Santa found a novel way of delivering a Newquay hotel’s Christmas tree this year – onboard a hot air balloon. 

The Headland brought an entirely new meaning to air mail when Father Christmas sailed into Newquay to deliver the 12-foot tree, which is the centrepiece of the five-star hotel’s festive celebrations.

The high-flying Father Christmas caused quite a stir when he navigated the balloon across the picturesque peninsula to drop off the decorated Christmas tree.

 After gently touching down, he enlisted the help of staff to unhook the giant fir tree and transport it inside to take pride of place in the hotel’s reception area.

Veryan Palmer, hotel family director, said: “A flying visit from Father Christmas provided the perfect way to put our guests and staff in a festive mood. 

“It was fortunate that he sailed in on such a calm day, because air balloons don’t perform well in windy conditions.

“Santa delivered the Christmas tree with all the skill and poise of an extremely experienced balloon pilot. 

“It was an eye-catching way to mark the start of the Christmas season and caused quite a stir amongst guests and local walkers.”

Once safely on terra ferma, the adventurous Saint Nicholas also found time to sample nearby Fistral Beach’s world-famous surf, before taking to the skies again to make his next delivery.

Santa hit the surf after delivering the Christmas tree (The Headland Hotel)