Christmas event attracts hundreds of Hartlepool families

Linda Butler selling mince pies at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.
Linda Butler selling mince pies at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.
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Christmas was brought to life at a popular Hartlepool tourist attraction with a little help from Santa and his friends.

Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience was turned into a festive wonderland on Saturday as the venue hosted its Christmas Crackers extravaganza.

Snowflakes projected onto a building at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

Snowflakes projected onto a building at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

Hundreds of visitors of all ages were treated to a range of attractions on offer at the venue including the chance to browse a number of craft stalls selling festive items.

Youngsters were also invited to meet some cuddly furry animals and the main man himself - Santa.

Dominic McIntyre, Operations Manager, at Hartlepool Maritime Experience, said: “It was a fantastic day. We had lots of families through the door.

“The event itself has been going for about 20 years now and each year it keeps getting bigger and better - it was just an all round festive family event.”

It was an all round festive family event

Dominic McIntyre

Entertainment at the event was provided by Seaton Carew Academy of Dance and Hartlepool Sea Cadets Band.

There was also a short 3D film based on the Christmas story.

Mr McIntyre added: “The film based on the Christmas story was put together by a local company and it went down really well.

“We estimate we had more than 100 youngsters seeing Santa throughout the day, but we also had a lot of families just turning up.

Two year old Kai Bradley with some of the furry animals at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

Two year old Kai Bradley with some of the furry animals at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

“We are already planning next year’s event as we are always looking at making the event bigger and better.”

Santa will be in his grotto every day up to and including Christmas Eve from 2pm until 4pm. 
Entry to the grotto is £5 and includes a gift.

For more information contact Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience on 01429 860077.

Seven year old Emily Harrison with Santa and his elf helper at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

Seven year old Emily Harrison with Santa and his elf helper at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

Seven year old Emily Harrison with Santa and his elf helper at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

Seven year old Emily Harrison with Santa and his elf helper at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

Seaton Academy of Dance members performing at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

Seaton Academy of Dance members performing at the Maritime Experience Christmas event.

A snowman at the Maritime Experience event.

A snowman at the Maritime Experience event.

A storyteller at the Maritime Experince Christmas event.

A storyteller at the Maritime Experince Christmas event.