extreavaganze at Canal Side Square
Reindeers outside the Santa grotto jumpers at the winter wonderland extreavaganze at Canal Side Square
The event was held at the Packington Estate, off Packington Street, to mark the completion of phase three of the Islington estates refurbishment.
More than 100 children took part in ginger-bread making and designing decorations for their trees at home, while other guests enjoyed carols from pupils at nearby Hanover Primary School, songs from Music for the People and cool sounds from various jazz buskers.
Visitors tucked into festive snacks, played games, took part in a raffle and more.
Also popular was a stall run by the Packington Over 55s Group, who sold more than a hundred mince pies and more than 30 homemade cakes.
A spokesman for Hyde Housing, who organised the event, said: “It was a feast for the senses and reminiscent of traditional Christmas markets.
“The stars of the show were undoubtedly Mattie and Ingemar, two of Santa’s reindeer who pulled his sleigh.
“And, of course, also popular was Santa’s Grotto, where every child received a festive gift.”
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