Walking in a winter wonderland at Grahame Park

Last updated - 2 January 2018

A special festive event was held for the community in Colindale
Santa Claus, reindeers and carol singers added to the festive cheer at this year’s Winter Wonderland event, on Thursday 14 December in Grahame Park Community Centre.

Grahame Park Winter Wonderland brought in hundreds of children from the development and the surrounding area in Colindale. The event, organised by Genesis Housing Association, Barnet Council, Countryside, Barnet Homes, Colindale Communities Trust and Be Engaged had staff all set to bring in the Christmas spirit for the community.

A special performance of Christmas carols was sung by children from Orion Primary School, St James Catholic High School and Blessed Dominic’s Primary School.

The Mayor of Barnet Councillor Brian Salinger attended and was pleased to see the outcome of the event and how the community came together.

One of Santa’s elves kindly was able to hit the Santa piñata for kids, whilst being cheered on by the children.

Winter Wonderland hosted a free winter barbecue, arts and craft for the children, reindeer outside to make the event truly magical for the children and of course Santa Claus made a special appearance. The crowds of children chanted “Santa, Santa” as they waited for him to arrive and when he finally did the room was filed with screams and cheers. Throughout the evening candyfloss, toffee apples and chocolate advent calendars were given out to guests and residents on arrival.

Children enjoying the Winter Wonderland

There was one room that was filled up the most and that was of course Santa’s Grotto.  The line that formed up was spectacular with the excitement plain to see on children’s faces when they met Santa.

It was a great event that made the upcoming days to Christmas extra special for the children and the community.

Jacqui Farquharson, Genesis Housing Association’s Resident Engagement Officer, said: “The event went really well; we had the Mayor of Barnet there and actual real reindeer - the kids were ecstatic! We engaged with hundreds of children, and it was a very successful event. The real attraction was the real reindeer that made us all gasp, not only the children.”


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