CHRISTMAS is coming early to Traquair.

The historic estate is hosting its annual festive fayre throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Traquair’s annual free open weekend gives everyone the opportunity to slip into the festive mood in Victorian style.

Stunning flowers by the Peebles Floral Art Society will decorate the house with a host of Christmas shopping opportunities also on offer.

Santa is set for his first appearance of the year when he arrives at a luxurious grotto created with the Lower Drawing Room.

Youngsters can also enjoy puppet shows with Poppy Browne, face painting and a Christmassy scavenger hunt.

Throughout the weekend there will be music in the Chapel and courtyard from St Ronans Silver Band, Traquair Community Choir, Tweed Valley Male Voices and the Stardust Musical Theatre.

And it wouldn't be a Victorian Christmas without a feast.

Food and drink will be in ample supply with roasted chestnuts and hot dogs being served in the courtyard.

Mulled wine and mince pies are on offer in the Dining Room.

And the Food Punks will be on hand with plenty of delicious burgers and sausages.

There's also soups and sandwiches and home baking for sale in the 1745 Cottage Restaurant.

Profits from this year's open weekend will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The events runs on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10.30am to 4pm.