Before getting started on their busiest night of the year, some reindeer found time to visit residents at Brookside in Melksham.

Climbing the stairs to visit people in their rooms, as well as in the lounge, the festive visitors proved very popular and were thoroughly spoiled by all who met them.  There was even a sleigh ride through the streets

Staff had joined in the fun, and dressed up as elves, adding to the festive flavour of the day.

The whole event was covered by the BBC, hitting the national news bulletin in the UK and reaching an international audience as a result.  Watch the clip here.