Santa and reindeer visit Windsor town centre

Reindeer swapped the Scottish Highlands for Windsor on Saturday as the annual reindeer parade returned to the town.

The festive tradition, which has been taking place for more than 15 years, saw six reindeer from the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre walk from Windsor Castle to King Edward Court as adoring fans watched on.

The parade had been labelled as ‘unacceptable’ by animal rights charity PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) before the event.

But thousands turned out as the town celebrated the run up to Christmas.

Tilly Smith, manager of the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, said: “We have a great relationship with the town and have been coming here for the last 15 to 20 years.

“Events like this help us to continue supporting and caring for Britain’s only free-ranging herd.”

Father Christmas also took a break from life in Lapland to have his photo taken with excited youngsters.

This year’s event was sponsored by King Edward Court and the Windsor and Eton Town Partnership.

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