Santa turned a mishap into a piece of Christmas magic for a three-year-old.
Little Ethan Moore hurt his head when he fell during the switching on of Falkirk’s Christmas lights.
But on Sunday Father Christmas picked Ethan to join him on his super sleigh at the end of a festive parade along Falkirk High Street.
The street was turned into a winter wonderland as Santa brought the Chistmas spirit to town.
The street was mobbed with people as the colourful sleigh made its way from the bandstand up past the shops where families and shoppers all joined in.
Stilt-walking Christmas trees, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, fairies and elves were all part of the extravaganza entertaining hundreds of children.
Ethan’s mum Samantha Campbell said: “It was a really nice gesture from the Howgate and Ethan really enjoyed leading the parade. He got a big surprise when Santa called him up from the crowd to give him a surprise present. I’d like to thank the Howgate and the police officer and a woman who gave me a pound to get to my car on the day Ethan fell for their help.”
The event, organised by the town centre BID team Falkirk Delivers, was the group’s last in the run-up to Christmas.
Manager Alastair Mitchell said: “It was a lovely spectacle to finish a month-long campaign of marketing activities promoting our local shops for Christmas.
“There were hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people on the street and it was nice to finish on a high with the good people of Falkirk turning out in their droves.
“There were lots of shoppers and families and the star of the show was Santa on his sleigh. It was great to see the happy, faces of the children enjoying themselves.”