A MONTH before his busiest night of the year, Santa took time out to greet the crowds in Priory Meadow last Thursday (November 24), pulling on his skates and taking to the ice rink.
Santa’s arrival means the countdown to Christmas has, without a doubt, begun and hundreds of people packed in to catch a glimpse of the man in question.
Stars of the White Rock panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs joined in the fun, and there was a Christmassy performance from The Hastings Stage Studio.
Children can visit Santa in his grotto at weekends and late night shopping evenings until December 8, and after this date the grotto is open every day up to and including Christmas Eve.
For those inspired by Santa’s skating skills, the ice rink in Priory Meadow is open until January 3, and tickets can be bought from the Hastings information centre, or by calling 01424 451128.