VIDEO: Christmas is in the Doncaster air

Tis the season to be jolly, and hundreds across the borough have been getting in to the festive spirit with a variety of seasonal activities.

From Christmas tree festivals to craft sessions there has been something for everyone catering for folk of all ages.

Santa Claus has come to town early, dropping in on a variety of events, including a Christmas party in Hexthorpe.

Residents, Hexthorpe Social Enterprise and Doncaster Council helped organise the extravganza at Hexthorpe Flatts that was attended by around 700.

Meanwhile St Andrew’s Church in Wheatley, and St Lawrence’s Church in Hatfield both staged Christmas tree festivals, many of the exhibits having been decorated by residents.

More than 20 schools, businesses and community groups took part in the St Lawrence’s event, each donating £25. Proceeds will go towards building a new community centre.

Reverend Canon Liz Turner-Loisel said: “A lot of people only come to church for funerals and things so it’s good to get them in for something happy and nice.”

Elsewhere, staff at the Direct Line Group in Lakeside, donated 310 presents to Doncaster Children’s Services Trust which will be handed out to youngsters in care so they will have something to open on Christmas morning.

While staff at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) donated more than 200 gifts to the Barnardo’s Gift Appeal.

And, Spencer Criddle, aged seven, raised £73.50 for ITV’s Text Santa appeal by selling cakes and biscuits to his class mates at St Mary’s C of E Primary School, in Tickhill.