Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 14.22.38Santa is steaming in to town with a little help from the Heads of Fun, at one of the North East’s top shopping centres.

On Saturday (November 7), Father Christmas will be setting up shop in his magical, free seasonal grotto at intu Metrocentre.

And his first audience will be with eight-year-old Mac Toal from Prudhoe and seven-year-old Myah Rose Wilson, from Sunderland, the centre’s own Head of Fun and his deputy.

The youngsters will be arriving at the grotto in style on the intu Metrocentre train, after which the  grotto will be open to the public daily, until Christmas Eve.

Mac Toal, head of fun at intu Metrocentre said: “I can’t wait for Christmas and I’m really looking forward to opening the Grotto with Father Christmas.  What I really would love from Santa this year are Disney’s Tsum Tsum toys and Skylanders for me to play with my brothers.”

Helen Atkinson, marketing manager at intu Metrocentre, said: “Saturday marks the start of our seasonal events schedule and we’re so happy to have Santa on board.  I know Mac and Myah are excited to meet him and I hope all our young visitors will take the opportunity too.”

Santa’s Grotto will open to the public at the Qube from 9am on Saturday November 7.  It will then open from 10am until 8pm Monday to Friday, from 9am until 7pm Saturdays and from 11am until 5pmSundays before closing at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

Entry is free and all visitors will also receive a gift from Santa.