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Santa's reindeer land at Poplar's Chrisp Street Christmas market

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 December 2016

Yes, they're real... Santa's reindeer at Poplar's Chrisp Street Market [photos: Carmen Valino]

Yes, they're real... Santa's reindeer at Poplar's Chrisp Street Market [photos: Carmen Valino]

Carmen Valino

Delighted children received early gifts as Father Christmas landed his sleigh in London's East End—with real reindeer, of course!

That must mean Santa's real, too... as Lily Page, 8, Bonnie Ellis, 4, and Summer Ellis, 7, all found out on SaturdayThat must mean Santa's real, too... as Lily Page, 8, Bonnie Ellis, 4, and Summer Ellis, 7, all found out on Saturday

Santa’s post box overflowed with letters written by the eager children as they waited for him to arrive at Poplar’s Chrisp Street Christmas market on Saturday.

Outside they took pictures with two of his trusty reindeer and posed in the sleigh.

Families were entertained around the market square off East India Dock Road by giant elf stilt walkers, balloon artists, a hall of kinky mirrors and karaoke in an e-car.

Stars in their eyes...  karaoke time in an e-car at Chrisp Street Christmas market for eight-year-olds Stephany Pineiro and Millena Pineiro and four-year-old Alice VelosoStars in their eyes... karaoke time in an e-car at Chrisp Street Christmas market for eight-year-olds Stephany Pineiro and Millena Pineiro and four-year-old Alice Veloso

Christmas gifts handmade by East End local traders were going like Yuletide hot cakes at the craft market.

Tower Hamlets councillor Josh Peck was invited by Poplar Harca housing organization to drop by to judge Chrisp Street’s festive shop window competition, won by JP’s Café.

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