SANTA and his helpers may be a rare sighting in most parts of the world but not for the lucky people of Old Coulsdon.
Mr Claus and the team are making their way around the village, delivering presents to children, singing carols and collecting money for charities.
The annual December collection organised by the Coulsdon Manor Rotary Club sees the team trying to cover all the village's streets in a pre-advertised rota.
Former president and collections organiser John Power said the event "had become a local institution." He added "[It is] greatly enjoyed by all, particularly the many children who each get a personal gift from Santa."
Rotarian Don Macleod sported a fake beard as Santa, having shaved off his own perfectly white one for charity.
Mr Power added: "He had the beard for 40 years and his wife had never seen him without it. His fellow Rotarians note that he is now having to grow it back."