Santa Claus has jumped in his sleigh and flown over to the London Eye to kick off festive celebrations at the iconic landmark. Pictured 135m up in the sky, the big man himself can be seen spreading Yuletide joy to the people of London in the countdown to Christmas Day.

The London Eye, which reopened to the public last week, offers unparalleled 360-degree views of the city below and Santa just could not resist stopping off to enjoy the must-do magical experience as he prepares to deliver gifts to children around the world. The London Eye provides the perfect viewpoint to take in the capital’s sights, and those who visit after sunset can currently get a breathtaking view of London’s twinkling Christmas lights!

To add to the festivities, there will be a Christmas light show taking place from Monday December 14 to Saturday December 26 which will see the London Eye bring some festive joy to the South Bank every 15 minutes daily from 4:30pm. Also, this year, for the first time in its 20-year history, the London Eye will be open until 10pm on New Year’s Eve so visitors can take to the skies to say goodbye to 2020.

Sunny Jouhal, General Manager at the London Eye, said: “It was great fun seeing Santa fly in to officially kick off this year’s festivities at the London Eye. We hope the sight of Santa 135 metres up in the sky puts a smile on people’s faces and spreads some much needed Christmas cheer. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to the London Eye this Christmas and New Year’s Eve but remember to pre-book tickets early to avoid missing out!”

Santa Claus said: “Ho ho ho! What a place to stop for a breather on our practice run ahead of the big day. In my line of work, I’ve seen some good views over the years, and this was no exception! I hope my London Eye fly-by brought some Christmas cheer to you all and I wish everyone in London a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”