SANTA will be breaking from tradition for the day when he arrives to switch on the Christmas lights at a Hanbury centre.

On Saturday, December 1, Father Christmas will be arriving at Jinney Ring Craft Centre, in Hanbury Road, by boat.

The boat belongs to West Midlands Search and Rescue (WMSR) one of the Jinney Ring’s chosen charities for the year, and Santa will be accompanied by WMSR volunteers who provide support to the emergency services.

After arriving at 5pm, Santa will switch on the centre’s Christmas lights.

The visit is part of a two-day Christmas fair at the centre, which takes place on December 1, between 10am-6pm, and December 2, 11am-4pm.

Father Christmas will also be returning to the centre’s grotto, with its special post box for children’s wish list letters, in the weekends in the run up to Christmas.

The centre’s owner Amanda Sunter said: “Christmas is a magical time at the Jinney Ring.

“Over the coming weeks we’ve got lots of exciting plans and there’s plenty to see and do, whatever you’re looking for this festive season.”

For more details call the centre on 01527 821272 or see