CHRISTMAS has got underway at Beamish after Father Christmas arrived in style.
Santa flew in to the living museum at the weekend pulled by two of his favourite reindeer.
After taking the starring role in a procession of period vehicles he switched on the Christmas tree lights to signal the start of the celebrations before settling in his fireside grotto at Pockerley Waggonway.
As well as seeing Santa, visitors can take a spin on the real ice rink.
Christmas at Beamish runs until January 4.
Full details of opening times and admission charges can be found at www.beamish.org.uk.