14 happy memories of seeing Santa in Hartlepool and East Durham

Santa Claus is in town and that means a chance to visit a grotto – just as these children did in retro scenes through the years.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 10:26 am
Look how popular Father Christmas was on his visit to the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in 2008.

Were you pictured meeting Father Christmas in Hartlepool or East Durham?

We have got great photos from the Hartlepool Mail archives and each shows lovely scenes of the moment you met Santa.

Take a look and re-live some truly festive scenes.

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A lovely scene from the Historic Quay grotto in 2003.
Father Christmas had plenty of helpers at his 2007 grotto in Blackhall Community Centre, and it was run thanks to the excellent Scouts and Guides.
The Tweddle Farm Christmas grotto in 2009 looks wonderful. Were you one of the visitors?
Santa Claus in his grotto last year and doesn't the grotto look fantastic.
Skipping with delight after their visit to Santa's Grotto at the National Museum Royal Navy.
The Santa's grotto at Binns was always a huge attraction. Who remembers it?
Santa had lots of fans when he welcomed visitors to his Middleton Grange grotto in 2008.
It is always a popular occasion when Santa arrives to take up residence in his Middleton Grange grotto. Here he is in his sleigh in 2007.
Fans galore are ready to see Santa in Middleton Grange in 2008.
Here's an undated photo, showing Santa's grotto in a Hartlepool hospital.
In the picture with Santa in 2008.
A refreshing brew for Father Christmas at his grotto in the cafe in Ward Jackson Park.
Were you pictured in the crowds in Middleton Grange in this 2008 scene?
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