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Santa Claus is coming to Life!

Posted on Monday, 5 December 2016
Santa Claus is coming to Life!

Santa Claus will be meeting and greeting young visitors at Life on Saturdays and Sundays this December. This festive treat began on Saturday 3 December, and will be continuing every weekend up to and including Christmas Eve (24 December).

Life is inviting under 7s (and their parents and guardians!) to come along on these days between 11.00am and 3.00pm for the chance to visit Santa Claus. Who knows, he might even have some presents with him too…

Visitors will find Santa cosied away from the cold in his new grotto in Times Square, just next to Life’s outdoor ice rink. This is a drop in event so there is no need to book, although due to the popularity of the event there may be short queues.

After they’ve popped in to see Santa, visitors to Life can complete their festive experience by taking a whirl around Life’s outdoor ice rink, which will be in Times Square until 26 February 2017, or by heading into the Science Centre where new 4D Motion Ride* Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs continues the icy theme.

A visit to Santa is free of charge. A gift from Santa will cost £4.00, and gifts are optional.

*For safety reasons you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride.

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About Life

The Centre for Life is a pioneering science village based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne where scientists, researchers, doctors and nurses work alongside people in the fields of education, public engagement and business.

Now established as one of the most successful of the country's 14 landmark Millennium projects, Life is an independent and self-funding charitable trust with a robust business plan that eliminates reliance on public funding for its operating costs.

Almost 600 people from 35 countries work on site. What unites everyone is a passion for science.

Life's mission is to be the best place in the UK for enthusing and engaging everyone in science and to provide support and state-of-the-art facilities on site so that world class scientific research in medicine can flourish.

On site partners include Newcastle University, who chose Life as the location for its Institute of Genetic Medicine; the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre; the NHS Northern Genetics Service and several young and vibrant biotechnology companies.

At the heart of the science village is the Life Science Centre which attracts around 250,000 visitors per year. As well as a family audience, Life's public engagement programme attracts a broad audience to its edgy evenings combining cocktails and science; stimulating lectures; and special sessions for pre-schoolers and teenagers. Life also provides the largest schools' science workshop programme in any European museum or Science Centre.

Information is updated regularly on our website.