Sunderland Santa books in

Alan Dodds as Santa and Emma Hopkinson as Santa's Elf at the Sunderland City library Christmas grotto.
Alan Dodds as Santa and Emma Hopkinson as Santa's Elf at the Sunderland City library Christmas grotto.
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SANTA has arrived in Sunderland.

Christmas is officially under way after the big guy made his appearance in the city centre.

 The bearded wonder has taken his place in the City Library Grotto in Fawcett Street.

 He’ll be in residence every Thursday, from 5pm to 7pm, between December 1 and 15, and every Saturday, from 2pm to 3pm, from December 3 to 17.

 Little ones who visit will also be treated to storytelling and crafts.

Santa is pictured with his elf helper Emma Hopkinson.