Father Christmas left his reindeers in the North Pole and opted for a parachute to make a special appearance at a festive fundraiser at the Block Fen RSPCA Rehoming Centre.
An estimated 500 people went to the Wimblington sanctuary and helped to raise at least £1,700 to help look after the animals over the winter.
Staff at the centre and its neighbours, South London Skydiving Centre at Wimblington, arranged for Father Christmas to make the special drop on Sunday.
Youngsters cheered when he landed safely before giving out presents at a grotto. Children and dogs received gifts.
Other attractions included a bouncy castle, craft stalls and coffee shop with home-made cakes. Elsa from Disney’s Frozen also made a special appearance.
Centre manager Jackie Williams said: “The total raised has surpassed other winter fundraisers. It was a fantastic day.”