The Cowes Carnival Queens, with Santa. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
THERE will be plently of festive fun on offer across the Isle of Wight this weekend.
It is the Cowes Christmas Festival on Saturday and Sunday, when there will be a host of yuletide activities on offer.
The event will feature Vintage Vacation's Santa's Grotto, local food producers, an artisan market and a Christmas-themed cookery school.
A cake competition, sponsored by Calbourne Classics, will pit the Island's bakers against each other, with family tickets for Rhythmtree up for grabs.
Following last weekend's Dickensian Christmas in Ryde, Ventnor is to have its own version tomorrow (Saturday).
Shopkeepers will dress in period costumes and there will be traditional entertainment for all ages.
There will be the Christmas Tree Festival at St Catherine’s Church, Father Christmas and wine and food tasting at the Spar store.
High Street shops will offer Christmas music and readings, hot roasted chestnuts, mince pies and mulled wine, competitions and a Christmas raffle.
In Bonchurch, the Old Post Office will open specially for the day as a Christmas shop, selling home-made goodies.
At 5.45pm, Vectis Corps of Drums will lead the lantern procession and carnival floats through the town from Victoria Street, arriving at Ventnor Park at around 6.15pm.
The park will be the venue for carols with the new Rew Valley Singers, mulled wine, mince pies and soft drinks supplied by Ventnor Enhancement Fund.
Red Funnel will be operating extra services on Sunday due to the Cowes Christmas Festival.
They will leave Cowes from 10.45am, 11:45am, 4.45pm and 5.45pm and from Southampton at 10:15am, 11:15am, 4:15pm and 5:15pm.