Santa has landed in Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market.

Everyone’s Christmas favourite has taken up his pew in the centre of the hall.

Kids have been invited to have a ride on Santa’s sleigh, before being treated to a present from the man himself.

The market’s tenants’ association has footed the entire bill to house Santa, his sleigh and his reindeer, after traders were unable to gain sponsorship from the Kirkwood Hospice which they teamed up with last year.

Mark Smith, chairman of the association and owner of Cowlings Greengrocers, said: “We try to run it every year because it’s great for the kids but this year we’re doing it ourselves.

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“A new Kirkwood Hospice fundraiser has taken over and we were not able to obtain sponsorship, so the money raised from the £4 cost per child will just go back to us to cover some of our costs.

“The rest of the money will go towards putting on other events for customers, such as our Mothers’ Day event where this year we gave out balloons.”

Santa’s visit had to be cancelled in 2013 after a change to lease agreements meant that traders could no longer share the cost as part of the service charge paid to Kirklees Council.

Traders at new Santa's Grotto in Queensgate Market, Huddersfield.