A touch of festive cheer as Santa visits the borough

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SANTA Claus will be bringing festive cheer to a number of grottos in the borough.

Children can visit Santa at a number of venues in the run up to Christmas. He will be at:-

• Forum Shopping Centre, Wallsend, from 10am and 4pm, on December 8, 15 and 22;

• Beacon Centre, North Shields, from 10am to 4pm, on December 8, 15 and 22;

• Park View Shopping Centre, Whitley Bay, from 10.30am and 3pm, on December 8, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23;

• St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, on December 8, 15, 16, 22. Contact (0191) 200 8650 for opening times. £5 per visit.

And for something different, children can visit Santa in his green grotto in the Arctic Cabin at the Rising Sun Country Park, Benton, everyday from Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 16.

It will be open 11am to 3pm at weekends and 3pm to 5pm on weekdays. Entry is £7.50 per child. To book contact (0191) 643 2241.