THEY are sure to bring a smile to everyone's face this Christmas.

These two singing reindeers and a donkey at Houghton Hall Garden, near Carlisle, are proving a huge hit.

The animals are in a barn and come out to sing and talk when customers press a button.

Manager Duncan Bolam said hundreds of people have been to see them since they arrived as part of the garden centre's Christmas experience.

He said: "This is the first year we've had them.

"They were at some of our other garden centres last year and they were a real hit.

"Literally hundreds of people have seen them now and everyone loves them. They are popular with both adults and children. No-one has had a bad word to say about them - except some of the staff who work near them. They can get a bit annoying when you have to listen to them on repeat!"

The attraction will be on display in the outside area until the new year.