SANTA is swapping his sleigh for a narrow boat to encourage youngsters to think about their safety.
Children across West Yorkshire will this week be visiting Father Christmas on the boat in Shepley Bridge Marina, Mirfield, as part of a scheme to keep them safe.
More than 300 youngsters aged between four and seven will be entertained by a whole host of characters from fairies and elves to a giant cat and a 6ft tall yellow hound.
The four-day event has been organised by West Yorkshire Police, the Safe Anchor Trust which gives special needs groups access to waterways, British Waterways, West Yorkshire Fire Service, Asda and National Rail.
Each child will receive a present from Santa and the other organisers will be giving them safety advice.
Pc John Simpson, of West Yorkshire Police's Community Safety Department, said: "We want the children to enjoy the day and improve their knowledge of personal safety for now and in later life."
Dave Kitson from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, added: "This is an excellent opportunity to speak to children about fire safety just before Christmas.
"We'll be emphasising our Christmas safety messages."