CHRISTMAS has arrived at picturesque Bowhill.

On Saturday dozens of Father Christmases will line up for the annual Santa Run around the estate near Selkirk.

And from next week several workshops will take place for making the perfect Festive wreath or garland.

Following on from the success of its recent Zombie Jog, which saw more than 100 locals don their best scary costumes and complete a one mile or five kilometre course, runners and walkers are now being invited to suit up as Santa.

Santa himself will start the race before retiring to his grotto to hear the wish lists of the younger athletes and supporters.

Helen Currie, house and events manager at Bowhill House, said: “Our fun Santa Jog is a fantastic way to welcome the festive season and is suitable for all the family.

“Participants must register in advance via our website and half of the entry fee will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

“As well as the chance to visit our magical grotto to see Santa, the tearoom will also be offering a selection of light lunches, delicious cakes and warming drinks.

“Guests can also stick around for our magical performance of The Princess and the Goblin which begins at 3pm in Bowhill’s theatre.”

Christmas doesn'e end on Saturday, though.

Bowhill will also be running a number of wreath making sessions as well as a one-off Christmas garland workshops.

The two hour wreath sessions, which include a hot drink and treat, take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday December 5 to 7 at 10am as well as Tuesday, December 12 at 2pm and 6pm.

The cost is £22 per person.

The Christmas garland making workshop takes place on Wednesday, December 13 from 10am to 12.30pm and costs £25 per person.

Pre-booking for both workshops is essential by emailing or calling 01750 22204.

The Santa Jog takes place at 11am.