SANTA forwent his normal mode of reindeer-led transport on Saturday in exchange for the Wicklow Lifeboat.
There was plenty of festive cheer at Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat Station with the arrival of Father Christmas for his annual visit.
Many of the crew's children gathered on the Old Pier to greet Santa as he arrived on the all-weather lifeboat. Santa then made his way into the station and handed out presents to everyone.
After a quick cup of tea to warm himself up, Santa headed back to the North Pole to put the final touches to his busy Christmas schedule.