It WAS time to step into Christmas for Ceiriog Valley residents last weekend as a special guest paid a visit to a fair held at Canolfan Ceiriog.

Father Christmas took a break from his busy schedule to spend time with children at the event, which welcomed more than 20 stalls in aid of local charitable organisations.

The event is organised each year by centre manager Ellie Mills and her army of local volunteers.

It gives any local charities, organisations and businesses a chance to sell produce or hold a raffle to raise funds.

A successful event saw the stallholders taking home a share of almost £2,000 raised on the day.

The Ceiriog Valley Cancer Research team took home £297, while the Canolfan Ceiriog raffle also raised nearly £300.

PCSO Gareth Jones paid a visit to purchase some jam.